Full Conference Program

Full Program Wed 29 June Thu 30 June Fri 1 July Sat 2 July
Legend: Sala del Teatro = T   Sala San Silvestro = C   Sala del Museo = M

Wednesday 29 June

09:00 – 10:00

Registration – Theatre Foyer

10:00 – 11:00

Welcome and opening ceremony in Sala del Teatro

  • Convenor’s Welcome: Delia Chiaro, Alma mater studiorum, Università di
  • Greeting from Gessica Allegni, Mayor of the Municipality of Bertinoro
  • Greetings from Patrick Leech the Vice Chair of the Interpreting and Translation
    Department of the Alma mater studiorum, Università di Bologna
  • Greetings from Don Nilsen, Arizona State University
  • Greetings from Victor Raskin, Purdue University
  • Presidential Address: Sharon Lockyer, Brunel University London
  • General Housekeeping – Delia Chiaro
11:30 – 12:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30

Keynote Speaker
Conal Condren, University of New South Wales

Academic Myth and the Political Origins of a Concept.
Chair: Jessica Milner Davis

12:30 – 15:00 Lunch (ISHS Exec Board Meeting)
15:00 – 16:30

Session 1.T – Humor in the Public Sphere 1: Showcasing the UnaEuropa website

Chair: Giselinde Kuipers
Wladyslaw Chlopicki and Dorota Brzozowska, Anastasiya Fiadotava, Jan Chovanec, Jonas Nicolai, Delia Chiaro

Session 1.C – Philosophical issues in Humor

Chair: Mark Ralkowski

  • Phillip Deen – Why is Comedy Considered Inferior to Tragedy?
  • Jarno Hietalahti – Humor and Humanism. The Significance of Humor for Humanist Thought
  • Lauren Olin – The Sense of Humor as a Virtue

Session 1.M – Humor in Education 1

Chair: Patrice Oppliger

  • Caleb Prichard – L2 learners’ humor competence with verbal irony online
  • Lisa Arter – Utilizing Humorous Texts and Engaging Pedagogies to Increase Literacy
  • Manuel Padilla Cruz – How could jokes be dealt with in the ESL class? A pedagogical proposal centred on comprehension
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:30

Session 2.T – Humor in the Public Sphere 2

Chair: Giselinde Kuipers

Session 2.C – Panel on Dave Chappelle

Chair: Lydia Amir

  • Phillip Deen – Amusement: “Does Comedy Have to Be Funny? Chappelle’s 8’46” and Post-Comedy”
  • Lauren Olin – Truth: “Is Dave Chappelle a Liar?”
  • Mark RalkowskiGoodness: “Is Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Good for Us?”

Session 2.M – Humor and Gender

Chair: Jarno Hietalahti

18:30 – 19:00

Salvatore Attardo and Giovannantonio Forabosco – Dialogo sopra i massimi sistemi del comico: Conversation between two humor scholars and friends on the history of humor research

Chair: Villy  Tsakona

19:30 Welcome Reception (heavy hors d’oeuvres)

Thursday 30 June

09:00 – 10:00

Keynote Speaker
Don Kulick, Hong Kong University, Uppsala University, Sweden

Under what circumstances can funnily serious behavior be seriously funny?
Chair: Delia Chiaro

10:00 – 11:30

Session 4.T – Humor Responses

Chair: Villy Tsakona

  • Patrice Oppliger – Advances in technology in humor/laughter detection
  • Luca Bischetti – Cracking smiles by different joke types: the zygomaticus major response
  • Chiara Mazzocconi – Humour development in mother-child interaction: from 12 to 36 months

Session 4.C – Humor Recognition

Chair: Martin Lampert

  • Niklas Müller – Executive humor: towards a multi-modal automated measurement
  • Shahin Amiriparian – Speech-Based Spontaneous Humor Recognition Utilising Deep Spectrum and Acoustic Features
  • Alexander Kathan – A Personalised Approach to Humour Recognition

Session 4.M – Stereotype, Stand–up and Translation

Chair: Dorota Brzozowska

  • Jessica Milner Davis – The Politics of Stereotype and Caricature in Humour
  • Will Noonan – From translating humour in games to games about the translation of humour: the GamiShT project
  • Ian Brodie – When is a joke? Insights from contemporary legend scholarship for the study of stand-up comedy repertoire development
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:30

