The International Society for Humor Studies is pleased to announce a 2024 Webinar Series, featuring the Society’s newly established Specialists Interest Groups. The Series will launch during the April 2024 ISHS Conference with a first session on AI Humor hosted by Tristan Miller, Christian Hempelmann, and Julia Rayz.  The series will resume on Saturday, May 11 with the webinar, The Varieties of Humorous Experiences in Animated Films, and will continue on successive Fridays through June 24.  Below is the complete Webinar schedule. The webinar series is open to all 2024 ISHS members as part of their ISHS membership.

Three webinars (Varieties of Humorous Experience in Animated Film, Humor and Religion, and Multimodality and Interactional Humor) are calling for paper submissions. If you would like to participate in one of these three webinars, see the Call for Paper announcements under the webinar schedule. If you have general questions about the webinar series, you can contact the ISHS Executive Secretary, Martin Lampert, at  If you have specific webinar questions, you can contact the appropriate webinar organizer. Additional information will appear in the ISHS Newsletter and on the ISHS Website at in the coming month.

Humor and AI Webinar, April 19, 5:00 pm 7:00 pm, Central Daylight Savings Time, USA
Organizers: Christian F. Hempelmann, Tristan Miller, and Julia Taylor Rayz


ISHS members will receive an e-mail link to attend this webinar.

AI Humor
(during the 2024 ISHS Conference, April 19-21)
Organizers: Tristan Miller, Christian Hempelmann, and Julia Rayz

Animated Laughter: Varieties of Humorous Experience
in Animated Films
(May 11, 2024)
Organizers: Terry Lindvall & Will Costanzo
Call for papers deadline, April 19, 2024.

Key Issues in Humor and the Law (May 17, 2024)
Organizers: Alberto Godioli & Laura Little

Multimodality and Interactional Humor –
Methods and Theories
(May 24, 2024)
Organizers: Elisa Gironzetti & Beatrice Priego Valverde
Call for papers deadline, April 15, 2024.

Cutting Edge of Online Humour Research (May 31, 2024)
Organizers: Liisi Laineste & Anastasiya Fiadotava

Humor and Religion (June 7, 2024)
Organizers: Nicole Graham & Lina Liederman
Call for papers deadline, March 31, 2024.

Humor and Conflict in the Global South (June 14, 2024)
Organizers: Diego Hoefel, João Paulo Capelotti, &  Rujuta Date

Humor, Translation and Taboo in 2024 (June 21, 2024)
Organizers: Chiara Bucaria, Delia Chiaro, & Anthony Dion Mitzel

Animated Laughter:
Varieties of Humorous Experience in Animated Films

Humor and Film Comedy invites papers on Animated Laughter.  From the first duplicitous Duchenne smile in J. S. Blackton’s silent Humorous Phases of Funny Faces and Otto Messmer’s “Ha Ha” speech balloons of Felix the Cat through the energy conserving laughter of Pete Docter’s Monsters Inc. (2001) and his apotheosis of laughter in the character of Joy in Inside Out (2015), one finds expressions of laughter embedded in animated films.  This panel invites contributions on the nature and functions of laughter (as performance, aesthetic provocation, or rhetorical strategy) from global animated films. As examples, how does the animated film’s conceptualization of laughter echo actual practices of laughter? What are the specific roots (e.g. comic strips, vaudeville, stand-up comedy) of particular animated films? We look forward to scholarly investigations and close textual readings of both comedy features and shorts. 

Please submit an abstract (max. 500 words) to and  by April 19th, 2024.

Webinar Date: May 11, 2024
Submission Deadline: April 19, 2024

Multimodality and Interactional Humor
-- Methods and Theories (Works in Progress)

The Multimodality and Interactional Humor SIG aims at fostering discussions, research collaborations, and methodological innovation around the multimodal study of interactional humor. Because this is an inherently interdisciplinary area that has experienced a lot of growth in recent years, scholars have at their disposal a wide array of methodological options. To help members explore new research approaches, methods, and instruments, we are organizing an online panel focused on works-in-progress. We invite researchers at any stage of their career to share their works in progress, ranging from initial conceptualizations to ongoing analyses, with the goal of discussing different theoretical frameworks and methodological decisions and issues.

We are particularly interested in submissions that focus on one or more of the following:

  1. Using or adapting research tools to study multimodal aspects of humor (i.e., gestures, the face)
  2. Building or using multimodal corpora
  3. Different (inter)disciplinary approaches to study multimodal aspects of humor

Please submit abstract (max. 500 words excluding references, tables, or figures) to and by April 15th, 2024.

Webinar Date: May 24, 2024

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2024
Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2024

Humor and Religion
The Humour and Religion ISHS Special Interest Group invites papers as part of the ISHS webinar series taking place in May and June. We invite contributions from those at all stages of their careers and hope it will be the beginning of an exciting network.
Humor and religion intersect in diverse ways in public life. These multifaceted encounters raise various sets of questions and perspectives from which to study humor and religion. We welcome papers addressing aspects at the intersections between religion and humour, including:

You are welcome to send your paper abstracts (up to 300 words each) and bios (up to 150 words) by March 31, 2024 to Dr Nicole Graham (

Webinar Date: June 7, 2024
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2024