International Society for Humor Studies

Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops

 
 

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 and groups.

If you have a conference, seminar, or workshop that you would like to list here, contact the ISHS Executive Secretary at ishs@hnu.edu.

Conferences

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 ishs2017@uqam.caor Conference Organizer Christelle Pare at christelle.pare@brunel.ac.uk.

  

Upcoming Annual, Biennial, and Quadrennial Conferences

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 a.mclachlan@federation.edu.au 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 c.hempelmann@tamuc.edu or Elisa Gironzetti at elisa.gironzetti@tamuc.edu, 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 eworch@bgsu.edu or visit the Conference website.

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 sergtroy@yandex.ru. 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 thetabooconference@gmail.com 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 marta.dynel@yahoo.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 humor.luso.hispanico@gmail.com.

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 Project.

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 mcintire@slu.edu.

10th International CORHUM Conference, November 21-23, 2013, University Paris Ouest Nanterre, France. 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 riredupauvre@gmail.com for more information.

 

Seminars, Symposia, and Workshops

Upcoming 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 students 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 w.ruch@psychologie.uzh.ch. For additional information on previous International Summer Schools, visit the Summer School homepage. ISHS Endorsed Symposium.

Recent Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia

Make it Funny, 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 alba@cesaf.it.

First 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 l.vagnoli@meyer.it.

On 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 dhcohen@colby.edu.

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 sdmccoy@uga.edu 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 jtaylor1@purdue.edu or visit the Humor Symposium website.    

 

Workshop and Resource Providers

The 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.

Allen 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 ProjectOrganization devoted to helping people tap the positive power of humor and creativity (Founder: Joel Goodman).

HumorRx – Provider of  professional seminars, books, articles, and other products related to humor and health (Founder: Karyn Buxman).

HumorWorks – Provider of professional seminars that explore the benefits of humor in the workplace (Founder: John Morreall).

Jest for the Health of ItProvider of humor and health resources and workshops (Founder: Patty Wooten).

L.A.U.G.H.S. – Provider of seminars to help people develop their humor and laughter skills to reduce stress and promote physical well-being.  (Founder: Dorothea Keeling). 

Laughter RemedyProvider of humor and health resources and workshops (Founder: Paul McGhee).

Laughter Works — 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: David Granirer).

Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive — Provider of professional seminars and workshops for screenwriters, directors and actors exploring comic performance theory and techniques.