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Society for Phenomenology and Media

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The Society for Phenomenology and Media 25th Annual Conference 
May 14-19, 2024
Tallinn University, Estonia

Applications must be made through EASYCHAIR
Deadline for consideration of abstracts and panels: March 1, 2024

Keynote Speakers


Dermot Moran

Joseph Chair in Catholic Philosophy at Boston College and visiting professor at the University College Dublin


Sara Heinämaa

Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä

Vice President of the Philosophical Society of Finland


Katrin Tiidenberg

Professor of Participatory Culture at the Baltic Film, Media, and Arts School of Tallinn University in Estonia

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

We invite abstracts for papers on the ever-growing influence of digitalization on our lives and lifeworlds. The recent arrival of large language models capable of producing huge amounts of text with near-human quality has 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 endeavors, and academic work, including philosophical pursuits? How will the increasing digitalization of almost all aspects of social life change our relationships with other humans, computers, and the environment? We 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. We 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.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Abstracts (150-250 words) for the following paper categories are welcome:

  • Full papers

  • Posters

  • Proposals for 3-person panels are also accepted. These can be organize around specific media; for example, film, the Internet, mobile communication, medieval manuscripts, princt media (Books, newspapers, and magazines), stage drama, television, visual art, dance, etc. Panel proposals should include three abstracts, including one by the panel organizer. All members of the panel need to be listed on the panel abstract, including email addresses. Individual absract submissions will be assigned to a panel by the conference host.

  • For participants who wish to participate online only, a hybrid session will be organized, but not all conference events and panels will be web-streamed. If you wish to present online, please indicate that clearly in your abstract title ("Abstract Title" [ONLINE]).

  • While individual papers and panels need not be limited to phenomenological approaches, SPM encourages interdisciplinary approaches and theoretical and philosophical diversity in the discussion of media.

  • Doctoral students are invited to submit proposals but should note that SPM limits the number of papers from students.​ 

  • Acceptance of proposals will be announced by March 21, 2024.

  • Deadline for conference registration (through PayPal) is April 1, 2024.



Conference abstracts and panel proposals submitted are peer-reviewed. Papers accepted and presented are considered for publication in Glimpse, a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal published by the Society for Phenomenology and Media.

Venue and Schedule

  • 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 MayArrivals, Board Meetings and a Welcome Reception

    • 15-17 May: Conference Sessions

    • 18-19 May: Practical phenomenology sessions and guided tours

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, 2015 Program Chair

  • Stacey O. Irwin, Ph.D., SPM Vice President, 2023 Program Chair 

  • Luis Acebal, Ph.D., SPM Treasurer

  • Jacques Ibanez Bueno, Ph.D., 2025 Program Chair


Please refer to the SPM website for further information:

Any questions regarding the conference and submissions may be directed to Rita Niineste, 2024 Program Chair <>

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