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2 MARCH 2007



The Philosophy of Communication Section of ECREA was established in the fall of 2006. We aim to provide a European platform for a wide range of research interests at the intersection of philosophy, communication studies and communication theory. The founders and current board members, Prof. Dr. Colin Grant (Surrey), Vice-Chair Dr. Tino Meitz (Essen/London) and Vice-Chair Dr. Johan Siebers (London/Lancashire) invite all members and prospective members to a one-day inaugural meeting, to be held on 2 March 2007 , at the University of Central Lancashire , Preston , United Kingdom .

The main objective of the meeting will be to discuss and agree on the Section’s objectives and modus operandi and plan activities for the coming year. Two documents, outlining our ideas about what we want to do and how, have been prepared by the Board. They can be downloaded from our website.

We are currently organising a conference on “Landmarks – at the crossroads; contemporary communication theory and philosophy”, to be held in November at the University of Surrey , Guildford , UK . The conference will be on the agenda as well.

The meeting will take place in the morning, and will be followed by an informal afternoon symposium on Paradigms in the Philosophy of Communication. The symposium consists of a number of short presentations and a plenary panel discussion. The aim of the symposium is to provide an overview of current fundamental approaches and themes in the philosophy of communication, and to discuss desired future developments. Those interested in submitting an abstract for a presentation (15 mins. max) are encouraged to do so by 9 February, to Please also contact Johan Siebers for any general information.


The University of Central Lancashire in Preston , Lancashire , can be reached easily by train and car and is ca. 1.5 hours by train from Manchester Airport .


Elections - Call for Nominations

2008 will be an election year. The section will hold its next business meeting at the Barcelona conference, where the ballot should take place.


PHILCOMM at the ECREA Barcelona conference

Our section received 72 applications, 27 papers were organised in 5 panel applications, two contributors applied for a poster. The board is very happy with this result, and with the generally high standard of the applications. We are looking forward to an interesting conference in November, at which existing debates will be continued, and new ones started.


New Journal - Empedocles - European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication

Empedocles aims to provide a publication and discussion platform for those working at the interface of philosophy and the study of communication, in all its aspects.

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