The MEA’s annual meeting provides an opportunity for a community of academics and professionals to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. The MEA convention addresses a wide array of topics in thematic sections, panels, and working groups that explore approaches from different fields of knowledge and social practices.
The theme of the 2021 convention is DYSTOPIC FUTURES: MEDIA ECOLOGY IN AN ALGORITHM SOCIETY. Nowadays we are living in a sort of dystopic present with undesirable and frightening realities. In addition to our natural, environmental, political, ethical, cultural, health, and social problems, we have to deal with issues brought by technological advances. We are living in a Technopoly (Postman, 1992), or in what some authors call an Algorithmic Society.
Featured speakers at the 2021 convention include Naomi Klein – activist, media critic, and author of No Logo (1999), and On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (2019); Douglas Rushkoff – media theorist and author of the books Media Virus: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture (1995) and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus (2016); Muniz Sodré – journalist, sociologist, and author of the books Antropológica do Espelho (2009) and Monopólio da Fala (2001); David Olson – leading orality-literacy scholar and author of the books The Mind on Paper: Reading, Consciousness and Rationality (2016) and Psychological Theory and Educational Reform: How Schools Remake Mind and Society (2003), among others. The list of featured speakers also includes climate activists and philosophers Déborah Danowski, author of The Ends of the World (2016) (co-authored with Eduardo V. Castro), and Alyne Costa, author of “Guerra e Paz no Antropoceno” (2017).
All plenary sessions will have the option of original audio in English and in Portuguese.
The times below are all Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4). The same goes for the times in the full program. Needless to say, the time may be different where you are. Rio de Janeiro, for instance, is 1 hour ahead of EDT. If you need to, use a time zone converter to make sure you don’t miss anything! Links to sessions are in the at-a-glance program below. Simply click on the session you wish to join and enter the passcode for the day that the MEA has emailed to you when prompted to enter a meeting passcode. Each session has its own Zoom link. For more, see CONVENTION DETAILS below.
9:30am Plenary Session 1.1
Dystopic Futures: Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society
11:00am Parallel Sessions 1.2
Room 1 - The Media Ecology of Sport
Room 2 - Opinion, Conspiracy and Fake News
Room 3 - Arts and Survival
Room 4 - Renaming Myself: Performance and Identity in Media Environments
Room 5 - Pandemic Pedagogy: Technology and the Human Experience
12:15pm Lunch Break
1:00pm Parallel Sessions 1.3
Room 1 - Communicational Sustainability, Intervention-Research and Popular Culture
Room 2 - Dystopic Writings: Literature and Pandemics
Room 3 - Robots and Gadgets
Room 4 - McLuhan in Verse and Reverse
Room 5 - UCF Student Research Grant Session
2:30pm Parallel Sessions 1.4
Room 1 - Algorithm Society: Desires and Dilemmas
Room 2 - The (Dis)Connectivity of Cyberspace
Room 3 - Digital Communication, Culture and Experience
Room 4 - Feminisms: Censorship, Expression and Performance
Room 5 - Algorithmic Environment and Rhetoric
4:15pm Parallel Sessions 1.5
Room 1 - Audiovisual and Testimony as a Field, Collection and Artefact
Room 2 - Arendt, Ellul and Propaganda
Room 3 - News in the Platform Press
Room 4 - Remote Learning: Dystopic Education?
5:45pm Plenary Session 1.6
From Algorithms to Political LifeMuniz Sodré
9:00am Plenary Session 2.1
Christine Nystrom's Genes of Culture: A Roundtable Discussion on the Publication of the First Volume of Her Collected Works
10:30am Parallel Sessions 2.2
Room 1 - MOTIRÔ - The celebration as a testimony
Room 2 - Media Ecologies of Birth Control in Intercultural Contexts
Room 3 - Dystopic Narratives of Technopoly
Room 4 - Anthropocene as Environment
Room 5 - Self, Voice, and the Posthuman
12:00pm Parallel Sessions 2.3
Room 1 - Probes on McLuhan's Theory
Room 2 - Fake News, Hate Speech and Disinformation
Room 3 - Prisoners of Our Own Devices: Dystopia in Popular Culture and Literature
Room 4 - Apocalypse Now and Next
Room 5 - Urban Imagery: Mobility, Information and Lockdown
2:30pm Parallel Sessions 2.4
Room 1 - AI, Culture and Musical Taste
Room 2 - Past and Future Dystopias
Room 3 - Images and the Imaginary
Room 4 - COVID-19 as Medium
Room 5 - "Once Upon a Future Time": Orality, Literacy and Media
4:00pm Parallel Sessions 2.5
Room 1 - Inspira Favela Inspira - Memory, Hegemonic Media and Alternatives in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Room 2 - Postman Revisited
Room 3 - The Materiality of Things
Room 4 - Dystopian Sentiment, Privacy and Surveillance
5:30pm Plenary Session 2.6
Communicating Climate: An On Fire-side Chat with Naomi KleinHosted by Douglas Rushkoff
7:00pm Special Sessions 2.7
Film: Howie & The Outsiders(English / Portuguese)
Film: Trust Me
9:00am Parallel Sessions 3.1
Room 1 - WIGO: Mapping "Unity" in Turbulent Times
Room 2 - Extending Trumpism: Politics and Big Techs
Room 3 - Games and Gamers
Room 4 - Media and Mediated/Unmediated Communication
Room 5 - If a concert happens with no one present, does it make a (live) sound?
