International Society for Humor Studies

International Humor Conferences


2021 International Society for Humor Studies Conference

The Place and the Date

Due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, the 32nd ISHS Conference planned for the University of Bologna’s Summer Residence in Bertinoro, Italy has been rescheduled for June 2022. You can click on the button above to visit the 2022 Conference website. ISHS offers three types of awards to graduate students planning to present at our annual conferences. You can find information on these awards in the Conference Awards section of this page.


International Humor Conferences from 1976 to 2021

From 1976 to 1988, humor scholars met seven times at international conferences to discuss advances in humor research. Since 1989, the International Society for Humor Studies has been the primary sponsor of these conferences with annual meetings alternating between North America and other regions of the world. Since 2002, the Society has recognized each year emerging scholars and/or exceptional graduate students in humor studies with a special plenary session featuring their work.
Cardiff, Wales, 1976
Chairs: Antony Chapman, University of Leeds, & Hugh Foot, Cardiff University

Forli, Italy, 2002
Chair: Delia Chiaro, University of Bologna
Visit the 2002 Conference Website

Los Angeles, CA, 1979
Chairs: Harvey Mindess & Joy Turek, Antioch University
Chicago, Illinois, 2003
Co-Chairs: Judith Kaplan-Weinger & Richard Hallett,
Northeastern Illinois Univ.

Visit the 2003 Conference Website
Washington, D.C., 1982
Chairs: Rufus Browning, American Humor Studies Assoc., Larry Mintz, University of Maryland, & Herb Cummings, Workshop Library on World Humor
Dijon, France, 2004
Chair: Lorene Birden, University of Bourgogne 
Tel Aviv, Israel, 1984
Chair: Avner Ziv, Tel Aviv University
Youngstown, Ohio, 2005
Chair: Salvatore Attardo, Youngstown State Univ.
Cork, Ireland, 1985
Chair: Desmond McHale, University College, Cork
Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006
Chair: Martin Führ, Danish Univ. of Education
View 2006 Conference Pictures
Tempe, Arizona, 1987
Chairs: Don & Alleen Nilsen, Arizona State Univ.

Newport, Rhode Island, 2007
Chair: Margaret Mathias, Salve Regina University

View the 2007 Program

West Lafayette, Indiana, 1988
Chair: Victor Raskin, Purdue University

Alcalá de Henares, Spain, 2008
Chair and Co-Chairs: Juan Garcia Cerrada, Carmen Valero-Garces,
Begona Carbelo Baquero,
University of Alcalá

Visit the 2008 Conference Website

Laie, Hawaii, 1989
Chairs: Margaret Baker & Jesse Crisler,
Brigham Young University–Hawaii

Long Beach, California, 2009
Chair: Amy Bippus, California State University, Long Beach
View the 2009 Abstract Book (Membership Password Required)

Sheffield, England, 1990
Chair: Mark Glazer, University of Sheffield

Hong Kong, June 24-27, 2010
Chair: Xiaodong Yue, City University of Hong Kong
Visit the 2010 Conference Website

Saint Catharines, Canada, 1991
Chair: Ann-Marie Guilmette, Brock University
Boston, Massachusetts, July 5-9, 2011
Chair: Patrice Oppliger, Boston University
Visit the 2011 Conference Registration Website
Paris, France, 1992
Chair & Co-Chair: Judith Stora-Sandor & Nelly Feuerhahn, Univ. of Paris

Kraków, Poland, June 25-29, 2012
Chair: Wladyslaw Chlopicki, Jagiellonian University
Visit the 2012 Conference Registration Website

Luxembourg, 1993
Chair: Larry Sherman, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Williamsburg, Virginia, July 2-6, 2013
Chair: Larry Ventis, College of William and Mary
Visit the 2013 Conference Registration Website
Ithaca, New York, 1994
Chair: Mary Ann Rishel, Ithaca College
View the 1994 Abstract Book (Membership Password Required)
Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 7-11, 2014
Chair: Sibe Doosje, University of Utrecht
Visit the 2014 Conference Registration Website
Birmingham, England, 1995
Chair: George Paton, Aston University
Oakland, California, June 29-July 3, 2015
Chair: Martin Lampert, Holy Names University
Visit the 2015 Conference Registration Website
Sydney, Australia, 1996
Co-Chairs: Jessica Milner Davis & John McCallum,
Univ. of New South Wales
View the 1996 Program
Dublin, Ireland, June 27-July 1, 2016
Chair: Eric Weitz, Trinity College

Visit the 2016 Conference Registration Website
Edmond, Oklahoma, 1997
Chair: Amy Carrell, University of Central Oklahoma
View the 1997 Abstract Book (Membership Password Required)
Montreal, Canada, July 10-July 14, 2017
Chair: Jean-Marie Lafortune, University of Quebec at Montreal
Visit the 2017 Conference Registration Website

Bergen, Norway, 1998
Chair: Sven Svebak, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
View the 1998 Program

Tallinn, Estonia, June 25-June 29, 2018
Chair: Liisi Laineste, Estonian Literary Museum
Visit the 2018 Conference Registration Website

Oakland, California, 1999
Chair: Martin Lampert, Holy Names College

Visit the 1999 Website  View Abstracts (Password Required)

Austin, Texas, June 24-June 29, 2019
Co-Chairs: Kiki Hempelmann, Salvatore Attardo, Elisa Gironzetti, Dale Koike
Visit the 2019 Conference Registration Website

Osaka, Japan, 2000
Co-Chairs: Hiroshi Inoue, Kansai Univ. & Goh Abe, Tokushima Bunri Univ.

