European Journal of Humour Research – Call For Papers

Special Issue: Humour and Social Media

Editor: Dr Eric Weitz, Trinity College Dublin

Now accepting abstract submissions for a special issue of the European Journal of Humour Research, titled, ‘Humour and Social Media’. The proliferation and widespread use of social media like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder, and other utilities have led to the development of a new kind of space for interpersonal and group interaction, distanced from face-to-face contact, yet somehow affording new kinds of intimacy, group response, dialogue and conversation. It is based generally on modes of socialising from ‘real life’, but with decidedly other technologies, practices, parameters and psycho-social implications. This issue would seek to gather a handful of responses to the ways, means, currents and meanings in thrall to these new kinds of social spaces.

Suggested areas of interest might include, but are not limited to:

  • Joking models
  • A phenomenological approach
  • Orthographic laughter, e.g., uses of ‘lol’, ‘haha’, *busts a gut*, etc.
  • Billig’s notion of ‘unlaughter’
  • Humour on dating sites
  • Easy-to-use technologies as ready-to-hand humour tools
  • Joking registers
  • Video mashups and compilations
  • Blogs and vlogs
  • Satire and parody
  • New configurations of audience
  • Inclusion and exclusion
  • Biopolitics

Please submit a 250-word abstract by 1 June 2015 to

Papers drafts due by 15 September 2015.


The European Journal of Humour Research

The EJHR is an open-access, academic journal endorsed by The International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS). The EJHR publishes commissioned guest articles, peer-reviewed research articles and commentaries, book reviews and research notes, which are meant to track research projects from the start to the end of the project and provide details on rationale, methodology and project results and outcomes. The journal has a special focus on supporting PhD students and early career researchers by providing them with a forum within which to disseminate their work alongside established scholars and practitioners.