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. Our 2022 Conference was held on the Bertinoro campus of the University of Bologna in Italy, and our most recent conference was held. at Boston University this past July.

Click on the links here to learn more about the Society's journal, past and upcoming conferences, membership, and resources. Click on the button above to visit the recent ISHS Conference in Boston.. Graduate students, interested in conference awards, should refer to the Awards Section of the Upcoming and Past ISHS Conference page.