Mark C. Weeks

Associate Professor, PhD (University of Western Australia)






Mail:  Graduate School of Languages and Cultures

 Nagoya University,

 Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku

 Nagoya 464-8601






Phone: (052)789-4523



Short Biography

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.




N      Ph.D. English, The University of Western Australia, Perth (February, 1997)

Dissertation: Ecstasy and Indifférance: The Predicament of Laughter in the Age of Fast Capitalism.

* My doctoral dissertation began as a masterfs degree thesis but was accepted for submission as a PhD thesis.


N      BA English (Honors), The University of Western Australia, Perth (December, 1988)

Double Major: English

Other subjects: Psychology, French language

Honors dissertation: gThe Insignificance of Comic Formh


N      Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, St. Markfs International College, Perth, Western Australia (July, 1996)


Research Areas

Cultural and Cross-cultural studies





Grants Received

* 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  gAmerican Beauty: The Art of Work in the Age of Therapeutic Masturbation,h European Journal of American Culture 34:1 (Spring, 2015), pp. 49-66.

Ø  gAbandoning Our Selves to Laughter: Time and the Question of Self-loss in Laughter,h Israeli Journal of Humor Research: an International Journal 3 (June, 2013), pp. 58-75.

Ø  gLaughter is a Time Machine.h Philosophy Now. 80 (August/September, 2010). pp. 14-16. [London]

Ø   gLaughter and Japan in Transition: Towards an Understanding through a Time-based Incongruity Theory.h 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,h Journal of Modern Literature 28:3 (Spring, 2005). [Indiana University Press]

Ø  gBeyond a Joke: Nietzsche and the Birth of Superlaughter,h The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 27 (Spring, 2004). [Pennsylvania State University]

Ø  gLaughter, Desire and Time,h International Journal of Humor Studies 15:4 (December, 2002), pp. 383-400. [Mouton de Gruyter, New York]

Ø  gFrom Catch-22 to Closing Time: A Decline of Otherness,h Songklanakarin: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities 7:1 (April, 2001), pp. 78-87. [Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand]

Ø  gThe Power of Time,h 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  gVoyagers Across the Web of Time: Angkarn, Nietzsche and Temporal Colonization,h The Journal of South East Asian Studies 30:2 (September, 1999), pp. 325-37. (with Frédéric Maurel) [National University of Singapore]

Ø  gIndifférance: The Difference between Laughter and Jouissance,h Southern Review 31:2 (November, 1998), pp. 4-11. [Sydney]

Ø  gLaughter and the Ludic Economy: Delillo and Kundera,h 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]



Co-Edited e-Book

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

N      gPlaying across Time, Space and Bodies in Laurie Andersonfs eMach 20f,h American Literature and Culture at the Crossroads of Race and Gender Symposium, Nagoya University, March 23-4, 2015.

N      gThe Noisiest Silence: Reading the Laughable Text,h 2nd International Conference on Narrative, Nagoya University, December 10, 2014.

N      gLaughter as a Time Machine: A Nomadic Investigation,h 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, New Orleans, October 23-5, 2014.

N      gTowards Nomad Thinking on Laughterfs Time Machinery,h 7th Deleuze Studies Conference, Istanbul Technical University, July 14-16, 2014

N      gA trial of project-based SLA using communicative media as an effective way to develop pragmatic and discourse competence,h at the symposium: Breaking Walls with a TV Conferencing System: A Way to Develop an Effective Language Competency Program, Nagoya University, June 28, 2014.

N      gEpistolary Prose, Epistemological Problems: Jamesfs eA Bundle of Letters,h 1st International Conference on Narrative,h December 6-7, 2013.

N      gUtilizing TV Conference Systems Across Asian Cultures,h 11th Asia TEFL International Conference, Manila, Philippines, October 26-8, 2013.

N      gAndy Warhol and Comic Nomadic Culture,h International Society for Humor Studies 25th Annual Conference, Virginia, USA, July 2-6, 2013.

N      gAndy Warhol: Identity and Indifference,h Race and Ethnicity in American Literature and Culture: a Reconsideration (Symposium), Nagoya University, March 16-17, 2013.

N      gBodies, Selves and the Temporal Collapse in Laughter,h First Global Conference on Time, Space and the Body, Sydney, February 11-13, 2013.

N      gTowards an Integration of Some Asian and European Conceptions of Comic Laughter,h The Asian Conference on Arts and Cultures 2012, Bangkok, Thailand, August 9-10, 2012.

N      gOn Perceptions of a Subjective Time Slip in Laughter,h International Society for Humor Studies 24th Conference, June 25-29, 2012.

N      gIs there Silence at the Heart of Laughter?h Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion Conference, New Delhi, January, 2012.

N      "Warai and Japan in Transition: through a Time-based Incongruity Model," Japan Studies Association [USA] Conference, Hawaii, January, 2010.

N      "Laughter is a Time Machine," The Technology of Pleasure Conference, Nagoya University, November, 2009.

N      gAmerican Beauty: The Neo-Liberal Body and Libidinal Self-Sufficiency,h International Symposium of the Topology of the Body, Nagoya University, February, 2007.

N      gDiversity or Indifference? A Temporal Approach to Laughter,h International Society for Humor Studies, 15th Annual Conference, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, July 2003.

N      gThe Power of Time,h Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific (8th Conference), University of Western Australia, 1998.

N      "The Indifférance in Laughter,h Fifth Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, June, 1994.



Teaching History


      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.



Teaching Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award, General Education, Nagoya University, 2014

Excellence in Teaching Award, General Education, Kyushu University, 2010