CFP Critical Issues in Eastern and Western Philosophy (Nepal)

Critical Issues in Eastern and Western Philosophy
19th December 2016
Nepal Academy Hall, Kathmandu, Nepal

The Department of Philosophy at the Nepal Academy, Kathmandu, Nepal, together with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Malta, Malta are collaborating by organizing a conference at the Nepal Academy on issues that are pertinent to the Eastern and Western philosophical traditions.

Philosophy, as a discipline with its own distinct territory, is undergoing a current revival of interest that is encouraging to practitioners of the subject. The questions that philosophers of both traditions are engaging with appeal, not only to academic professionals, but also to a broader public that thirsts for a greater degree of understanding of issues that are central to their lives.

To this end, a call for papers is being issued for those who are interested in presenting a 20-minute paper (3,000 words max.). Speakers are invited to discuss any theme related to:
Philosophy of Ethics
Philosophy of Technology
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Communication
Comparative Philosophy

Those interested in participating are asked to submit an abstract of a paper (c. 300 words) by email to the seminar organizing team. For Nepali contributors the abstract should be sent to Dinesh Raj, while international contributors should send their papers to Claude Mangion by Friday 14th October. Notification on acceptance of papers will be sent by Friday 28th October. The deadline for submission of papers is Friday 2nd December 2016.

CFP Models of Communication (Vilnius)

Models of Communication: Theoretical and Philosophical Approaches
ECREA Philosophy of Communication Workshop
Vilnius, 8-10 October 2015

It is often claimed that the early phases of media and communication studies were dominated by a linear conception of communication, modeled as a process of transmission. The hegemony of this model may have been exaggerated – it never prevailed in studies of interpersonal communication, for instance – but it has undeniably provided a favorite target for critics of various stripes. While some communication theorists have proposed elaborations of the well-known sender-message-receiver schema, others have argued for more radical revisions of modelling rooted in e.g. semiotics, constructivism, and the ritual view of communication. At the same time, skepticism regarding the very notion of a model of communication has grown stronger; and in recent decades, the focus has often switched from first-level conceptions to second-order “meta-models” of the constellations of communication theory. What is the status and relevance of communication models today? The proliferation of new forms of mediated communication seems to require new ways of making sense of a complex and rapidly moving field. Can the established perspectives provide adequate platforms from which to address emerging questions of “social media” and “big data”? Are we actually witnessing a revival of information-theoretical perspectives in the wake of the advance of computer-mediated communications? Should models of media and communication be descriptive or prescriptive? What, if any, exemplars should provide the basis for a future media and communications curriculum? What is their scholarly, scientific, and heuristic value? For this workshop, we invite proposals that explore new models of communication and investigate various aspects of model construction as well as contributions that scrutinize the use and misuse of models in communication theory and education. In addition to papers focused on philosophical, systematic, and pragmatic issues, we welcome proposals that offer fresh perspectives on the history of communication models. Considered criticisms of the project of communication modelling are also welcome.The workshop will be take place October 8-10, 2015, in Vilnius (Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University), Lithuania. Please send an abstract of max. 400 words to Kęstas Kirtiklis by April 26, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be posted no later than May 22, 2015.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Robert T. Craig (University of Colorado Boulder)
Klaus Bruhn Jensen (University of Copenhagen)

Organising Committee
Mats Bergman, chair (University of Helsinki / University College London)
Kęstas Kirtiklis (Vilnius University)
Emanuel Kulczycki (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Carlos Roos (Ghent University / Leiden University)
Lydia Sanchez (University of Barcelona)
Johan Siebers (University of London)
Bart Vandenabeele (Ghent University)