Call for papers, Annual Conference « Living in the Anthropocene », 15-17/03/2017, VUB

Call for Papers / Panels

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 30th, 2016
Society for Phenomenology and Media
19th Annual Conference
‘Living in the Anthropocene’

March 15-17, 2017
Free University of Brussels, Belgium

The Society for Phenomenology and Media (SPM) is pleased to receive abstracts (200 words maximum) for consideration of inclusion in its 19th annual international conference. The conference will be sponsored and hosted by the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium.

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 overarching theme of this year’s conference will be « Living in the Anthropocene« . According to many climate and environmentalist scientists, we have entered a new phase in history: the anthropocene, in which the human (anthropos) has become the most influential factor, impacting significantly upon the earth’s atmosphere and biosphere – often in destructive ways. The notion of the anthropocene faces us with pressing questions concerning the status of technology, capitalism, industrialization, societal organization, and many more. At the conference, we want to investigate the anthropocene concept in the light of media – an underexposed angle up until now – and vice versa.

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

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.

Deadline for individual abstracts and panel proposals: October 30th, 2016.

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 SPM annual Conference Proceedings; selected papers are also published in Glimpse, the annual publication of SPM.

Organizers: Dr. Yoni Van Den Eede, Free University of Brussels (VUB) (coordinator); Dr. Pieter Lemmens, Radboud University Nijmegen; Society for Phenomenology and Media

For consideration, submit abstracts/panel proposals by using the EasyChair system at:

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


Yoni Van Den Eede
Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
Centre for Ethics and Humanism (EtHu)
Culture, Emancipation, Media & Society (CEMeSo)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Office: 5C443, Pleinlaan 2
B – 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 486 52 58 30
E-mail: yvdeede[at]

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