Call for Papers

Call for Papers

ISHS 2018 Conference

Humour: positively (?) transforming

June 25-29, 2018
Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia


Registration / abstracts open: November 1, 2017.
Deadline for early registration: February 15, 2018.
Deadline for abstract submissions: March 31, 2018.

Call for papers finished on March 31

In 2018, humour researchers and practitioners will gather in 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” – its creative aspect and contextual nature.

On its 30th anniversary, the 2018 International Humour Studies Conference calls for proposals of papers, posters, special panels (90-180 min), workshops (90 min) and other academic formats (including panels of flash presentations, 5-7 min each) related to humour research or the applications of humour research in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The suggested topic areas could cover, although are not limited to:

  • Cognition and Creativity
  • Public and Private Discourse
  • Individuality and Individual Styles
  • Culture and Diversity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Language and Translation
  • Media and Digital Technology
  • Performance and Reception
  • Body and Gender

Abstracts of up to 350 words should be submitted by March 31, 2018. All prospective conference participants are requested to fill in the registration form. Acceptance notifications for abstracts will be sent out on a rolling basis within 1-2 weeks of submitting.

Graduate student awards

Graduate students can apply for the following awards, sending the applications and all relevant material to ishsconference2018(at) (see the PDFs for more information):

  • ISHS Don and Alleen Nilsen Young Scholars Award and ISHS Graduate Student Award (PDF)
  • Christie Davies Award (PDF) – note that recent PhD graduates are also eligible to apply for this award

The deadline for Graduate Student Award applications is March 31, 2018. The list of previous years’ award recipients is available here.

In addition, as a way to encourage student participation, there will be student prizes (100 EUR) available for the three best abstracts submitted via our registration form before February 1, 2018, and selected by the conference scientific panel.


ISHS accepts both individual papers and contributions to our selection of panels. Please click the panel title to read the abstract.


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

The registration fee includes:
• At least one reception
• Coffee breaks
• A creative conference day outside of Tallinn (for 200 first registrants)
• Conference materials (bag, programme, map of the city, etc)

Full refunds can be requested until April 15; partial refunds (50%) are possible between April 16 and June 1. After June 1, no refunds can be provided.

Organising committee

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The conference is supported by Enterprise Estonia, European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies, Estonian Literary Museum ASTRA project EKMDHUM).