International Society for Humor Studies

Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops


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 and groups.

If you have a conference, seminar, or workshop that you would like to list here, contact the ISHS Executive Secretary at


Upcoming ISHS Conference


27th Annual Conference of  the International Society for Humor Studies Conference, June 29 to July 3, 2015, Holy Names University, Oakland, California, USA. Conference organizer: Martin Lampert, Psychology Department, Holy Names University. For more information, contact the Conference organizer at Registration and paper submissions will begin on November 15, 2014 through the ISHS website.


Upcoming Annual, Biennial, and Quadrennial Conferences

2014 Conference of the American Humor Studies Association and Mark Twain Circle of America, December 4-7, 2014, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The American Humor Studies Association and the Mark Twain Circle of America will convene their joint quadrennial at the Shereton Four Points Hotel in New Orleans. For more information visit the AHSA website or contact, Janice McIntire-Strasburg, Saint Louis University, at at

Twenty-First AHSN Colloquium, February 4-6, 2015, Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities, Adelaide, South Australia. The 21st Colloquium of the Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN) will be convened by Christine Nicholls, Robert Phiddian, Colette Mrowa-Hopkins, and Antonella Strambi. The conference theme will be Humour: Politics, Pragmatics, Ethics. For more information, visit the AHSN website, or the Colloquium website.

Fifth Texas Humor Research Conference, February 20-22, 2015, Texas A & M University–Commerce, Texas, USA. The 5th Texas Humor Research Conference invites submissions for a multidisciplinary three day conference in Rockwall, TX. The conference theme will be “Humor and Pedagogy” and the conference will include an opening plenary roundtable and reception, paper sessions, panels, posters, and workshops. Paper submissions can be sent to The submission deadline is December 15, 2014. For more information, contact the Conference Organizers, Christian Hempelmann at or Owen Hanley Lynch at, or visit the Conference website.

Forty-First Annual Meeting of The Association for the Study of Play, March 4-7, 2015, University of San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA. The theme of the 2015 TASP Conference will be Play across the Lifespan. The paper proposal deadline is November 14, 2014. For more information, contact Eva Nwokah at or visit the Conference website.

Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, May 29-31, 2015, Penn's Landing Hyatt Regency, Philadephia, Pensylvania, USA. The theme of the 28th AATH Conference will be Stayin’ Alive: Keeping Your Brain Healthy & Active With Humor. Conference discounts are available to ISHS members. For more information, visit the AATH Conference page at

Humor Project's 56th Conference on the Positive Power of Humor and Creativity, June 5-7, 2015, 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 Project.

Recent Annual and Biennial Conferences

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 Hawaii at Manoa. For more Conference and Society information, contact the Conference organizers, Lucia Aranda and Jim Yoshioka, at

10th International CORHUM Conference, November 21-23, 2013, University Paris Ouest Nanterre, France. 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 for more information.

Second 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

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 website.



Seminars, Symposia, and Workshops

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia

Fourteenth International Summer School & Symposium on Humor and Laughter, July 14-19, 2014, University of Sheffield, England. The International Summer Schools are intended for students 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 2014 Summer School, contact Willibald Ruch at or Elena Hoicka at 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 Children'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 The deadline for the receipt of proposals is June 8, 2014.

Comedy 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 by May 22, 2014.

Recent Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia

Make it Funny, 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 at

On 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

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 or visit the AHSA website at
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 or visit the Humor Symposium website.    

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 or visit the Conference website. ISHS Endorsed Conference.  


Workshop and Resource Providers

The 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.

Allen 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: Allen Klein).

The Humor ProjectOrganization devoted to helping people tap the positive power of humor and creativity (Founder: Joel Goodman).

HumorRx – Provider of  professional seminars, books, articles, and other products related to humor and health (Founder: Karyn Buxman).

HumorWorks – 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: Patty Wooten).

L.A.U.G.H.S. – Provider of seminars to help people develop their humor and laughter skills to reduce stress and promote physical well-being.  (Founder: Dorothea Keeling). 

Laughter RemedyProvider of humor and health resources and workshops (Founder: Paul McGhee).

Laughter Works — 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: David Granirer).

Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive — Provider of professional seminars and workshops for screenwriters, directors and actors exploring comic performance theory and techniques.