19th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: 
Theory, Research and Applications
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 The Summer School 2019 in Bonn is pleased to announce that the following top-class guests of the international academic and applied humor landscape participate.

 Look forward to (more detailed information coming soon):


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Willibald Ruch

(University of Zurich)



Jessica Milner Davis

(PhD FRSN, Honorary Associate, University of Sydney,

and Member, Clare Hall Cambridge)


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Graeme Ritchie

(Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen)


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Helga Kotthoff

(University of Freiburg)


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Evelyn Ferstl

(University of Freiburg)


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René Proyer

(University of Halle-Wittenberg)


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Tabea Scheel

(University of Flensburg)


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     Corinna Peifer                          Marek Bartzik

(University of Bochum)


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Tobias Esch

(University of Witten/Herdecke)


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Christian F. Hempelmann

(Texas A&M University Commerce)



Eckart von Hirschhausen

(foundation HUMOR HILFT HEILEN, Bonn)



and more…




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.

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.

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.


Details of Presentations

More information coming soon.