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SPM encourages philosophical diversity. Members represent a wide variety of perspectives: analytic and linguistic analysis, artificial intelligence theory, direct realism, cognitive science, feminism, Marxism, cultural materialism, naturalism, neurological studies, post-phenomenology, pragmatism, post-colonial theory, semiotic, and other contemporary approaches, as well as the full range of phenomenological opinion. Philosophers and media theorists regularly discussed include but are not limited to Althusser, Bachelard, Baudrillard, Benjamin, Bergson, Deleuze, Derrida, Flusser, Gramsci, Husserl, Ihde, Ingarden, James. Lukacs, Marx, McLuhan, Merleau-Ponty, Negri, Peirce, Searle, Tran Duc Thao. Only questions of media theory and practice are constant in SPM activities and publications. Media covered in the past include but are not limited to apparatuses of all analogue media, augmented reality, dance, all digital media, Internet, manuscripts, print (books, magazines, newspapers), radio, reading, stage drama, TV, writing.
SPM is a non-profit international society. Of the seventeen past SPM conferences, eight have been held outside of the United States, nine in three states in the USA. Participants include members from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and nineteen states in the USA. Acceptance to an SPM conference is by a peer-reviiew host committee.
SPM Conferences are as much about listening as speaking, questioning as answering. For that reason, we prefer applicants who will attend all three days of our conferences. We do not encourage "drop in" participants who give a paper and leave. It is well understood that academics use conferences for "publish or perish" reasons, promotions, tourism, and so on. SPM conferences are designed to allow plenty of time for social interaction and site-seeing, but because we are quite serious about what we do, we find that those who listen and question are of at least equal importance to those who deliver papers. We discourage those who come to pontificate. We entusiastically invite those who want to have dialogue with other serious thinkers.
SPM sponsors special work projects. In the past, the OUTIS Project on Deception held five working conferences (Krakow, Buenos Aires, Helsinki, and twice in San Diego) that resulted in an anthology of selected essays. Currently, SPM is co-sponsoring with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México a series of seven annual conferences organized around the seven deadly sins, two of which have been completed (greed, lust).
SPM cooperates with like-minded organizations. SPM is a founding member of the Organization of Phenomenological Organizations (OPO) and maintains a warm relationship with the Circulo latinoamericano de fenomenologia (CLAFEN). SPM is particularly interested in bringing the work of Latin American phenomenologists to the attention of North American and European thinkers.
If you have general questions about SPM or questions about the upcoming conference, contact Francesca Dell'Orto,
Secretary-Treasurer, Society for Phenomenology and Media at firstname.lastname@example.org