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    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    February 2021 Newsletter

    Celebrating Black History Month

    In our ongoing efforts to create an environment that is inclusive and diverse, we invite you to read from these books and articles that relate to race and technology.

    Black Software (Oxford University Press, 2019) - Charlton Mcllwain

    Algorithms of Oppression (NYU Press, 2018) - Safiya Umoja Noble

    Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (Polity Press, 2019) - Ruha Benjamin

    Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life (Duke University Press, 2019) - Ruha Benjamin

    Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures (Critical Cultural Communication) (NYU Press, 2020) - André Brock Jr.

    Beyond Hashtags: Racial Politics and Black Digital Networks (NYU Press, 2019) - Sarah Florini

    “Critical technocultural discourse analysis” (New Media & Society, 2016) - André Brock Jr.

    “#LaughingWhileBlack: Gender and the Comedy of Social Media Blackness” (Feminist Media Histories, 2017) - Brandy Monk-Payton

    Black History Makers in Technology

    Check out this brief outline of African American innovators in technology (this list is not comprehensive!):

    1872: Elijah McCoy – invented and patented an automatic lubricator for oiling the steam engines of locomotives and ships. Rumor has it that his name is where the term “The Real McCoy” comes from, supposedly because railroad engineers wanted to make sure they got his superior oil-drip cup invention and not a fake.

    1885: Granville Woods – invented a device that allowed train stations to communicate with moving trains.

    1959: Otis Boykin – patented a type of resister still used in radios, television, and computers.

    1962: James Edward West – developed the foil-electret microphone that is now used in almost all current microphones, including cell phones.

    1966: Marie Van Brittan Brown – inventor of the home security system and first closed-circuit TV.

    Late 1960s: Roy L. Clay – dubbed the “godfather of black Silicon Valley,” he helped launch Hewlett-Packard’s computer division.

    1972: George Carruthers – principle inventor of the Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph used during Apollo 16’s lunar landing.

    1973: Shirley Ann Jackson – first African American woman to earn doctorate from MIT in any field. She later worked as a theoretical physicist at Bell Laboratories and chaired the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    1976: Jerry Lawson – led the development of the Fairchild Channel F Console, which used swappable game cartridges rather than ROM storage.

    1980: Valerie Thomas – patented a 3-D Illusion Transmitter that’s now used by NASA. Doctors also use it for medical imaging, and it’s used in 3-D television.

    1988: Jesse Russell – led the first team from Bell Laboratories to introduce digital cellular technology in the United States. He also patented dozens of innovations in wireless technology, including base station tech that transmits radio wave signals to and from mobile devices.

    2006: Janet Emerson Bashen – became the first Black woman to obtain a software patent.

    Source: Connected Nation


    The Twenty-Second Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

    To Be Held Virtually Via Zoom

    Dystopic Futures – Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society

    July 8–11, 2021

    “Media ecology looks into the matter of how media of communication affect human perception, understanding, feeling, and value; and how our interaction with media facilitates or impedes our chances of survival.” (Neil Postman, 1970). “It is the study of media environments, the idea that technology and techniques, modes of information and codes of communication play a leading role in human affairs.” (Lance Strate, 1999)

    THE MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION (MEA) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for presentation at its 22th Annual Convention, which will be held from 8 to 11 July, 2021. In light of the effects of the pandemic on health and travel, we have decided to postpone hosting our annual meeting at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil until 2022, and will once again hold our convention online via Zoom.

    The annual meeting of the MEA provides an opportunity for our community of scholars, educators, professionals and practioners to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. Participants at MEA conventions address a wide diversity of topics in our programs, and we encourage submissions that explore media ecological approaches from any number of different disciplines and fields of knowledge and social practice.

    THE THEME OF THE 2021 CONVENTION is Dystopic Futures: Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society. Dystopian societies are represented in a variety of science fiction works as an effort to predict pessimistic consequences of our current practices. Films, books and other forms of art set their narratives in the future, to comment on our present culture while maintaining critical distance. However, 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 recent authors call an algorithmic society, “a society organized around social and economic decision-making by algorithms, robots, and AI agents, who not only make decisions but also, in some cases, carry them out” (Balkin 2016). What kind of dystopia can we envisage as consequence of our dystopic present?

    General topics of interest related to the convention theme (but not limited to):

    • Fake news, and social media: discursive breakdown and political consequences.
    • Robots and transhumanism
    • Algorithmic media: data mining, subjectivity modeling and decision-making
    • Big Data, machine learning, AI, and society
    • Limits of AI development: is it reasonable to talk about an AI take over?
    • Movies and literature: mapping different kinds of dystopias.
    • Pandemics, economic crash, irreversible climate changes and other disasters: what now?
    • Any new (and better) world order on the horizon? Is avoiding dystopia possible?
    • Is media regulation still possible? In what sense and by what means?
    • Discourse and education in the era of technology hegemony.
    • Politics, health, citizenship, and media
    • Disinformation, censorship, and propaganda
    • Crazy talk and stupid talk in digital media
    • Orality and digital literacy in a dystopic world
    • Arts, technology, and cultural legacy
    • Utopia, dystopia and media ecology studies

    INFORMATION

    Because we will once again be holding our convention via Zoom, we plan to offer the same lower registration fees that we did last year. Namely, 

    • MEA members: $25
    • MEA student members: $10
    • Non-members: $50
    • Non-member students: $25

    All convention participants and attendees are encouraged to join the MEA.

    Please direct questions to convention coordinator Adriana Braga, MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. For more on the Media Ecology Association, visit https://www.media-ecology.org.

    Download a PDF version of this CFP in English (or in Portuguese) to print or share!

    Welcome to the Executive Board of the Media Ecology Association!

    Please help us welcome the new and transitioning Executive Board Members of the Media Ecology Association!

    Peggy Cassidy: President 2021

    Margaret Cassidy is Professor and Chair of the Communications Department at Adelphi University. A graduate of the Media Ecology Ph.D. program, she is the author of BookEnds: The Changing Media Environment of American Classrooms (Hampton Press, 2003) and Children, Media, and American History: Printed Poison, Pernicious Stuff, and Other Terrible Temptations (Routledge, 2018).

    Michael Plugh: Vice President Elect 2021

    Michael Plugh is Assistant Professor of Communication at Manhattan College. He is Past-President of the New York State Communication Association, current President of the New York Society for General Semantics, and currently serves as Vice President, Elect of the Media Ecology Association. Mike’s research interests include media ecology and general semantics, particularly in the area of education.

    Ashley Moore: Recording Secretary 2021

    Ashley Moore is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Communication and Technology at Colorado State University. Her research interests include critical examinations into the ways biological and cultural narratives about race affect public conceptions and communication of race and, ultimately, determine society’s ability to redress racial inequalities.

    Her dissertation seeks to identify if and how individuals use biological or cultural perspectives to identify, describe, and justify their own and others’ race in online and offline spaces. Ashley’s interest in the MEA is rooted in her own fight for racial justice. As a black woman and native of St. Louis, Missouri, she has seen and experienced the effects of racism within the lives and communities around her – including her own. Theoretical perspectives from media ecology have given her an opportunity to reconceptualize the way we think about race by offering a new understanding of our racial experience – as technology rather than biology.

    Susan Drucker: Historian 2021

    Susan J. Drucker (Juris Doctor, St. John’s University) is a Distinguished Professor of Journalism in the Department of Journalism/Media Studies, School of Communication, Hofstra University. She is an attorney, and treasurer of the Urban Communication Foundation. She is the author and editor of 13 books and over 150 articles and book chapters including two volumes of the Urban Communication Reader, Regulating Convergence (Lang, 2010), Voices in the Street: Gender, Media and Public Space and two editions of Real Law @ Virtual Space: The Regulation of Cyberspace (1999, 2005), Regulating Social Media: Legal and Ethical Consideration (2013) with Gary Gumpert. She co-edited Urban Communication Regulations: Communication Freedoms and Limits (Lang, 2018). Her latest book is Fake News: Real Issues in Modern Communication with Russell Chun (Lang. 2020). She received the Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship from MEA in 2018. Her work examines the relationship between media technology and human factors, particularly as viewed from a legal perspective.

    Matt Thomas: Internet Officer 2021-2023

    Originally from Seattle, Matt Thomas did his undergraduate work at the University of Southern California and his graduate work at the University of Iowa, where he got his PhD in American Studies. His interests lie at the intersection of media, technology, identity, and American history. His work has appeared in a variety of venues, both academic and popular. He currently lives in Iowa City, IA, where he teaches at Kirkwood Community College.

    CALL FOR NEWSLETTER CONTENT

    To submit your news to In Medias Res, the official monthly newsletter of the Media Ecology Association, members can click here for the submission form.

    We are looking for news that is relevant to the members of MEA. This might include member achievements (i.e., journal publications, books, creative works, etc.), awards received, upcoming relevant conferences, recent books that MEA members should be aware of, web content that might interest MEA members, news about upcoming EME issues, calls for submissions, etc.

    The deadline for submissions to be included in the next month’s newsletter is the 28th of every month at 5pm EST.


    MEA @ NCA 2021

    Call for Competitive Papers and Complete Panel Proposals
    The Media Ecology Association
    at the 107th Annual Convention of
    The National Communication Association

    Seattle, WA
    November 18–21, 2021
    “Renewal & Transformation”

    Submissions Open: January 11, 2021
    Submissions Close: March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time
    MEA @ NCA Program Planner: Michael Plugh, mplugh01@manhattan.edu

    The Media Ecology Association welcomes submissions for the 2021 National Communication Association convention, centered on the theme of Renewal and Transformation. NCA’s annual gathering offers our community an opportunity to renew our associations, as we engage in the important rituals of community building and affirmation. After a trying period of physical distancing and compromise, we look forward to meeting, once again, to share questions, ideas, and good spirits, and to make sense of the many transformations this period has presented. How have our communities been transformed by these recent times and their challenges? In what ways can we renew old associations as a means by which to navigate a path forward?

    This call invites you to explore these concerns, emphasizing the historical and intellectual roots of our field, and their relevance to the theme of Renewal and Transformation. As such, papers and panels that deal with topics related to the theme are encouraged (though not required). Likewise, proposals that link traditionally distinct thinkers or disciplines to media ecology, extend established ideas or concepts, or otherwise advance existing approaches to the field, are also welcomed.

    Submission Method and Deadline

    Online submission will be accepted through the NCA Convention Central website beginning January 11, 2021. The absolute deadline for submissions is March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific.

    Types of Submissions

    Interested colleagues are encouraged to submit individual papers, paper sessions, and/or panel discussion proposals that address the convention theme as it relates to the study of media ecology. (Strict adherence to the NCA convention theme is, again, not a requirement for submission). The MEA program will accept the following three types of submissions: individual papers, paper sessions (common theme paper presentations); and panel discussions (common topic roundtable discussion).

    • Individual Papers: All paper submissions should include an uploaded file between 20 and 25 pages (double-spaced) in length, including references and tables, and have (a) a title; (b) a 250–500-word description; and (c) no personal identification of the author in the abstract or throughout the paper upload. Please remove all personal identification before uploading the document online. Individual papers will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: (a) a firm grounding in the established literature; (b) sound arguments with well-substantiated ideas; (c) clear expression of ideas; (d) a clear media-ecological orientation; and (e) a contribution to the general understanding of media ecology. If your submission is a student paper, please be sure to indicate this. Also, submitters should indicate their willingness to present as part of a Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) program session.

    • Paper Sessions comprise a group of authors with papers to present centered upon a common theme. Paper Session proposals must include (a) a session title and description describing the session’s overall focus; (b) indicate the session chair and respondent; (c) the title of each paper on the session and author information; (d) an abstract of no more than 75 words for each paper; and (e) a rationale of no more than 250 words for the session. Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, or presenter) in a submission.

    • Panel Discussions comprise a group of panelists who discuss a specific topic. Submitters may use the exact same text for both the abstract and rationale if they do not wish to create a separate rationale (reviewers will use the rationale when evaluating this type of panel). Complete panel discussion proposals in this format will therefore include (a) a panel title describing the panel’s overall focus; (b) a list of all presenters, with their affiliations; (c) an abstract of no more than 250 words; and (d) a rationale of no more than 250 words. Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, or presenter) in a submission.

    All panel discussion or paper session proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: (a) solid organization and preparation, with clear indication of the focus and rationale of the panel; (b) clear, strong integration/coherence among the topics of the individual papers or presentations; (c) interest to MEA members; (d) a clear media- ecological orientation; and (e) a contribution to the general understanding of media ecology. All submitters are also asked to consider creative collaborations and co- sponsorship with other units. Co-sponsorhip opportunities should be noted in the “special requests” tab.

    The MEA has six session slots available for this convention. As a standard practice, paper sessions consisting of competitively refereed and accepted complete papers will receive priority ranking and scheduling privilege. Also, since we have limited panel allocations and hope to engage more of our colleagues in the MEA’s program, we urge all prospective contributors to send in only one submission&mdashone complete paper or participation on only one proposed panel. Please also note that NO identical submissions may be made to more than one unit.

    NCA Policy: Audio/Visual Equipment

    NCA policy entails providing reasonable A/V support of presentations at its annual convention. However, equipment requests must be kept to a minimum because of their high cost. Submitters must therefore adhere to the following guidelines:

    • A/V equipment requests MUST be made at the same time as the paper or panel’s submission, and will be screened by the program planner.
    • NCA will normally approve requests for the following equipment: laptop audio, Internet connection and LCD projectors.
    • NCA will NOT normally approve requests for equipment such as laptops, transparency projectors, VCR or DVD players, camcorders, satellite links, or teleconference/webinar equipment.

