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NETHRC - 3rd North East Texas Humor Research Conference 2013

Humor in the Professions, Psychology, Philology: Intercultural perspectives

- February 22-24, 2013 | Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Hosted by:

The Division of Communication Studies
SMU Meadows Schools of the Arts

The College of Humanities, Social Sciences & Arts,
Texas A&M-Commerce

The 3rd North East Texas Humor Research Conference (NETHRC) 2013 will take place as a multidisciplinary 3-day event in Dallas, TX. The conference theme is “Humor in the Professions, Psychology, Philology: Intercultural Perspectives” and it is co-organized by Christian F. Hempelmann (Literature and Languages, A&M-Commerce) and Owen Lynch (Communication Studies, Southern Methodist University) and co-hosted by the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts (A&M-Commerce) and the Division of Communication Studies(SMU). The NETHRC 2013 will include an opening reception and keynote by a very special guest (press info to be released), a roundtable on humor in the professions, 8 paper sessions with 25 peer-reviewed presentations by international experts in humor research from Europe and the United States, as well as a session with 10 poster presentations.

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Please submit:

  • Abstract for general submission (up to 250 words; plus 1 extra page for images, references, etc.); indicate if paper (20m + Q/A) or poster or either.
  • Panels of 3 papers (90 minutes)
  • Workshops (90 minutes)
  • Submission email:

Important Dates:

  • January 9, 2013:      Submission deadline
  • January 15, 2013:    Notification of acceptance
  • January 22, 2013:    Preregistration deadline
  • February 8, 2013:     Deadline for special hotel rate

Conference Organizers:

Christian F. Hempelmann, Ph. D.,

Department of Literature & Languages
Texas A&M-Commerce
Hall of Languages
Commerce, TX 75429

Owen Hanley Lynch, Ph. D.,

Communication Studies
Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University
Umphrey Lee Building
Dallas, TX 75275

Program Committee:

  • Salvatore Attardo, Texas A&M-Commerce
  • Sean Guillory, Dartmouth
  • Christian F. Hempelmann, Texas A&M-Commerce
  • Owen Hanley Lynch, SMU
  • Lucy Pickering, Texas A&M-Commerce
  • Jyotsna Vaid, Texas A&M-College Station

Conference Fee:

  • Make checks payable to Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • $40 preregistration by January 22, 2013 ($50 on site)
  • $20 for students (please provide proof of student status)
  • Submission email:
  • Conference fee includes conference refreshments, Friday night reception, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner for students.
  • Address for preregistration checks:                                      NETHRC 2013
    College of Humanities, Social Sciences & Arts
    P.O. Box 3011
    Texas A&M University-Commerce
    Commerce, TX 75429-3011


  • Holiday Inn Dallas Central – Park Cities
  • 6070 North Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206   
  • (214) 750-6060
  • $95/night if booked by February 8, 2013
  • Group reservation code: Humor Conference
  • Booking link
  • 0.8 mi from campus
  • Hotel offers breakfast and a shuttle to the SMU campus.
  • If you're a student interested in sharing a room, please email:
  • Closer and more expensive rooms are available at the Lumen

Conference Venue:

Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer Street, SMU campus

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