International Society for Humor Studies is one of a number of scholarly
and professional groups with an interest in the study and applications
of humor research. This page provides links to other research-related
societies, networks, organizations, and projects.
American Humor Studies Association Society dedicated
to the study of American humor in all its various aspects,
including belles lettres, popular comic papers, and
various sub-literary media.
Association for the Study of Play (TASP) Multidisciplinary
organization dedicated to promoting the study of play.
based in France, dedicated to the development of humor research
in the arts, history, linguistics, anthropology, psychology,
and sociology (Information in French).
International Society for Empirical Aesthetics Society dedicated to the empirical
study of aesthetics and of the arts, literature, and music.
International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) Homepage for the worldwide association for humor
International Society for Luso-Hispanic
Humor Studies Scholarly society dedicated
to the study and appreciation of humor wherever Spanish and
Portuguese are spoken.
Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Organization,
based in the United States, committed to advancing knowledge
and understanding of humor and laughter as they relate to
healing and well-being. At its 2006
Conference, AATH will present awards to recent
authors who have published books that support the Association's
mission to "advance the understanding and application
of humor and laughter for their positivebenefits." Details
on these book awards can be found on the AATH
Canadian Association for Therapeutic Humor Organization,
based in Canada, dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding
of humor and laughter as they relate to healing and well-being.
Australian Humour Studies Network
— The purpose
of the Australasian Humour Studies Network is to consolidate
interest in the emerging field of humour studies and to build
links between scholars and practitioners in different academic
departments, institutions and geographical locations. It has
grown from 40 members and 10 discipline areas in 1997 to over
120 scholars and practitioners in up to 25 different academic
disciplines and professions across
Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere (Coordinator: Jessica
Milner Davis, University of Sydney).
Dansk Center for Humorforskning Site provides a description
of a Scandianvian network of humor researchers. (Webmaster:
Martin Führ, Danish University of Education; information in
Humorology: Humor Research for Students
Yahoo discussion group designed for students from all disiplines
who are interested in the study of humor. Questions and discussions
on humor related topics, from any perspective, are welcomed
(Moderator: Gil Greengross, University of New Mexico).
Centers and Archives
American Comedy Archives
— Archive, established at Emerson College in 2005 to
acquire, preserve and make available primary source material
that documents the professional activities of the ground breaking
individuals who have written, produced or performed comedy
for radio, television, motion pictures or live performance.
Institute for Travesty, Comedy, and Humor Studies — The Institute of Travesty, Comedy, and Humor Studies (ITCHS) was established for the promotion of research and study of comedy as a dramatic form and of humor, the spice of comedy. ITCHS uses a variety of research methodologies from multiple disciplines, notably literary criticism, rhetoric, and the empirical sciences.
ITCHS is also the home of the Humor Quotient Newsletter and the designer and administrator of the Humor Quotient Test and the Langerian/Bergsonian Vitalist Humor Test.
Gliner Center for Humor Communication and Health — The mission of the Gliner Center
for Humor Communication and Health is to promote and utilize
humor communication as a basis for education, applied research
and practices that inform, influence and enhance personal
and public health. Major initiatives are the Legacy
Leadership Institute on Humor Communication and Health, the
Humor Your Way to Good Health Programs, the Humor Resource
Library, the Gliner Center Award, Gliner Fellows, Maryland
Day, and lectures and symposia.
Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor —
The Schmulowitz Collection, housed in the San Francisco Public Library comprises a wide range of wit and humor, including international fairy tales and folklore, proverbs, national and ethnic humor, anecdotes, joke books, cartoons and comic books, political satire, biography, humorous essays, monologues, plays and novels, popular entertainments, movable books, and literary, historical and popular culture studies.
Members from time to time conduct web-based research projects
that allow interested persons to participate in a online humor
survey, test, or experiment. ISHS provides links to these
web projects as a courtesy to our members, and a link here
does not imply endorsement of a particular project.
of Foreign Films in the United States
— Delia Chiaro, Chair of English Language and Linguistics,
at the University of Bologna (email@example.com), is conducting
a survey of U.S. audiences' appreciation of foreign language
films. If you reside in the United States and would like to
participate in this project, you can do so by clicking either
or both of the film links here to watch a ten minute movie:
Everything that Glitters
or Bobbolone. After
you watch a film, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire.
You can watch and complete the questionnaires for one or both
films. The questionnaires are completely anonymous, and personal
information will only be used for the purposes of the survey.