    Individuals may, of course, elect to rent equipment for the convention at their own expense.

    All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the NCA Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources).


    Call for Submissions for Explorations in Media Ecology Vol. 20

    All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

    Explorations in Media Ecology, the journal of the Media Ecology Association, accepts submissions that extend our understanding of media (defined in the broadest possible terms), that apply media ecological approaches and/or that advance media ecology as a field of inquiry.

    As an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary publication, EME welcomes contributions embracing diverse theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the study of media and processes of mediation through language, symbols, codes, meaning and processes of signification, abstracting and perception; art, music, literature, aesthetics and poetics; form, pattern and method; materials, energy, information, technology and technique; mind, thought, emotion, consciousness, identity and behavior; groups, organizations, affiliations, communities; politics, economics, religion, science, education, business and the professions; societies and cultures; history and the future; contexts, situations, systems and environments; evolution and ecology; the human person, human affairs and the human condition; etc.

    EME publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, essays, research reports, commentaries and critical examinations, and includes several special features. Our Pedagogy Section focuses on teaching strategies and resources, pedagogical concerns and issues relating to media ecology education; we are particularly interested in articles that share great ideas for teaching (GIFTs) media ecology in the classroom. The Probes Section features short items that are exploratory or provocative in nature. Creative writing on media ecological themes can be found in our Poetry Section. Questions and matters of concern to media ecology scholars are taken up in our Forum Section. And our Review Section includes individual book reviews and review essays.

    EME is a refereed journal. Strict anonymity is accorded to both authors and referees. References and citations should follow the Harvard Referencing system, and the journal otherwise follows standard British English for spelling and punctuation.

    Submissions can be uploaded online at: https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/EME/submissions

    Direct inquiries to


    Call for Papers - EME’s 20th Anniversary

    Call for Papers: Invited special issue in celebration of EME’s 20th anniversary.

    Issue: 20:4

    We welcome contributions that celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Explorations in Media Ecology: The official Journal of the Media Ecology Association. Contributions can come in the form of analyses, essays, poetry, art, reviews, etc. Possible topics welcomed in the issue, but not limited to: Past and future trends in the journal or media ecology Discussion of influential articles, poetry, art, reviews Inspirational authors of the MEA Traditions kept alive by the journal and ME.

    Please email contributions directly to EME’s Editorial Assistant, Gregory Loring-Albright, at gsa33@drexel.edu.


    Call for Submissions for ETC: A Review of General Semantics

    ETC: A Review of General Semantics is the official quarterly publication of the Institute of General Semantics, now in its 78th year of continuous publication.

    ETC welcomes submissions about the symbolic environments in which humans spend their time, with a particular focus on the study of the intersection of language, thought, and behavior. We are primarily interested in approaches to the nature of language as our species’ primary medium of human communication, how we use language to create what we call meaning, and how we can be better meaning-makers through an understanding of the relationships among language, meaning, thought, mind, symbols, media, technology, context, culture, etc.

    Submissions fall into four main areas – keeping in mind, of course, that such categories are tentative, artificial, and always subject to revision. The categories are meant to suggest the broad range of possible contributions, not to limit them. Contributors are not required to specify into which area a particular piece falls.

    Category 1: Articles about our various symbolic environments, emergent or persisting metaphors, and/or current or historical study of human symbolic use that advances our understanding of symbols, behavior, and culture.

    Category 2: Cases and observations of language use and misuse in politics, commerce, relationships, and self-talk that contribute to an understanding of the relationship between language, thought, and behavior.

    Category 3: Instructional frameworks, models, and principles intended to assist educators in illustrating general semantics principles: lesson plans, activities, demonstrations, etc.

    Category 4: Artwork, illustrations, poetry, short fiction, and/or other vehicles that express or explain some idea about symbols and behavior, such as maps and territories, abstractions, non-categorical thinking, extensional thinking, or the principle of etcetera.

    HOW TO SUBMIT

    Article submissions are accepted electronically via e-mail. All submissions must be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications. Please submit to:

    WRITER’S GUIDELINES

    The following are the guidelines for contributions to ETC: A Review of General Semantics (modified January 19, 2021):

    Microsoft Word documents are preferred. Please send your document as an e-mail attachment to thom.gencarelli@manhattan.edu or editor-etc@generalsemantics.org. Contact the Editor if you experience any technical issues.

    As we move toward the professional standard practice that is internal consistency within our pages, we request that contributors follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Ed., 2020) for all citations and bibliographic references. However, because we are, at this time, an interdisciplinary community, we will continue to accept manuscripts that utilize the author’s choice of style guide (MLA, Chicago, etc.).

    Please do not, under any circumstances, use the automated footnote or note referencing function of MSWord.

    If you wish to include photos, illustrations, or graphics, you may incorporate them into your document yourself or send them as separate files with instructions for where to insert them within your manuscript. Acceptable formats include JPG, JPEG, GIF, TIF, and BMP files. Resolution/file size should be as large as possible. All permissions for the use of copyrighted material are the responsibility of the author and must be obtained before submission.

    Please include with your submission a brief author’s blurb, of no more than three sentences, as you wish to present yourself, and which we will publish at the bottom of the first page of the published piece. Indicate your last degree and the institution from which you obtained it.

    Finally, if you submit an article that has been previously published, please obtain reprint permissions prior to your submission to ETC, and make sure to provide evidence of such permission at the time you submit.

    ETC emphatically and especially welcomes and encourages submissions by students.

    For more information, please contact the editor, Thom Gencarelli, directly at thom.gencarelli@manhattan.edu

    For further information and/or to purchase current or back issues of ETC: A Review of General Semantics, please visit the IGS website at: http://www.generalsemantics.org/


    Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity

    Following a special workshop in the 2020 MEA convention organized by Carolin Aronis (University of Colorado, Boulder), Peggy Cassidy (Adelphi University), Rachel Armamentos (Fordham University), and Bernadette Ann Bowen (Bowling Green State University), sixteen MEA members volunteered to become new members of this group. Three of them stepped forward to lead the group. The new group members include board members, faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, all from different institutions and countries, some new to the MEA while others are long standing members.

    Multiple issues to strengthen MEA and the Media Ecology as a field of study were identified through the convention session (thank you for all contributors!).


    Virtual Coffee with a Media Ecologist

    Are you interested in media ecology and have some questions about it? Are you working on a study related to media ecology and searching for advice? Are you an instructor looking for a media ecology expert to invite as a virtual guest speaker to one of your classes?

    Get in touch with us! We are happy to schedule a “virtual coffee” appointment with you. Simply fill out the form below to set up a short call or virtual meeting with a scholar from the MEA.

    The format is open to all. We especially encourage students and early-career scholars interested in media ecology to get in touch with us.

    Do you have a background in media ecology and would like to volunteer for virtual coffee meetings with those looking to learn more about it? Send an email to Julia M. Hildebrand.

    Arrange a Virtual Coffee appointment on our website.


    MEA Member News and Achievements

    The Arts and Play as Educational Media in the Digital Age

    Peter Lang’s “Understanding Media Ecology” series most recent release is The Arts and Play as Educational Media in the Digital Age by Robert Albrecht and Carmine Tabone. The digital revolution we are now entering as educators is an unchartered sea pregnant with wondrous possibilities but laden with a minefield of unforeseen consequences. A pedagogy that overlooks or downplays the disruptive and often dangerous influence of digital media on childhood development is necessarily a very shortsighted one.

    More than just highlighting our misgivings about digital media, however, this book has a purpose far more ambitious and infinitely more useful. Based upon 45 years of work with young people in Jersey City classrooms, day camps, housing projects, libraries, church basements and community centers, the authors propose a pedagogical strategy that uses hands-on experiences in the arts as a strategy to offset and counterbalance the dominance of digital media in the lives of children.

    Rather than call for the elimination of digital media — clearly an impossibility even if it were desirable — the authors maintain that children need to be exposed to non-digital, non-electronic experiences that cultivate alternative ways of thinking, feeling, and being in the world. In sum, the book does not call for an end to the digital, but outlines ways in which the arts and creative forms of play help to establish a balance in the education and socialization of children as we enter more deeply into the Digital Age.

    For more information and purchasing options, please visit the book’s page on Peter Lang’s website.

    Donate to MEA through AmazonSmile

    When you order through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.”

    To use it, go to smile.amazon.com and sign in as you usually do. Directly under the search bar, you will find a pull-down for supported charities. Search for and select Media Ecology Association.

  • 5 Feb 2021 7:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    January 2021 Newsletter

    Convention Logo

    Convention Speakers

    EXTENDED AND REVISED CALL FOR PAPERS

    The Twenty-Second Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

    To Be Held Virtually Via Zoom

    Dystopic Futures – Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society

    July 8–11, 2021

    Extended Deadline: February 15, 2021

    “Media ecology looks into the matter of how media of communication affect human perception, understanding, feeling, and value; and how our interaction with media facilitates or impedes our chances of survival.” (Neil Postman, 1970). “It is the study of media environments, the idea that technology and techniques, modes of information and codes of communication play a leading role in human affairs.” (Lance Strate, 1999)

    THE MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION (MEA) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for presentation at its 22th Annual Convention, which will be held from 8 to 11 July, 2021. In light of the effects of the pandemic on health and travel, we have decided to postpone hosting our annual meeting at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil until 2022, and will once again hold our convention online via Zoom. The deadline for submission is 15 February 2021.

    The annual meeting of the MEA provides an opportunity for our community of scholars, educators, professionals and practioners to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. Participants at MEA conventions address a wide diversity of topics in our programs, and we encourage submissions that explore media ecological approaches from any number of different disciplines and fields of knowledge and social practice. We are interested in papers, thematic panels, roundtable discussion panels, creative projects, performance sessions, and other proposals of interest to media ecologists.

    While we are open to explorations on any topic of interest to media ecologists, we also include a convention theme with the aim of generating further discussion and probes involving multiple perspectives. Submissions do not have to address the theme, but are invited to do so.

    THE THEME OF THE 2021 CONVENTION is Dystopic Futures: Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society. Dystopian societies are represented in a variety of science fiction works as an effort to predict pessimistic consequences of our current practices. Films, books and other forms of art set their narratives in the future, to comment on our present culture while maintaining critical distance. However, 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 recent authors call an algorithmic society, “a society organized around social and economic decision-making by algorithms, robots, and AI agents, who not only make decisions but also, in some cases, carry them out” (Balkin 2016). What kind of dystopia can we envisage as consequence of our dystopic present?

    General topics of interest related to the convention theme (but not limited to):

    • Fake news, and social media: discursive breakdown and political consequences.
    • Robots and transhumanism
    • Algorithmic media: data mining, subjectivity modelling and decision-making
    • Big Data, machine learning, AI, and society
    • Limits of AI development: is it reasonable to talk about an AI take over?
    • Movies and literature: mapping different kinds of dystopias.
    • Pandemics, economic crash, irreversible climate changes and other disasters: what now?
    • Any new (and better) world order on the horizon? Is avoiding dystopia possible?
    • Is media regulation still possible? In what sense and by what means?
    • Discourse and education in the era of technology hegemony.
    • Politics, health, citizenship, and media
    • Disinformation, censorship, and propaganda
    • Crazy talk and stupid talk in digital media
    • Orality and digital literacy in a dystopic world
    • Arts, technology, and cultural legacy
    • Utopia, dystopia and media ecology studies

    GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

    Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by February 15, 2021 to MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted. Authors who wish their papers to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s).

    Submission Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:

    1. Include title(s), abstract(s) (maximum 250 words), and contact information for each participant.
    2. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.
    3. Authors with papers submitted as part of a panel proposal or as a paper proposal that wish to be considered for Top Paper or Top Student Paper must send the completed paper to the convention planner by May 5, 2021.

    Submission guidelines for manuscripts eligible for MEA award submissions:

    1. Manuscripts should be 4,000–6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages)
    2. Include a cover page with your institutional affiliation and other contact information.
    3. 3. Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).

    INFORMATION

    Please direct questions to convention coordinator Adriana Braga, MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. For more on the Media Ecology Association, visit https://www.media-ecology.org.

    Download a PDF version of this CFP in English (or in Portuguese) to print or share!


    MEA @ NCA 2021

    Call for Competitive Papers and Complete Panel Proposals
    The Media Ecology Association
    at the 107th Annual Convention of
    The National Communication Association

    Seattle, WA
    November 18–21, 2021
    “Renewal & Transformation”

    Submissions Open: January 11, 2021
    Submissions Close: March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time
    MEA @ NCA Program Planner: Michael Plugh, mplugh01@manhattan.edu

    The Media Ecology Association welcomes submissions for the 2021 National Communication Association convention, centered on the theme of Renewal and Transformation. NCA’s annual gathering offers our community an opportunity to renew our associations, as we engage in the important rituals of community building and affirmation. After a trying period of physical distancing and compromise, we look forward to meeting, once again, to share questions, ideas, and good spirits, and to make sense of the many transformations this period has presented. How have our communities been transformed by these recent times and their challenges? In what ways can we renew old associations as a means by which to navigate a path forward?

    This call invites you to explore these concerns, emphasizing the historical and intellectual roots of our field, and their relevance to the theme of Renewal and Transformation. As such, papers and panels that deal with topics related to the theme are encouraged (though not required). Likewise, proposals that link traditionally distinct thinkers or disciplines to media ecology, extend established ideas or concepts, or otherwise advance existing approaches to the field, are also welcomed.

