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Japanese Studies | J-Talks goes walkabout with humour!

Japanese Studies presents J-talks @ Sydney_Uni

J-Talks goes walkabout with humour!

Dr Jessica Davis FRSN (University of Sydney) and Simon Bates (Commissioning Editor, Routledge)

A hybrid session of J-Talks on books that examine how humour works in and across cultures will be held on 29 September 2022, 4pm AEST in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney.

In Semester 2, these will be hybrid events. Talks are approximately 1 hour followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

In-person: SLC Common Room 536 (by RSVP only)
Online: Join via Zoom (ID: 88273508756)

This talk will feature the editor and authors of Humour in Asian Cultures (Routledge Studies on Asia in the World) talking about their work and Commissioning Editor Simon Bates who will speak on helping emerging scholars get into print.


Book cover of Humour in Asian Cultures edited by Jessica Davis

Humour can have both positive and negative social impact and cultural traditions affect modern conventions about its appropriateness. This innovative book examines the cultural rules affecting humour in several Asian countries, with examples from Chinese classical texts, traditional Balinese humour, Korean and Taiwanese workplace humour, Japanese laughter ceremonies and newspaper cartoons, and contemporary Chinese-language film and video. All underline the need for a wider understanding of different cultural values in an era of globalized communications.

Praise: “What amuses people across time, geography, and cultures is never easy to define and thus usually ignored in scholarship. On the heels of her numerous volumes analyzing what entertains us across borders, Milner Davis’ new edited book brings measured insight, illuminating rarely seen worlds of how we enjoy ourselves. She does this with verve and style.” — Barak Kushner, Professor of East Asian History, University of Cambridge

About the speakers

Dr Jessica Milner Davis FRSN is an honorary associate in the School of Art, Communication and English at the University of Sydney, and a member of Clare Hall Cambridge. A past president of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS), she coordinates the Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN). Email: jessica.davis@sydney.edu.au

Simon Bates is Routledge’s Commissioning Editor responsible for commissioning books on topics relating to Sociology, Politics, History, and Geography from authors based in North- and South-East Asia, as well as Australasia. He is on the lookout for new research books, handbooks, and textbooks in this broad range of subject areas. Simon is based in Singapore and travels within his various territories – attending conferences and visiting University campuses – four to five times a year (Covid permitting). Email: simon.bates@tandf.com.sg

Dr Ansart carries out research on Japanese and East Asian intellectual history, focusing particularly on the political theories of Japanese Confucian thinkers of 18th century. He lectures on early modern Japanese history, the Tokugawa period, as well as social and political issues of contemporary Japan.

RSVP (required for in-person attendance)

Please RSVP to matthew.shores@sydney.edu.au as refreshments will be served.

Join online via Zoom.

For more information, contact: Dr Matthew Shores – matthew.shores@sydney.edu.au


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Sep 29 2022


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building A18
University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006


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