The International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) is a scholarly and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of humor research. Many of the Society's members are university and college professors in the Arts and Humanities, Biological and Social Sciences, and Education.  The Society also includes professionals in the fields of counseling, management, nursing, journalism, and theater.  Our members research humor's many facets, including its role in business, entertainment, and health care as well as how humor varies according to culture, age, gender, purpose, and context.

As part of our activities, we offer the quarterly journal, Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, publish a newsletter, and hold an annual international conference. In 2021, we postponed our annual conference, and instead held a six-part webinar series. You can read about the webinar series on the Webinar Page. This summer we will resume on annual conferences on the Bertinoro campus of the University of Bologna in Italy from June 27 to July 2, 2022.

Click on this page's links to learn more about the Society's journal, past and upcoming conferences, membership, ad resources. Click on the button above to visit the upcoming ISHS Conference website for registration, paper submissions, and additional Conference information. Graduate students, interested in conference awards, should refer to the Awards Section of the Upcoming & Past ISHS Conference page.


ISHS is hosted by Holy Names University.
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