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Society for Phenomenology and Media

The Society of Phenomenology and Media encourage submissions for the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media (SPM2023). 

Thursday, March 23- to Saturday, March 25
The Ware Center at Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The conference will be sponsored and hosted by Millersville University of Pennsylvania, at The Ware Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. This year the Society for Phenomenology and Media conference shares a general call for proposals that encourage interdisciplinary approaches and theoretical diversity. In the past, papers have come from diverse theoretical perspectives, including affect theory, critical theory, cultural studies, hermeneutics, Marxism, New Historicism, post-colonial theory, postphenomenology, pragmatism, semiotics, speech-act theory, and so on. Participants have come from a wide range of disciplines: 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. The Society for Phenomenology and Media (SPM). All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conferences.

While individual papers and panels need not be limited to phenomenological approaches, the society encourages interdisciplinary approaches and theoretical and philosophical diversity in the discussion of media. Proposals for 3-person panels are also accepted. These can 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. All members of the panel need to be listed on the panel abstract, including emails. Individual abstract submissions are assigned to a panel by the conference host. 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 considered for publication in the The Glimpse Journal, blind reviewed and published by the Society for Phenomenology and Media

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
EASYCHAIR link. Emailed abstracts will not be accepted.

Deadline for considerations of abstracts and panels:
January 2, 2023

Registration for the SPM Annual Conference is a two-step process: 

Please direct questions about submissions to the SPM Society Secretary, Dr. Stacey Irwin, at 


Submit an abstract application through 


When your submission is accepted through email, immediately complete your registration on this SPM webpage (see conference registration tab). You complete your acceptance only when you have paid your separate conference registration ($250) and membership ($75) through PAYPAL. Registration deadline is thirty days prior to the start of the conference. 


keynote speaker

Dr. Gregory J. Seigworth

Dr. Gregory J. Seigworth is a Professor of Digital Communication and Cultural Studies at Millersville University. He is co-editor, with Melissa Gregg, of The Affect Theory Reader (Duke UP, 2010) and managing editor of the open-access journal Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry. Greg has published numerous chapters, essays, and reviews in a variety of venues, including Antithesis, Architectural Design, Cultural Studies, Culture Machine, Ephemera, m/c, Radical Philosophy andTheory, Culture and Society. He has also organized two large international conferences and a summer school focused on the lively interdisciplinarity of affect studies (in 2015 & 2018) at his home institution in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Greg has completed co-editing The Affect Theory Reader 2.0 (all new contributors and chapters) with Carolyn Pedwell; it should see light of day summer-fall 2023.

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