International Society for Humor Studies

Humor Studies Connections

The International Society for Humor Studies is one of a number of scholarly and professional groups with an interest in the study and applications of humor research. This page provides links to other research-related societies, networks, organizations, and projects.

Scholarly Societies

American Humor Studies Association Society dedicated to the study of American humor in all its various aspects, including belles lettres, popular comic papers, and various sub-literary media.


Association for the Study of Play (TASP) — Multidisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting the study of play.


CORHUM Association, based in France, dedicated to the development of humor research in the arts, history, linguistics, anthropology, psychology, and sociology (Information in French).


International Society for Empirical AestheticsSociety dedicated to the empirical study of aesthetics and of the arts, literature, and music.


International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS)  Homepage for the worldwide association for humor research.


International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies — Scholarly society dedicated to the study and appreciation of humor wherever Spanish and Portuguese are spoken.

International Society for Persian Humor — Scholarly society dedicated to the study and appreciation of Persian humor.

Professional Associations

Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor — Organization, based in the United States, committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of humor and laughter as they relate to healing and well-being. AATH holds an annual Conference, and offers scholarships to Conference participants. Details on Conference scholarships can be found on the Scholarships page.

Canadian Association for Therapeutic Humor — Organization, based in Canada, dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of humor and laughter as they relate to healing and well-being.

Research Networks

Australian Humour Studies Network — The purpose of the Australasian Humour Studies Network is to consolidate interest in the emerging field of humour studies and to build links between scholars and practitioners in different academic departments, institutions and geographical locations. It has grown from 40 members and 10 discipline areas in 1997 to over 120 scholars and practitioners in up to 25 different academic disciplines and professions across Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere (Coordinator: Jessica Milner Davis, University of Sydney).

Dansk Center for Humorforskning — Site provides a description of a Scandianvian network of humor researchers. (Webmaster: Martin Führ, Danish University of Education; information in Danish).

Humorology: Humor Research for Students — Yahoo discussion group designed for students from all disiplines who are interested in the study of humor. Questions and discussions on humor related topics, from any perspective, are welcomed (Moderator: Gil Greengross, Aberystwyth University).

Research Centers and Archives

American Comedy Archives — Archive, established at Emerson College in 2005 to acquire, preserve and make available primary source material that documents the professional activities of the ground breaking individuals who have written, produced or performed comedy for radio, television, motion pictures or live performance.

Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR)An international research center, located at Brunel University in London, devoted to the academic study of comedy. As an interdisciplinary centre, CCSR considers the production, content, reception and wider socio-political implications of comedy in a variety of formats and from a range of perspectives.

Gliner Center for Humor Communication and Health — The mission of the Gliner Center for Humor Communication and Health is to promote and utilize humor communication as a basis for education, applied research and practices that inform, influence and enhance personal and public health.  Major initiatives are the Legacy Leadership Institute on Humor Practices, the Humor Your Way to Good Health Programs, the Humor Resource Library, the Gliner Center Award, Gliner Fellows, Maryland Day, and lectures and symposia.

Greater Good Science Center — Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: not only does the Center sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, the Center helps people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, GGSC has been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life.