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Humour Summer School 2009
9th 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.

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.

Symposium and Poster session

The Symposium is where participants may present their planned or finished research, or ideas on how to implement and use humour in applied settings. The Symposium will be held on July, 1st, 2009.
The poster session could be held at the same day

España programme in spanish (Version 23 June: PDF 304 KB)




Speakers will include:

Dr. Hugo Carretero-Dios (Department of Psychology, University of Granada, Spain)

Professor Christie Davies (Department of Sociology, University of Reading, England)

Dr. med. Irina Falkenberg (Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany)

Dr. Gil Greengross (Departament of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, USA)

Dr. Giselinde Kuipers (Department of Sociology and Anthropoly, Univeristy of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Professor Ilona Papousek, (Department of Psychology, University of Graz, Austria)

Dr. Beatrice Priego-Valverde (Department of Linguistics, University of Provence, France)

Dr. Graeme Ritchie (Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen, Scotland)

Dr. Andrea Samson (Department of Psychology, Fribourg University, Switzerland)

Professor Willibald Ruch (Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland)


Details of presentations

Timetable for the week (Version 09 March: PDF 9,5 KB)

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