Welcome to the website of ISHS2014, the 26th International Society of Humor Studies (ISHS) Conference. The conference is held from 7 to 11 july, 2014, in the University Hall of Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands. The conference stands in a long tradition of humor studies conferences, held all over the world: Boston, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Krakow, Williamsburg (2013) and many others. As conveners, we are proud to host the humor conference in our beautiful city. If you want to know more or want to subscribe to our weekly conference blogs, please contact us at email@example.com.
From now on, registration and abstract submission can be done separately, although both are of course still necessary to be able to visit ISHS2014. To do this, take a close look at the registration and submission part of the web site.
Good days and bad days for dementia patients were analyzed in a qualitative study by Rockwood and colleagues from Nova Scotia, Canada. Good days could not simply be characterized as the reverse of bad days. Good days were sometimes characterized by improved cognitive and global functioning. Sometimes a good sense of humor was also mentioned. Read more.
Researcher Mansson and her colleagues from Lund University in Sweden showed that children appreciate the play and humour that hospital clowns bring into their environment and that they help them focus on other things than their illness. Read More.
A Saudi Arabian descriptive study of teacher effectiveness shows that sense of humor is not appreciated much by students, whereas performance-related variables are considered more important by them. Read more.
In 2013, Utrecht hosted the Youth Olympic Games. Our Provost, professor Bert van der Zwaan, saw this as an opportunity to promote both Utrecht University and the Youth Olympic Games. The comments are in Dutch, but please see this YouTube Film through, because it gets funny somewhere in the beginning. Go to YouTube Film.
The first issue of volume 27 of Humor just came out. For those with good taste in humor science there is interesting new stuff around, such as a review of the state of the art of gelotophobia research, a study on memory performance as a result of humorous visual material and a Japanese study on the role of humor and laughter during negotiations. Go to table of contents.