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.
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.
the main Summer School site for information about previous events in
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),
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
Abstracts of presentations (will be made available in due time) (PDF
Timetable for the week (will be made available due time) (PDF
Flyer (preliminary; PDF file, 500KB)