The International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) is a scholarly and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of humor research. Many of the Society's members are university and college professors in the Arts and Humanities, Biological and Social Sciences, and Education.  The Society also includes professionals in the fields of counseling, management, nursing, journalism, and theater.  All of our members are interested in humor's many facets, including its role in business, entertainment, and health care as well as how humor varies according to culture, age, gender, purpose, and context.

As part of our activities, we publish the quarterly journal, Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, and a newsletter, and hold an annual international conference. Because of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed our scheduled Italy Conference from 2020 to 2021. Our next Conference will be held on the Bertinoro campus of the University of Bologna in Italy from June 28 to July 2, 2021.

Click on this page's links to learn more about the Society's journal, past and upcoming conferences, membership, ad resources. Click on the button above to visit the 2021 ISHS Conference website for registration, paper submissions, and additional Conference information. Graduate students, interested in conference awards, should refer to the Awards Section of the Upcoming & Past ISHS Conference page.


ISHS is hosted by Holy Names University.
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