International Society for Humor Studies

Conferences, Seminars, and 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


Upcoming ISHS Conference


32nd Annual Conference of  the International Society for Humor Studies Conference, June 2022, University of Bologna Conference Center, Bertinoro, Italy. For more information, visit the Conference at or write to the Conference Organizer, Delia Chiaro at


Upcoming Annual, Biennial, and Quadrennial Conferences

Twenty-Eighth AHSN Colloquium, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, February 2-4, 2022. The 28th Colloquium of the Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN) will be held from February 2 to 4, 2022 at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania, Australia. The colloquium convener is Daryl Peebles. The colloquium theme will be The Politics of Humor and the Humor of Politics. For more information, contact the colloquium organizers at or visit the AHSN website at

Thirty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, March 17-20, 2022, Orlando, Florida. The theme of the 35th AATH Conference will be We're Serious about Humor. Conference discounts are available to ISHS members. For more information, visit the AATH Conference page at

Forty-Ninth Annual Meeting of The Association for the Study of Play, Date TBA. The 2022 Annual Meeting of The  Association for the Study of Play is planned for the University of Nebraska. For more information, visit the TASP website..

Recent Annual and Biennial Conferences

Eleventh Texas Humor Research Conference, February 26-27, 2021, Texas A & M University–Commerce, Texas, USA. The 11th Texas Humor Research Conference invites submissions for an international multidisciplinary one day conference in Commerce, Texas. The conference includes an opening session and reception, paper sessions, panels, posters, and workshops. Paper submissions should be sent to For more information, contact the Conference Organizers, Christian Hempelmann at, or visit the Conference website. ISHS Endorsed Conference.

Fourth Taboo Conference, September 30-October 2, 2020, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. The theme of the 4th Taboo Conference is Taboo in Language, Culture, and Communication. The call for papers deadline is February 10, 2020 and paper proposal can be submitted through the conference website. For more information, visit the Conference website at ISHS Endorsed Conference.

Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Lighthearted Philosophers Association, November 8-9, 2019, San Antonio, Texas. The Lighthearted Phliosophers Society will hold its annual conference in San Antonio Texas. The 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

International Conference on Verbal Humor, October 23-25, 2019, University of Alicante, Spain. The GRIALE research group at the University of Alicante is pleased to announce the upcoming International Conference on Verbal Humor (CIVH). This conference is intended to bring together different approaches to humor, to share the latest linguistics research on humor, and to create new research bonds among the scholars. The Conference welcomes proposals for original papers, written either in Spanish or English. The humor research topics for presentation include, but are not limited to (a) gender and identity, (b) linguistic elements, (c) acquisition, (d) text genres, (e) pragmatice inference, (f) teaching and learning, (g) irony, (h) digitial discourse, and (i) translation. The deadline for proposal submissions is March 31, 2019. For more information, visit the Conference website at, or contact the Conference Convener at

Nineteenth Annual Conference of the International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies, October 19-21, 2019, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur. The International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies will hold its 19th 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 at

Fifth International Gelological Congress, May 29-June 1, 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia. The fifth International Gelological Congress will focus on the communicative potential of humor and laughter, but also the communicative ambivalence of laughter as a phenomenon, building and destroying communication. The Congress will not only focus 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 invites participants from sociology, social philosophy, psychology, sociolinguistics, folkloristics, literary criticism and others.  Interested participant should submit registration materials by October 1, 2018, and paper abstracts (up to 1000 words) by February 25, 2019.  For more information, contact the congress chair Sergei Troitckii at sergtroy@yandex.


Seminars, Symposia, and Workshops

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia

2022 Seminars and Webinars to be announced shortly. Watch this space for more information.

Recent Seminars, Workshops, and Symposia

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 will include papers from scholars and practitioners addressing the interface of humour and contemporary art from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. Topics to be addressed include, but are 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 more 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.

Humour and Satire in British Romanticism Conference, September 13-14, 2019, University of Durham, UK. The Humour and Satire in British Romanticism Conference will explore how Romantic writers navigated the various and often contradictory conceptualizations of humour. Conference topics will include: (1) humour in translation and across cultures, (2) the politics of humour, (3) gender and humor, (4) romantic readings from classical satire, (5) puns and linguistic ambiguity, and (6) scientific understandings of laughter and humor.  For more information, write to Daniel Norman, the conference organizer at

Humor in the Beginning: Cultural Interaction of Laughter and the Comic in the First Phase of Asian Religions, Christianity, and Islam, Soeterbeek Conference Centre, Ravenstein, The Netherlands, March 14-17, 2019. Humor in the Beginning invites invites scholars from different fields and academic traditions to return to the origins of Asian religions, Christianity, and Islam and investigate the complex relationship between religion and humor and laughter. For this conference, scholars are challenged to investigate the topic of religion and humor within the specific historical contexts that their sources provide. Sources include but are not restricted to (literary) prose texts, poetry and visual materials. It is the wish of the organizers to stimulate fruitful comparisons between the work of scholars from the humanities and colleagues from fields such as sociology and gelotology. Abstracts of 250 words for one of the sessions of the conference can be submitted up until October 13, 2018 to the conference organizer, Roald Dijkstra at


Workshop and Resource 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, nad 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 ProjectOrganization 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 ItProvider 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 RemedyProvider of humor and health resources and workshops (Founder: Paul McGhee).

Laughter Works — 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.