1st International Symposium on Interality Studies

Date and Time

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Eberhard Center


The 1st International Symposium on Interality Studies will be held at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan from June 29-30, 2017. The Symposium will enact the spirit of interality studies by facilitating the irruption of creative energy through dialogue.

Intellectuals interested in attending the Symposium are encouraged to build on and substantially extend the initial findings crystallized in the special section of China Media Research 11.2 (2015) and the special issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication 41.3 (2016). We especially welcome projects in the making that are dedicated to the envisioning of original ways of taking this line of inquiry forward, or to the articulation of unexpected ways of appropriating the polyvalent concept of interality.

Part of the Symposium will take the form of roundtable discussions. The main topics include but are not limited to: 1) the crisis of philosophy and the rise of interalogy as a philosophy of the future, 2) the possibilities afforded by interalogy, 3) the essence and enrichment of interalogy, 4) the prospects of interality studies, etc.

Currently, a special issue of China Media Research on interality studies is taking shape. It is scheduled to appear toward the end of 2017. Another journal has already offered the space for an additional special issue after that.

To secure a seat at the Symposium, please submit a working title and a 350-word abstract in English to the organizers no later than February 15, 2017.

There is no registration fee. Attendees will be responsible for their own costs.

Symposium site: Room 201, Eberhard Center (301 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, Michigan).

Symposium hotel: Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown (310 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan), GVSU rate: $126 plus tax. Rooms at this rate are limited. Book early.

Spillover hotel: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan), GVSU rate: $174 plus tax.

Airport: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR).

Co-hosts: School of Communications, Philosophy Department.

Co-sponsors: Political Science Department, CLAS Dean’s Office, CSCE, English Department; EAS; Area and Global Studies; Modern Languages and Literatures.

Facebook Group: 1st Int’l Symposium on Interality Studies.


Prof. Peter Zhang, School of Communications, Grand Valley State University,


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