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[Commlist] Call for Papers: The Constructionist View of Communication, Tel Aviv University 18-20 September 2019

Tue Apr 02 22:31:14 GMT 2019


The Constructionist View of Communication: Promises and Challenges

ECREA Philosophy of Communication Section Workshop

Department of Philosophy

Tel Aviv University

18-20 September, 2019

What is communication? There is no single answer to this fundamental question. According to the (still prevailing) transmission view, communication consists in the transfer of messages from sender to receiver. According to the constructionist perspective, on the other hand, in the processes of communication meanings are constituted, not merely transferred. This perspective has many variants (the ritual / constitutive model, use-oriented philosophical outlooks on linguistic meaning, social construction of communication approach, or systems theory – to name only a few), and is pursued (either explicitly or implicitly) by a variety of communication scholars, as well as thinkers in related fields. At the same time, communication constructionism still has its staunch opponents.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together scholars of communication studies, philosophy and neighbouring fields to explore the current faces of constructionism in communication research.

Thus we invite papers concerned with the following questions and topics, among others:

•             Theoretical developments of the constructionist position

•             Formal models of constructionism

•             Critical analyses of constructionism (or its specific variants)

•             Discussions of philosophical/theoretical perspectives on communication that embody the constructionist outlook

•             Applications of the constructionist view in particular case-studies

Please send extended abstracts (up to 400 words) to Eli Dresner, Tel Aviv University, (dresner /at/, by April 7, 2019. Notification of acceptance by May 5, 2019.

For more information, please visit

Organizing Committee:

Kęstas Kirtiklis, chair (Vilnius University)

Eli Dresner (Tel Aviv University)

Joana Bicacro (Lusofona University)

Mats Bergman (University of Helsinki)

Johan Siebers (Middlesex University London and University of London)

Lydia Sanchez (University of Barcelona)

Jose Gomez Pinto (Lusofona University)

Dr Johan Siebers SFHEA <>| Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Department of Criminology and Sociology| School of Law

Language and Communication Research Cluster <>

Middlesex University London

Principal Editor, /Empedocles: European Journal for Philosophy of Communication/ <,id=163/>

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