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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 adopted 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. With the Fall 2012 Issue, The
Humorous Times began to feature book reviews of recent
publications in humor studies. The Humrous Times is currently produced through the Society's home base at Holy Names University.
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 Summer 2019 Issue of The Humorous Times.
ISHS Executive Board Election
Every two years, the International Society for Humor Studies holds an election for ISHS President and for two new Members-at-Large to the ISHS Executive Board. The new ISHS President will serve for two years, from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021, and will take over from Wladislaw Chlopicki (Jagiellonian University, Poland), who will continue on the ISHS Board as the immediate Past President. The new Members-at-Large will replace Liisi Laineste (University of Tartu, Estonia) and Sharon Lockyer (Brunel University, United Kingdom) who have served on the ISHS Board since January 2016. The new Board Members will serve for four years from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023.
Balloting for the 2019 Election opened on November 14 and closed on December 23, 2019. Patrice Oppliger (Boston University, USA) was elected as 2020-21 ISHS President, and Jennifer Hofmann (University of Zurich, Switzerland) and Villy Tsakona (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) were elected as Board Members-at-Large. We thank all of the candidates who participated in this election.
ISHS is pleased
to announce the continuation of special members-only book discounts
from Mouton DeGruyter, Wayne State University Press, and John Benjamins. We are also pleased to announce that Taylor and Francis will provide ISHS Members with discounts on its humor research library. For 2020, 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, 30% to 50% discounts on Humor Research books from John Benjamins, and 25% discounts on humor research books from Taylor and Francis.
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. In 2018, the Society established the Christie Davies Award to recognize notable graduate student and young scholar work in the Social Sciences. 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 2018 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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