    Submission Method and Deadline

    Online submission will be accepted through the NCA Convention Central website beginning January 11, 2021. The absolute deadline for submissions is March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific.

    Types of Submissions

    Interested colleagues are encouraged to submit individual papers, paper sessions, and/or panel discussion proposals that address the convention theme as it relates to the study of media ecology. (Strict adherence to the NCA convention theme is, again, not a requirement for submission). The MEA program will accept the following three types of submissions: individual papers, paper sessions (common theme paper presentations); and panel discussions (common topic roundtable discussion).

    • Individual Papers: All paper submissions should include an uploaded file between 20 and 25 pages (double-spaced) in length, including references and tables, and have (a) a title; (b) a 250–500-word description; and (c) no personal identification of the author in the abstract or throughout the paper upload. Please remove all personal identification before uploading the document online. Individual papers will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: (a) a firm grounding in the established literature; (b) sound arguments with well-substantiated ideas; (c) clear expression of ideas; (d) a clear media-ecological orientation; and (e) a contribution to the general understanding of media ecology. If your submission is a student paper, please be sure to indicate this. Also, submitters should indicate their willingness to present as part of a Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S) program session.

    • Paper Sessions comprise a group of authors with papers to present centered upon a common theme. Paper Session proposals must include (a) a session title and description describing the session’s overall focus; (b) indicate the session chair and respondent; (c) the title of each paper on the session and author information; (d) an abstract of no more than 75 words for each paper; and (e) a rationale of no more than 250 words for the session. Paper sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, or presenter) in a submission.

    • Panel Discussions comprise a group of panelists who discuss a specific topic. Submitters may use the exact same text for both the abstract and rationale if they do not wish to create a separate rationale (reviewers will use the rationale when evaluating this type of panel). Complete panel discussion proposals in this format will therefore include (a) a panel title describing the panel’s overall focus; (b) a list of all presenters, with their affiliations; (c) an abstract of no more than 250 words; and (d) a rationale of no more than 250 words. Panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions. Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, or presenter) in a submission.

    All panel discussion or paper session proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: (a) solid organization and preparation, with clear indication of the focus and rationale of the panel; (b) clear, strong integration/coherence among the topics of the individual papers or presentations; (c) interest to MEA members; (d) a clear media- ecological orientation; and (e) a contribution to the general understanding of media ecology. All submitters are also asked to consider creative collaborations and co- sponsorship with other units. Co-sponsorhip opportunities should be noted in the “special requests” tab.

    The MEA has six session slots available for this convention. As a standard practice, paper sessions consisting of competitively refereed and accepted complete papers will receive priority ranking and scheduling privilege. Also, since we have limited panel allocations and hope to engage more of our colleagues in the MEA’s program, we urge all prospective contributors to send in only one submission—one complete paper or participation on only one proposed panel. Please also note that NO identical submissions may be made to more than one unit.

    NCA Policy: Audio/Visual Equipment

    NCA policy entails providing reasonable A/V support of presentations at its annual convention. However, equipment requests must be kept to a minimum because of their high cost. Submitters must therefore adhere to the following guidelines:

    • A/V equipment requests MUST be made at the same time as the paper or panel’s submission, and will be screened by the program planner.
    • NCA will normally approve requests for the following equipment: laptop audio, Internet connection and LCD projectors.
    • NCA will NOT normally approve requests for equipment such as laptops, transparency projectors, VCR or DVD players, camcorders, satellite links, or teleconference/webinar equipment.

    Individuals may, of course, elect to rent equipment for the convention at their own expense.

    All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the NCA Convention Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources).


    The Arts and Play cover

    The Arts and Play as Educational Media in the Digital Age

    Peter Lang's "Understanding Media Ecology" series most recent release is The Arts and Play as Educational Media in the Digital Age by Robert Albrecht and Carmine Tabone. The digital revolution we are now entering as educators is an unchartered sea pregnant with wondrous possibilities but laden with a minefield of unforeseen consequences. A pedagogy that overlooks or downplays the disruptive and often dangerous influence of digital media on childhood development is necessarily a very shortsighted one.

    More than just highlighting our misgivings about digital media, however, this book has a purpose far more ambitious and infinitely more useful. Based upon 45 years of work with young people in Jersey City classrooms, day camps, housing projects, libraries, church basements and community centers, the authors propose a pedagogical strategy that uses hands-on experiences in the arts as a strategy to offset and counterbalance the dominance of digital media in the lives of children.

    Rather than call for the elimination of digital media—clearly an impossibility even if it were desirable—the authors maintain that children need to be exposed to non-digital, non-electronic experiences that cultivate alternative ways of thinking, feeling, and being in the world. In sum, the book does not call for an end to the digital, but outlines ways in which the arts and creative forms of play help to establish a balance in the education and socialization of children as we enter more deeply into the Digital Age.

    For more information and purchasing options, please visit the book's page on Peter Lang's website.


    Call for Papers - EME’s 20th Anniversary

    Call for Papers: Invited special issue in celebration of EME’s 20th anniversary.

    Issue: 20:4

    We welcome contributions that celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Explorations in Media Ecology: The official Journal of the Media Ecology Association. Contributions can come in the form of analyses, essays, poetry, art, reviews, etc. Possible topics welcomed in the issue, but not limited to: Past and future trends in the journal or media ecology Discussion of influential articles, poetry, art, reviews Inspirational authors of the MEA Traditions kept alive by the journal and ME.

    EME

    Call for Submissions for Explorations in Media Ecology Vol. 20

    All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

    Explorations in Media Ecology, the journal of the Media Ecology Association, accepts submissions that extend our understanding of media (defined in the broadest possible terms), that apply media ecological approaches and/or that advance media ecology as a field of inquiry.

    As an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary publication, EME welcomes contributions embracing diverse theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the study of media and processes of mediation through language, symbols, codes, meaning and processes of signification, abstracting and perception; art, music, literature, aesthetics and poetics; form, pattern and method; materials, energy, information, technology and technique; mind, thought, emotion, consciousness, identity and behavior; groups, organizations, affiliations, communities; politics, economics, religion, science, education, business and the professions; societies and cultures; history and the future; contexts, situations, systems and environments; evolution and ecology; the human person, human affairs and the human condition; etc.

    EME publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, essays, research reports, commentaries and critical examinations, and includes several special features. Our Pedagogy Section focuses on teaching strategies and resources, pedagogical concerns and issues relating to media ecology education; we are particularly interested in articles that share great ideas for teaching (GIFTs) media ecology in the classroom. The Probes Section features short items that are exploratory or provocative in nature. Creative writing on media ecological themes can be found in our Poetry Section. Questions and matters of concern to media ecology scholars are taken up in our Forum Section. And our Review Section includes individual book reviews and review essays.

    EME is a refereed journal. Strict anonymity is accorded to both authors and referees. References and citations should follow the Harvard Referencing system, and the journal otherwise follows standard British English for spelling and punctuation.

    Submissions can be uploaded online at: https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/EME/submissions

    Direct inquiries to


    Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity

    Following a special workshop in the MEA convention, organized by Carolin Aronis (University of Colorado, Boulder), Peggy Cassidy (Adelphi University), Rachel Armamentos (Fordham University), and Bernadette Ann Bowen (Bowling Green State University)—sixteen MEA members volunteered to become new members of this group. Three of them stepped forward to lead the group. The new group members include board members, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, all from different institutions and countries, and some are more new to the MEA while others are long standing members.

    Multiple issues to strengthen MEA and the Media Ecology as a field of study were identified through the convention session (thank you for all contributors!). Currently, the three leaders are meeting the board member Carolin Aronis to create goals and objectives that will align with the vision of MEA.

    MEA members who would like to volunteer, or provide any insight, please write to carolin.aronis@colostate.edu.



    Virtual Coffee with a Media Ecologist

    Are you interested in media ecology and have some questions about it? Are you working on a study related to media ecology and searching for advice? Are you an instructor looking for a media ecology expert to invite as a virtual guest speaker to one of your classes?

    Get in touch with us! We are happy to schedule a “virtual coffee” appointment with you. Simply fill out the form below to set up a short call or virtual meeting with a scholar from the MEA.

    The format is open to all. We especially encourage students and early-career scholars interested in media ecology to get in touch with us.

    Do you have a background in media ecology and would like to volunteer for virtual coffee meetings with those looking to learn more about it? Send an email to Julia M. Hildebrand at hildebjm@eckerd.edu.

    Arrange a Virtual Coffee appointment on our website.


    MEA Member News and Achievements

    New Book by Corey Anton, How Non-Being Haunts Being: On Possibilities, Morality, and Death Acceptance

    Corey Anton is happy to announce the release of his latest book. Please try to get it into your local libraries.

    How Non-Being Haunts Being: On Possibilities, Morality, and Death Acceptance, published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

    How Non-being Haunts Being reveals how the human world is not reducible to “what is.” Human life is an open expanse of “what was” and “what will be,” “what might be” and “what should be.” It is a world of desires, dreams, fictions, historical figures, planned events, spatial and temporal distances, in a word, absent presences and present absences.

    Corey Anton draws upon and integrates thinkers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Henri Bergson, Kenneth Burke, Terrence Deacon, Lynn Margulis, R. D. Laing, Gregory Bateson, Douglas Harding, and E. M. Cioran. He discloses the moral possibilities liberated through death acceptance by showing how living beings, who are of space not merely in it, are fundamentally on loan to themselves.

    A heady multidisciplinary work, How Non-being Haunts Being explores how absence, incompleteness, and negation saturate life, language, thought, and culture. It details how meaning and moral agency depend upon forms of non-being, and it argues that death acceptance in no way inevitably slides into nihilism. Thoroughgoing death acceptance, in fact, opens opportunities for deeper levels of self-understanding and for greater compassion regarding our common fate. Sure to provoke thought and to stimulate much conversation, it offers countless insights into the human condition.

    How Non-being Haunts Being makes much ado about nothing. A nimble scholar and graceful writer, Corey Anton explains why and how “human experience and reality as a whole can show itself for what it is only as we grasp how nothing or non-being relates to being.” Revelatory and provocative. Timely and important.

    —Sheldon Solomon, Skidmore College

    Table of Contents:

    Preface
    Chapter 1: Nothing at the Heart of Existence
    Chapter 2: Life and Many Modes of Bodily Non-Being
    Chapter 3: Language, Absence, Negation, and Context
    Chapter 4: Death and the Possibilities of Human Morality
    Chapter 5: A Mythological/Mathematical Postscript

    You can order it from the publisher at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781683932840/How-Non-being-Haunts-Being-On-Possibilities-Morality-and-Death-Acceptance and get a 30% off discount if you use this code: UP30AUTH21.

    Anton presented three papers at NCA, all on parts of the book, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEBKf4aWiNI

    “Canadian Culture” Podcast

    Musician, author, and educator Dr. Rea Beaumont has launched the podcast “Canadian Culture” that highlights the country’s diverse cultural heritage. The first episode features an interview with Andrew McLuhan, Director of the McLuhan Institute, discussing the groundbreaking work of Marshall McLuhan and Eric McLuhan.

    http://www.canadianculturepodcast.com


    CALL FOR NEWSLETTER CONTENT

    To submit your news to In Medias Res, the official monthly newsletter of the Media Ecology Association, members can click here for the submission form.

    We are looking for news that is relevant to the members of MEA. This might include member achievements (i.e., journal publications, books, creative works, etc.), awards received, upcoming relevant conferences, recent books that MEA members should be aware of, web content that might interest MEA members, news about upcoming EME issues, calls for submissions, etc.

    The deadline for submissions to be included in the next month’s newsletter is the 28th of every month at 5pm EST.


    Donate to MEA through AmazonSmile

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    When you order through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.”

    To use it, go to smile.amazon.com and sign in as you usually do. Directly under the search bar, you will find a pull-down for supported charities. Search for and select Media Ecology Association.

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    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    November 2020 Newsletter

    convention

    The Twenty-Second Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association — Extended Call For Papers

    THE MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION (MEA) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for presentation at its 22th Annual Convention, which will be held from 8 to 11 July, 2021 online, sponsored by Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The deadline for submission is 15 February 2021.

    The MEA convention provides in its annual meeting an opportunity for the community of academics and professionals to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. MEA convention addresses a wide diversity of topics in thematic sections, panels and working groups. We encourage submissions that explore approaches from different fields of knowledge and social practices. We are interested in papers, thematic panels, roundtable discussion panels, creative projects, performance sessions, and other proposals of interest to media ecologists.

    We also propose a single central theme to be explored throughout the conference with the aim of generating and exploring multiple perspectives. This is accomplished through plenary and special sessions. The central theme for 2021 focuses on Dystopic Futures. Not all submissions have to address the central theme.

    THE THEME OF THE 2021 CONVENTION is Dystopic Futures: Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society. Dystopian societies are represented in a variety of science fiction works as an effort to predict pessimistic consequences of our current practices. Films, books and other forms of art set their narratives in the future, but not in our present culture. However, 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 recent authors call Algorithmic Society, “a society organized around social and economic decision-making by algorithms, robots, and AI agents, who not only make decisions but also, in some cases, carry them out.” (Balkin 2016). What kind of dystopia can we envisage as consequence of our dystopic present?

