ISHS Members not only
sponsor our annual conferences but also provide seminars on humor
research and workshops on humor in the workplace, professional writing,
health care, and stress management. This page provides information
on upcoming humor-related conferences, seminars, and workshops as
well as member websites that provide workshops for organizations
you have a conference, seminar, or workshop that you would like
to list here, contact the ISHS Executive Secretary at email@example.com.
Upcoming ISHS Conference
26th Annual Conference of the International Society for Humor Studies Conference,
July 7 to 11, 2014, University of
Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Conference organizer: Sibe Doosje,
Psychology Department, University of Utrecht. For more information,
contact the Conference organizer at S.Doosje@uu.nl
or visit the Conference website.
Upcoming Annual, Biennial, and Quadrennial
Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor,
April 3-6, 2014, Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, Vincennes
University, Indiana, USA. The theme of the 27th AATH Conference
is Healthy Humor: What is It, Where to Find It, Who Needs
It ... and Why? The Conference will be held at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, and Conference discounts are available to ISHS members. For
more information, visit the AATH Conference page at http://www.aath.org.
Fortieth Annual Meeting of The Association for the Study of Play,
April 23-26, 2014, National
Museum of Play, Rochester, New York, USA. The theme of the
2014 TASP Conference will be Play: Connecting the Past,
Present, and Future. For
more information contact Rick Worch at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the Conference
Humor Project's 56th Conference on the Positive Power of Humor and Creativity,
May 2-4, 2014 or June 6-8, 2014 (final date TBD), Saratoga
Springs, New York. The Humor Project
celebrates its 56th International Program on the Positive
Power of Humor and Creativity in Saratoga Springs, New York.
For more information visit the Humor
Fifteenth Annual Conference of the International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies,
October 16-17, 2014, University of Hawaii, Manoa. The International
Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies will hold its 15th
Annual Conference on the campus of the University of Missouri,
Kansas City. For more Conference and Society information,
contact Luigi Imperiale at email@example.com.
Recent Annual and Biennial Conferences
Twentieth AHSN Colloquium,
February 14-15, 2014, National Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
The 20th Colloquium of the Australasian Humour Studies Network
(AHSN) will be held at the National Library in Wellington,
New Zealand, and will be convened by Mike Lloyd, Meredith
Marra, and Michael Sonzongi (Victoria University of Wellington).
The conference theme is “Antything Goes,” and
the deadline for paper submissions is August 31, 2013. For
more information, see the AHSN
10th International CORHUM Conference,
November 21-23, 2013, University
Paris Ouest Nanterre,
The 10th CORHUM Conference
will be hosted by the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre and
the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. The
theme will be Laughter of the Poor. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
International Gelological Conference: History of Studying
Laughter in Russia,
May 16-19, 2013, Russian Institute of Art History, Saint-Petersburg
State University, Russia. The aim of the conference was to
examine basic scientific, philosophical and historiographical
works on laughter. It is expected to analyze what Russian
thinkers (or scientific schools) have contributed to studying
laughter. For more information contact email@example.com.
Third LAFAL Symposium,
University of Lódz, Poland, March 21–23, 2013,
The theme of the third LAFAL symposium was “Entertainment
Discourse Beyond Humour Studies.” The symposium provided
a forum for linguists who are interested in concepts and language
issues of relevance to humor research. Plenary Speakers were
Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University), Miriam Locher (University
of Basle), Dr. Brett Mills (University of East Anglia), Prof.
Paul Simpson (Queen’s University of Belfast), and Prof.
Elizabeth Stokoe (Loughborough University). For more information,
please visit the Symposium
Third North East Texas Humor Research Conference,
February 22-24, 2013, Southern Methodist University, Dallas,
Texas, USA. The 3rd North East Texas Humor Research Conference
2013 invited submissions for a multidisciplinary three day
conference in Dallas, TX. The conference theme was “Humor
in the Professions, Psychology, Pedagogy: Intercultural Perspectives.”
NETHRC 2013 included an opening plenary roundtable and reception,
paper sessions, panels, posters, and workshops. For more information,
contact the Conference Organizers, Christian Hempelmann at
or Owen Hanley Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the Conference
2nd International Conference on Humour in Conventional and Unconventional Politics.
November 6-8, 2012. Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, Romania.
The aim of the conference was to bring together researchers
with varied views on humour and politics. The central question
raised was whether humour influences politics and shapes both
political figures and political acts. The Conference included
papers on humour in political speeches, humour in political
campaigning and political conferences, humour in parliamentary
debates, humour and democracy, humour and leadership, military
humour, humour in totalitarian societies, humour in wartime,
political humour in the media, translation and political humour.
For more infomation, visit the Conference website.
ISHS Endorsed Conference.
Symposia, and Workshops
Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia
Fourteenth International Summer School & Symposium on Humor and Laughter,
July 14-19, 2014,
of Sheffield, England.
The International Summer Schools are intended for
and established investigators, planning research projects
on humor, an opportunity to develop a strong foundation on
the existing theoretical and methodological issues related
to the scientific study of humor. For more information
on the 2013
School, contact Willibald Ruch at email@example.com
or Elena Hoicka
For information on previous International Summer Schools,
visit the Summer School homepage.
ISHS Endorsed Symposium.
First International Conference on
Pediatric Hospital Clowning: Reflections on Research and Training,
October 17-18, 2014, Meyer Childtren's Hospital of Florence,
Italy. This conference aims to create an opportunity for the
presentation and discussion amongst Hospital Clowning researchers
and trainers regarding data and reflections on the clowns’
work in pediatric settings. The Abstract Review Committee
invites proposals for oral presentations and posters. Proposals
in the form of short abstracts (maximum 350 words) should
be sent to Laura Vagnoli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for the receipt of proposals is June 8, 2014.
and Society Symposium, November 22, 2014, University
of Hull, Kingston upon Hull, England. Bringing together scholars
from several disciplines, this symposium aims to encourage
a wide-ranging consideration of the contribution made to society
by comedy in all its forms. Papers are invited on written
or performed comedy, historical or contemporary. Abstracts
of 300 words for papers lasting 20 minutes should be sent
to Dr. Louise Peacock, at email@example.com
by May 22, 2014.
Recent Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia
October 28-November 1, 2013, Torino, Italy. This training
workshop is designed to help participants to prepare for public
speeches and to infuse humor into their presentations. The
course should be of interest to teachers, trainers, managers,
educational guides, counselors, and anyone who needs to improve
their public speaking. The course is taught by Rino Cerritelli,
Rita Barbero, Franco Tibaldi, and Stefania Quaino. The course
fee is 750 EUR. For more information, contact the organizers
Mind and Mirth: The Philosophy of Humor,
April 5-6, 2013, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, USA. The
Mind and Mirth Conference focused on different aspects of
the philosophy and humor. Planned keynote speakers included
John Morreall (College of William and Mary) and Daniel Dennett
(Tufts University). Paper sessions included topics, such as
the logic of humor, humor and cognition, humor and culture,
the aesthetics of humor, gender and humor, comedy and community,
and humor and human nature.for more information, contact Dan
Cohen, Department of Philosophy, Colby College, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Humor Studies Association at MLA,
January 3-6, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. AHSA held a
symposium on Laughing to Keep from Crying at the
2013 Modern Language Association Conference. For more information,
contact Sharon D. McCoy, Department of English, University
of Georgia, at email@example.com or
visit the AHSA website at www.slu.edu/academic/ahsa.
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Symposium on Aritificial Intelligence of Humor,
November 2-4, 2012, Westin Arlington Gateway, Arlington Virginia,
USA. Human ability to communicate is incomplete without the
use of humor. If a computational system is ever to approximate
human communication ability or act as a competent partner
in a conversation with a human, humor must be accounted for.
The general goal of the proposed Symposium is to advance the
state of the art in the direction of developing an AI system
capable of understanding the mechanism of a joke at a level
sufficient for providing a punch line to a human generated
setup (even if unintentional) and conversely, for computer
reacting competently to a human generated punch line that
follows a setup, generated by either participant. The symposium
was multidisciplinary in nature, and the participants were
from all contributing disciplines, viz., computational semantics,
knowledge representation, computational psychology, AI theory,
humanoid robotics, human-computer interface, and human factors,
to name just a few. For more information contact the Symposium
Co-Chair, Julia M. Taylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the Humor
The Taboo Conference 2012,
October 25-27, 2012, University of Bologna, Forli, Italy.
In a world that seems continuously to be pushing the envelope
of what is acceptable to the inhabitants of specific linguistic
and cultural contexts, this interdisciplinary conference acknowledges
the importance of investigating taboos and their reinforcement/breaking
in various areas of language, culture and society, and across
different cultures. We explored the delicate balance and subtle
boundaries between the need for inclusion and respect for
different ethnic, religious, sexual, etc. backgrounds and
a (un)conscious push towards the breaking of existing taboos,
for example for shock value, as in the case of humor. For
further information, contact Chiara Bucaria at email@example.com
or visit the Conference
and Resource Providers
following is a list of websites that belong to ISHS members
who offer workshops for businesses, organizations, and groups.
We provide these listings solely as a service to our members.
A listing here does not imply ISHS endorsement or sponsorship.
Klein—Humor for Workplace Wellness - Offers
keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops and retreats
on how to use humor to deal with changes, challenges, and
not-so-funny stuff in the workplace and in life. (Founder:
The Humor Project
Organization devoted to helping people tap the
positive power of humor and creativity (Founder: Joel Goodman).
Provider of professional seminars, books, articles,
and other products related to humor and health (Founder: Karyn
– Provider of professional seminars that explore the
benefits of humor in the workplace (Founder: John Morreall).
Jest for the Health of It
Provider of humor and health resources and workshops (Founder:
Provider of seminars to help people develop their humor
and laughter skills to reduce stress and promote physical
well-being. (Founder: Dorothea Keeling).
Laughter Remedy Provider of humor and health resources and workshops
(Founder: Paul McGhee).
— Provider of keynotes, in-services, professional development
trainings, employee appreciation events, and retreats (Founders:
Kay Caskey and Laurie Young).
Stand Up For Mental Health
— Provider of stand-up comedy courses for people with
mental illness as a way of building self-esteem (Founder:
Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive —
Provider of professional seminars and workshops for screenwriters,
directors and actors exploring comic performance theory and