Call for Papers

Humour – a complex phenomenon central to human communication – has been approached from different perspectives in various fields of research, such as cultural studies, linguistics, psychology, and sociology. Even though not much research has paid due attention to the role culture plays in humour in interaction, we argue that it is a crucial contextual factor that helps not only to use humour appropriately, but also to understand what functions it performs in interpersonal communication. Therefore, in this one-day symposium, we would like to explore that intrinsic relationship between humour and culture.

We welcome discourse-analytic and interactional studies of different languages and settings – face-to-face or online – focusing on humour from intracultural, cross-cultural and intercultural perspectives.

There will be approximately 30 minutes allocated per paper (20 minutes for presentation followed by 10min for Q&A). All presentations will be in English.

This event in free of charge for both presenters and attendees, but registration will be required prior to the event.

Key Dates:

Abstract submission deadline Notification of acceptance
Tuesday 15 February 2022 Tuesday 15 March 2022

Abstract submission:

Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) to Dr Wei-Lin Melody Chang at

Keynote speakers:

Prof Meredith Marra (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

Assoc. Prof Marta Dynel (University of Lodz, Poland)


Dr Wei-Lin Melody Chang (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr Valeria Sinkeviciute (The University of Queensland, Australia)

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About Symposium: (Inter-)cultural perspectives on humour in the globalised world




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