    General topics of interest related to the convention theme (but not limited to):

    • Fake news, and social media: discursive breakdown and political consequences.
    • Robots and transhumanism
    • Algorithmic media: data mining, subjectivity modelling and decision-making
    • Big Data, machine learning, AI, and society
    • Limits of AI development: is it reasonable to talk about an AI take over?
    • Movies and literature: mapping different kinds of dystopias.
    • Pandemics, economical crash, irreversible climate changes and other disasters: what now?
    • Any new (and better) world order on the horizon? Is not being dystopian nowadays possible?
    • Media regulation is still at stake? In what sense and by what means?
    • Discourse and education in the era of technology hegemony.
    • Politics, Health, Citizenship, and Media
    • Disinformation, censorship, and propaganda
    • Crazy talk, Stupid talk in digital media
    • Orality and digital literacy in a dystopic world
    • Arts, technology, and cultural legacy
    • Utopia, dystopia and Media Ecology studies

    GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

    Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by 15 February, 2021 to MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted.

    Authors who wish their papers to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s).

    Submission Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:

    1. Include title(s), abstract(s) (maximum 250 words), and contact information for each participant.
    2. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.
    3. Authors with papers submitted as part of a panel proposal or as a paper proposal that wish to be considered for Top Paper or Top Student Paper must send the completed paper to the convention planner by May 15, 2021.

    Submission guidelines for manuscripts eligible for MEA award submissions:

    1. Manuscripts should be 4,000–6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages)
    2. Include a cover page with your institutional affiliation and other contact information.
    3. Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).

    INFORMATION

    Please direct questions to Adriana Braga, MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. For more on the Media Ecology Association, visit https://www.media-ecology.org.


    Research Grant

    Urban Communication Foundation Student Research Grant

    We are thrilled to announce this wonderful grant opportunity for graduate students of media ecology (due December 31):

    Urban Communication Student Research Grant

    The Media Ecology Association invites proposals for a research grant in the amount of $2500 sponsored by the Urban Communication Foundation. Proposals should be grounded in a theoretical or philosophical approach associated with the field of media ecology and should address topics of media ecological concern regarding the study of cities and urban environments as they relate to human communication, social interaction, technological mediation, and cultural change and continuity. Proposals concerned with identity and affiliation in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and other differences that make a difference are encouraged.

    Proposals will be evaluated via anonymous review, and in addition to the stipend, the author(s) will receive complimentary membership in the Media Ecology Association (including subscription to Explorations in Media Ecology) for the year of the award and registration at our annual convention. A program session at the annual convention will be devoted to the research study, and when completed, the study will be published in Explorations in Media Ecology (which would not preclude publication elsewhere). The competition will be open to graduate students registered for degree programs and who have been Media Ecology Association members for at least one year.

    For more information, visit: https://media-ecology.org/UCF-Grant/


    MEA @ NCA 2020

    The NCA convention was held online last weekend (11/19-11/22), and the MEA sponsored many wonderful panels! Take a look at the presentations and panels below.

    The 2020 NCA convention theme, “Communication at the Crossroads,” suggests an emphasis on intra-disciplinary collaboration and exploration. Media ecology is situated to explore communication in this way as a metadiscipline that studies the ways in which human action shapes and is shaped by our media environments. The term “media” is broadly construed in the field and includes but is not limited to communication, technology, technique, orality and literacy, the arts, economics, education, ethics, etc. Thus, media ecology explores the conditions of human experience made possible by the complex patterns of interaction within and among our symbolic-material environments. These complex patterns of interaction represent a crossroads of sorts in an environment Neil Postman characterized by the phrase “information glut.”

    Thursday NCA Panels

    Friday NCA Panels

    Saturday NCA Panels

    MEA @ NCA: Representations of MEA members in Top Paper Panels in other Divisions

    Corey Anton and Carolin Aronis, separately, presented their work in the Philosophy of Communication Top Paper Panel. Anton, presented one of the chapters of his new book “How Non-Being Haunts Being,” “Non-Being in Language Structure, Content and Context.”

    Aronis presented a paper that is forthcoming in the journal Cultural Studies, “Architectural Liminality as an Elemental Condition for Communication: The Case of Urban Balconies, Porches, Windows, etc.,” and which is part of her work-in-progress book manuscript on architectural media theory.

    Aronis also presented a paper, “The ‘Tweeting’ Discourse of Balconies and Porches in the City: Identity Politics, Public Speaking and Social Change” in the Urban Communication Top Paper panel. Her paper is forthcoming as a chapter in The Urban Communication Reader IV.

    Top Student Papers in Media Ecology

    This panel celebrates the top student paper submissions to the Media Ecology division. The round of presentations discussed such issues as: online pedagogy, the political ergonomics of smartphones, the outsourcing of “free will” to external devices, a figure/ground analysis of Trumpism, and enactments of anonymity and the time perspective.

    Chair: Mike Plugh, Manhattan College

    Brad A. Haggadone, College of Media and Communication, Texas Tech University
    J.D. Swerzenski, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Gregory “Scott” McCown, Duquesne University
    Andrey Miroshnichenko, York University
    Cole Stratton, Indiana University

    Gender and Media Ecology

    PhD Student, Bernadette (bird) Bowen, organized a special panel on Gender and Media Ecology, that developed from a Graduate Seminar on Media Ecology that John Dowd taught last year in Bowling Green State University. The panel brought thought-provoking research in the intersection of Gender, Technologies, and Media Environments by young women scholars.

    Chair: Carolin Aronis, University of Colorado, Boulder

    Presenter(s):

    • Bernadette Ann Bowen, Bowling Green State University
    • Robin Hershkowitz: Bowling Green State University
    • Emily Edwards, Bowling Green State University

    Respondent: Michael Plugh, Manhattan College


    Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity

    Following a special workshop in the MEA convention, organized by Carolin Aronis (University of Colorado, Boulder), Peggy Cassidy (Adelphi University), Rachel Armamentos (Fordham University), and Bernadette Ann Bowen (Bowling Green State University)—sixteen MEA members volunteered to become new members of this group. Three of them stepped forward to lead the group. The new group members include board members, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, all from different institutions and countries, and some are more new to the MEA while others are long standing members.

    Multiple issues to strengthen MEA and the Media Ecology as a field of study were identified through the convention session (thank you for all contributors!). Currently, the three leaders are meeting the board member Carolin Aronis to create goals and objectives that will align with the vision of MEA.

    MEA members who would like to volunteer, or provide any insight, please write to carolin.aronis@colostate.edu.


    EME

    Call for Papers - EME’s 20th Anniversary

    Call for Papers: Invited special issue in celebration of EME’s 20th anniversary.

    Issue: 20:4

    We welcome contributions that celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Explorations in Media Ecology: The official Journal of the Media Ecology Association. Contributions can come in the form of analyses, essays, poetry, art, reviews, etc. Possible topics welcomed in the issue, but not limited to: Past and future trends in the journal or media ecology Discussion of influential articles, poetry, art, reviews Inspirational authors of the MEA Traditions kept alive by the journal and ME.

    EME

    Call for Submissions for Explorations in Media Ecology Vol. 19

    All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

    Explorations in Media Ecology, the journal of the Media Ecology Association, accepts submissions that extend our understanding of media (defined in the broadest possible terms), that apply media ecological approaches and/or that advance media ecology as a field of inquiry.

    As an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary publication, EME welcomes contributions embracing diverse theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the study of media and processes of mediation through language, symbols, codes, meaning and processes of signification, abstracting and perception; art, music, literature, aesthetics and poetics; form, pattern and method; materials, energy, information, technology and technique; mind, thought, emotion, consciousness, identity and behavior; groups, organizations, affiliations, communities; politics, economics, religion, science, education, business and the professions; societies and cultures; history and the future; contexts, situations, systems and environments; evolution and ecology; the human person, human affairs and the human condition; etc.

    EME publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, essays, research reports, commentaries and critical examinations, and includes several special features. Our Pedagogy Section focuses on teaching strategies and resources, pedagogical concerns and issues relating to media ecology education; we are particularly interested in articles that share great ideas for teaching (GIFTs) media ecology in the classroom. The Probes Section features short items that are exploratory or provocative in nature. Creative writing on media ecological themes can be found in our Poetry Section. Questions and matters of concern to media ecology scholars are taken up in our Forum Section. And our Review Section includes individual book reviews and review essays.

    EME is a refereed journal. Strict anonymity is accorded to both authors and referees. References and citations should follow the Harvard Referencing system, and the journal otherwise follows standard British English for spelling and punctuation.

    Submissions can be uploaded online at: https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/EME/submissions

    Direct inquiries to


    Virtual Coffee

    Virtual Coffee with a Media Ecologist

    Are you interested in media ecology and have some questions about it? Are you working on a study related to media ecology and searching for advice? Are you an instructor looking for a media ecology expert to invite as a virtual guest speaker to one of your classes?

    Get in touch with us! We are happy to schedule a “virtual coffee” appointment with you. Simply fill out the form below to set up a short call or virtual meeting with a scholar from the MEA.

    The format is open to all. We especially encourage students and early-career scholars interested in media ecology to get in touch with us.

    Do you have a background in media ecology and would like to volunteer for virtual coffee meetings with those looking to learn more about it? Send an email to Julia M. Hildebrand at hildebjm@eckerd.edu.

    Arrange a Virtual Coffee appointment on our website.


    MEA Member News and Achievements

    New Book by Corey Anton, How Non-Being Haunts Being: On Possibilities, Morality, and Death Acceptance

    Corey Anton is happy to announce the release of his latest book. Please try to get it into your local libraries.

    How Non-Being Haunts Being: On Possibilities, Morality, and Death Acceptance, published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

    How Non-being Haunts Being reveals how the human world is not reducible to “what is.” Human life is an open expanse of “what was” and “what will be,” “what might be” and “what should be.” It is a world of desires, dreams, fictions, historical figures, planned events, spatial and temporal distances, in a word, absent presences and present absences.

    Corey Anton draws upon and integrates thinkers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Henri Bergson, Kenneth Burke, Terrence Deacon, Lynn Margulis, R. D. Laing, Gregory Bateson, Douglas Harding, and E. M. Cioran. He discloses the moral possibilities liberated through death acceptance by showing how living beings, who are of space not merely in it, are fundamentally on loan to themselves.

    A heady multidisciplinary work, How Non-being Haunts Being explores how absence, incompleteness, and negation saturate life, language, thought, and culture. It details how meaning and moral agency depend upon forms of non-being, and it argues that death acceptance in no way inevitably slides into nihilism. Thoroughgoing death acceptance, in fact, opens opportunities for deeper levels of self-understanding and for greater compassion regarding our common fate. Sure to provoke thought and to stimulate much conversation, it offers countless insights into the human condition.

    How Non-being Haunts Being makes much ado about nothing. A nimble scholar and graceful writer, Corey Anton explains why and how “human experience and reality as a whole can show itself for what it is only as we grasp how nothing or non-being relates to being.” Revelatory and provocative. Timely and important.

    —Sheldon Solomon, Skidmore College

    Table of Contents:

    Preface
    Chapter 1: Nothing at the Heart of Existence
    Chapter 2: Life and Many Modes of Bodily Non-Being
    Chapter 3: Language, Absence, Negation, and Context
    Chapter 4: Death and the Possibilities of Human Morality
    Chapter 5: A Mythological/Mathematical Postscript

    You can order it from the publisher at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781683932840/How-Non-being-Haunts-Being-On-Possibilities-Morality-and-Death-Acceptance and get a 30% off discount if you use this code: UP30AUTH21.

    Anton presented three papers at NCA, all on parts of the book, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEBKf4aWiNI

    “Canadian Culture” Podcast

    Musician, author, and educator Dr. Rea Beaumont has launched the podcast “Canadian Culture” that highlights the country’s diverse cultural heritage. The first episode features an interview with Andrew McLuhan, Director of the McLuhan Institute, discussing the groundbreaking work of Marshall McLuhan and Eric McLuhan.

    http://www.canadianculturepodcast.com


    CALL FOR NEWSLETTER CONTENT

    To submit your news to In Medias Res, the official monthly newsletter of the Media Ecology Association, members can click here for the submission form.

    We are looking for news that is relevant to the members of MEA. This might include member achievements (i.e., journal publications, books, creative works, etc.), awards received, upcoming relevant conferences, recent books that MEA members should be aware of, web content that might interest MEA members, news about upcoming EME issues, calls for submissions, etc.

    The deadline for submissions to be included in the next month’s newsletter is the 28th of every month at 5pm EST.


    Donate to MEA through AmazonSmile

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    When you order through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.”

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    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    October 2020 Newsletter

    The Twenty-Second Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association — Call For Papers

    THE MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION (MEA) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for presentation at its 22th Annual Convention, which will be held from 8 to 11 July, 2021 at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The deadline for submission is 1 November 2020.

    The MEA convention provides in its annual meeting an opportunity for the community of academics and professionals to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. MEA convention addresses a wide diversity of topics in thematic sections, panels and working groups. We encourage submissions that explore approaches from different fields of knowledge and social practices. We are interested in papers, thematic panels, roundtable discussion panels, creative projects, performance sessions, and other proposals of interest to media ecologists.

    We also propose a single central theme to be explored throughout the conference with the aim of generating and exploring multiple perspectives. This is accomplished through plenary and special sessions. The central theme for 2021 focuses on Dystopic Futures. Not all submissions have to address the central theme.

