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The Society for Phenomenology and the Media (SPM) is an international organization for the study of all media. Originally formed to accomplish the goal of extending phenomenological analysis, the society has since broadened its mission to include other philosophical and theoretical approaches and it welcomes interdisciplinary research and analysis.
11TH ANNUAL MEETING
THE SOCIETY FOR PHENOMENOLOGY AND MEDIA
February 26 – 28, 2009
“PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND [THE] MEDIA”
Scholars and practitioners in philosophy, politics, and media are invited to consider participating in a conference that combines all three. Washington, a political capital and news center, provides a fitting site for a cross-disciplinary reflection on how media affect the practice of politics.
This announcement goes out in the spring of 2008 as Americans look ahead to a national campaign for the US presidency. The timing affords those so inclined opportunity to think through the events about to unfold in the United States and share the results of their thinking with conference participants in February 2009. Notwithstanding the preceding consideration, we in the Society expect and encourage contributions which range from papers on the politics of Pericles and the medium of rhetoric to explorations of the “blogosphere.”
“Philosophy,” in the title, is a placeholder for any intellectual discipline or approach aimed at getting a sense of the meaning of politics as a mediated phenomenon. “Politics” is open for interpretation. “Media” can refer to the “the” media – the institutions which produce and deliver political news and comment – or the technologies which shape perceptions and interactions in the political process. Journalists are media too. And, “media” also refers to the medium or space in which politics plays out.
Mark your calendars now and think about how you would address the conference theme. The Conference Call will go out in the fall of this year and solicit abstracts or proposals for papers. For now, we would welcome an e-mail indication of interest in participation with perhaps some initial ideas regarding themes of interest to you.
Through the conference, we plan to reach out to the public, extending our conversation about politics and media beyond conference participants. Themes for a forum are under consideration but if you find the idea of instigating public discussion with a five-minute position paper, let us know.
Direct any e-mail to:
Dennis Skocz (Ph.D., Philosophy, Duquesne University)
SPM President and Conference Host