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.  All of our members are interested in 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. Our last Conference was held in June 2019 in Austin, Texas, and our next Conference will be held on the Bertinoro campus of the University of Bologna in Italy from June 29 to July 3, 2020.

Click on this page's links to learn more about the Society's journal, past and upcoming conferences, membership, and resources. Click on the button above to visit the 2020 ISHS Conference website for registration, paper submissions, and additional Conference information. Registration for the 32nd ISHS Conference is set to begin in November 2019.


ISHS is hosted by Holy Names University.
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