International Society for Humor Studies Boston 2011 Conference


Online registration is open. Those who register before April 15th will receive a reduced price. Discounts are available for students and significant others/spouses of registered individuals. On-site registration will be available.

If registrants wish to cancel their registration, they must contact the conference chair by May 15, 2011 in order to receive a refund of their registration fees (minus a $25 processing fee). No refunds will be made after May 15th. Those who have submitted proposals will hear about their acceptance by approximately April 15th.

All details will be available on-line and will be e-mailed to the participants. Those participants unable to use e-mail will receive hard copy mailings. A hard-copy letter of acceptance will be sent to those requesting them.

Payment for the registration and other fees will be accepted via credit card in US dollars.

 Advanced (before 4/15)On-site
ISHS Member$220$260
Significant other or spouse$50$75


For the 2011 ISHS Conference, scholars, professionals, and students are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and posters. Deadline is March 15, 2011. All prospective paper presenters must register for the entire conference and pay registration fees at the time that they submit their proposal. If your proposal is not accepted for the conference, a full refund will be made at your request without the $25 penalty. More than one panel or paper can be submitted. Presentations should be planned according to the following guidelines:

  1. Paper Sessions: Paper sessions will be 90 minutes in length with each speaker allotted twenty to twenty-five minutes for presentation with additional time for questions. Papers should focus on original research dealing with humor. Paper proposals should include an abstract that is no more than 350 words in length.
  2. Panels: Panels or symposia should be planned for either a 90 or 180 minute format with three to four presentations per 90-minute time period. Along with a completed submission form, proposals should contain the title of the panel and include the names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of the chair and each contributor. Each proposal should also include an overview of the session along with separate abstracts for each paper presentation. Neither the overview nor the paper abstracts should exceed 350 words in length.
  3. Workshops: Workshops should be planned for a single 90 minute instructional/working session with one, two or three presenters/facilitators. Proposals should provide the names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of all presenters along with a 200 to 350 word abstract of the proposed presentation.
  4. Poster Sessions: Poster sessions will run 30 minutes with each individual poster assigned a four-by-five foot space for presentation. All poster proposals should follow the same guidelines as for individual papers (see above). Poster sessions are generally made up of research that is in progress and not quite ready for full presentation.


The following is a list of possible topics (although not limited to) for individual papers and panels:

  • Advertising
  • Film/Television/Internet
  • Humor and gender/race/ethnicity
  • Humor and emotion
  • Measurement
  • Literature
  • Health
  • Culture
  • Linguistics