26th Australasian Humour Studies Network Conference – School of Literature, Art and Media 26th Australasian Humour Studies Network Conference – School of Literature, Art and Media

26th Australasian Humour Studies Network Conference

26th Australasian Humour Studies Network Conference
Griffith University, Brisbane, South Bank Campus

• Draft program now available
• Registration is now closed

To see the draft Program and Conference book including abstracts, click here.

Conference dates: 5 February (midday) to 7 February 2020 (early evening), with optional pre-conference morning workshops, 5 February 2020

Conference dinner: Thursday, 6 February (details and sign-up TBA via email after registration closes but before conference commences)

Information on venue, transport and accommodation


AHSN 2020 will be held at Griffith University’s South Bank Campus. The conference sessions will be held in Building S07 and the main public sessions will be organised at S06; i.e. The Ship Inn (pictured below).

Image of event venue


An established beacon in the world-class sea of the South Bank dining precinct, The Ship Inn has transformed itself from a rowdy sailor hangout to one of Brisbane’s premier watering holes over its 144-year history. A dependable port of call, the hotel ensures a lively crowd, excellent fare and ice-cold drinks. The Ship Inn is part of the Griffith University’s Southbank Campus (building S06 in campus maps) and will host AHSN2020 in February 2020.

Southbank Campus is located in Brisbane’s picturesque South Bank Parklands and encompasses the Queensland College of Art, the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith Graduate Centre (S07) and the Griffith Film School. Ideally positioned in Brisbane’s cultural heart, the campus is a 10-minute walk from the Brisbane CBD across the river and is adjacent to the Queensland Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, the State Library, the Queensland Museum, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Good eating places and bars proliferate along Grey Street.

Southbank Campus is located at 226 Grey Street, South Bank, Qld 4101. Read more about the Southbank campus here.

Southbank campus maps.

Public Transport

Bus: You can catch the bus from a variety of locations to the South Bank Busway Station. This station is a very short walk from the campus.

Train: The South Bank Railway Station is directly across Grey Street, behind the campus.

Plan your trips in Brisbane with TransLink app or website.

In order to use public transport in Brisbane (and also South East Queensland) you can buy go card which is TransLink’s electronic ticket. Or you have the option to buy a single paper trip at train stations or on the bus from the driver. However, please note that go card is a little cheaper than paper tickets. You can buy a go card at shops, newsstands, airport, and post offices. There are two special tickets designed for visitors and tourists that you might like to buy for your stay in Brisbane.

Getting to Southbank Campus from the Brisbane airport

Airtrain: Train is the best and cheapest option. This service runs every 15–30 minutes. The train goes all the way through Brisbane to the Gold Coast and has a stop at The South Bank Railway Station immediately behind the campus, after South Brisbane Station at the other end of South Bank.

A taxi to the Southbank Campus from the Airport should cost between A$45 and A$65.

Uber from the Airport should cost between A$40 and A$50.

Parking: There is no car park at the Southbank Campus (neither for visitors nor for students and staff). The car parks in the vicinity are managed by third party companies.

The closest car park is the Southbank Parklands Car Park which is underground parking below the campus. Check the rates and if necessary make a booking.

Secure Parking also offers some parking options in the vicinity where Southpoint Car Park at 40 Tribune Street is the closest one to the campus. Check and book online for best rates.


Four and Five Stars:

Emporium Hotel South Bank

Rydges South Bank Brisbane

Swiss-Belhotel South Bank Brisbane

Novotel Brisbane South Bank

Medium Range:

Allegro Apartments

River Plaza Apartments

Budget (hostels):

Brisbane Backpackers Resort

Breeze Lodge

In addition, there are many reasonable offers on Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, etc.

What’s on in Brisbane

Things to do / Places to See:

In Southbank Parklands

In Greater Brisbane

Day trips from Brisbane:

Gold Coast

Sunshine Coast Beaches

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Gold Coast Hinterland

Organizing Committee:

Cliff Goddard is a Professor in Linguistics at Griffith University. He is widely known for his work in language, culture and meaning, using the Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach and its sister theory ethnopragmatics. He has published a number of papers on cultural and ethnopragmatic aspects of social laughter and humour.

Reza Arab is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at Griffith University. He has been studying humour-related speech practices in Persian (Farsi). He is interested in the philosophy of language and pragmatics. He has attended AHSN conferences since 2017 and considers himself a regular!

Angelina Hurley is an Aboriginal woman and writer from Brisbane. A PhD candidate at Griffith University her work focuses on humour from an Aboriginal perspective. She holds a BA Ed, MA Arts Admin and is a Fulbright Scholar. She has presented at AHSN twice and very excited about the 2020 conference.

Zarek Hennessy, a fourth-year PhD candidate at Griffith University, composing an artefact exploring fictocriticism and Sartrean existentialism. Having only attended the most recent conference, he is an AHSN newbie, but found the sincerity of those involved captivating and is excited at the interdisciplinary prospects that the study of humour might bring to academia.


Should you have any questions or need any help, please contact us by email.

For more information on the AHSN and its activities and archives, click here.


The 26th AHSN Conference is co-hosted by the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR).


Feb 05 - 08 2020


Registration fees are $280.00 and $220.00 concession (students & unwaged)

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