17th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Applications
Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
July 17-22, 2017
Course Director: Professor Willibald Ruch
Local Organizers: Drs. Julia Rayz and Victor Raskin
Interest in both research on humour and practical applications of humour has increased sharply in recent decades. The aims and objectives for the International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter are to ensure that both students just beginning their research careers and those already-trained researchers considering a first project on humour will enter the field with a strong foundation in existing theoretical and methodological issues, and will be 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.
As in previous years, this year of the Summer School is designed not only to fit the needs of new students and researchers preparing for careers that would be enhanced by a deeper knowledge of humour and laughter (in dimensions ranging from the psychological through the computational to the practical), but also for trained scholars in the sciences and humanities who are considering embarking on new investigations of humour or laughter related phenomena. The Symposium is a popular session within the week when the Summer School participants have the opportunity to present their own work.
The application form is available. Please complete it if you wish to be considered as a participant.
Prof. Christie Davies' lecture, "The importance of histry in the undrstanding of ethnic jokes: Jokes about the French and sex, the Italian Army and Irish drining" is open to public. Please join us on Monday, July 17th, at 5:30PM at 218D Stewart Center.
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This Summer School is endorsed by the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS). ISHS members qualify for a fee discount at the Summer School.
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