    THE THEME OF THE 2021 CONVENTION is Dystopic Futures: Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society. Dystopian societies are represented in a variety of science fiction works as an effort to predict pessimistic consequences of our current practices. Films, books and other forms of art set their narratives in the future, but not in our present culture. However, 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 recent authors call Algorithmic Society, “a society organized around social and economic decision-making by algorithms, robots, and AI agents, who not only make decisions but also, in some cases, carry them out.” (Balkin 2016). What kind of dystopia can we envisage as consequence of our dystopic present?

    General topics of interest related to the convention theme (but not limited to):

    • Fake news, and social media: discursive breakdown and political consequences.
    • Robots and transhumanism
    • Algorithmic media: data mining, subjectivity modelling and decision-making
    • Big Data, machine learning, AI, and society
    • Limits of AI development: is it reasonable to talk about an AI take over?
    • Movies and literature: mapping different kinds of dystopias.
    • Pandemics, economical crash, irreversible climate changes and other disasters: what now?
    • Any new (and better) world order on the horizon? Is not being dystopian nowadays possible?
    • Media regulation is still at stake? In what sense and by what means?
    • Discourse and education in the era of technology hegemony.
    • Politics, Health, Citizenship, and Media
    • Disinformation, censorship, and propaganda
    • Crazy talk, Stupid talk in digital media
    • Orality and digital literacy in a dystopic world
    • Arts, technology, and cultural legacy
    • Utopia, dystopia and Media Ecology studies

    GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

    Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by November 1, 2020 to MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted.

    Authors who wish their papers to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s).

    Submission Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:

    1. Include title(s), abstract(s) (maximum 250 words), and contact information for each participant.
    2. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.
    3. Authors with papers submitted as part of a panel proposal or as a paper proposal that wish to be considered for Top Paper or Top Student Paper must send the completed paper to the convention planner by May 15, 2021.

    Submission guidelines for manuscripts eligible for MEA award submissions:

    1. Manuscripts should be 4,000–6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages).
    2. Include a cover page with your institutional affiliation and other contact information.
    3. Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).

    INFORMATION

    Please direct questions to Adriana Braga, MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. For more on the Media Ecology Association, visit https://www.media-ecology.org.


    Vote in the MEA Board Election

    The Media Ecology Association’s Executive Board includes members elected by the Association’s membership. Elections are running through the Election Runner system, which can be accessed at https://mea20.electionrunner.com. Only members in good standing position can vote, and . For any information about the process you can write to secretary@media-ecology.net.

    There are four elected positions to be filled this year:

    • MEA Vice President Elect (1-year term)
    • Member-at-Large (3-year term)
    • Newsletter Editor (1-year term)
    • Recording Secretary (1-year term)

    Urban Communication Foundation Student Research Grant

    We are thrilled to announce this wonderful grant opportunity for graduate students of media ecology (due December 31):

    Urban Communication Student Research Grant

    The Media Ecology Association invites proposals for a research grant in the amount of $2500 sponsored by the Urban Communication Foundation. Proposals should be grounded in a theoretical or philosophical approach associated with the field of media ecology and should address topics of media ecological concern regarding the study of cities and urban environments as they relate to human communication, social interaction, technological mediation, and cultural change and continuity. Proposals concerned with identity and affiliation in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and other differences that make a difference are encouraged.

    Proposals will be evaluated via anonymous review, and in addition to the stipend, the author(s) will receive complimentary membership in the Media Ecology Association (including subscription to Explorations in Media Ecology) for the year of the award and registration at our annual convention. A program session at the annual convention will be devoted to the research study, and when completed, the study will be published in Explorations in Media Ecology (which would not preclude publication elsewhere). The competition will be open to graduate students registered for degree programs and who have been Media Ecology Association members for at least one year.

    For more information, visit: https://media-ecology.org/UCF-Grant/


    MEA @ NCA 2020

    This year’s convention will be a fully virtual event. Synchronous sessions will take place on the same dates as originally scheduled, November 19-22, with some virtual meetings held on the days surrounding these dates.

    The 2020 NCA convention theme, “Communication at the Crossroads,” suggests an emphasis on intra-disciplinary collaboration and exploration. Media ecology is situated to explore communication in this way as a metadiscipline that studies the ways in which human action shapes and is shaped by our media environments. The term “media” is broadly construed in the field and includes but is not limited to communication, technology, technique, orality and literacy, the arts, economics, education, ethics, etc. Thus, media ecology explores the conditions of human experience made possible by the complex patterns of interaction within and among our symbolic-material environments. These complex patterns of interaction represent a crossroads of sorts in an environment Neil Postman characterized by the phrase “information glut.”

    “Communication at the Crossroads” also suggests the importance of our many human connections during uncertain times. The present circumstances are indeed a sort of crossroads, and we find ourselves navigating a very uncertain path together. The many ideas represented in media ecology may help our communities to address these challenges and choose a better path forward. Submissions related to our current circumstances, be they related to pandemic and public health, news coverage, online education, or the symbolic and ritual practices of community, are welcome.


    Andrew McLuhan Teaches Understanding Media Intensive

    Understanding Media Intensive is a 12-part look at media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s major 1964 work Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, taught by Andrew McLuhan, Director of The McLuhan Institute. In an age where our media environment conditions and structures our reality in increasingly potent ways, Understanding Media provides important foundational knowledge on how our cultural traumas and tropes are embodied in technologies. This course will provide lecture and discussion on Part One of the book, which puts forth a set of tools for exploring human technologies and innovations as a means to regain agency in the midst of our increasingly disorienting online lives.

    Lectures will include explorations and explanations of never-before-seen author annotations, historical documents, and personal accounts. Time will also be spent on the two introductions by Marshall McLuhan, and an introduction “Foreword is Forearmed,” written in 2002/2003 by Eric McLuhan but never published. A scrapbook of materials around the publication of the book in 1964 compiled by Marshall’s wife Corinne McLuhan, containing reviews and interviews, will add further context to how the book was received and provide insight into the material under discussion.

    Classes will happen live every Saturday from 11-2pm PST / 2-5pm EST taking place online from October 3rd through December 19th.

    Dates:
    Every Saturday, October 3 through December 19

    Times:
    11am – 2pm PST / 2pm – 5pm EST

    Cost:
    Live Access – $600
    Engage in weekly lectures, live chat, and Q&A with Andrew McLuhan

    Audit Access – $360
    View documented weekly lectures following each session

    Diversity Scholarships: To help creators of all backgrounds reach their goals, we are proud to offer a diversity scholarship to sustain and advance an inclusive community at Gray Area and beyond. This full scholarship is for artists, students, and scholars from diverse backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education and the fields of art, design, and technology.

    To enroll and learn more, please visit https://grayarea.org/workshop/understanding-media-intensive/.


    Call for Papers: 2021 Eastern Communication Association Convention

    ECA, Media Ecology Affiliate Group
    Wednesday, March 24–Sunday, March 28, 2021

    Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

    The Media Ecology affiliate group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 112th Annual ECA Convention in Cambridge, MA and seeks submissions that explore ways in which media function as environments. Submissions should seek to probe thoughts and ideas connected to the convention theme of Resilience that address questions and topics from a media ecology approach.

    https://media-ecology.org/MEA-@-ECA-2021/

    For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website: http://www.ecasite.org/. All questions or concerns related to the Media Ecology Affiliate Group can be directed to Jeff Bogaczyk, jbogaczyk@gmail.com.


    Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity

    A Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity within Media Ecology and MEA has started to form in the last few weeks. Following a special workshop in the convention, organized by Carolin Aronis (University of Colorado, Boulder), Peggy Cassidy (Adelphi University), Rachel Armamentos (Fordham University), and Bernadette Ann Bowen (Bowling Green State University)—sixteen MEA members volunteered to become new members of this group. Three of them stepped forward to lead the group. The new group members include board members, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, all from different institutions and countries, and some are more new to the MEA while others are long standing members.

    Multiple issues to strengthen MEA and the Media Ecology as a field of study were identified through the convention session (thank you for all contributors!). Currently, the three leaders are meeting the board member Carolin Aronis to create goals and objectives that will align with the vision of MEA. The Working Group is expected to start its work and activities in August 2020. More details will be shared in the August Newsletter.

    MEA members who would like to volunteer, or provide any insight, please write to carolin.aronis@colostate.edu.


    Call for Submissions for Explorations in Media Ecology Vol. 19

    All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

    Explorations in Media Ecology, the journal of the Media Ecology Association, accepts submissions that extend our understanding of media (defined in the broadest possible terms), that apply media ecological approaches and/or that advance media ecology as a field of inquiry.

    As an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary publication, EME welcomes contributions embracing diverse theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the study of media and processes of mediation through language, symbols, codes, meaning and processes of signification, abstracting and perception; art, music, literature, aesthetics and poetics; form, pattern and method; materials, energy, information, technology and technique; mind, thought, emotion, consciousness, identity and behavior; groups, organizations, affiliations, communities; politics, economics, religion, science, education, business and the professions; societies and cultures; history and the future; contexts, situations, systems and environments; evolution and ecology; the human person, human affairs and the human condition; etc.

    EME publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, essays, research reports, commentaries and critical examinations, and includes several special features. Our Pedagogy Section focuses on teaching strategies and resources, pedagogical concerns and issues relating to media ecology education; we are particularly interested in articles that share great ideas for teaching (GIFTs) media ecology in the classroom. The Probes Section features short items that are exploratory or provocative in nature. Creative writing on media ecological themes can be found in our Poetry Section. Questions and matters of concern to media ecology scholars are taken up in our Forum Section. And our Review Section includes individual book reviews and review essays.

    EME is a refereed journal. Strict anonymity is accorded to both authors and referees. References and citations should follow the Harvard Referencing system, and the journal otherwise follows standard British English for spelling and punctuation.

    Submissions can be uploaded online at:

    https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/EME/submissions

    Direct inquiries to


    Virtual Coffee with a Media Ecologist

    Are you interested in media ecology and have some questions about it? Are you working on a study related to media ecology and searching for advice? Are you an instructor looking for a media ecology expert to invite as a virtual guest speaker to one of your classes?

    Get in touch with us! We are happy to schedule a “virtual coffee” appointment with you. Simply fill out the form below to set up a short call or virtual meeting with a scholar from the MEA.

    The format is open to all. We especially encourage students and early-career scholars interested in media ecology to get in touch with us.

    Do you have a background in media ecology and would like to volunteer for virtual coffee meetings with those looking to learn more about it? Send an email to Julia M. Hildebrand.

    Arrange a Virtual Coffee appointment on our website.


    MEA Member News and Achievements

    “Canadian Culture” Podcast

    Musician, author, and educator Dr. Rea Beaumont has launched the podcast “Canadian Culture” that highlights the country’s diverse cultural heritage. The first episode features an interview with Andrew McLuhan, Director of the McLuhan Institute, discussing the groundbreaking work of Marshall McLuhan and Eric McLuhan.


    CALL FOR NEWSLETTER CONTENT

    To submit your news to In Medias Res, the official monthly newsletter of the Media Ecology Association, members can use the submission form.

    We are looking for news that is relevant to the members of MEA. This might include member achievements (i.e., journal publications, books, creative works, etc.), awards received, upcoming relevant conferences, recent books that MEA members should be aware of, web content that might interest MEA members, news about upcoming EME issues, calls for submissions, etc.

    The deadline for submissions to be included in the next month’s newsletter is the 28th of every month at 5pm EST.


    Donate to MEA through AmazonSmile

    When you order through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

    To use it, go to https://smile.amazon.com and sign in as you usually do. Directly under the search bar, you will find a pull-down for supported charities. Search for and select Media Ecology Association.

  • 28 Oct 2020 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    September 2020 Newsletter

    The Twenty-Second Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association — Call For Papers

    THE MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION (MEA) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for presentation at its 22th Annual Convention, which will be held from 8 to 11 July, 2021 at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The deadline for submission is 1 November 2020.

    The MEA convention provides in its annual meeting an opportunity for the community of academics and professionals to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. MEA convention addresses a wide diversity of topics in thematic sections, panels and working groups. We encourage submissions that explore approaches from different fields of knowledge and social practices. We are interested in papers, thematic panels, roundtable discussion panels, creative projects, performance sessions, and other proposals of interest to media ecologists.

    We also propose a single central theme to be explored throughout the conference with the aim of generating and exploring multiple perspectives. This is accomplished through plenary and special sessions. The central theme for 2021 focuses on Dystopic Futures. Not all submissions have to address the central theme.

    THE THEME OF THE 2021 CONVENTION is Dystopic Futures: Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society. Dystopian societies are represented in a variety of science fiction works as an effort to predict pessimistic consequences of our current practices. Films, books and other forms of art set their narratives in the future, but not in our present culture. However, 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 recent authors call Algorithmic Society, “a society organized around social and economic decision-making by algorithms, robots, and AI agents, who not only make decisions but also, in some cases, carry them out.” (Balkin 2016). What kind of dystopia can we envisage as consequence of our dystopic present?

    General topics of interest related to the convention theme (but not limited to):

    • Fake news, and social media: discursive breakdown and political consequences.
    • Robots and transhumanism
    • Algorithmic media: data mining, subjectivity modelling and decision-making
    • Big Data, machine learning, AI, and society
    • Limits of AI development: is it reasonable to talk about an AI take over?
    • Movies and literature: mapping different kinds of dystopias.
    • Pandemics, economical crash, irreversible climate changes and other disasters: what now?
    • Any new (and better) world order on the horizon? Is not being dystopian nowadays possible?
    • Media regulation is still at stake? In what sense and by what means?
    • Discourse and education in the era of technology hegemony.
    • Politics, Health, Citizenship, and Media
    • Disinformation, censorship, and propaganda
    • Crazy talk, Stupid talk in digital media
    • Orality and digital literacy in a dystopic world
    • Arts, technology, and cultural legacy
    • Utopia, dystopia and Media Ecology studies

    GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

    Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by November 1, 2020 to MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted.

