The 5th International Gelological Congress «LAUGHTER and COMMUNICATION»

Sociological institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
 Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones

Laboratory of Gelological Studies

(Saint Petersburg, Russia)


Institute of Philosophy, Saint Petersburg State University

 Russian Philosophy and Culture Department 

(Saint Petersburg, Russia)


Mental Health Research Center 

(Moscow, Russia)


Non-profit charitable organization «Odessa Humanitarian Tradition» 

(Odessa, Ukraine)


Agency «Mice and Travel»

(Saint Petersburg, Russia)


St. Petersburg State Clown–Mim-Theatre “Mimigrants”

(Saint Petersburg, Russia)



29 May – 1 June 2019 



The 5th International Gelological Congress


The Conference was conducted with the financial support of the RFBR

(project No 19-011-20036\19)


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During the congress it is planned to focus on communicative potential of humor and laughter, but also communicative ambivalence of laughter as a phenomenon, building and destroying communication. We will talk not only about interpersonal communication, but also about intercultural, transcultural, cross-cultural communication, sociology of laughter, the fear of laughter, tomfoolery, laughing aggression, communicative aspects, and social genesis of laughter. It is suggested to attract participants from sociology, social philosophy, psychology, sociolinguistics, folkloristics, literary criticism and others


 Suggested topics:

  • Social aspects of laughter
  • Laughter in interpersonal communication
  • Laughter in intercultural communication
  • Humor and the problem of understanding
  • Archetypal  of humoristic elements 
  • Trickster as a universal cultural function
  • Laughter and (pseudo)aggression
  • Boundaries – communication - laughter 
  • The fear of laughter (gelotophobia) as a communicatory and philosophical problem
  • Katagelasticism (the tendency of laughing at others): building or destroying communication? 
  • Gelotophilia (the joy of being laughed at), tomfoolery – adaptation, compensation or addiction?
  • Politics and humor, communicatory aspects
  • Social and cultural practices of humor and laughter application in different cultural-historical periods
  • Spiritual aspects of humor and laughter. Humor and transcendent 



Oral presentation – up to 25 min
Discussion - up to 10 min

Within the congress are also planned 

  • Round table discussions
  • Work-shops
  • Seminars
  • Social program



Organizing committee:
Dr. Laineste L. (Estonian Literary Museum, Centre of Excellence for Estonian Studies (CEES), Estonia)

Dr. Platt T. (University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom)

Prof. Brodsky A. (St Petersburg State University,Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones, Russia)

Prof. Golovin V. (Institute of Russian Literature (the Pushkin House), Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)

Dr. Enikolopov S. (Mental Health Research Center, Russia)

Dr. Ivanova A. (Mental Health Research Center, Russia) – co-chairman 

Prof. Kozintsev A. (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera), Russia)
Dr. Levchenko V.
(Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine) 

Prof. Malinov A. (St Petersburg State University, Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones, Russia)

Dr. Nikolaeva Zh. (St Petersburg State University, Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones, Russia)

Plush-Nezhinsky A. (St. Petersburg State Clown–Mim-Theatre “Mimigrants”) 

Dr. Radeev A. (St Petersburg State University, Russia)

Dr. Troitckii S. (St Petersburg State University, Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones, Russia) - chairman




To participate in the conference it is necessary to send to the organizing committee:

- registration information (name, surname, affiliation, position, e-mail, contact telephone number) and title of the paper before 1 October 2019
- abstract  (up to 1000 characters) before 25 February 2019

Please send the application with all the materials to:

The organizing committee notifies about an abstract inclusion into the program before 1 April 2019