CfP: The Society for Phenomenology & Media 25th annual conference

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Call for papers for the SPM conference on May 14-19, 2024 at Tallinn University. Deadline for abstracts February 2, 2024.

The Society for Phenomenology and Media 25th annual conference on May 14-19, 2024
Tallinn University, Estonia

Deadline for considerations of abstracts and panels February 2, 2024

Keynote speakers:

  • Dermot Moran – Joseph Chair in Catholic Philosophy at Boston College
  • Sara Heinämaa – Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä
  • Katrin Tiidenberg – Professor of Participatory Culture at the Baltic Film, Media and Arts School of Tallinn University

The Society for Phenomenology and Media encourage submissions for the 25th Annual Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media (SPM2024).

The Society for Phenomenology and Media invites abstracts for papers on the ever-growing influence of digitalisation on our lives and life-worlds. The arrival of large language models capable of producing huge amounts of text with near-human quality has recently stirred the attention of everyone from school children to academics and business circles. What are the ramifications of such powerful tools with human-like linguistic capabilities on our cultures, identities, and collectivities? Is their availability for uncontrolled public use a threat or an opportunity for our education systems, intellectual endeavours, and academic work, including philosophical pursuits? How will the increasing digitalisation of almost all aspects of social life change our relationships with other humans, computers, and the environment? The organisers welcome proposals on these and related questions within different theoretical paradigms, including phenomenology, affect theory, critical theory, cultural studies, hermeneutics, Marxism, New Historicism, post-colonial theory, post-phenomenology, pragmatism, semiotics, speech-act theory, etc. The organisers encourage participation from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, media studies, communication, psychology, history, political science, sociology, rhetoric, literary theory, cognitive science, cultural studies, and other fields. Individual papers and panels need not be limited to phenomenological approaches.

Venue and timetable

University of Tallinn, Estonia
School of Humanities, Philosophy / Cultural Studies
All sessions of the conference will be held at Tallinn University, Mare building, in Estonia.

14 May: Arrivals, Board Meetings and the Welcome Reception
15–17 May: Conference Sessions
18–19 May: Practical phenomenology sessions and guided tours

Please refer to the SPM website for further information:

Organizing Committee

  • Rita Niineste, 2024 Program Chair, Tallinn University
  • Tõnu Viik, Ph.D, Tallinn University Rector, SPM Board of Directors
  • Nicola Liberati, Ph.D, SPM President, 2022 Program Chair
  • Melinda Campbell, Ph.D, SPM Vice Chair
  • Stacey O. Irwin, Ph.D, SPM Vice President, 2023 Program Chair
  • Luis Acebel, Ph.D, SPM Treasurer
  • Jacques Ibanez Bueno, Ph.D, 2025 Program Chair

If you have any questions regarding the conference and submissions, please contact: Rita Niineste, 2024 Program Chair ([email protected]).