Australasian Humour Studies Network





“Humour at Work: Applications, Industries and Economies”

27th Conference of the Australasian Humour Studies Network

3-4 February 2021*

Online and Massey University, Wellington Campus, Aotearoa New Zealand

*please note the change in dates from the original CFP



The 2021 meeting of the AHSN will be comprised of two interconnected events:

  • The first will be a two-day physical meeting open to delegates resident in New Zealand.
  • The second will be an online event for Australian and International delegates.

The online event will be primarily asynchronous in order to account for multiple time zones, but will also include additional synchronous discussion where possible. The conference will be planned to facilitate communication between the two interconnected events. A small registration fee will be charged for the virtual event, but this will be substantially less than that for the physical event.


Keynote Presenters

International/Online: Dr Christelle Pare (Research & Development, Just for Laughs/Juste pour Rire)

New Zealand: Dr Barbara Plester (Senior Lecturer of Management, University of Auckland)


The 2021 conference of the AHSN invites papers that explore the industrial and economic aspects of humour, including but not limited to:

  • The political economics of comedy production and distribution
  • Joking about business and work
  • Humour’s relationship to wider political economic contexts
  • Applications of humour in workplace settings
  • Comedy as art, business and vocation
  • The professionalization of comedy
  • The role of humour in workplace cultures
  • Comedy industries and technologies


For further information about the conference, please consult the main conference website

Enquiries about the event should be addressed to: 2021AHSN@gmail.com



Submission of abstracts opens: 15 May 2020

Original close of submissions considered for Research Scholarships: 1 September 2020

Close of general submissions and new scholarships: 9 October 2020

Notifications of acceptance: 31 October 2020


REGISTRATION for the 2021 AHSN Conference is now open for all presenters and in-person attendees here.

All presenters, whether on-line or in person, and all in-person attendees at the conference must register and pay the appropriate fee.

The online event will be run on an open access model. While online presenters pay registration to cover technical support and online infrastructure costs, audience members may access the program without registration. Details of the link will be posted here closer to the date.

Registration options are as follows (in NZ dollars):

Online Presenter (Waged/Faculty) $50.00

Online Presenter (Unwaged/student/under-employed) $30.00

Earlybird In-person Attendee (Waged/Faculty) $300.00

Earlybird In-person Attendee (Unwaged/student/under-employed) $220.00

In-person Attendee (Waged/Faculty) $350.00

In-person Attendee (Unwaged/student/under-employed) $250.00


NOTE:  The cut-off date for Early Bird registrations is 15 January 2021.

Registration will close on 29 January 2021.

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Registration for Scholarship winners will open on 23 November 2020.



Please contact Nicholas Holm [nhfholm@massey.ac.nz] for any general queries.

For technical issues when registering, please contact Joanne Ervine [J.Ervine@massey.ac.nz].

For more information on the conference and visiting Wellington, please go to the main conference website.

Conference Organisers

Massey University: Nicholas Holm, Bryce Galloway

Victoria University of Wellington: Meredith Marra, Stephen Skalicky


Abstract submissions

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