Australasian Humour Studies Network

AHSN recordings


FEB 8 Keynote Joe Avati


Bringing the Laughter Home: Comic Stereographs in the Early 20th Century, panel discussion Chau Chak Wing Museum, The University of Sydney, 3rd August 2023

Introduction: Jan Brazier (CCWM); Chair: Jessica Milner Davis, The University of Sydney

Speakers: Robert Phiddian, Flinders University: The Australian magazine and cartoon context: Technology and the availability of visual imagery in the home; Mark Rolfe, UNSW: The American-Australian context: Topics and social messages for entertainment; Will Visconti, UTS: Music-hall and the performative context: References, characters and scenes for the family



“The Dangers of Online Humour”, Dr Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, 18th April 2024

Dr Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández researches social media cultures, platform governance, online harms, and algorithmic systems. She is a Senior Lecturer in digital media at the Queensland University of Technology, a Chief Investigator at the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) and Associate Investigator at the national ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.


‘The Laughing Matter of Spirit’, Dr Rachel Aumiller, 3rd February 2023

Rachel Aumiller is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, City of New York. She interested in the ethical and political dimensions of emotions, sensations, and desire. She specifically analyzes touch as the site of disorientation and crisis.


Shame and feminist humor in social media: Who’s laughing now? Prof. Jenny Sundén & Prof. Susanna Paasonen, 24th January 2022

Jenny Sundén is Professor of Gender Studies at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. Susanna Paasonen is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. Together, they co-authored Who’s Laughing Now? Feminist Tactics in Social Media (MIT Press, 2020).


AHSN Conference 2023:

FEB 6 Online Segment Keynote Alberto Godioli

FEB 6 Monday Session 1

FEB 6 Monday Session 2

FEB 6 Monday Session 3

FEB 7 Tuesday Session 1

FEB 7 Tuesday Roundtable Discussion

FEB 7 Tuesday Session 2

FEB 7 Tuesday Session 3

FEB 8 Datafication of Laughter Wednesday, AI, Robotics and Culture panel 3


AHSN Conference 2022:

Satire and the Dream of Cultural Politics. Nicholas Holm

Dr Nicholas Holm is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Massey University, New Zealand. He is the author of Humour as Politics (Springer, 2017).


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

Dr Naomi Milthorpe is Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline for English at the School of Humanities, University of Tasmania. She is the author of Evelyn Waugh’s Satire: Texts and Contexts (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2016).


Co-writing Political Satire in Australia. Ross Fitzgerald AM & Ian McFadyen

Ross Fitzgerald AM is Emeritus Professor of History and Politics at Griffith University. Ian McFadyen is a writer, actor, and television producer of Comedy Company fame. Together, they have co-authored three Grafton Everest novels: Going Out Backwards (2015), The Dizzying Heights (2019), and The Lowest Depths (2021) (Hybrid Publishers).


Send in the Clowns: Donald Trump and the Politics of Ridicule

Rebecca Persic, Curtin University


Negotiating Belonging: Humour in Narrative

Emily Greenbank, Victoria University of Wellington


An Investigation of Chinese Adult English Learners’ Comprehension of Sarcastic Tweets in English

Xuan Li, Queen’s University Belfast


“Chinese Scientists Created Coronavirus; Iranians Spread It around the World”: A Sociological Analysis of Political Relations between China and Iran in Persian Jokes

Fatemeh Nasr Esfahani, independent researcher


The Failure of Humour (or the Humour of Failure) in The Dead Don’t Die

Oliver Rendle, Manchester Metropolitan University