Australasian Humour Studies Network

AHSN recordings



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

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 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