Australasian Humour Studies Network


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PLACE: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania





The Call for Papers for the 28th AHSN Conference has now closed. The preferred mode for delivering a paper/panel is in-person. Accepted papers that indicate “online” will be pooled for assessment on merit and presented in a limited online-only portion of the conference (e.g., one daily live Zoom panel – not pre-recorded). Preference will be given to delegates who can be physically present in Hobart and for online presentation to student proposals.

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Conal Condren FAHA, FASSA

Giving Shape ‘to Airy Nothing, a Local Habitation’ and the Name of Humour: Academic Myth and the Political Origins of a Concept.Conal Condren

Conal Condren is an Emeritus Scientia Professor at UNSW, and has held visiting positions and fellowshipsat the University of Queensland and in the USA, Europe, New Zealand and Cambridge UK. He is a foundation member of the AHSN Review Panel. Predominantly he is an intellectual historian of early-modern Britain, with interests in the philosophy of historical writing. In these contexts, he has published on satire and on studying humour historically and he is currently finishing a new book on the latter topic. He is also writing a volume on Shakespeare and the ethics of office. With Aoise Stratford, he has co-written a prize-winning and widely performed black comedy, ‘Will and the Ghost’.



Dr Naomi Milthorpe, University of Tasmania

Naomi Milthorpe

From ‘Accession’ to Black Mischief: The Politics of Race in Evelyn Waugh’s Satire

Naomi Milthorpe is Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline for English, at the School of Humanities. Herresearch focuses on modernist, interwar and mid-century British literary culture. She is the author of Evelyn Waugh’s Satire: Texts and Contexts (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2016) and the editor of The Poetics and Politics of Gardening in Hard Times (Rowman, 2019). She is currently preparing a scholarly edition of Waugh’s 1932 novel Black Mischief for publication as volume 3 in The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh (Oxford University Press).





Registration and Travel 

Registration is now open.

Until 30 November 2021, fees are (in $A):

  • In person regular: 300 
  • In person unwaged/student: 220 
  • On-line: 80 

From 1 December 2021, late fees will apply (until close of registration on 15 January 2022):

  • In person regular: 350 
  • In person unwaged/student: 270 
  • On-line: 120 

Of early fees, all but $30 is refundable till 15 January 2022. Late fees are not refundable.

Registered on-line presenters and attendees will be able to access:

  • Livestreamed interactive keynotes and Q&A (time permitting)
  • Remote presentations integrated into live programming; interactive, not pre-recorded
  • Recorded selection of presentations and discussions, including keynotes

NB. The conference’s limited online slots are designed preferentially for Australasian students unable to attend physically and other presenters from Australia and New Zealand.

Tasmania in the summer is an ideal place to visit, so you are urged to start planning as soon as possible.  Why not add a holiday before or after the conference dates?  Wine and food, history and culture – and of course glorious scenery – all abound in lovely Tasmania. Note that Hobart is likely to be a popular destination around the beginning of the new year and booking early is always advisable.

Information is available here for the conference venueaccommodation, travel options and activities, including what to expect at the conference and extending your stay.

The Committee is looking forward to seeing as many AHSN’ers as possible in Hobart next February!


Conference Convenor:  Dr Daryl Peebles (also host of 17th AHSN Conference, 2011)
Committee:  Assoc Prof. Kerry Mullan, RMIT University
             Dr Jessica Milner Davis, AHSN Co-ordinator
             Dr Benjamin Nickl, University of Sydney
             Dr Mark Rolfe, University of NSW
             Dr Reza Arab, Griffith University

Conference email enquiries:  ahsnconference@gmail.com 


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