ISHS conference 2018

Humour researchers and practitioners are invited to Tallinn, Estonia, to discuss humour from its basic definitions to innovative research and everything in between. Bringing together a variety of scholars, students and creative practitioners, ISHS Tallinn 2018 focuses on the broad theme of “Humour: positively ? transforming” - on the creative aspect and contextual nature of humour.


Open October 1 - November 1, 2017

Find the call for panels here. Suggestions from all of you who want to organise a special panel, workshop, debate, roundtable or any other format should be sent to


The conference will take place in the Estonian capital of Tallinn - the city where where the medieval meets the modern.

How to get here? Easy! See the options here.

In 2018, all of Estonia will celebrate the country's 100th anniversary.


  • Panels: Oct 1-Nov 1
  • Papers: Nov 1 - Mar 31
  • Early registration deadline Feb 15
  • Full refund (minus fees) April 15

      Early bird Regular
    ISHS members €220 €250
    Non-members €250 €280
    Students €100 €120

    The registration fee includes:
  • At least one reception
  • Coffee breaks
  • A creative conference day outside of Tallinn
  • Conference materials (bag, programme, map of the city, etc)
  • Acceptance notifications for abstracts will be sent out on a rolling basis within 1-2 weeks of submitting.


    Tallink City Hotel

    (Laikmaa 5, Tallinn)

    Standard sgl/twin 89€/room/night (rates include breakfast)

    Make your reservations by sending an email to and mention the promotion code ISHS2018. Offer is available until May 1st.

    Seaport Hotel

    (Uus-Sadama 23, Tallinn)

    Standard sgl 78€/room/night Standard twin 83€/room/night (rates include breakfast)

    Reserve a room via the hotel home page reservation system and use the promotion code ISHS2018. The offer is available until May 21.


    Contact the conference office:

    ishsconference2018 (at)

    Conference chair Liisi Laineste (Estonian Literary Museum),

    Conference secretary Anastasiya Fiadotava (University of Tartu)