Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter:
Theory, Research and Applications
The International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter:
Theory, Research and Applications will this year be held in
Edinburgh, in the
School of Informatics at the
University of Edinburgh,
from 15th - 20th September 2003.
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 in the
week for the Symposium. For the rest of the time, classes
will be presented by a number of lecturers.
The Symposium part of the summer school will take place
on Thursday or Friday. This 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.
Professor Lydia Amir (Tel Aviv University), Professor
Christie Davies (University of Reading), Dr Rüdiger
Hasenoehrl (University of Hertfordshire), Dr Graeme
Ritchie (University of Edinburgh), Professor Willibald
Ruch (University of Zurich), & further guest teachers.
See summary of course content
for fuller details.
This Summer School is possible through support from the
Human Communication Research Centre,
School of Informatics, University
This Summer School is endorsed by the International Society for
Humor Studies (ISHS).