10:30am Plenary Session 3.2
Two Cheers for the Literate MindDavid R. Olson
12:00pm Parallel Sessions 3.3
Room 1 - 'Noosphere': media, science and faith
Room 2 - Dystopic Fiction
Room 3 - Professional Perspectives
Room 4 - From Minimalism to Dystopia: Ideologies on Social Media
Room 5 - "From Dystopia to Hope:" Violence, e-sports and Creativity in Education
1:15pm Lunch Break
2:00pm Parallel Sessions 3.4
Room 1 - Music in the Digital Age
Room 2 - Dystopia & Non-Being: How Non-Being Haunts Being
Room 3 - The Medium is the Experiment
Room 4 - Media Ecology, Literature and The Fashion Revolution
Room 5 - The Media Ecology of Religion
3:30pm Parallel Sessions 3.5
Room 1 - The Limits of Language
Room 2 - Humanism, Transhumanism
Room 3 - Imagery on social media
Room 4 - Exploring the Semantic City
5:15pm Plenary Session 3.6
Believing in the World, Unpredicting the WorldDéborah Danowski and Alyne de Castro Costa
10:00am Parallel Sessions 4.2
Room 2 - The paradox of art and control in media ecology
Room 3 - Urban Communication and Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society
Room 4 - 2nd Annual MEA Womxn, Language, & Technology Virtual Art Exhibit Meet & Greet
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Click the button below to download a PDF of the program with detailed panel and participant information.
Please note: this program is subject to minor updates. For the latest version of things, please check this page, which will always contain the most recent information.
For the second straight year, the MEA’s annual convention will be held virtually via Zoom. Participants and attendees are encouraged to download the latest version of the app and familiarize themselves with its features in advance, such as screen sharing, which we plan to allow in the concurrent panel rooms so participants can share presentations, videos, etc.
All panels with take place in “meeting rooms” while plenaries and special sessions will take place in meeting rooms or be broadcast as webinars. The links to these meeting rooms and webinars are in the at-a-glance program above. Simply click on the session you wish to join. Each session has its own Zoom link.
You will need a passcode to join the meeting rooms and webinars. The passcodes will be emailed to everyone who has registered for the convention so make sure you’re registered (see below) and check the email you used to register for an email from the Media Ecology Association. In some cases, this email might get routed to your spam or junk mail folder, so be sure to check there if you don’t see it. There will be a single passcode for all sessions on a given day. Enter it when Zoom prompts you to “Enter Meeting Passcode.” The passcode will be sent out the night before.
If you have issues or questions, we recommend contacting the convention coordinator at MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. You can also try reaching out to us via our Contact Us page, or on Facebook or Twitter.
Registrants will be able to attend any session they like, even move between sessions. We ask, however, that everyone practice good “Zoom etiquette” and be cognizant of the presentations and conversations happening in each meeting room, just as you would when attending a face-to-face convention. Participants and attendees can help minimize disruptions by joining sessions before they start with their microphones, as well as perhaps their video, turned off. This can be done by updating your settings on the Zoom app. Just don’t forget to unmute yourself before speaking!
Right now the plan is that registrants will have access to video recordings of all the sessions for a limited period of time after the convention. More information about this will be emailed to registrants later.
The MEA encourages all presenters to present synchronously (i.e., live in the designated meeting room at the designated time), but if for some reason you would like to present a video instead, please be in your session in advance for testing.
Student members: $10
Regular members: $25
Non-member students: $25
Non-member registration: $50
Students may be asked to provide valid student IDs.
Registration deadline for attendees: July 10, 2021
Convention registration entitles you to attend all convention panels, plenaries, and special sessions. All prices are listed in U.S. dollars. Sustaining and Institutional members don’t have to pay for the convention, but they still must register for it.
All convention participants and attendees are encouraged to join the MEA.
Any payment questions should be directed to our treasurer Paul Soukup at email@example.com or +1 (408) 554-4022.
Convention-related questions? Contact convention coordinator Adriana Braga at MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. General questions? Contact us.
Last updated on July 10, 2021.