Delia Chiaro is Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Bologna’s Department of Interpreting and Translation.

Born, bred and educated in the UK, Delia has spent her entire academic career in Italy where she has combined her passion for film and TV with her interest in visual and verbal ambiguity and duplicity – an interest which has provided her with the perfect excuse to study humour in all shapes and sizes, but especially how it is perceived in translation and its cross-cultural impact.

Since publishing The Language of Jokes: Analysing Verbal Play (Routledge 1992)  she has written extensively on diverse aspects of language and humour, most recently Gender and Humor: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives (with Raffaella Baccolini, Routledge, New York: 2014) while The Language of Jokes in the Digital Age is forthcoming with Routledge in early 2016. She has been invited to lecture on humour across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and New Zealand.

Beyond academia, her hobbies include running, socialising and socialism.


Giselinde Kuipers is professor of cultural sociology at the University of Amsterdam.

She is the author of Good Humor, Bad Taste: A Sociology of the Joke (2006, 2nd revised edition 2015) and many articles on humor, popular culture, media, beauty, translation, cultural globalization and the relation between culture and inequality. She has done empirical research on these topics in a range of European countries as well as the US.

In addition, she is Editor-in-Chief of HUMOR International Journal of Humor Research, principal investigator of an ERC-funded study on the comparative sociology of beauty, and chair of the department of sociology at the University of Amsterdam.