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
30th Annual Conference of the International Society for Humor Studies Conference,
June 25 to June 29, 2018, Talinn University, Talinn, Estonia.
For more information, visit the Conference at https://www.folklore.ee/ishs2018 or write to the Conference Organizer, Liisi Laineste at email@example.com.
Upcoming Annual, Biennial, and Quadrennial
Thirty-First Annual Conference of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, April 12-15, 2018, San Diego, California. The theme of the 31st AATH Conference will be Resilience: Harnessing the Power of Humor. Conference discounts are available to ISHS members. For more information, visit the AATH Conference page at http://www.aath.org.
Twelfth Annual Conference of the Lighthearted Philosophers' Society, October 12-13, 2018, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California. The Lighthearted Phliosophers Society will hold its annual conference in Santa Barbara, California. The deadline for submissions is June 15 with acceptance notifications send by July 15. Details on how to register and submit papers for the conference can be found at https://philevents.org/event/show/41366. For additional conference information, you can write to the conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Annual and Biennial Conferences
Eighteenth Annual Conference of the International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies,
October 24-26, 2017, Universidad de Santiago, Chile. The International
Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies will hold its 18th Annual
Conference on the campus of the University of Santiago in Chile.
For more Conference and Society information, visit the ISLHHS page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ISLHHS/ or the Conference
organizers at email@example.com.
Twenty-Fourth AHSN Colloquium, February 2-4, 2018, Central Queensland University, Cairns Campus. The 24th Colloquium
of the Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN) will be convened
by Anja Pabel, Jessica Milner Davis, and Bruce Findlay. The colloquium theme will be Humour:
How does it Travel. For general information, contact Anja Pabel at firstname.lastname@example.org; for submission information, contact Bruce Findlay at email@example.com, or visit the AHSN website at http://www.sydney.edu.au/humourstudies.
Forty-Fourth Annual Meeting of The Association for the Study of Play, February 28 to March 3, 2018, Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, Florida. The 44th Annual Meeting of The Association for the Study of Play will be held from February 28 to March 3, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Melbourne Waterfront in Melbourne, Florida. The 2018 TASP Conference’s theme will be Fulfilling the Promise of Play, and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Peter Grey, author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the instinct to Play will Make our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. For more information, contact Walter Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Conference
Fourth International Gelological Congress, May 25-27, 2017, St. Petersburg, Russia. The theme of the fourth Gelological Congress was the Social Nature of Laughter. The focus on the Congress was on the social aspects, social genesis, and communicative aspects of laughter. Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Sergey Troitskiy at email@example.com.
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 invited
submissions for an international multidisciplinary three day conference in
Dallas, Texas. The conference included an opening
session and reception, paper sessions, panels,
posters, and workshops. Paper submissions were sent to CHSSA@tamuc.edu.
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.
Third Taboo Conference, September 20-21, 2016, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. The theme of the 3rd Taboo Conference was Taboo Humour: Language, Culture, Society, and the Media. 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 was “Theoretical Issues in Humour: Building Bridges across Disciplines.” The symposium provided a forum for linguists who are interested in concepts and language issues of relevance to humor research. Plenary Speakers were Alexander Brock, Raymond Gibbs, James Mahon, Limor Shifman, and Francisco Yus.
Symposia, and Workshops
Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia
Eighteenth International Summer School & Symposium on Humor and Laughter,
July 2 to July 7, 2018,
University of Wolverhampton, Telford, United Kingdom. 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 2018 Summer
School, contact Willibald Ruch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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