The International Society for Humor Studies

The International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) is a scholarly and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of humor research. Many of the Society's members are university and college professors in the Arts and Humanities, Biological and Social Sciences, and Education.  The Society also includes professionals in the fields of counseling, management, nursing, journalism, and theater.  All of our members are interested in humor's many facets, including its role in business, entertainment, and health care as well as how humor varies according to culture, age, gender, purpose, and context.

As part of our activities, we publish the quarterly journal, Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, and a newsletter, and hold an annual international conference. Our last Conference was held in July 2014 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and our next Conference will be held at the Society's homebase, Holy Names University in Oakland, California, USA, from June 29 to July 3, 2015.


Click on this page's links to learn more about the Society's journal, past and upcoming conferences, membership, and resources. Click on the button below to visit the 2014 ISHS Conference website. Registration for the 2015 ISHS Conference will open here on November 15, 2014.

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