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DatesSubmission Deadlines, Notifications, & Conference Registration:

  • Registration / abstracts open: November 1, 2018

  • Early submission deadline: February 1, 2019

  • Early notification: February 15, 2019

  • Early conference registration deadline: March 1, 2019

  • Submission deadline: March 15, 2019

  • Notification: April 1, 2019

  • Conference registration deadline: April 15, 2019




Join an international and interdisciplinary group of humor researchers for ISHS 2019 in Austin, Texas. We will discuss humor from its basic definitions to the latest research strands and everything in between.

The call for papers is open from November 1st, 2018, until March 15th, 2019. You can submit an academic paper (20+10 mins), posters, special panels with multiple presenters (90-180 min), workshops (90 min), as well as other academic formats related to humor research in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Some suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognition and Creativity

  • Public and Private Discourse

  • Individuality and Individual Styles

  • Culture and Diversity

  • Health and Well-Being

  • Language and Translation

  • Media and Digital Technology

  • Performance and Reception

  • Body and Gender

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be submitted by March 15, 2019, through the submission formAll conference participants are required to fill in the registration form


Graduate Student Awards

  • ISHS Graduate Stutend Awards (GSA)

  • Christie Davies Award (CDA)

  • The Don and Alleen Nilsen Young Scholars Award (DANYS)

GSA, CDA, and DANYS Award applicants must:

  • Be an ISHS student member working toward a masters or doctoral degree

    (recent PhDs, who received their doctorate after May 1, 2017,

    may also apply for the CDA)

  • Attend the annual ISHS Conference

  • Propose an independently written conference paper

    (papers coauthored by an advisor are ineligible)

GSA and DANYS papers may be in any area related to humor studies.  CDA papers must be from one of the areas within the cultural or social sciences.

To apply for a GSA, CDA, or the DANYS Award, applicants must submit:

  • a letter of intent, indicating the award for which they intend to compete

  • a description of their research program within humor studies

  • a curriculum vitae

  • a conference paper abstract by March 15, 2019

  • all required conference registration materials and fees

CDA and DANYS Award applicants must submit additionally their completed Conference paper no later than April 20, 2019.

The ISHS Awards Committee will review each applicant’s materials and, based on merit, make one recommendation for the DANYS Award, one recommendation for the CDA, and two recommendations for GSAs. The Committee will present its recommendations to the ISHS Executive Board for final approval, and the Board will notify the GSA, CDA, and DANYS Award recipients of their awards in advance of the Society’s annual Conference.

The GSA, CDA, and DANYS Award recipients will present their work at a special session of the ISHS annual conference and will receive certificates of achievement.  The DANYS recipient will receive a stipend of $500 and the CDA and GSA recipients will each receive a stipend of $250.

In addition to the regular conference paper submission, award application materials should be submitted to For additional information, contact the ISHS Executive Secretary, Martin Lampert, at

The list of previous years’ award recipients is available here.