Visit the 2000 Conference Website

Due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, the 32nd ISHS Conferences has been postponed to 2021.
College Park, Maryland, 2001
Chair: Larry Mintz, University of Maryland
Visit the Humor Center at the Univ. of Maryland

Bertinoro/Forli, Italy, June 2022
Chair: Delia Chiaro, University of Bologna
Visit the 2022 Conference Website


Conference Awards

At the 1999 ISHS Conference in Oakland, California, the Society for the first time awarded special recognition to outstanding doctoral students pursuing research programs in humor studies. At the 2002 Conference in Forli, Italy, Delia Chairo (University of Bologna) and Willibald Ruch (University of Zurich) presented the first Emerging Scholar Awards (ESAs) to outstanding humor researchers who had recently completed doctoral degrees.  Through 2005, the Society presented two to four ESAs at each of its Conferences. To recognize both graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, the Society replaced the ESAs in 2006 with separate conference awards for outstanding graduate students and for more advanced scholars doing notable research in humor studies. These new laurels were aptly named the Graduate Student and the Scholarly Contribution Awards. In 2012, the Society added the Don and Alleen Nilsen Young Scholar Award (DANYS) and in 2019 added the Christie Davies Award (CDA) to recognize exemplary graduate student work presented at ISHS Conferences.

The Society's Working Rules on Awards provide the nomination guidelines for Graduate Student and Scholarly Contribution Awards. The Guidelines for Student Awards provide the current procedures for all three student award categories.

Emerging Scholar Awards, 2002-2005

Forli, Italy,


Jodi Nelms Eisterhold, Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University
Martin Führ,
Educational Psychology, Danish University of Education
Giselinde Kuipers, Arts and Culture, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Birgit Rissland, University of Lueneburg, Germany

Chicago, Illinois


Elisa Everts, Georgetown University

Christian Hempelmann, University of Memphis
Stephen Kercher,
History, Univ. of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Dijon, France

Rachele Antonini, Tranlation and Languages, University of Bologna

Sharon Lockyer, Media Studies, De Montfort University

David O'Mara, Applied Computing, University of Dundee

Julia Taylor, Mason, Ohio, USA

Youngstown, Ohio

Dorota Brzozowska, Polish Philology, University of Opolski

Béatrice Priego-Valverde, Linguistics, Université de Provence

Graduate Student Awards, 2006-2015
Copenhagen, Denmark,

Chiara Bucaria, Translation, University of Bologna

Andrea Samson, Psychology, University of Fribourg
Katrina Triezenberg,
Linguistics, Purdue University

Newport, Rhode Island, 2007

Gil Greengross, Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Julia Hans, English, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Ryota Nomura, Educational Psychology, Kyushu University

Alcalá de Henares, Spain, 2008 GSAs were not awarded in 2008. However, the Society presented certificates of merit to recognize exemplary
student papers. Receipients of these certificates were: Liisi Laneste (Folklore, Estonian Literary Museum),
Maren Rawling (Psychology, Swinburne University), and Anrdrea Samson (Psychology, University of Fribourg).
Long Beach,

Ursula Beermann, Psychology, University of Zurich

Cornelia Cody, American Studies, University of Maryland

Debbie Iancu-Haddad, Anthropology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Hong Kong,

Clare Watters, Italian Studies, University of Birmingham

Till Weingaertner, Japanology, Freie University, Berlin


Audrey Adams, Linguistics, Texas A & M University, Commerce

Tracy Platt, Psychology, University of Zurich


Lillian Boxman, Communication and Journalism, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (DANYS Recipient)

Rebecca Higgie, Communication and Cultural Studies, Curtin University, Australia
Seyed Mahmood Farjami, Communication and Journalism, University of Science, Malaysia
Kim Edwards, Clinical Psychology, University of Western Ontario


Chelsae Hay, English, Tareleton State University, Texas, USA (DANYS Recipient)
Sara Caird , Clinical Psychology, University of Western Ontario
Anna Cairns, English, Oxford University

The Netherlands

Jennifer Hofmann, Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland (DANYS Recipient)

Sarah Seewoester Cain, Liguistics, Rice University, Texas, USA
Tristan Miller, Computer Science, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany
Dick Dijp, Art Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Alan Roberts, Philosophy, University of Sussex, United Kingdom (DANYS Recipient)

Ori Amir, Psychology, University of Southern California, USA
Stephen Skalicky, Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University, USA


Sonja Heintz, Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland (DANYS Recipient)

Kate Fox, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Elisa Gironzetti, Linguistics and Languages, Texas A & M University - Commerce, USA


Ying Cao, Western Sydney University, Australia (DANYS Recipient)

Shuming Bai, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Antony Mitzel, University College London, United Kingdom


Adam Levinson, Yale University, Connecticut, USA (DANYS Recipient)

Joonas Koivukoski, University of Helsinki, Finland
Gabriella Valentino, Swansea University, United Kingdom


Anastasiya Fiadotava, Belarusian Stat University, Belarus (DANYS Recipient)

Mitchel Ingram, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Melisa Redondo, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Paul Butterfield, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA (CDA Recipient)