Conferences, Seminars, & 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 humorstudies@outlook.com.

Conferences

34th Annual Conference of the International Society for Humor Studies , April 19-21, 2024, hosted online by Texas A&M University, Commerce. For more information, contact the Conference Organizers at ishs2024@tamuc.edu.

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 www.lightheartedphilosophers.com. For additional conference information, you can write to the conference organizers at lighthearted.philosophers@gmail.com.

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 ahsnconference@gmail.com or visit the AHSN website at https://ahsnhumourstudies.org/annual-conference.

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, and the Call for Papers deadline is December 4, 2023. Conference discounts are available to ISHS members. For more information, visit the AATH Conference page at https://www.aath.org.

Fiftieth Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Play, March 20-23, 2024, Rochester, New York, USA. The 50th Annual Meeting of The Association for the Study of Play will take at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. For more information, visit the TASP website at https://studyofplay.org.

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 HRC@tamuc.edu by January 15, 2023. For more information, contact the Conference Organizers at HRC@tamuc.edu or visit the Conference website at https://www.tamuc.edu/humor. 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 http://taco2020.grupposymposia.it. 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 http://ilhhumorsoc.org, or the Conference organizers at congresohumor2019@gmail.com

Seminars

Humour, Satire and Play in History, Pedagogy and Therapy, June 27-28, 2024, University of Northhampton, Waterside Campus, United Kingdom. Humour, satire and play are central features of human life, past and present. For historians, exploring humour can offer a window into the political, social, and cultural dynamics of previous times. Humour is underpinned by many spoken and unspoken cultural norms, values and ideals, and what is deemed 'funny' has changed dramatically is differing historical contexts. The roles played by humour are also diverse and it has been used to speak truth to power, to bring pleasure and enjoyment to life and to develop senses of community and wellbeing. This two-day conference aims to interrogate the many uses of humour, and related topics of satire and play, both in the past and in the contemporary world. We invite contributions in the form of 20-minute papers and proposals for 90-minute panels. We also welcome other formats based on 20-minute and 90-minute timeframes, such as interviews, performances and dramatizations, and workshop sessions. Submit presentation proposals to Siobhan Hyland: Siobhan.hyland@northampton.ac.uk by January 31, 2024. For more information contact the conveners, Mark Rothery at mark.rothery@northampton.ac.uk or Paul Jackson at paul.jackson@northampton.ac.uk.

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 https://humorinamericaconference.wordpress.com.

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 liae@manchester.ac.uk or visit the conference website at https://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/history/connect/events/laughing-in.

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 w.ruch@psychologie.uzh.ch or the local organizer, Rene Proyer at rene.proyer@psych.uni-halle.de. For additional information on previous International Summer Schools, visit the Summer School homepage. ISHS Endorsed Symposium

The following dropdown provides a list of sites 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.