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International Society of Humor Studies Conference 2023

Join members of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) and other scholars and students serious about the study of humor and comedy for the society’s annual conference, hosted by Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, July 3-7, 2023.

ISHS is a scholarly and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of humor research. Many of the Society’s members are university and college professors in the arts and humanities, biological and social sciences, and education. The society also includes professionals in the fields of counseling, management, nursing, journalism, and theater.

All of us are interested in humor’s many facets, including its role in business, entertainment, and health care as well as how humor varies according to culture, age, gender, purpose, and context.

For more information, visit the official ISHS website.

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For the 2023 ISHS conference, scholars, professionals, and students are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and posters. Deadline is March 15, 2023.

All prospective paper presenters must register for the entire conference and pay registration fees at the time that they submit their proposal. More than one panel or paper can be submitted.

Submit your proposal

Summary Info

July 3 - 7, 2023
ISHS members, humor scholars, students, and others interested in humor research
Before 4/1After 4/1
ISHS member$290$330
Spouse /
Significant Other
Cancelations made before 30th March will receive a full refund. Cancelations made from 30th March to 30th May will receive 50% refund. No refunds will be granted after that.
Questions can be emailed to: ishs2023@bu.edu


Sharon Lockyer portrait.

Sharon Lockyer, President

Patrice Oppliger portrait.

Patrice Oppliger, Conference Convener


The CGS academic building will accommodate a registration/information area, as well as location for coffee breaks. The meeting space includes a small auditorium for the morning plenary sessions, as well as classrooms within the same building for breakouts. The building is wheelchair accessible and features all-gender restrooms.