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European Journal of Humour Research
International Society for Humor Studies
Peer reviewed
Open access
Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University

The European Journal of Humour Research (EJHR) is published quarterly. The international editorial board includes members from Australia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The editors note that, “although geographically-oriented towards the ˋold continentˊ, the European perspective aims at an international readership and contributors” and that EJHR covers “the full range of work being done on all aspects of [sic] humour phenomenon.” The focus and scope statement adds that “EJHR is designed to respond to the important changes that have affected the study of humour but particular predominance is given to the past events and current developments in Europe.”

That said, it is interesting to examine that latest issue, Volume 4, Number 4, 2016, a special issue on “Humour in Social media.” It contains an Editorial (“Humour and social media”) along with the articles, ‘“Laf wan kill me die” (I almost died laughing): An analysis of Akpos jokes and the readers’ responses,” “Laughing across borders: Intertextuality of internet memes,” “Looping out loud: A multimodal analysis of humour on Vine,” “Pussy Riot’s humour and the social media: Self-irony, subversion, and solidarity,” and “Is it OK to laugh about it yet? Hitler Rants YouTube parodies in Hebrew.” The issue also offers two scholarly book reviews, of
The Complexity of Workplace Humour: Laughter, Jokers and the Dark Side of Humour. London & New York: Springer, and Cognitive Linguistics and Humour. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.  The issue before this, Volume 4, Number 3, 2016, includes the articles, “Gender bender agenda: Dame Edna, k. d. lang and Ivana Trump,” “Jokes, the unconscious and social subjectivity: from the “latent narratives” to the groupal bond,” “Digital politics on Facebook during the Arab Spring in Morocco: Adaptive strategies of satire relative to its political and cultural context,” and “Chinese translation and psychometric testing of the Humour Styles Questionnaire Children Version (C-HSQC) among Hong Kong Chinese primary-school students.” They are followed by the Commentary piece, “The enigma of solitary laughter,” along with book reviews of We Are Not Amused: Failed Humor in Interaction and Developments in Linguistic Humour Theory.

As with other academic journals dealing with the subject of humor, there is very little that is funny to be found here. What you will find are somber discussions about what different cultures find to be humorous and not humorous. For discovering, tracing, and documenting both historical and contemporary takes on humor around the world, this is a credible resource that will be useful to cultural historians.
01 May 2017
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