    Authors who wish their papers to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s).

    Submission Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:

    1. Include title(s), abstract(s) (maximum 250 words), and contact information for each participant.
    2. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.
    3. Authors with papers submitted as part of a panel proposal or as a paper proposal that wish to be considered for Top Paper or Top Student Paper must send the completed paper to the convention planner by May 15, 2021.

    Submission guidelines for manuscripts eligible for MEA award submissions:

    1. Manuscripts should be 4,000–6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages).
    2. Include a cover page with your institutional affiliation and other contact information.
    3. Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).

    INFORMATION

    Please direct questions to Adriana Braga, MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. For more on the Media Ecology Association, visit https://www.media-ecology.org.


    Call for MEA Board Nominations

    The Media Ecology Association’s Executive Board includes members elected by the Association’s membership. Each year, three to four positions on the MEA’s Board come up for election/re-election, and you may nominate a member, or volunteer yourself as a nominee. You do not need to have prior board experience (of any type) to be nominated and elected to the board.

    There are four elected positions to be filled this year:

    • MEA Vice President Elect (1-year term)
    • Member-at-Large (3-year term)
    • Newsletter Editor (1-year term)
    • Recording Secretary (1-year term)

    Nominations are open until September 30, 2020. Nominees must be members in good standing of the MEA and will be asked to provide a brief (100–150 word) statement about themselves and their interest in the MEA for inclusion with the ballots.

    Voting will take place October 2020 on the MEA website. Details to follow.

    Results will be reported on by the end of October 2020. Those elected will start their terms of office in January 2021 and, assuming we have an in-person meeting, should make plans to attend the Executive Board Meeting in New York City at that time. Please visit our webpage for more information regarding the open positions.

    Send nominations or self-nominations to our Executive Secretary Fernando Gutiérrez at secretary@media-ecology.net.


    Andrew McLuhan Teaches Understanding Media Intensive

    Understanding Media Intensive is a 12-part look at media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s major 1964 work Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, taught by Andrew McLuhan, Director of The McLuhan Institute. In an age where our media environment conditions and structures our reality in increasingly potent ways, Understanding Media provides important foundational knowledge on how our cultural traumas and tropes are embodied in technologies. This course will provide lecture and discussion on Part One of the book, which puts forth a set of tools for exploring human technologies and innovations as a means to regain agency in the midst of our increasingly disorienting online lives.

    Lectures will include explorations and explanations of never-before-seen author annotations, historical documents, and personal accounts. Time will also be spent on the two introductions by Marshall McLuhan, and an introduction “Foreword is Forearmed,” written in 2002/2003 by Eric McLuhan but never published. A scrapbook of materials around the publication of the book in 1964 compiled by Marshall’s wife Corinne McLuhan, containing reviews and interviews, will add further context to how the book was received and provide insight into the material under discussion.

    Classes will happen live every Saturday from 11-2pm PST / 2-5pm EST taking place online from October 3rd through December 19th.

    Dates:
    Every Saturday, October 3 through December 19

    Times:
    11am – 2pm PST / 2pm – 5pm EST

    Cost:
    Live Access – $600
    Engage in weekly lectures, live chat, and Q&A with Andrew McLuhan

    Audit Access – $360
    View documented weekly lectures following each session

    Diversity Scholarships: To help creators of all backgrounds reach their goals, we are proud to offer a diversity scholarship to sustain and advance an inclusive community at Gray Area and beyond. This full scholarship is for artists, students, and scholars from diverse backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education and the fields of art, design, and technology.

    To enroll and learn more, please visit https://grayarea.org/workshop/understanding-media-intensive/.


    Call for Papers: 2021 Eastern Communication Association Convention

    ECA, Media Ecology Affiliate Group
    Wednesday, March 24–Sunday, March 28, 2021

    Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

    The Media Ecology affiliate group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 112th Annual ECA Convention in Cambridge, MA and seeks submissions that explore ways in which media function as environments. Submissions should seek to probe thoughts and ideas connected to the convention theme of Resilience that address questions and topics from a media ecology approach.

    https://media-ecology.org/MEA-@-ECA-2021/

    For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website: http://www.ecasite.org/. All questions or concerns related to the Media Ecology Affiliate Group can be directed to Jeff Bogaczyk, jbogaczyk@gmail.com.


    Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity

    A Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity within Media Ecology and MEA has started to form in the last few weeks. Following a special workshop in the convention, organized by Carolin Aronis (University of Colorado, Boulder), Peggy Cassidy (Adelphi University), Rachel Armamentos (Fordham University), and Bernadette Ann Bowen (Bowling Green State University)—sixteen MEA members volunteered to become new members of this group. Three of them stepped forward to lead the group. The new group members include board members, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, all from different institutions and countries, and some are more new to the MEA while others are long standing members.

    Multiple issues to strengthen MEA and the Media Ecology as a field of study were identified through the convention session (thank you for all contributors!). Currently, the three leaders are meeting the board member Carolin Aronis to create goals and objectives that will align with the vision of MEA. The Working Group is expected to start its work and activities in August 2020. More details will be shared in the August Newsletter.

    MEA members who would like to volunteer, or provide any insight, please write to carolin.aronis@colostate.edu.


    Call for Submissions for Explorations in Media Ecology Vol. 19

    All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

    Explorations in Media Ecology, the journal of the Media Ecology Association, accepts submissions that extend our understanding of media (defined in the broadest possible terms), that apply media ecological approaches and/or that advance media ecology as a field of inquiry.

    As an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary publication, EME welcomes contributions embracing diverse theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the study of media and processes of mediation through language, symbols, codes, meaning and processes of signification, abstracting and perception; art, music, literature, aesthetics and poetics; form, pattern and method; materials, energy, information, technology and technique; mind, thought, emotion, consciousness, identity and behavior; groups, organizations, affiliations, communities; politics, economics, religion, science, education, business and the professions; societies and cultures; history and the future; contexts, situations, systems and environments; evolution and ecology; the human person, human affairs and the human condition; etc.

    EME publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, essays, research reports, commentaries and critical examinations, and includes several special features. Our Pedagogy Section focuses on teaching strategies and resources, pedagogical concerns and issues relating to media ecology education; we are particularly interested in articles that share great ideas for teaching (GIFTs) media ecology in the classroom. The Probes Section features short items that are exploratory or provocative in nature. Creative writing on media ecological themes can be found in our Poetry Section. Questions and matters of concern to media ecology scholars are taken up in our Forum Section. And our Review Section includes individual book reviews and review essays.

    EME is a refereed journal. Strict anonymity is accorded to both authors and referees. References and citations should follow the Harvard Referencing system, and the journal otherwise follows standard British English for spelling and punctuation.

    Submissions can be uploaded online at:

    https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/EME/submissions

    Direct inquiries to


    Virtual Coffee with a Media Ecologist

    Are you interested in media ecology and have some questions about it? Are you working on a study related to media ecology and searching for advice? Are you an instructor looking for a media ecology expert to invite as a virtual guest speaker to one of your classes?

    Get in touch with us! We are happy to schedule a “virtual coffee” appointment with you. Simply fill out the form below to set up a short call or virtual meeting with a scholar from the MEA.

    The format is open to all. We especially encourage students and early-career scholars interested in media ecology to get in touch with us.

    Do you have a background in media ecology and would like to volunteer for virtual coffee meetings with those looking to learn more about it? Send an email to Julia M. Hildebrand.

    Arrange a Virtual Coffee appointment on our website.


    MEA @ NCA 2020

    This year’s convention will be a fully virtual event. Synchronous sessions will take place on the same dates as originally scheduled, November 19-22, with some virtual meetings held on the days surrounding these dates.

    The 2020 NCA convention theme, “Communication at the Crossroads,” suggests an emphasis on intra-disciplinary collaboration and exploration. Media ecology is situated to explore communication in this way as a metadiscipline that studies the ways in which human action shapes and is shaped by our media environments. The term “media” is broadly construed in the field and includes but is not limited to communication, technology, technique, orality and literacy, the arts, economics, education, ethics, etc. Thus, media ecology explores the conditions of human experience made possible by the complex patterns of interaction within and among our symbolic-material environments. These complex patterns of interaction represent a crossroads of sorts in an environment Neil Postman characterized by the phrase “information glut.”

    “Communication at the Crossroads” also suggests the importance of our many human connections during uncertain times. The present circumstances are indeed a sort of crossroads, and we find ourselves navigating a very uncertain path together. The many ideas represented in media ecology may help our communities to address these challenges and choose a better path forward. Submissions related to our current circumstances, be they related to pandemic and public health, news coverage, online education, or the symbolic and ritual practices of community, are welcome.


    2020 Massey Lectures

    Ronald J. Deibert — one of the keynote speakers at our 2014 convention and winner of both the MEA Jacques Ellul and Neil Postman awards — will deliver this year’s Massey Lectures, titled Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society. Deibert is the founder and director of Citizen Lab, a research outfit based at the University of Toronto, which studies technology, surveillance and censorship. His Massey Lectures will focus on the societal impact of the internet and social media. This year’s Massey Lectures will be delivered virtually, with details to be announced later this summer. The lectures will be broadcast in the fall on CBC Radio’s IDEAS and the CBC Listen App.


    Call for the 2022 Annual Convention Host

    The MEA is currently looking for a host for the Twenty-Third Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association in 2022. If you are interested in hosting, please visit our website and email our Executive Secretary Fernando Gutiérrez at secretary@media-ecology.net.

    MEA Member News and Achievements

    “Canadian Culture” Podcast

    Musician, author, and educator Dr. Rea Beaumont has launched the podcast “Canadian Culture” that highlights the country’s diverse cultural heritage. The first episode features an interview with Andrew McLuhan, Director of the McLuhan Institute, discussing the groundbreaking work of Marshall McLuhan and Eric McLuhan.


    Monday Night Webinars — The McLuhan Institute

    Hosted by MEA president, Paolo Granata, these webinars run from 8:00-10:00 EST on Monday nights.

    The idea is simple. In response to the state of physical distancing and isolation, it’s time to bring back the McLuhan’s tradition of weekly Monday Night sessions in a brand new format: The Monday Night Webinars!

    In a playful, relaxed, and experimental online format, a panel of participants – academics, artists, designers, raconteurs, innovators, and thinkers – will explore the mosaic of the metaphoric global village in light of the current global crisis, as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

    Marshall McLuhan Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1394898027486287

    The McLuhan Institute YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVLgst11Hs


    CALL FOR NEWSLETTER CONTENT

    To submit your news to In Medias Res, the official monthly newsletter of the Media Ecology Association, members can use the submission form.

    We are looking for news that is relevant to the members of MEA. This might include member achievements (i.e., journal publications, books, creative works, etc.), awards received, upcoming relevant conferences, recent books that MEA members should be aware of, web content that might interest MEA members, news about upcoming EME issues, calls for submissions, etc.

    The deadline for submissions to be included in the next month’s newsletter is the 28th of every month at 5pm EST.


    Donate to MEA through AmazonSmile

    When you order through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

    To use it, go to https://smile.amazon.com and sign in as you usually do. Directly under the search bar, you will find a pull-down for supported charities. Search for and select Media Ecology Association.

  • 16 Sep 2020 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    August 2020 Newsletter

    <Neil Postman on technological change>

    The MEA Strategic Committee needs YOUR help

    The Strategic Committee would like to know what Media Ecology quote(s), axiom, or core facet of the field has stuck the most with you?

    With your answers, the Strategic Committee will create simple and intriguing infographics (example above) for use of the MEA in order to engage those who are interested in media ecology but are not as familiar with the canon. We believe these quotes and images will spur further study for those who are interested in the field of media ecology, so your unique input is much appreciated. Please email MEA's Newsletter Editor Rachel Armamentos at rarmamentos@fordham.edu by September 1st, 2020 to share your favorite media ecology quotes and axioms.

    Thank you in advance for your time and effort in this endeavor!



    Additional Presentation from MEA Convention

    Janice Caiafa's paper "Dynamics of Metro Automation in a Media Environment" was mistakenly not included in the panel it was scheduled for at our June convention, but she uploaded it to YouTube: https://youtu.be/vFBa-UN9TDo. It treats São Paulo's subway as a complex communication system, arguing that driverless trains create a new media ecology, one that relies on human agency more than one might think.


    <Run for a board position>

    Call for MEA Board Nominations

    The Media Ecology Association's Executive Board includes members elected by the Association's membership. Each year, three to four positions on the MEA's Board come up for election/re-election, and you may nominate a member, or volunteer yourself as a nominee. You do not need to have prior board experience (of any type) to be nominated and elected to the board.

    There are four elected positions to be filled this year:

    • MEA Vice President Elect (1-year term)
    • Member-at-Large (3-year term)
    • Newsletter Editor (1-year term)
    • Recording Secretary (1-year term)

    Nominations are open until September 30, 2020. Nominees must be members in good standing of the MEA and will be asked to provide a brief (100–150 word) statement about themselves and their interest in the MEA for inclusion with the ballots.

    Voting will take place October 2020 on the MEA website. Details to follow.

