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)

Vilnius Centre for Intercultural Dialogue

On 20 May [2011] in Vilnius, Lithuanian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Egidijus Meilunas and representative from Poland’s Borderland Foundation (Fundacja Pogranicze) Malgorzata Czyzewska discussed the events that are being organized on the occasion of the one hundredth birth anniversary of poet Czeslaw Milosz and activities of the Centre for Intercultural Dialogue that will soon be opened, reported BC the press service of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Egidijus Meilunas and Malgorzata Czyzewska, 20.05.2011. Photo:
Egidijus Meilunas and Malgorzata Czyzewska, 20.05.2011. Photo:

Czyzewska acquainted the Deputy Minister with plans of the Borderland Foundation on 30 June, on the eve of taking over the Presidency of the European Union by Poland and on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of poet Czeslaw Milosz, to open the Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in the town of Krasnogruda on the Lithuanian-Polish border. The Centre will be dedicated to the strengthening of cross-cultural dialogue in the borderlands of various countries in the world and to the research of such dialogues. According to Czyzewska, the experience that was accumulated over twenty years of the Foundation’s activities will allow to build bridges between the closest neighbours: Belarusians, Poles, Lithuanians and Russians from the Kaliningrad region. The Centre will contribute with education, research, publishing and cultural activities. In her opinion, exchanges of people in culture, historians, teachers and youth from neighbouring countries and cooperation will take place at the Centre.

Deputy Minister Meilunas welcomed the Foundation’s initiative and emphasized the benefits.

“These activities are very necessary. It is important to have and strengthen the dialogue between Lithuanian and Polish people in culture. It is particularly symbolic that the Centre will operate in the borderlands of a few countries, in a manor that was the property of the family of Milosz, the ‘last national of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania’ in the interwar period,” Deputy Minister Meilunas said.

For further information, see the original article published in The Baltic Course, 27 May 2011.