Session 5.T – Humor and the Law

Chair: Jessica Milner Davis

  • Alberto Godioli – Judging Jokes: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on ECtHR Jurisprudence
  • Laura Little – The Many Ways Law and Humor Intersect
  • João Paulo Capelotti – Good and bad taste in Brazilian humor case law
  • Jennifer Young – “If In Doubt, Cut It Out”: An Empirical Study of humour regulation in the UK Broadcasting Industry
  • Delia Chiaro and Rebecca Nocella – Laughing in the Face of the Law: Humour as a Thermostat Activating Social Change for Sex Workers

Session 5.C – Humor Theory

Chair: Will Noonan

  • Wei He Xu – Rationalizing a “Funtastic” Skiing Feat: An evolutionistic tweak of the incongruity-resolution theory of humor
  • Sylwia Klos – Frame semantics in the interpretation and translation of humour in children’s literature
  • Book presentation: Housing Mirth by Laurin Olin

Session 5.M – Humor Styles

Chair: Giovannantonio Forabosco

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch (Humor Journal Editorial Board Meeting)
15:00 – 16:30

Session 6.T – Reinhold Aman Memorial Panel on Abusive and Offensive

Chair: Tristan Miller

Session 6.C – Humor in the Public Sphere 3: In and around wokeness

Chair: Giselinde Kuipers

  • Dick Zijp – Nuanced humor: The affordances and limitations of humour in the public sphere
  • Sara Atwater – Examining the Construction of a Gendered Public Sphere through Women’s Cabaret in Post-Industrial Germany
  • Jan Chovanec – ‘Russian warship, go fuck yourself’: War-related humour in the European linguistic landscape
  • Jonas Nicolaï – The Age of Outrage: Wokeness, free speech, and the disorientation of Belgian stand-up comedy
  • Steve Michiels – Self-censorship- corrected thoughts of an artist “Which visual censorship is necessary today?”
  • Ivo Nieuwenhuis – From Mocking Pastors to Roasting Politicians: Humour Scandals as a Sign of Changing Times

Session 6.M – Humor across Borders 1

Chair: Sharon Lockyer

  • Birgit Maier-Katkin – Humor Across Borders: Mark Twain and the German language
  • Anthony Manu – Non-human characters and humour in the works of Paulien Cornelisse and May Kendall: a narratological and post-humanist analysis
  • Tuula Kolehmainen – “Very Funny, Then Scary, Then Funny Again. Yet Puzzling”: Misplaced Humor in Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:00

Keynote Speaker (Theatre)
Salvatore Attardo, Texas A&M University–Commerce

Context, the ghost of Goffman, and humor. How can we tell when we are joking?
Chair: Wladyslaw Chlopicki

17:00 – 17:30

Philosophy of Humor Lecture (Church): Lydia Amir

Chair: Don Kulick

The Legacy of Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Laughter in France: Deleuze, Bataille, and Rosset

18:00 – 19:30

Session 7.T – Humor Recognition

Chair: Salvatore Attardo

  • Bèatrice Priego–Valverde – The multifunctional role of smile in designing and negotiating humor in conversation
  • Elisa GironzettiHumorous Smiling: Applying the Smiling Intensity Scale for the Study of Conversational Humor
  • Spyridoula Gasteratou and Villy Tsakona(De)constructing imagined identities through humor: Evidence from written humorous narratives by L2 learners of Greek

Session 7.C – Humor, Architecture and Art

Chair: Liisi Laineste

  • Katerina Zacharopoulou – Designing for amusement? From the intention to the interpretation of humour in Clore Gallery and TV-am Studios, London
  • Michela RossoLaughing at the modern city and its architects: Architectural critique through humour
  • Jean-Marie LafortuneFrom art in humor to humor in art

Session 7.M – Humor in Education 2

Chair: Chiara Bucaria

Friday 1 July

9:00 – 10:00

Keynote Speaker
Martin Rowson, Cartoonist, illustrator and writer

Mocking the Preposterous: The Challenges of Satirising Populism
Chair: Delia Chiaro

10:00 – 11:30

Session 8.T – Social Issues and Humor

Chair: Jan Chovanec

  • Simon Weaver and Sharon LockyerEnacting and Critiquing Intersectionality in Stand-up Comedy
  • Anthony Mitzel“The Slap” Heard AND Seen Around the World: Unlimited Memeiosis and the Fecundity of Humor in Current Events
  • Diego HoefelComedy, horror and graphic violence: Brazilian allegories of the culture wars

