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


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 or write to the Conference Organizer, Liisi Laineste at


Upcoming Annual, Biennial, and Quadrennial Conferences

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

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 For additional conference information, you can write to the conference organizers at

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 or the Conference organizers at

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; for submission information, contact Bruce Findlay at, or visit the AHSN website at

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 or visit the Conference website.

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

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 For more information, contact the Conference Organizers, Christian Hempelmann at or Elisa Gironzetti at, 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

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.


Seminars, Symposia, and Workshops

Upcoming 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 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 2018 Summer School, contact Willibald Ruch at 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

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

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

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 or visit the AHSA website at
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 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.