Mark C. Weeks
Associate Professor, PhD (University of Western Australia)
Mail: Graduate School of Languages and Cultures
I was born in the city of Bristol, England in 1961 and moved with my family to Western Australia when I was five years old. I grew up and was educated there, and now hold both British and Australian Citizenship. I have also taught and researched at Kyushu University in Japan and Prince of Songkhla University in Southern Thailand.
¨ Ph.D. English, The
Dissertation: Ecstasy and Indifférance: The Predicament of Laughter in the Age of Fast Capitalism.
* My doctoral dissertation began as a master’s degree thesis but was accepted for submission as a PhD thesis.
¨ BA English (Honors), The University of Western Australia, Perth (December, 1988)
Double Major: English
Other subjects: Psychology, French language
Honors dissertation: “The Insignificance of Comic Form”
¨ Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, St. Mark’s International College, Perth, Western Australia (July, 1996)
Cultural and Cross-cultural studies
* Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant for research into cross-cultural differences in approaches to laughter (2015-2018)
* Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant for philosophical research into the temporal effects of laughter (2012-14).
Selected Articles/Essays (All Peer Reviewed)
Ø “American Beauty: The Art of Work in the Age of Therapeutic Masturbation,” European Journal of American Culture 34:1 (Spring, 2015), pp. 49-66.
Ø “Abandoning Our Selves to Laughter: Time and the Question of Self-loss in Laughter,” Israeli Journal of Humor Research: an International Journal 3 (June, 2013), pp. 58-75.
Ø “Laughter is a Time Machine.” Philosophy Now. 80 (August/September, 2010). pp. 14-16. [London]
Ø “Laughter and Japan in Transition: Towards an Understanding through a Time-based Incongruity Theory.” Studies in Languages and Cultures 25 (March, 2010). pp. 149-62. [Kyushu University]
Ø Milan Kundera: A Modern History of Comedy amid the Comedy of History,” Journal of Modern Literature 28:3 (Spring, 2005). [Indiana University Press]
Ø “Beyond a Joke: Nietzsche and the Birth of Superlaughter,” The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 27 (Spring, 2004). [Pennsylvania State University]
Ø “Laughter, Desire and Time,” International Journal of Humor Studies 15:4 (December, 2002), pp. 383-400. [Mouton de Gruyter, New York]
Ø “From Catch-22 to Closing Time: A Decline of Otherness,” Songklanakarin: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities 7:1 (April, 2001), pp. 78-87. [Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand]
Ø “The Power of Time,” in the book Essays on Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region, eds. Dennis Haskell & Ron Shephard, Perth: University of Western Australia Press (2000), pp. 63-71.
Ø “Voyagers Across the Web of Time: Angkarn, Nietzsche and Temporal Colonization,” The Journal of South East Asian Studies 30:2 (September, 1999), pp. 325-37. (with Frédéric Maurel) [National University of Singapore]
Ø “Indifférance: The Difference between Laughter and Jouissance,” Southern Review 31:2 (November, 1998), pp. 4-11. [Sydney]
Ø “Laughter and the Ludic Economy: Delillo and Kundera,” Meridian 17:1 (May 1998), pp. 89-107. [La Trobe University, Melbourne]
Ø "Thailand: a Time and Motion Study," Meridian 16:2 (October, 1997), pp. 117-22. [La Trobe University, Melbourne]
Exploring Bodies in Time and Space, with Loyola McLean, Lisa Stafford (Oxfordshire: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014) ISBN: 978-1-84888-246-1.
Academic Conference Papers
¨ “Playing across Time, Space and Bodies in Laurie Anderson’s ‘Mach 20’,” American Literature and Culture at the Crossroads of Race and Gender Symposium, Nagoya University, March 23-4, 2015.
¨ “The Noisiest Silence: Reading the Laughable Text,” 2nd International Conference on Narrative, Nagoya University, December 10, 2014.
¨ “Laughter as a Time Machine: A Nomadic Investigation,” 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, New Orleans, October 23-5, 2014.
¨ “Towards Nomad Thinking on Laughter’s Time Machinery,” 7th Deleuze Studies Conference, Istanbul Technical University, July 14-16, 2014
¨ “A trial of project-based SLA using communicative media as an effective way to develop pragmatic and discourse competence,” at the symposium: Breaking Walls with a TV Conferencing System: A Way to Develop an Effective Language Competency Program, Nagoya University, June 28, 2014.
¨ “Epistolary Prose, Epistemological Problems: James’s ‘A Bundle of Letters,” 1st International Conference on Narrative,” December 6-7, 2013.
¨ “Utilizing TV Conference Systems Across Asian Cultures,” 11th Asia TEFL International Conference, Manila, Philippines, October 26-8, 2013.
¨ “Andy Warhol and Comic Nomadic Culture,” International Society for Humor Studies 25th Annual Conference, Virginia, USA, July 2-6, 2013.
¨ “Andy Warhol: Identity and Indifference,” Race and Ethnicity in American Literature and Culture: a Reconsideration (Symposium), Nagoya University, March 16-17, 2013.
¨ “Bodies, Selves and the Temporal Collapse in Laughter,” First Global Conference on Time, Space and the Body, Sydney, February 11-13, 2013.
¨ “Towards an Integration of Some Asian and European Conceptions of Comic Laughter,” The Asian Conference on Arts and Cultures 2012, Bangkok, Thailand, August 9-10, 2012.
¨ “On Perceptions of a Subjective Time Slip in Laughter,” International Society for Humor Studies 24th Conference, June 25-29, 2012.
¨ “Is there Silence at the Heart of Laughter?” Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion Conference, New Delhi, January, 2012.
¨ "Warai and Japan in Transition: through a Time-based Incongruity Model," Japan Studies Association [USA] Conference, Hawaii, January, 2010.
¨ "Laughter is a Time Machine," The Technology of Pleasure Conference, Nagoya University, November, 2009.
¨ “American Beauty: The Neo-Liberal Body and Libidinal Self-Sufficiency,” International Symposium of the Topology of the Body, Nagoya University, February, 2007.
¨ “Diversity or Indifference? A Temporal Approach to Laughter,” International Society for Humor Studies, 15th Annual Conference, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, July 2003.
¨ “The Power of Time,” Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific (8th Conference), University of Western Australia, 1998.
¨ "The Indifférance in Laughter,” Fifth Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, June, 1994.
§ Graduate School of Languages and Cultures, Nagoya University, Japan, (April 2011 - Present) Associate Professor.
§ Centre for International Education, Kyushu University, (December 2009 – March 2011 ) Professor.
§ Research Centre for Advancement in Higher Education, Kyushu University (April 2008 – December 2009) Associate Professor.
§ Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Nagoya University, Japan (April 2002 - March 2007) Visiting Lecturer.
§ Prince of Songkhla University (From June 1999 to March 2002) Visiting Lecturer.
§ Prince of Songkhla University (June – October, 1997) Visiting Lecturer.
§ University Of Western Australia, Perth (1991-1995, 1997-1998) Part-time Lecturer, Tutor.
§ Edith Cowan University, Perth (1997-1998) Part-time lecturer.
Excellence in Teaching Award, General Education, Nagoya University, 2014
Excellence in Teaching Award, General Education, Kyushu University, 2010