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Humour Summer School 2010
10th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Applications


Aims and Objectives

Interest in both research on humour and practical applications of humour has increased sharply in the past decade. For new research students just beginning their research careers or those already-trained researchers considering a first research project on humour, this course will ensure that they enter the field with a strong foundation in existing theoretical and methodological issues, and are well versed in the pitfalls confronting the scientific study of humour. For those interested in practical applications of humour in a variety of applied settings, the course will introduce them to the kinds of approaches that are being used around the world to put humour to work and to deliver the benefits of humour and laughter.

Structure of Course

There will be sessions from Monday morning to Saturday afternoon inclusive, with one afternoon free for relaxation, sight-seeing, etc., and about half a day during the week for the Symposium. For the rest of the time, classes will be presented by a number of lecturers. (See the main Summer School site for information about previous events in this series.)

The sessions are of two types:

Talks: These usually last about 45-50 minutes with a further 10 minutes or so for questions and discussion. These constitute a single slot on the timetable. Most of the presentations are Talks.

Workshops: A Workshop is a double (1 or 2 hour) slot, so that the presentation can go into more depth and specialisation, and will usually be in parallel with some other very different session(s), so that participants have a choice between specialisations. A Workshop may involve activities other than traditional lecturing, for example discussion, debate, or exercises carried out by the audience members. (We will have 4 workshops to chose from)

There will also be a small number of Meet the Lecturer sessions, where a participant can sign up for a short one-to-one discussion with a lecturer of his/her choice.


The Symposium is where participants may present their planned or finished research, or ideas on how to implement and use humour in applied settings, in any form they like.


Some speakers have been approached already. Others still will be.

This year's lecturers will include

and further guest teachers.Dr Graeme Ritchie (University of Aberdeen),

Social Programme

The summer school offers a variety of sovial events over the week. Among them are:

  • Alpine experience (alphorn blower, yodelling performance) on Monday, early evening
  • Swiss wine and cheese reception during the poster presentation on Tuesday.
  • Zurich experience, with picnic by the lake, free time indowntown Zurich, guided tour through city (in English), boat trip on lake Zurich (including evening dinner)
  • Conference dinner in a historic guild hall, namely Zunfthaus zur Haue.

Details of Presentations

Titles of presentations (incomplete; PDF file, 177KB)

Abstracts of presentations (will be made available in due time) (PDF file, 177KB)

Timetable for the week (will be made available due time) (PDF file, 25KB)

Flyer (preliminary; PDF file, 500KB)
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