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Fri Mar 09 2007

Confs: Discourse Analysis/UK

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Message 1: International Summer School on Humour and Laughter
Date: 08-Mar-2007
From: Graeme Ritchie <gritchiecsd.abdn.ac.uk>
Subject: International Summer School on Humour and Laughter


International Summer School on Humour and Laughter

Date: 09-Jul-2007 - 14-Jul-2007
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Contact: Graeme Ritchie
Contact Email: isshl07csd.abdn.ac.uk
Meeting URL: http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/isshl07/

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Meeting Description:

The Humour Summer School is designed not only to fit the needs of new students
and researchers preparing for careers that would be enhanced by a deeper
knowledge of humor and laughter (in dimensions ranging from the philosophical
through the physiological to the practical), but also for trained scholars in
the natural sciences and humanities who are considering embarking on new
investigations of humor/laughter-related phenomena.

7th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter

University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/isshl07/
July 9-14, 2007

Deadline for Early Registration Discount : 31st March

As in previous years, the Summer School is designed not only to fit the needs of
new students and researchers preparing for careers that would be enhanced by a
deeper knowledge of humor and laughter (in dimensions ranging from the
philosophical through the physiological to the practical), but also for trained
scholars in the natural sciences and humanities who are considering embarking on
new investigations of humor/laughter-related phenomena. The Symposium is a
session within the week when the Summer School participants give presentations
about their own work. Enrolment in the Summer School is deliberately limited
(less than 30 participants) so as to accommodate the individual interests of
each student and to keep the seminars to an optimal didactic size.

Topics include:

An introduction to humour research
Were Soviet political jokes a form of protest?
Jokes and cartoons, conflict and war
Is humour theory of any use to anyone?
Ethnic humor and ethnic relations
Is incongruity that is resolved humor?
Word play: humorous and non-humorous
Are cartoons drawn jokes?
Analyzing texts with the General Theory of Verbal Humour Social differences in
sense of humor (and how to study them..)
Humor and social theory
The cultural industry of humor
Sitcoms, sketch shows and mocumentaries: analysing television comedy
Borat, Berlusconi and Brass Eye: exploring the limits of humour
Humor in folklore and anthropology
The analysis of jokes
Humor as communication
The analysis of repertoire
The aesthetics of joke performance
Computational humour and language skills development
The methodology of testing humour theories
Measuring humour traits and states: What instrument to use when and why?
Humour and laughter: malleable or (genetically) fixed?
Humor as character strength, orientations to happiness, and life satisfaction
Humor in fMRI studies
Theory of mind, empathy and humor
Joy and humour at work, more then effective

Lecturers:

Prof Christie Davies (UK)
Dr Christian Hempelmann (USA)
Dr Giselinde Kuipers (Netherlands)
Dr Sharon Lockyer (UK)
Prof Elliott Oring (USA)
Dr Graeme Ritchie (UK)
Prof Willibald Ruch (Switzerland)
Dr Andrea Samson (Switzerland)
Eva Ullmann (Germany)

We offer an early bird discount for bookings before March 31, 2007.
Endorsed by the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS)

Sponsored by:
- Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen
- Hakia Inc

Local organiser: Graeme Ritchie (Dept. of Computing Science, University
of Aberdeen).

Course director: Willibald Ruch (Dept. of Psychology, University of Zuerich)

Contact: isshl07csd.abdn.ac.uk
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