    Results will be reported on by the end of October 2020. Those elected will start their terms of office in January 2021 and, assuming we have an in-person meeting, should make plans to attend the Executive Board Meeting in New York City at that time. Please visit our webpage for more information regarding the open positions.

    Send nominations or self-nominations to our Executive Secretary Fernando Gutiérrez at secretary@media-ecology.net.


    <2021 Convention Location>

    Call For Papers: The Twenty-Second Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

    THE MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION (MEA) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for presentation at its 22th Annual Convention, which will be held from 8 to 11 July, 2021 at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The deadline for submission is 1 November 2020.

    The MEA convention provides in its annual meeting an opportunity for the community of academics and professionals to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. MEA convention addresses a wide diversity of topics in thematic sections, panels and working groups. We encourage submissions that explore approaches from different fields of knowledge and social practices. We are interested in papers, thematic panels, roundtable discussion panels, creative projects, performanceasessions, and other proposals of interest to media ecologists.

    We also propose a single central theme to be explored throughout the conference with the aim of generating and exploring multiple perspectives. This is accomplished through plenary and special sessions. The central theme for 2021 focuses on Dystopic Futures. Not all submissions have to address the central theme.

    THE THEME OF THE 2021 CONVENTION is Dystopic Futures: Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society. Dystopian societies are represented in a variety of science fiction works as an effort to predict pessimistic consequences of our current practices. Films, books and other forms of art set their narratives in the future, but not in our present culture. However, 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 recent authors call Algorithmic Society, "a society organized around social and economic decision-making by algorithms, robots, and AI agents, who not only make decisions but also, in some cases, carry them out." (Balkin 2016). What kind of dystopia can we envisage as consequence of our dystopic present?

    General topics of interest related to the convention theme (but not limited to):

    • Fake news, and social media: discursive breakdown and political consequences.
    • Robots and transhumanism
    • Algorithmic media: data mining, subjectivity modelling and decision-making
    • Big Data, machine learning, AI, and society
    • Limits of AI development: is it reasonable to talk about an AI take over?
    • Movies and literature: mapping different kinds of dystopias.
    • Pandemics, economical crash, irreversible climate changes and other disasters: what now?
    • Any new (and better) world order on the horizon? Is not being dystopian nowadays possible?
    • Media regulation is still at stake? In what sense and by what means?
    • Discourse and education in the era of technology hegemony.
    • Politics, Health, Citizenship, and Media
    • Disinformation, censorship, and propaganda
    • Crazy talk, Stupid talk in digital media
    • Orality and digital literacy in a dystopic world
    • Arts, technology, and cultural legacy
    • Utopia, dystopia and Media Ecology studies

    GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

    Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by November 1, 2020 to MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted.

    Authors who wish their papers to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s).

    Submission Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:

    1. Include title(s), abstract(s) (maximum 250 words), and contact information for each participant.
    2. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.
    3. Authors with papers submitted as part of a panel proposal or as a paper proposal that wish to be considered for Top Paper or Top Student Paper must send the completed paper to the convention planner by May 15, 2021.

    Submission guidelines for manuscripts eligible for MEA award submissions:

    1. Manuscripts should be 4,000–6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages)
    2. Include a cover page with your institutional affiliation and other contact information.
    3. Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).

    INFORMATION

    Please direct questions to Adriana Braga, MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. For more on the Media Ecology Association, visit https://www.media-ecology.org.


    <EME CFP>

    "Gender and Media Ecology" - Call for Papers: Special Issue of Explorations in Media Ecology

    Call for Papers: Invited Special Issue on Gender and Media Ecology, Explorations in Media Ecology

    Guest Editors: Julia M. Hildebrand (hildebjm@eckerd.edu), Julia C. Richmond (richmondj@rowan.edu)

    We welcome contributions for an invited Special Issue on "Gender and Media Ecology" to be published in Explorations in Media Ecology: https://www.intellectbooks.com/explorations-in-media-ecology.

    This special issue seeks research contributions that explore the intersections of gender and media ecology. According to McLuhan, "the hybrid or the meeting of two media is a moment of truth and revelation from which new form is born" (1964: 63). The analytical bridging of media ecology and gender studies can be such a revelatory meeting. Here, we also include related research in feminist theory and feminist technoscience for producing fruitful frictions. What could the resulting subfields of "gendered-media ecology" and "feminist media ecology" contribute to our understanding of media as environments and environments as media? This special issue aims to establish a forum for media ecologists, in which the gendered dimensions of media extensions and environments can be explored.

    For more information, including relevant topic areas, please consult the full Call for Papers available here: https://www.media-ecology.org/Gender-and-Media-Ecology-CFP

    Important Dates:

    • Abstract submission (300 words): August 20, 2020
    • Manuscript submission: October 15, 2020
    • Notifications: November 30, 2020
    • Final manuscript submission: January 15, 2021
    • Target publication date: May, 2021

    Please email your abstract (300 words) and a short biographical note to Julia M. Hildebrand via hildebjm@eckerd.edu by August 20; subject line: "Gender and Media Ecology."


    CALL FOR NEWSLETTER CONTENT

    To submit your news to In Medias Res, the official monthly newsletter of the Media Ecology Association, members can use the submission form.

    We are looking for news that is relevant to the members of MEA. This might include member achievements (i.e., journal publications, books, creative works, etc.), awards received, upcoming relevant conferences, recent books that MEA members should be aware of, web content that might interest MEA members, news about upcoming EME issues, calls for submissions, etc.

    The deadline for submissions to be included in the next month's newsletter is the 28th of every month at 5 PM Eastern Time.

    <2020 President's Address>

    MEA President's Address at the 21st Annual Convention

    Watch the recording of MEA President Paolo Granata's Address, Navigating the Waters: Choices and Challenges for an Equitable and Inclusive Techno-Human Ecosystem.


    Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity

    A Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity within Media Ecology and MEA has started to form in the last few weeks. Following a special workshop in the convention, organized by Carolin Aronis (University of Colorado, Boulder), Peggy Cassidy (Adelphi University), Rachel Armamentos (Fordham University), and Bernadette Ann Bowen (Bowling Green State University), sixteen MEA members volunteered to become new members of this group. Three of them stepped forward to lead the group. The new group members include board members, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, all from different institutions and countries, and some are more new to the MEA while others are long standing members.

    Multiple issues to strengthen MEA and the Media Ecology as a field of study were identified through the convention session (thank you for all contributors!). Currently, the three leaders are meeting the board member Carolin Aronis to create goals and objectives that will align with the vision of MEA. The Working Group is expected to start its work and activities in August 2020. More details will be shared in the August Newsletter.

    MEA members who would like to volunteer, or provide any insight, please write to carolin.aronis@colostate.edu.


    <EME CFP>

    Call for Submissions for Explorations in Media Ecology Vol. 19

    All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

    Explorations in Media Ecology, the journal of the Media Ecology Association, accepts submissions that extend our understanding of media (defined in the broadest possible terms), that apply media ecological approaches and/or that advance media ecology as a field of inquiry.

    As an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary publication, EME welcomes contributions embracing diverse theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the study of media and processes of mediation through language, symbols, codes, meaning and processes of signification, abstracting and perception; art, music, literature, aesthetics and poetics; form, pattern and method; materials, energy, information, technology and technique; mind, thought, emotion, consciousness, identity and behavior; groups, organizations, affiliations, communities; politics, economics, religion, science, education, business and the professions; societies and cultures; history and the future; contexts, situations, systems and environments; evolution and ecology; the human person, human affairs and the human condition; etc.

    EME publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, essays, research reports, commentaries and critical examinations, and includes several special features. Our Pedagogy Section focuses on teaching strategies and resources, pedagogical concerns and issues relating to media ecology education; we are particularly interested in articles that share great ideas for teaching (GIFTs) media ecology in the classroom. The Probes Section features short items that are exploratory or provocative in nature. Creative writing on media ecological themes can be found in our Poetry Section. Questions and matters of concern to media ecology scholars are taken up in our Forum Section. And our Review Section includes individual book reviews and review essays.

    EME is a refereed journal. Strict anonymity is accorded to both authors and referees. References and citations should follow the Harvard Referencing system, and the journal otherwise follows standard British English for spelling and punctuation.

    Submissions can be uploaded online at: https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/EME/submissions

    Direct inquiries to


    Virtual Coffee

    Virtual Coffee with a Media Ecologist

    Are you interested in media ecology and have some questions about it? Are you working on a study related to media ecology and searching for advice? Are you an instructor looking for a media ecology expert to invite as a virtual guest speaker to one of your classes?

    Get in touch with us! We are happy to schedule a "virtual coffee" appointment with you. Simply fill out the form below to set up a short call or virtual meeting with a scholar from the MEA.

    The format is open to all. We especially encourage students and early-career scholars interested in media ecology to get in touch with us.

    Do you have a background in media ecology and would like to volunteer for virtual coffee meetings with those looking to learn more about it? Send an email to Julia M. Hildebrand.

    Arrange a virtual coffee appointment on our website.


    <2020 Massey Lectures>

    2020 Massey Lectures

    Ronald J. Deibert — one of the keynote speakers at our 2014 convention and winner of both the MEA Jacques Ellul and Neil Postman awards — will deliver this year's Massey Lectures, titled Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society. Deibert is the founder and director of Citizen Lab, a research outfit based at the University of Toronto, which studies technology, surveillance and censorship. His Massey Lectures will focus on the societal impact of the internet and social media. This year's Massey Lectures will be delivered virtually, with details to be announced later this summer. The lectures will be broadcast in the fall on CBC Radio's IDEAS and the CBC Listen App.


    <NCA Logo>

    MEA @ NCA 2020

    The convention, "Communication at the Crossroads," will be held in Indianapolis, IN from November 19–22, 2020.

    The 2020 NCA convention theme, "Communication at the Crossroads," suggests an emphasis on intra-disciplinary collaboration and exploration. Media ecology is situated to explore communication in this way as a metadiscipline that studies the ways in which human action shapes and is shaped by our media environments. The term "media" is broadly construed in the field and includes but is not limited to communication, technology, technique, orality and literacy, the arts, economics, education, ethics, etc. Thus, media ecology explores the conditions of human experience made possible by the complex patterns of interaction within and among our symbolic-material environments. These complex patterns of interaction represent a crossroads of sorts in an environment Neil Postman characterized by the phrase "information glut."

    "Communication at the Crossroads" also suggests the importance of our many human connections during uncertain times. The present circumstances are indeed a sort of crossroads, and we find ourselves navigating a very uncertain path together. The many ideas represented in media ecology may help our communities to address these challenges and choose a better path forward. Submissions related to our current circumstances, be they related to pandemic and public health, news coverage, online education, or the symbolic and ritual practices of community, are welcome.


    Call for the 2022 Annual Convention Host

    The MEA is currently looking for a host for the Twenty-Third Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association in 2022. If you are interested in hosting, please visit our website and email our Executive Secretary Fernando Gutiérrez at secretary@media-ecology.net.


    Donate to MEA through AmazonSmile

    <AmazonSmile>

    When you order through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

    To use it, go to smile.amazon.com and sign in as you usually do. Directly under the search bar, you will find a pull-down for supported charities. Search for and select Media Ecology Association.


    MEA Member News and Achievements

    Monday Night Webinars - The McLuhan Institute

    Hosted by MEA president, Paolo Granata, these webinars run from 8:00–10:00 Eastern Time on Monday nights.

    The idea is simple. In response to the state of physical distancing and isolation, it's time to bring back the McLuhan's tradition of weekly Monday Night sessions in a brand new format: The Monday Night Webinars!

    In a playful, relaxed, and experimental online format, a panel of participants – academics, artists, designers, raconteurs, innovators, and thinkers – will explore the mosaic of the metaphoric global village in light of the current global crisis, as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

    Marshall McLuhan Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1394898027486287

    The McLuhan Institute YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVLgst11Hs

  • 4 Aug 2020 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    July 2020 Newsletter

    2020 Convention Logo

    Zoom Participants

    MEA Successful Convention

    Last month we had our first online Convention of the MEA, and it was a full success thanks to the hard work of convention organizer and Vice President Peggy Cassidy and her excellent team at Adelphi University, along with Paul Soukup, MEA Treasurer and now Zoom captain, plus Matt Thomas, MEA Historian, who turned our website into a convention space. Thank you to our online convention subcommittee and everyone who participated in and attended #MEA2020.

    The subcommittee which helped move the convention online consisted of Carolin Aronis, Julia M. Hildebrand, Lance Strate, Mike Plugh, Thom Gencarelli, Fernando Gutierrez, Matt Thomas, Paul Soukup, and of course Peggy Cassidy.

    Thank you to all who organized, presented, contributed, and joined our first virtual convention!


    President's Address

    MEA President’s Address at the 21st Annual Convention

    Watch the recording of MEA President Paolo Granata’s Address, Navigating the Waters: Choices and Challenges for an Equitable and Inclusive Techno-Human Ecosystem.


    Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

    The Twenty-Second Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association - Call For Papers

    THE MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION (MEA) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for presentation at its 22th Annual Convention, which will be held from 8 to 11 July, 2021 at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The deadline for submission is 1 November 2020.

    The MEA convention provides in its annual meeting an opportunity for the community of academics and professionals to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. MEA convention addresses a wide diversity of topics in thematic sections, panels and working groups. We encourage submissions that explore approaches from different fields of knowledge and social practices. We are interested in papers, thematic panels, roundtable discussion panels, creative projects, performance sessions, and other proposals of interest to media ecologists.

