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[ecrea] CFP: Communication, Art, Media

Mon Mar 20 13:02:00 GMT 2017

Communication, Art, Media: Probing Impacts and Intersections Lisbon, October 13-15, 2017

One hundred years ago, Marcel Duchamp’s “The Fountain” changed our conceptions of art. Roughly at the same time, the rise and dissemination of electronic media altered our notions of communication. In 1935, Walter Benjamin linked these two changes in his seminal reflections on “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. Fast forward to the present day, and we can see how the rise of “new media” and the formation of novel communicative practices have had a deep impact on the arts – on their production, perception, and reception. But whereas many artists have enthusiastically employed new forms of media in their works, media and communication theorists have rarely paid attention to the aesthetic facets of their field of research, focusing rather on its ontological, epistemological, ethical, and political aspects.

In this workshop, the Philosophy of Communication section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) invites communication scholars, philosophers, and artists to reflect on, develop, and debate the relationship between the arts, the aesthetic, and communication. We invite proposals that probe influences and tensions between these spheres from a variety of philosophical and theoretical perspectives. We seek papers that explore the contributions of specific philosophers to the question at hand as well as discussions of the unique communicative characteristics of individual art forms and works. We are looking for presentations that deal with the intersection of communication and art in contemporary social life – from the proliferation of visual culture and developments in the cultural industries to the aestheticization of politics and everyday life – as well as contributions that address the implications of contemporary media aesthetics on the theorizing of communication itself. Examinations of historical transformations of the relationship between varying modes of communication and the arts are also most welcome.

Confirmed keynote speaker: David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds)

The workshop will take place on the 13th-15th of October in Lisbon, Portugal. It will be hosted by Lusófona University. Workshop fee: 45€ (includes 6 coffee breaks and 2 meals)

Abstracts of 300-400 words should be submitted by 1st of May 2017, along with a short biography note (including at least name, current affiliation, and position), at

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-May, 2017.

For more information please visit

IOC (International Organizing Committee)
Eli Dresner
Johan Siebers
José Gomes Pinto
Kęstas Kirtiklis
Lydia Sanchéz
Mats Bergman
Philomen Schönhagen
Emanuel Kulczycki
Carlos Roos

LOC (Local Organizing Committee)
José Gomes Pinto
Paulo Lima
Joana Bicacro

Email: (ecreaphilcomm /at/

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