Designated Associate Professor Mark WEEKS

Designated Associate Professor Mark WEEKS

  • Department: Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Email: mark (at) ilas (dot)
  • Phone: (052) 747-6860
  • See also Nagoya University Faculty Profile page


  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Laughter


  • PhD: University of Western Australia
  • BA (Honors) (English Literature): University of Western Australia

Courses Taught:

  • Graduate seminars in cultural studies, cross-disciplinary studies, literature
  • Graduate classes in presentation skills
  • Undergraduate courses in cultural studies
  • Undergraduate courses in English writing, reading, communication, presentation skills


  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature
  • Philosophy

Professional Experience:

Published Articles (Peer Reviewed)
  • “American Beauty: The Art of Work in the Age of Therapeutic Masturbation,” European Journal of American Culture 34:1 (2015), pp. 49-66.
  • “Abandoning Our Selves to Laughter: Time and the Question of Self-loss in Laughter,” Israeli Journal of Humor Research: an International Journal 3 (2013), pp. 58-75.
  • “Laughter and Japan in Transition: Towards an Understanding through a Time-based Incongruity Theory,” Studies in Languages and Cultures 25 (2010) [Kyushu University], pp. 149-62. [Internal Review]
  • Milan Kundera: A Modern History of Comedy amid the Comedy of History,” Journal of Modern Literature 28:3 (2005), 130-48.
  • “Beyond a Joke: Nietzsche and the Birth of Superlaughter,” The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 27 (2004), pp.1-17.
  • “Laughter, Desire and Time,” International Journal of Humor Studies 15:4 (2002), pp. 383-400.
  • “From Catch-22 to Closing Time: A Decline of Otherness,” Songklanakarin: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities 7:1 (2001), pp. 78-87.
  • (Co-authored [1st author] with Frédéric Maurel) “Voyagers Across the Web of Time: Angkarn, Nietzsche and Temporal Colonization,” The Journal of South East Asian Studies 30:2 (1999), pp. 325-37.
  • “Indifférance: The Difference between Laughter and Jouissance,” Southern Review 31:2 (1998), pp. 4-11.
  • “Laughter and the Ludic Economy: Delillo and Kundera,” Meridian 17:1 (1998), pp. 89-107.
  • "Thailand: a Time and Motion Study," Meridian 16:2 (1997), pp. 117-22.
Articles (Not Peer Reviewed)
  • Comic Theory and Perceptions of a Disappearing Self,” Studies in Language and Culture 34:1 [Nagoya University], 2012, pp.19-29.
  • "Laughter is a Time Machine," Philosophy Now 80 (2010), pp. 14-6. (This is a commercial magazine. A shorter version was published under the same title in the conference proceedings The Technology of Pleasure, Nagoya University, 2010.)
  • "The Bakhtinian Carnivalesque and American Comic Pragmatism, Studies in English Language and Literature 60 [Kyushu University], 2010.
  • “‘Alas, Poor Yorick’: Death of the Fool in Sterne and Shakespeare,” Studies in Languages and Cultures 59 (2009) [Kyushu University], pp. 1-13.
  • “Freud and the Economics of Laughter,” Studies in Language and Culture 28:2 [Nagoya University], 2007. Pp. 227-39.
  • “A City of One: Desire and Isolation,” The City and Culture言語文化研究叢書3 都市と文化 (2004) [Nagoya University], pp. 19-35.
Book Chapters
  • “Cranford’s ‘Organic Community’ and the Dark Spectre of Time,” in Evil and Its Variations in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell: Sesquicentennial Essays, ed. Mitsuharu Matsuoka (Osaka: Osaka Kyoiku Tosho, 2015), pp. 105-20.
  • “The Power of Time,” in 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.
Conference Proceedings
  • “Epistolary Prose, Epistemological Problems: James’s ‘A Bundle of Letters’,” in Hardy and James (Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Narrative), ed. Sanae Uehara, (Nagoya: ARM, 2014), pp. 30-6.
  • "The indifférance in laughter,” in Semiotics around the World: Synthesis in Diversity (Proceedings of the Fifth Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies), eds. Irmengard Rauch & Gerald F. Carr, (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1997), pp. 505-8.
Co-Edited e-Book
  • (with Loyola McLean, Lisa Stafford) Exploring Bodies in Time and Space, (Oxfordshire: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014), ISBN: 978-1-84888-246-1.
Academic Conference Papers
  • “Steps Supporting Greater Cultural Diversity in Theoretical Discourses on Laughter,” International Society for Humor Studies 27th Annual Conference, Oakland CA, USA, June 29-July 3, 2015.
  • “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 (LA), USA, October 23-5, 2014.
  • “Towards Nomad Thinking on Laughter’s Time Machinery,” 7th Deleuze Studies Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, July 14-16, 2014.
  • “A trial of project-based SLA using communicative media as an effective way to develop pragmatic and discourse competence,” Breaking Walls with a TV Conferencing System: A Way to Develop an Effective Language Competency Program (Symposium), 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, Williamsburg (VA), 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,” Global Conference on Time, Space and the Body, Sydney, Australia, February 11-13, 2013.
  • “Towards an Integration of Some Asian and European Conceptions of Comic Laughter,” Asian Conference on Arts and Cultures, Bangkok, Thailand, August 9-10, 2012.
  • “On Perceptions of a Subjective Time Slip in Laughter,” International Society for Humor Studies 24th Annual Conference, Krakow, Poland, June 25-29, 2012.
  • “Is there Silence at the Heart of Laughter?” Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion Conference, New Delhi, India, December 30, 2011-January 2, 2012.
  • "Warai and Japan in Transition: through a Time-based Incongruity Model," Japan Studies Association [USA] Conference, Honolulu (HI), USA, January 6-9, 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 on the Topology of the Body, Nagoya University, February 16-17, 2008.
  • “Diversity or Indifference? A Temporal Approach to Laughter,” International Society for Humor Studies, 15th Annual Conference, Chicago (IL), USA, July 1-4, 2003.
  • “The Power of Time,” Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific (8th Symposium), Perth, Australia, December 11-12, 1998.
  • "The Indifférance in Laughter,” Fifth Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, June, 1994.