Media to Inspire | Symposium
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Media2Inspire: A Research Symposium on Self-Transcendent Media Content and Experiences, April 20-21, 2018, Florida State University


Communication scholars have recently begun investigating the power of media content to elicit self-transcendent emotions like awe, hope, and elevation, to help audience members recognize the potential for moral beauty within themselves and others, to heighten feelings of compassion and connectedness with others and the planet as a whole, to inspire character development, well-being, and human flourishing. Examples of such self-transcendent content are plentiful, from touching films like The Pursuit of Happyness and Hidden Figures to meaningful television series like This is Us and Friday Night Lights; from “good news” reports to viral videos shared through sites like UpWorthy and Facebook.


Media2Inspire was a two-day symposium designed to offer scholars an opportunity to encounter and discuss the latest research on the uses and effects of self-transcendent media. The symposium was hosted by the School of Communication at Florida State University, with financial support from the John Templeton Foundation.


Media2Inspire featured keynote addresses from three pioneering scholars in the field of positive media psychology: Mary Beth Oliver (Pennsylvania State University), Alan Page Fiske (UCLA), and Robin Nabi (University of California, Santa Barbara). For more information on the speakers and a video of their keynote addresses, please click here.


The symposium also featured 15 additional scholarly presentations, representing state-of-the-science empirical investigations of various aspects of self-transcendent media use and effects. For more information on the speakers and a video of each presentation, please click here.

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