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Call for Papers



For questions for

the 24th Conference


in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,contact:

Prof. Stacey Irwin

For general information, contact:

SPM Secretary:

Getting to Lancaster

Harrisburg International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport



The main campus of Millersville University is located in Millersville, Pennsylvania. The town of Millersville is roughly 6 miles southwest of the city of Lancaster. No events will be held at the main campus. All events will be at the downtown campus Ware Center on 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster PA 17603. 


1.The closest airport to Lancaster is Harrisburg International Airport. There is car rental and taxi service between Harrisburg and downtown Lancaster. A taxi or Uber/Lyft ride from the Harrisburg airport to Lancaster is 32 miles (about 45 minute drive)—cost is $60-75 usually. 


There is also Amtrak service between Harrisburg and Lancaster. From Harrisburg airport, take a taxi cab or Uber/Lyft ( to the Middletown, Pennsylvania Amtrak station (2.1 miles from airport to train station—train ticket about $10, and the train runs between 6:30 am and 9:30 pm weekdays, 25 minute ride).


2. Attendees can also travel to Philadelphia International Airport and then take an Amtrak train from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station directly to Lancaster. Once you’ve arrived in Philadelphia, you can take the SEPTA train ($8) from the airport to the Philadelphia 30th Street train station where SEPTA connects with Amtrak: (


Amtrak from Philadelphia to Lancaster is one hour and ten minutes. Amtrak offers eight daily trains from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia to Lancaster: $16-19 for a one-way ticket. Check for schedules and train information. 


Once at Lancaster’s train station, a Red Rose Trolley (approximately $3) takes you from the train station to the center of downtown where the Ware Center and conference hotels are located (5-10 minute trip). Taxi cabs are also generally available outside of the train station. It is about a one mile walk from the Lancaster train station—down Queen Street—to the downtown hotels. See



The closest hotels.


Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square (.2 miles from the conference site)


Lancaster, PA, Hotels | Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

Experience this landmark hotel in Lancaster, PA, a city named a "Top 10 U.S. City to Visit" by Forbes. Central to Downtown Lancaster and beautifully integrated with a world-class convention center, Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square offers a prime location in Lancaster City within walking distance to full-time entertainment and trendy dining.

Holiday Inn Lancaster (.5 miles from the conference site)


Affordable Downtown Hotels in Lancaster, PA | Holiday Inn Lancaster

Welcome to The Holiday Inn Lancaster! With two quick steps out the door you’re in the heart of a vibrant, bustling small city, and just minutes away from the unique sites and shopping that Lancaster PA is known for.



Society for Phenomenology and Media

24th Annual Conference​

Thursday, September 30th

to Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Applications must be made through


Deadline for considerations of abstracts and panels:

April 1, 2021​

      The Society for Phenomenology and Media (SPM) is pleased to receive abstracts (200 words maximum) for consideration of inclusion in its 24th annual international conference. The conference will be sponsored and hosted by Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

    Proposals for 3-person panels are also accepted. These should be organized around specific media — for example: film, the Internet, mobile communication, medieval manuscripts, print media (books, newspapers, and magazines), stage drama, television, visual art, dance, etc. Panel proposals should include three papers, one of them by the panel organizer. Individual abstract submissions are assigned to a panel by the conference host.

  The Society for Phenomenology and Media encourages interdisciplinary approaches and theoretical diversity. Individual papers and panels need not be limited to phenomenological approaches. In the past, papers have come from diverse theoretical perspectives, including critical theory, cultural studies, hermeneutics, Marxism, New Historicism, post-colonial theory, pragmatism, semiotics, speech-act theory, and so on. Participants have come from a wide range of disciplines: philosophy, media studies, communications, psychology, history, political science, sociology, rhetoric, literary theory, cognitive science, cultural studies, and other fields.

      Doctoral students are invited to submit proposals, but should note that SPM limits the number of papers from students.​ Conference abstracts and panel proposals submitted are peer reviewed. Papers accepted and presented are published in the annual SPM Conference Proceedings and also considered for publication in Glimpse, the annual, blind-reviewed journal published by SPM.

Applications for an SPM annual  conference is a two-step process:

1) Make an application through EASYCHAIR;

2) When your application is accepted, immediately complete your application by registering on this SPM webpage (see "conference registration" in the tab above). You complete your acceptance only when you have paid your conference and membership fees. This is done through PAYPAL.

Questions may be addressed to the

SPM Secretary: Paul Majkut


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