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


Recent ISHS Conference

33rd Annual Conference of the International Society for Humor Studies, July 3-7, 2023, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. For more information, contact the Conference Organizer, Patrice Oppliger at

Upcoming Annual, Bienniel, and Quadrennial Conferences

Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Lighthearted Philosophers Association, November 10-11, 2023, Whitefish, Montana, USA. The Lighthearted Phliosophers Society will hold its annual conference at the Firebrand Hotel in Whitefish, Montana. The 2022 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

Thirtieth AHSN Colloquium, February 7-9, 2024, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. The 30th Colloquium of the Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN) will be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. The colloquium conveners are Wei-Lin Melody Chang, Michael Haugh, and Valerie Sinkeviciute. The colloquium theme will be The Language of Humour. The deadline for paper submissions is August 31, 2023. For more information, contact the colloquium organizers at or visit the AHSN website at

Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, April 4-7, 2024, Denver, Colorado. The theme of the 37th AATH Conference will be Serious about Humor. Conference discounts are available to ISHS members. For more information, visit the AATH Conference page at

Fiftieth Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Play, 2024 (dates TBA), Rochester, New York, USA. The 2024 Annual Meeting of The Association for the Study of Play will take place in Rochester, New York. For more information, visit the TASP website at

Recent Annual and Biennial Conferences

Thirteenth Humor Research Conference, March 31-April 1, 2023, Texas A & M University–Commerce, Texas, USA. The Humor Research Conference invites submissions for an online international multidisciplinary two day conference, based in Commerce, Texas. The conference includes an opening session and reception, paper sessions, panels, posters, and workshops. Paper submissions were to be sent to by January 15, 2023. For more information, contact the Conference Organizers at or visit the Conference website. ISHS Endorsed Conference.

Fourth Taboo Conference, September 28-30, 2022, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. The theme of the 4th Taboo Conference was Taboo in Language, Culture, and Communication. For more information, visit the Conference website at . ISHS Endorsed Conference

Sixth International Gelological Congress, May 12-15, 2021, St. Petersburg, Russia. The sixth International Gelological Congress focused on the communicative potential of humor and laughter, but also the communicative ambivalence of laughter as a phenomenon, building and destroying communication. The Congress not only focused on interpersonal communication, but also on intercultural, transcultural, cross-cultural communication, sociology of laughter, the fear of laughter, tomfoolery, laughing aggression, communicative aspects, and social genesis of laughter. The Congress invited participants from sociology, social philosophy, psychology, sociolinguistics, folkloristics, literary criticism and others.  Interested participant were to submit registration materials by March 15, 2021, and paper abstracts (up to 1000 words) by February 25, 2019. For more information, contact the congress organizer Sergei Troitckii at sergtroy@yandex.

Nineteenth Annual Conference of the International Society for Luso-Hispanic Studies, October 19-21, 2019, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur. The International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies held its Annual Conference on the campus of the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur in Mexico. For more Conference and Society information, visit ISLHHS at, or the Conference organizers

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Seminars, Symposia, and Workshops

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia

2023-24 Seminars and Webinars to be announced shortly. Watch this space for more information.

Recent Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia

Comedy/Humor Conference, July 10-12, 2023, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. The American Humor Studies Association in conjunction with the Humor Studies SIG of SCMS held a Comedy/Humor Conference at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. The mission of the conference was to foster and stimulate dynamic conversations among scholars, and as such welcomed scholars, writers, and performers. For more information and the conference program, visit

Laughing in an Emergency: Humour in Contemporary Art. University of Manchester, United Kingdom, April 17-18, 2020. In addition to keynotes from leading international artists including Richard Bell (Australia) and Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Greece/US), the program included papers from scholars and practitioners addressing the interface of humour and contemporary art from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. Topics addressed included, but were not restricted to, contemporary art and the following: humour and crisis, humour and the global south, humour and identity, humour and gender, humour and resistance, humour and the museum, humour and authenticity, humour and contemporaneity, humour and the art market, humour and cultural resilience.  For more information contact the Conference organizers at or visit the conference website at

Twentieth International Summer School & Symposium on Humour and Laughter, July 27 to August 1, 2020, Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany. 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 additional information on the 2020 Summer School, contact Willibald Ruch at or the local organizer, Rene Proyer at For additional information on previous International Summer Schools, visit the Summer School homepage. ISHS Endorsed Symposium.

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Workshop 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, and 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).

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 It — Provider 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 Remedy — Provider of humor and health resources and workshops (Founder: Paul McGhee).

Laughways — 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.