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7th Humor Research Conference 2017

Theme: Multidisciplinarity

March 9-11, 2017 | Texas A&M University-Commerce's Universities Center, downtown Dallas, TX

The 7th annual Humor Research Conference (HRC) 2017 in Texas will take place as an international multidisciplinary all-plenary 3-day event at Texas A&M—Commerce’s downtown Dallas campus.
Featured talk by Dr. Francisco Yus (University of Alicante, Spain) on March 9, 2017.
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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, provide a title.
  • Panels of 3 papers (90 minutes)
  • Workshops (90 minutes)
  • Submission email:
  • Any topic in humor research is welcome, including and not restricted to literary studies, psychology, sociology and linguistics.

Important Dates :

  • Early Submission for those who need acceptance letters to plan travel
  • Deadline : December 31, 2016
  • Acceptance Notification : January 15, 2017
  • Late Submission for local participants or those who can plan their travel late
  • Deadline : January 31, 2017
  • Acceptance Notification : February 15, 2017 

Conference Schedule

Note: Attendees should plan to arrive on Thursday, 3/9/2017, either in the morning to attend pre-conference workshops, or by the evening for plenary talks. Full conference sessions will run all day Friday and Saturday, with casual events planned for both evenings. Return travel can commence on Sunday, 3/12/2017.


Multimodal tools for the analysis of humor

This workshop introduces a set of tools and methods to perform a multimodal analysis of humor in spoken discourse. The hands-on approach will provide the attendees with practical materials, templates, and procedures to perform methodologically sound analyses. No prior knowledge assumed. All materials included.

The General Theory of Verbal Humor: Methods and applications

This workshop will introduce scholars from any field to most prominent family of theories in linguistic humor research, namely the Semantic Script Theory of Humor (SSTH), its main offshoot, the General Theory of Verbal Humor (GTVH), and its latest computational-linguistic incarnation, the Ontological Semantic Theory of Humor (OSTH). Participants will learn how to apply these theories to the study of humor by means of analyzing a variety of examples from different sources. Taught by Attardo, Hempelmann, Raskin, and Rayz.

Travel Information 

Conference Organizers

Christian F. Hempelmann
Department of Literature & Languages
Texas A&M-Commerce
Hall of Languages
Commerce, TX 75429

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

Local Organizer

Leslie Richardson
Department of English
Collin College
Plano, Tx 75074 

Conference Fee:

  • Registration Site 
  • $50 preregistration by January 31, 2017
  • $60 from February 1, 2017
  • $25 for students (please provide proof of student status on site)
  • Conference fee includes conference refreshments, Friday night reception, Saturday lunch for students, and Standup Comedy Show on Saturday night.

Conference Venue:

Universities Center at Dallas (UCD)
1910 Pacific Place, Floors 2-4
1910 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201

Conference Hotel:

Hotel Indigo
1933 Main Street
Dallas, TX, 75201
(214) 741-7700

The hotel is connected to the conference venue and offers rooms at $155+tax/night. We'll help budget-conscious travelers by organizing room sharing. Please email us your preferences.