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Society for Phenomenology and Media

Society for Phenomenology and Media
23rd Annual Conference
Being together in the Digital Age
March 25-27, 2022
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The overarching theme of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media (SPM 2022) is ‘Being together in the Digital Age.’ We encourage submissions that speak to this theme in a broad sense or to other topics covered by the Society. 

We are entering a new digital age where digital technologies constantly mediate our bodily presences among each other. Digital technologies track our movements and our positions. They mediate our way of relating to others by providing digital social media and the means to be digitally present. COVID19 just highlighted the depth of intertwinement between our way of living and digital technologies is by forcing us to meet digitally and to track ourselves.

How should we live in this new era? What are the values that are changing according to the emerging of new technologies? How can we thinkor creatively modify, of our role in society if digital technologies constantly mediate our presence in it? More generally, what are the effects on society of new technologies?

This conference aims to explore these novel scenarios from a transdisciplinary point of view. This conference invites philosophers, researchers in the humanities, artists, designers, and engineers to deal with the societal challenges proposed by media from a phenomenological perspective.

The Society for Phenomenology and Media (SPM) is pleased to receive abstracts (250 words maximum) for consideration for inclusion in its 23rd Annual International Conference. The conference will be hybrid to allow everyone to attend the event because of COVID-19 restrictions, the conference will be hybrid to allow everyone to attend; details for the online conference will be provided on the conference website. Since the SPM understands physical meetings to be essential for fostering research and collaborations, the Society is pleased that the School of Humanities at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in China will also provide a physical location for the conference for those who can be in Shanghai.

Proposals for 3-person panels are also accepted. These should be organized around specific media or themes — 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.  

We kindly ask contributors to align their submission with the conference theme, but we also welcome proposals about all areas covered by the Society.

Doctoral students are invited to submit proposals.

Society for Phenomenology and Media encourages interdisciplinary approaches and theoretical diversity. Individual papers and panels need not be limited to just phenomenological approaches. Participants have come from a wide range of disciplines: philosophy, media studies, communication, psychology, history, political science, philosophy of technology, sociology, rhetoric, literary theory, cognitive science, cultural studies, and other fields.

Submission Guidelines

Conference abstracts and panel proposals submitted are peer-reviewed. Papers accepted and presented are published in the SPM annual conference Proceedings; selected papers are also published in Glimpse, the annual publication of SPM.  

Applications must be made through


Deadline for individual abstracts and panel proposals: 

November 30th, 2021

Acceptance: 31 December 2021.

New abstract deadline 

*** 1/14/22 ***

Applications for an SPM Annual Conference is a two-step process

For up-to-date information on the conference and the Society, see the SPM website:

If you have questions about the conference hotel and getting to and from Shanghai Jiao Tong University or China in general, see the:

Program and Organizing Committee
  • Nicola Liberati, Program Chair

  • Gerardo de la Fuente, SPM President

  • Shoji Nagataki, SPM Vice President

  • Stacey O. Irwin, SPM Secretarty


Make an application through


When your application is accepted, immediately complete your application by registering on the SPM webpage

You complete your acceptance only when you have paid your conference and membership fees. This is done through PAYPAL.

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