Session 8.C – Covid and Humor

Chair: Anastasiya Fiadotava

  • Luca BischettiSurfing through pandemic waves: Covid-19 humor appreciation during 2020
  • Giselinde KuipersCovido Ergo Zoom: Coping and Collective Meaning Making Through Memes and Jokes during the First Global Humor Cycle
  • Guilherme GioloTime in Laughter: Exploring Humor and Memory in The Digital Era
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:30

Session 9.T – Humor in the Public Sphere 4

Chair: Giselinde Kuipers

  • Sammy BasuWhose Laughter is Left? Habermas, Nazism and Humor
  • Noura Kamal – Reclaiming the Public Space via Humour: The Case of Palestinian Political Prisoners
  • Raúl Pérez – The Souls of White Jokes: How Racist Humor Fuels White Supremacy
  • Eva Šipöczová – The History of European Dictatorships of 20th Century in the Internet Memes and the Reflection of the Current Political Situation, on Example of Slovak and Czech Data
  • Villy Tsakona – Tracing liquid racism in online satirical news: Evidence from Greek

Session 9.C – Neurodiversity and Humor

Chair: Jessica Milner Davis

  • Evelyn Ferstl – Comprehension of verbal humor in psychiatric populations: The case of autism spectrum disorder, depression and schizophrenia
  • Mikhail Fiadotau – Between Self-Irony and Self-Advocacy: Digital Games, Vernacular Creativity, and the ADHD Community
  • Noémie Treichel – Humor and laughter in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and Williams syndrome
  • Michelle Matter – Silly, Serious, or Snarky: Humor’s Effect on Support Message Perceptions”
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch (EUHA Meeting)
15:00 – 16:30

Session 10.T – The Politics and Aesthetics of Humour in an Age of Comic
Controversy – Round Table

Chair: Giselinde Kuipers
Respondants: Dick Zijp, Ivo Nieuwenhuis, Simon Weaver, Sammy Basu

Session 10.C – Book presentation – Uproarious: How Feminists and Other Subversive Comics Speak Truth, by Cynthia Willett and Julie Willett

Chair: Lydia Amir

  • Critic 1: Maggie Hennefeld
  • Critic 2: Luvell Anderson
  • Author’s response: Cynthia Willett
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:00

Keynote Speaker
Tony Veale, University College Dublin

Computer Says D’Oh! Bridging the Gap Between “Funny Peculiar” and “Funny Ha-Ha”
Chair: Christian Hempelmann

18:00 – 19:30

Session 11.T – Humor and Artificial Intelligence

Chair: Christian Hempelmann

  • Tristan Miller – Reinhold Aman: The Oracle of Opprobrium
  • Juan Carlos Farah – An Observational Study of Laugh Reactions to Bot Comments on GitHub
  • Rey Gonzalez – Transformers Dissect Humor (Sometimes)
  • Tiansi Dong – Identifying Commonsense Spatial Knowledge via Simulating Spatial Jokes using Blender
  • Julie-Anne Meaney – Humor and Offense Ratings as a Function of Demographic Variables

Session 11.C Humor across Borders 2

Chair: Ian Brodie

  • Marianna Keisalo– Sense of Humor as Sense of Self: Multiplicity of Perspectives
  • Eyitayo Aloh – “Beware the Laughter of Aliens”: Comedy, African immigrants and the negotiation of liminality in Canada.
  • Maria Laakso – Implied audiences of stereotype humor: Case Finnish Nightmares
  • Rujuta Date – Creating Humour in Contemporary India: An Exploratory Study
20:30 Gala Dinner – Panoramic Castle Courtyard

Saturday 2 July

10:00 – 11:00

Awards Ceremony

  • Christie Davies Prize Awarded by Janetta Davies to Dick Zijp
  • Martin Lampert ISHS Secretary will present:
  • The Don and Alleen Nilsen Young Scholars Award – Guillem Castañar
  • Graduate student award – Nikita Lobanov
  • Graduate student award – Aikaterini Zacharopoulou
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30

ISHS Annual Membership Meeting

12:30 – 14:00

Closing Comments and Brindisi (Cake and a Valedictory Toast)