News from the Society
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. Beginning with the Fall 2012 Issue,
The Humorous Times will also feature book reviews of
recent publications in Humor Studies.
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 2012 Issue of The Humorous Times.
ISHS Conference in Kraków, Poland
24th International Society for Humor Studies Conference was
held from June 25 to June 29 on the campus of Jagellonian University
in Kraków, Poland. Conferece Convener Wladyslaw, Chlopicki
and his colleagues at Jagellonian University organized a wonderful
program! The 2012 Conference began with five pre-conference
tutorials on Monday, June 25. Christie Davies offered a workshop
on Jokes: A comparative and social analysis; Jessica Milner
Davis presented on Comedy and humour: How do literary genres
relate to humour studies; Giselinde Kuipers taught Humor and
social boundaries: Studying humor from a social science perspective;
Victor Raskin, Christian Hempelmann, and Julia Taylor reviewed
On the Road to the Ontological Semantic Theory of Humor, and
Willibald Ruch offered Humour and Laughter: How does psychology
define, measure and study them? From June 26 through June 29
the Conference included 12 plenary presentations and 183 presentations
covering topics such as comedy, health, psychology, Polish humor,
media, and literature. This year, the Conference included two
additional events: The Humor TAP conference in Polish and two
special sessions of LAFAL2 (Linguistic Approaches to Funniness,
Amusement and Laughter). The Conference ended with the ISHS
general assembly at whch Christie Davies received a lifetime
achievement award for his humor research in the area of sociology
ISHS is pleased
to announce the continuation of special members-only book discounts
from Mouton DeGruyter, Wayne State University Press, and Transaction
Publishers. For 2013, 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 2013 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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