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 publish the quarterly journal, Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, and a newsletter, and hold an annual international conference. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed our 2021 conference. Our next Conference will be held on the Bertinoro campus of the University of Bologna in Italy in June 2022. For 2021, the Society has organized a biweekly webinar series to run from April 9 to June 18. Click on the link above to read more about the webinar series.

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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