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ISHS Newsletter—The Humorous Times
1988 through Winter 2005, the ISHS Newsletter appeared as
a separate section of the Society's journal, HUMOR: International
Journal of Humor Research. Its first two editors were
Alleen Nilsen (Arizona State University), who served from
1988 through 2003, and Amy Carrell (University of Central
Oklahoma), who served for 2004 and 2005.
Fall 2005, Ralph Mueller (University of Fribourg) became the
third editor of the ISHS Newsletter, and under his direction
the ISHS Newsletter has a new name—The Humorous Times—and
a new look. As an e-newsletter, The Humorous Times
continues to report on international activities, but it also
includes special features on humor research as well as squibs
and short humorous writings. With the Fall 2012 Issue, The
Humorous Times began to feature book reviews of recent
publications in Humor Studies. In Fall 2013, Ralph Mueller turned
over the editorship of the Humorous Times to Sean Guillory
(MD Anderson Cancer Center).
ISHS members receive the the ISHS newsletter electronically
and can access it online here on the News page of the ISHS Website.
Current ISHS members can also access past ISHS Newsletters in
the Newsletter Archive also found
on this page.
Here for the Fall 2013 Issue of The Humorous Times.
ISHS Executive Board Election
In Fall 2013, the
Society held its biannual Board elections through the internet
service, Qualtrics. With 170 returned ballots, Larry Ventis
(College of William and Mary, USA) received the majority of
the votes cast for ISHS President. He will serve as ISHS President
through December 31, 2015. Goh Abe (Kagawa University, Japan)
and Christian Hempelmann (Texas A & M University–Commerce,
USA) were elected as ISHS Board Members-at-Large and will
serve through December 2017. We thank Willibald Ruch for his
service as ISHS President for 2012 and 2013 as well as Chao-Chih
Liao and Andrea Samson for their roles as ISHS Board Members
from January 2010 through December 2013.
ISHS Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
opening reception for the 25th International Society for Humor
Studies Conference was held in the Great Hall of the Sir Christopher
Wren Building, providing authentic colonial atmosphere. Entertainment
was provided by members of the Botetourt Singers, and the
combination of their vocal talent and the Great Hall’s
acoustics greatly enriched a special evening.
Highlights of the first day included an opening plenary session
and the first talk was the Presidential Address by Willibald
Ruch (Univ. of Zurich) on Humor in Transgressions: Benevolent
and Corrective Humor. In an afternoon session, Rod Martin
(Univ. of Western Ontario) served as convener and co-author
in a Symposium on Investigating Humor Styles and Well-Being
within Individuals over Time: Daily Diary Techniques.
In the Comedy Contest Wednesday evening, Jeri Martin was awarded
the highly coveted ROFLMAO Trophy for first place, and Rebecca
Higgie won the LOL Trophy for her second place finish.
Thursday began with a plenary session, and the first lecture
was by Robert Mankoff, cartoon Editor, New Yorker magazine,
who spoke on The New Yorker’s Cartoon process: Creating,
Editing, Publishing, and Monetizing Cartoon Humor. Some
representative paper session topics during the day included
Cross Cultural Humor, chaired by Xiao Dong Yue (City
Univ. of Hong Kong) Stand-Up Comedy: Venue, Technique,
and Consequences, chaired by Eric Shouse (East Carolina
Univ.) and Humor in Art and Protest, chaired by Janet
Bing (Old Dominion Univ.). The evening literally ended with
a bang, including Fourth of July Fireworks in Colonial Williamsburg
and a torchlight procession by the Fife and Drum Corps.
Friday’s plenary session featured papers by student
award winners. The Don and Alleen Nilsen Young Scholar Award
went to Chelsae Hay (Tarleton State Univ.), for her paper,
It’s All in the Ending: Target Shifts in Tragedy
and Restoration Comedy. The two Graduate Student Awards
went to Sara Caird (Univ. of Western Ontario), whose paper
was titled, Funny You Should Say That: The Role of Daily
Humor Styles in Dating Relationships, and Anna Cairns
(Oxford Univ.), who spoke on, ‘Firm in reliance,
laugh a defiance’: The Laughing Suffragette and Political
Protest on the Stage. Additional sessions included a
Panel Discussion on Australian Radio Prank: Tact and Humor
in the Digital Age, chaired by Paul Lewis (Boston College)
Humor in Public and Social Media, chaired by Patrice
Oppliger (Boston Univ.), and Native American and Other
Tricksters, chaired by Gretchen Martin (The Univ. of
Virginia’s College at Wise). The evening ended with
the banquet in the Sadler University Center.
To view a YouTube video of the 2013 ISHS Conference, provided
by Rod Martin, click here.
ISHS is pleased
to announce the continuation of special members-only book discounts
from Mouton DeGruyter, Wayne State University Press, and Transaction
Publishers. For 2014, ISHS members can receive sizable discounts
on books in Mouton deGruyter's Humor Research series as well
as 20% discounts on other books published by Mouton deGruyter.
Members also receive 40% discounts on books in Wayne State University's
Humor in Life and Letters series and 25% discounts
on books in Transaction Publishers' Humor Studies series.
ISHS Scholarship Fund
2006, Holy Names University in Oakland, California established
a special ISHS fund, so that the Society could receive contributions
to support and recognize graduate students and notable humor
researchers. Scholarships may be awarded to help a student
or scholar complete important humor research or to present
at one of our annual conferences. In 2012, the Society further
established the Don and Alleen Nilsen Young Scholars Award
to recognize notable student achievements at the Society's
Conferences. An Awards Committee, established by the ISHS
Executive Board, currently determines the number and the size
of each award based on merit, need, and the availability of
funds. If you wish to contribute to this scholarship fund
you can make a donation with your 2014 membership application.
procedures for applying for these awards can be found in Working
Rules appended to the ISHS
Five Years of Developing a Community
of Humor Scholars by Alleen & Don Nilsen
Alleen and Don Nilsen wrote for the Journal of the American
Humor Studies Association an article on their 25 years of
service to humor scholarship in the United States and internationally.
ISHS is pleased to provide this article online to our members
and others interested in humor studies. You can read the Nilsen's
story as well as a recent Danish University of Education intereview
with Don Nilsen by clicking on the links here.
Five Years of Developing a Community of Humor Scholars
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