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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

13th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter, Magdeburg University, GERMANY


In the tradition of its predecessors, this year's Summer School is
designed to meet the needs of students and researchers who are entering
the field of humour studies, with a range of interest that runs from the
philosophical through the physiological to the practical. At the same
time, the programme also addresses itself to trained scholars in the
natural sciences and the humanities who are considering embarking on new
investigations of humour or laughter-related phenomena.

The course programme consists of different structural components which
are intended to address the various interests and needs of the
participants in the best possible way. Lecture classes by a selected
group of exerienced international scholars make up the bulk of the
programme (see for information about
previous events). These "talks" are supplemented by workshops, a
symposium, and opportunities for individual discussions with the
speakers ("Meet the Lecturer"). Sessions are held from Monday morning to
Saturday afternoon. One afternoon is set aside for relaxation and

The lecturers are:

Dr. Wladislaw Chlopicki (Institute of English Philology, Jagiellonian
University, Krakow, Poland)

Professor Christie Davies (Department of Sociology, University of
Reading, GB)

Dr. Christian Hempelmann (Department of Literature and Languages, Texas
A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, USA)

Dr. Elizabeth Holt (School of Music and Humanities, University of
Huddersfield, GB)

Professor Holger Kersten (American Literature and Culture, Magdeburg
University, Germany)

Dr. Liisi Laineste (Estonian Literary Museum, Center of Cultural History
and Folkloristics, Estonia)

Tracey Platt & Jennifer Hofmann (Department of Psychology, University of
Zurich, Switzerland)

Dr. Graeme Ritchie (Department of Computing Science, University of
Aberdeen, Scotland)

Professor Willibald Ruch (Department of Psychology, University of
Zurich, Switzerland)

Jrme Urbain (Research center in Information Technologies, University
of Mons, Belgium)

Dr. Reinhold Wandel (English Departrment, Magdeburg University, Germany)

Till Weingaertner (Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Cultures,
University of Manchester, England)

For more information, contact:

Endorsed by the International Society for Humour Studies (ISHS)