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.
Outline of the Schedule of the Course
- The Summer School will be opened on Monday, July 2 at 10.45 o'clock (coordinated with the flight from
Helsinki).In the rest of the week daily work will start at 9.00 o'clock
and will be finished at 18 o'clock at the latest. Coffee and lunch breaks
- On Wednesday, July 4, we'll
go for excursion to Parikkala Statue Park at
12.00 - 16.00 o'clock and in the evening attend to the general
rehearsal of the tragicomic opera "La Fenice"
at the Castle.
- The Symposium will take place on Thursday afternoon
at 14.00 - 18.00 o'clock, and Summer School dinner on Friday evening
at 18.00 - 21.00 at Hotel Hospitz (Linnanaktu 20).
- The Summer School will be closed on Saturday, July 7, at 15.00
- 16.00 o'clock.
The types of sessions
- 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.
Meet the Lecturer sessions
- There will also be on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning 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 Exhibition
In the symposium and poster
exhibition 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.
- Presentation of the papers: about 15 min. including discussion.
- Posters: Maximum size 75 cm x
105 cm. Presentation 5 - 10 min.
Speakers and Topics of Lectures
Dr Jessica Milner Davis (University of Sidney)
challenges in studying humour: Contemporary social attitudes and conventions
about the use of humour in Australia, Japan and China
and Henri Bergson’s theory of the comic
The long tradition of
humour therapy and the theory of humours, East and West
Humour: A Conceptual Model of Interpersonal Transaction
Professor Christie Davies
(Department of Sociology, University of Reading, England)
Testing hypotheses about jokes: the Strange case of Finland
The poverty of theory: Why theories of humour and social
theories are of limited use
The importance of history in the understanding of ethnic
jokes: Jokes about the French, the Italians and the
the Comparative Method: Mother-in-law Jokes and Kinship
Composer Kimmo Hakola (Savonlinna Operafestival)
Professor Seppo Knuuttila
(Department of Folkloristics, University of Eastern Finland)
Dr Liisi Laineste (Tartu Literary Museum)
Professor Gina Mireault (Johnson State College, Vermont)
Smiling, laughter &
humor in the first year: A developmental perspective
How do infants know
what is funny? Humor as part of social context and social
Main Secretary Riitta Moisander (Arts Council of South
Professor Pirkko Muikku-Werner
(University of Eastern Finland)
Pakkasvirta (University of Helsinki)
(Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen, Scotland)
overview of humour research
Incongruity and its resolution
Annotating data (method)
The role of language in humour
Professor Willibald Ruch
(Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Humour and positive psychology
The expression of joy: From Darwin to Ekman
Smiling and laughter: Origin, types and measurement
- Dispositions to
ridicule and being laughed at : Gelotophobia in school
Professor Sven Svebak
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim,