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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming ISHS Conference
29th Annual Conference of the International Society for Humor Studies Conference,
July 10 to July 14, 2017, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada.
Conference organizer: Jean Marie LaFortune,
University of Quebec at Montreal. For more information, visit the Conference at ishs-2017-montreal.uqam.ca or write to Conference Registration at email@example.com Conference Organizer Christelle Pare at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Annual, Biennial, and Quadrennial
Twenty-Third AHSN Colloquium, February 1-3, 2017, School of Mines Ballarat campus of Federation University Australia. The 23nd Colloquium
of the Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN) will be convened
by Angus McLachlan. The colloquium theme will be Humour:
Here and There; Then and Now. For more information, contact Angus McLachlan at email@example.com or visit the AHSN website at http://www.sydney.edu.au/humourstudies.
Seventh Texas Humor Research Conference,
March 9-11, 2017, Dallas Center of Texas A & M University–Commerce,
Texas, USA. The 7th Texas Humor Research Conference invites
submissions for an international multidisciplinary three day conference in
Dallas, Texas. The conference will include an opening
session and reception, paper sessions, panels,
posters, and workshops. Paper submissions can be sent to CHSSA@tamuc.edu.
The early submission deadline is December 31, 2016 and the late submission deadline is Janaury 31, 2017. For more information,
contact the Conference Organizers, Christian Hempelmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elisa Gironzetti at email@example.com,
or visit the Conference
website. ISHS Endorsed Conference.
Forty-Third Annual Meeting of The Association for the Study of Play, April 5-8, 2017 The Strong, Rochester, New York. The 43rd Annual Meeting of The Association for the Study of Play will be held from April 5 to 8, 2017 at The Strong, The National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, USA. The 2017 TASP Conference’s theme will be Playful Communities. Keynotes will be Bernie De Koven, author of The Well-Played Game, and Montana Miller, author of Playing Dead. For information, contact Rick Worch at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Conference
Thirtieth Annual Conference of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, April 27-30, 2017, Orlando, Florida. The theme of the 30th AATH Conference will be Humor: The Power and Purpose of Play. Conference discounts are available to ISHS members. For more information, visit the AATH Conference page at http://www.aath.org.
Fourth International Gelological Congress, May 25-27, 2017, St. Petersburg, Russia. The theme of the fourth Gelological Congress will be the Social Nature of Laughter. The focus on the Congress will be on the social aspects, social genesis, and communicative aspects of laughter. Paper proposals and inquiries should be sent to Dr. Sergey Troitskiy at email@example.com. The paper submission deadline is February 1, 2017.
Recent Annual and Biennial Conferences
Third Taboo Conference, September 20-21, 2016, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. The theme of the 3rd Taboo Conference will be Taboo Humour: Language, Culture, Society, and the Media. Paper proposals should include a 300-word abstract and a brief bionote and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 16, 2016 with the subject line, TaCo2016--Proposal. For information, visit the Conference webpage at https://portal.upf.edu/web/taco/home.
Fourth LAFAL Symposium,
University of Lódz, Poland, March 17-18, 2016, The theme of the fourth LAFAL symposium will be “Theoretical Issues in Humour: Building Bridges across Disciplines.” The symposium provides a forum for linguists who are interested in concepts and language issues of relevance to humor research. Plenary Speakers will be Alexander Brock, Raymond Gibbs, James Mahon, Limor Shifman, and Francisco Yus. Paper proposal can be sent to email@example.com. For more information, please click here.
Sixteenth Annual Conference of the International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies,
October 14-16, 2015, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiaba-MT, Brazil. The International
Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies held its 16th Annual
Conference on the campus of the Federal University of Mato Grosso in Brazil.
For more Conference and Society information, contact the Conference
organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
convened 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 email@example.com.
10th International CORHUM Conference,
November 21-23, 2013, University
Paris Ouest Nanterre,
The 10th CORHUM Conference
was hosted by the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre and the
Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. The theme
was Laughter of the Poor. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Symposia, and Workshops
Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia
Seventeenth International Summer School & Symposium on Humor and Laughter,
July 17-22, 2017,
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. 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 2017 Summer
School, contact Willibald Ruch at email@example.com.
For additional information on previous International Summer Schools,
visit the Summer School homepage. ISHS Endorsed Symposium.
Recent Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia
October 28-November 1, 2013, Torino, Italy. This training
workshop was designed to help participants to prepare for
public speeches and to infuse humor into their presentations.
The course was for teachers, trainers, managers, educational
guides, counselors, and anyone who needs to improve their
public speaking. The course was taught by Rino Cerritelli,
Rita Barbero, Franco Tibaldi, and Stefania Quaino. For more
information, contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Conference on Pediatric Hospital Clowning: Reflections
on Research and Training, October 17-18, 2014,
Meyer Children's Hospital of Florence, Italy. This conference
aimed 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. For more information, contact Laura Vagnoli at email@example.com.
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
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, nad workshops 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 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