International Society for Humor Studies is one of a number of scholarly
and professional groups with an interest in the study and applications
of humor research. This page provides links to other research-related
societies, networks, organizations, and projects.
American Humor Studies Association Society dedicated
to the study of American humor in all its various aspects,
including belles lettres, popular comic papers, and
various sub-literary media.
Association for the Study of Play (TASP) Multidisciplinary
organization dedicated to promoting the study of play.
based in France, dedicated to the development of humor research
in the arts, history, linguistics, anthropology, psychology,
and sociology (Information in French).
International Society for Empirical Aesthetics Society dedicated to the empirical
study of aesthetics and of the arts, literature, and music.
International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) Homepage for the worldwide association for humor
International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies Scholarly society dedicated
to the study and appreciation of humor wherever Spanish and
Portuguese are spoken.
International Society for Persian Humor Scholarly society dedicated
to the study and appreciation of Persian humor.
Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Organization,
based in the United States, committed to advancing knowledge
and understanding of humor and laughter as they relate to
healing and well-being. AATH holds an annual Conference,
and offers scholarships to Conference participants. Details
on Conference scholarships can be found on the Scholarships page.
Canadian Association for Therapeutic Humor Organization,
based in Canada, dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding
of humor and laughter as they relate to healing and well-being.
Australian Humour Studies Network
— The purpose
of the Australasian Humour Studies Network is to consolidate
interest in the emerging field of humour studies and to build
links between scholars and practitioners in different academic
departments, institutions and geographical locations. It has
grown from 40 members and 10 discipline areas in 1997 to over
120 scholars and practitioners in up to 25 different academic
disciplines and professions across
Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere (Coordinator: Jessica
Milner Davis, University of Sydney).
Dansk Center for Humorforskning Site provides a description
of a Scandianvian network of humor researchers. (Webmaster:
Martin Führ, Danish University of Education; information in
Humorology: Humor Research for Students
Yahoo discussion group designed for students from all disiplines
who are interested in the study of humor. Questions and discussions
on humor related topics, from any perspective, are welcomed
(Moderator: Gil Greengross, Aberystwyth University).
Centers and Archives
American Comedy Archives
— Archive, established at Emerson College in 2005 to
acquire, preserve and make available primary source material
that documents the professional activities of the ground breaking
individuals who have written, produced or performed comedy
for radio, television, motion pictures or live performance.
Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR)
international research center, located at Brunel University
in London, devoted to the academic study of comedy. As an
interdisciplinary centre, CCSR considers the production, content,
reception and wider socio-political implications of comedy
in a variety of formats and from a range of perspectives.
Gliner Center for Humor Communication and Health — The mission of the Gliner Center
for Humor Communication and Health is to promote and utilize
humor communication as a basis for education, applied research
and practices that inform, influence and enhance personal
and public health. Major initiatives are the Legacy Leadership Institute on Humor Practices, the
Humor Your Way to Good Health Programs, the Humor Resource
Library, the Gliner Center Award, Gliner Fellows, Maryland
Day, and lectures and symposia.
Greater Good Science Center — Based at the University of California,
Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center is unique in its
commitment to both science and practice: not only does the
Center sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social
and emotional well-being, the Center helps people apply this
research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001,
GGSC has been at the fore of a new scientific movement to
explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals,
strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science
of a meaningful life.