    We also propose a single central theme to be explored throughout the conference with the aim of generating and exploring multiple perspectives. This is accomplished through plenary and special sessions. The central theme for 2021 focuses on Dystopic Futures. Not all submissions have to address the central theme.

    THE THEME OF THE 2021 CONVENTION is Dystopic Futures: Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society. Dystopian societies are represented in a variety of science fiction works as an effort to predict pessimistic consequences of our current practices. Films, books and other forms of art set their narratives in the future, but not in our present culture. However, 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 recent authors call Algorithmic Society, “a society organized around social and economic decision-making by algorithms, robots, and AI agents, who not only make decisions but also, in some cases, carry them out.” (Balkin 2016). What kind of dystopia can we envisage as consequence of our dystopic present?

    General topics of interest related to the convention theme (but not limited to):

    • Fake news, and social media: discursive breakdown and political consequences.
    • Robots and transhumanism
    • Algorithmic media: data mining, subjectivity modelling and decision-making
    • Big Data, machine learning, AI, and society
    • Limits of AI development: is it reasonable to talk about an AI take over?
    • Movies and literature: mapping different kinds of dystopias.
    • Pandemics, economical crash, irreversible climate changes and other disasters: what now?
    • Any new (and better) world order on the horizon? Is not being dystopian nowadays possible?
    • Media regulation is still at stake? In what sense and by what means?
    • Discourse and education in the era of technology hegemony.
    • Politics, Health, Citizenship, and Media
    • Disinformation, censorship, and propaganda
    • Crazy talk, Stupid talk in digital media
    • Orality and digital literacy in a dystopic world
    • Arts, technology, and cultural legacy
    • Utopia, dystopia and Media Ecology studies

    GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

    Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by November 1, 2020 to MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted.

    Authors who wish their papers to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s).

    Submission Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:

    1. Include title(s), abstract(s) (maximum 250 words), and contact information for each participant.
    2. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.
    3. Authors with papers submitted as part of a panel proposal or as a paper proposal that wish to be considered for Top Paper or Top Student Paper must send the completed paper to the convention planner by May 15, 2021.

    Submission guidelines for manuscripts eligible for MEA award submissions:

    1. Manuscripts should be 4,000–6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages)
    2. Include a cover page with your institutional affiliation and other contact information.
    3. Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).

    INFORMATION

    Please direct questions to Adriana Braga, MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. For more on the Media Ecology Association, visit https://www.media-ecology.org.


    “Gender and Media Ecology” - Call for Papers: Special Issue of Explorations in Media Ecology

    Call for Papers: Invited Special Issue on Gender and Media Ecology, Explorations in Media Ecology

    Guest Editors: Julia M. Hildebrand (hildebjm@eckerd.edu), Julia C. Richmond (richmondj@rowan.edu)

    We welcome contributions for an invited Special Issue on “Gender and Media Ecology” to be published in Explorations in Media Ecology: https://www.intellectbooks.com/explorations-in-media-ecology.

    This special issue seeks research contributions that explore the intersections of gender and media ecology. According to McLuhan, “the hybrid or the meeting of two media is a moment of truth and revelation from which new form is born” (1964: 63). The analytical bridging of media ecology and gender studies can be such a revelatory meeting. Here, we also include related research in feminist theory and feminist technoscience for producing fruitful frictions. What could the resulting subfields of “gendered-media ecology” and “feminist media ecology” contribute to our understanding of media as environments and environments as media? This special issue aims to establish a forum for media ecologists, in which the gendered dimensions of media extensions and environments can be explored.

    For more information, including relevant topic areas, please consult the full Call for Papers available here: https://www.media-ecology.org/Gender-and-Media-Ecology-CFP

    Important Dates:

    • Abstract submission (300 words): August 20, 2020
    • Manuscript submission: October 15, 2020
    • Notifications: November 30, 2020
    • Final manuscript submission: January 15, 2021
    • Target publication date: May, 2021

    Please email your abstract (300 words) and a short biographical note to Julia M. Hildebrand via hildebjm@eckerd.edu by August 20; subject line: “Gender and Media Ecology.”


    Women and Media Ecology

    Women & Media Ecology

    Women & Media Ecology had several successful organized sessions through the convention: Women and Media Ecologies, Reshaping Home and Families, Experiences of Women in the Field of Media Ecology, Women in Media Ecology Coffee, the Womxn, Language, Technology virtual exhibit, and Meet the Artists.

    Big thanks to all sessions’ presenters and organizers (by alphabetic first name order): Adriana Braga, Angelina Malenda, Adeena Karasick, Bernadette Ann Bowen, Carolin Aronis, Elaine Kahn, Jacqueline McLeod Rogers, Julia Hildebrand, Laura Trujillo Liñán, Sarah Falco, and Susan B. Barnes.

    Thanks also to many supportive attendees.

    Interested to join such initiatives in the 2021 convention or become part of this evolving community? Please see the PowerPoint, available here, that was presented at the Women & Media Ecology Coffee for sources and ways to connect.


    Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity

    A Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity within Media Ecology and MEA has started to form in the last few weeks. Following a special workshop in the convention, organized by Carolin Aronis (University of Colorado, Boulder), Peggy Cassidy (Adelphi University), Rachel Armamentos (Fordham University), and Bernadette Ann Bowen (Bowling Green State University) — sixteen MEA members volunteered to become new members of this group. Three of them stepped forward to lead the group. The new group members include board members, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, all from different institutions and countries, and some are more new to the MEA while others are long standing members.

    Multiple issues to strengthen MEA and the Media Ecology as a field of study were identified through the convention session (thank you for all contributors!). Currently, the three leaders are meeting with board member Carolin Aronis to create goals and objectives that will align with the vision of MEA. The Working Group is expected to start its work and activities in August 2020. More details will be shared in the August Newsletter.

    MEA members who would like to volunteer, or provide any insight, please write to carolin.aronis@colostate.edu.


    Internet Officer's Report

    Internet Officer Report

    The Internet Officer Report, provided by Carolin Aronis, is available in full here (Keynote file). For feedback and comments, please email carolin.aronis@colostate.edu.


    Massey Lectures

    2020 Massey Lectures

    Ronald J. Deibert — one of the keynote speakers at our 2014 convention and winner of both the MEA Jacques Ellul and Neil Postman awards — will deliver this year’s Massey Lectures, titled Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society. Deibert is the founder and director of Citizen Lab, a research outfit based at the University of Toronto, which studies technology, surveillance and censorship. His Massey Lectures will focus on the societal impact of the internet and social media.


    Virtual Coffee

    Are you interested in media ecology and have some questions about it? Are you working on a study related to media ecology and searching for advice? Are you an instructor looking for a media ecology expert to invite as a virtual guest speaker to one of your classes?

    Get in touch with us! We are happy to schedule a “virtual coffee” appointment with you. Simply fill out the form below to set up a short call or virtual meeting with a scholar from the MEA.

    The format is open to all. We especially encourage students and early-career scholars interested in media ecology to get in touch with us.

    Do you have a background in media ecology and would like to volunteer for virtual coffee meetings with those looking to learn more about it? Send an email to Julia M. Hildebrand.

    Arrange a Virtual Coffee appointment on our website.


    EME

    Call for Submissions for Explorations in Media Ecology Vol. 19

    All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

    Explorations in Media Ecology, the journal of the Media Ecology Association, accepts submissions that extend our understanding of media (defined in the broadest possible terms), that apply media ecological approaches and/or that advance media ecology as a field of inquiry.

    As an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary publication, EME welcomes contributions embracing diverse theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the study of media and processes of mediation through language, symbols, codes, meaning and processes of signification, abstracting and perception; art, music, literature, aesthetics and poetics; form, pattern and method; materials, energy, information, technology and technique; mind, thought, emotion, consciousness, identity and behavior; groups, organizations, affiliations, communities; politics, economics, religion, science, education, business and the professions; societies and cultures; history and the future; contexts, situations, systems and environments; evolution and ecology; the human person, human affairs and the human condition; etc.

    EME publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, essays, research reports, commentaries and critical examinations, and includes several special features. Our Pedagogy Section focuses on teaching strategies and resources, pedagogical concerns and issues relating to media ecology education; we are particularly interested in articles that share great ideas for teaching (GIFTs) media ecology in the classroom. The Probes Section features short items that are exploratory or provocative in nature. Creative writing on media ecological themes can be found in our Poetry Section. Questions and matters of concern to media ecology scholars are taken up in our Forum Section. And our Review Section includes individual book reviews and review essays.

    EME is a refereed journal. Strict anonymity is accorded to both authors and referees. References and citations should follow the Harvard Referencing system, and the journal otherwise follows standard British English for spelling and punctuation.

    Submissions can be uploaded online at: https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/EME/submissions

    Direct inquiries to


    NCA Logo

    MEA @ NCA 2020

    The convention, “Communication at the Crossroads,” is scheduled to be held in Indianapolis, IN from November 19–22, 2020.

    The 2020 NCA convention theme, “Communication at the Crossroads,” suggests an emphasis on intra-disciplinary collaboration and exploration. Media ecology is situated to explore communication in this way as a metadiscipline that studies the ways in which human action shapes and is shaped by our media environments. The term “media” is broadly construed in the field and includes but is not limited to communication, technology, technique, orality and literacy, the arts, economics, education, ethics, etc. Thus, media ecology explores the conditions of human experience made possible by the complex patterns of interaction within and among our symbolic-material environments. These complex patterns of interaction represent a crossroads of sorts in an environment Neil Postman characterized by the phrase “information glut.”

    “Communication at the Crossroads” also suggests the importance of our many human connections during uncertain times. The present circumstances are indeed a sort of crossroads, and we find ourselves navigating a very uncertain path together. The many ideas represented in media ecology may help our communities to address these challenges and choose a better path forward. Submissions related to our current circumstances, be they related to pandemic and public health, news coverage, online education, or the symbolic and ritual practices of community, are welcome.


    Call for the 2022 Annual Convention Host

    The MEA is currently looking for a host for the Twenty-Third Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association in 2022. If you are interested in hosting, please visit our website and email our Executive Secretary Fernando Gutiérrez at secretary@media-ecology.net.


    Donate to MEA through AmazonSmile

    AmazonSmile

    When you order through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.”

    To use it, go to smile.amazon.com and sign in as you usually do. Directly under the search bar, you will find a pull-down for supported charities. Search for and select Media Ecology Association.


    MEA Member News and Achievements

    Monday Night Webinars - The McLuhan Institute

    Hosted by MEA president, Paolo Granata, these webinars run from 8:00–10:00 Eastern Time on Monday nights.

    The idea is simple. In response to the state of physical distancing and isolation, it’s time to bring back the McLuhan’s tradition of weekly Monday Night sessions in a brand new format: The Monday Night Webinars!

    In a playful, relaxed, and experimental online format, a panel of participants — academics, artists, designers, raconteurs, innovators, and thinkers — will explore the mosaic of the metaphoric global village in light of the current global crisis, as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

    Marshall McLuhan Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1394898027486287

    The McLuhan Institute YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVLgst11Hs


    CALL FOR NEWSLETTER CONTENT

    To submit your news to In Medias Res, the official monthly newsletter of the Media Ecology Association, members can click here for the submission form.

    We are looking for news that is relevant to the members of MEA. This might include member achievements (e.g., journal publications, books, creative works, etc.), awards received, upcoming relevant conferences, recent books that MEA members should be aware of, web content that might interest MEA members, news about upcoming EME issues, calls for submissions, etc.

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    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    June 2020 Newsletter

    MEA Convention: This Week!

    Dear MEA members, community and friends,

    We hope you are all well, and we are looking forward to our 21st Annual Convention happening this week! We would like to provide some updates:

    • View the latest details, program, and updates on our website at https://media-ecology.org/convention/.
    • Convention Date: Wednesday, June 17 to Saturday June 20, 2020.
    • Our convention will take place on Zoom in a mixed format, synchronous and asynchronous (live and recorded sessions), both for plenaries and for thematic panels.
    • All sessions will occur synchronously on Zoom in Eastern Time (New York State current timezone). We do offer the opportunity to show recorded talks within those sessions if needed.
    • Attendee Registration Deadline: June 17
    • Costs:
      • $10 for students
      • $25 for members
      • $25 for non-member students
      • $50 for non-members
    • As a reminder, those who already paid for the annual convention can ask for a refund. However, we invite those members to donate that portion of their sustaining or institutional membership fees in support of the Association this year.
    • All online convention activities, panels, plenaries, and events will be accessible to all registrants.

    Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and support as we work to create a re-imagined, innovative online convention experience.

    Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at MEA2020Convention@gmail.com.

    We look forward to the opportunity to work with you to bring our first online convention to life.

    Stay safe, stay well. We miss your faces and we will see you online soon!

    Paolo Granata, President
    Peggy Cassidy, Annual Convention Coordinator


    Convention Details

    Please note: this program is subject to minor updates. For the latest, please check this page, which will always contain the most recent information.

    This year, for the first time, 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” (i.e., 1, 2, 3, and 4), while plenaries and special sessions will take place in meeting rooms or be broadcast as webinars. We will post links to these meeting rooms and webinars on this page in the at-a-glance schedule above and/or in the full PDF program in the days ahead, along with more details and guidelines for participants and attendees. You will need a password to join the meeting rooms and webinars. The passwords will be emailed to everyone who has registered for the convention.

    Registrants will be able to attend any session they like. 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 if attending a face-to-face convention. Participants and attendees can help minimize disruptions by joining sessions on time 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!

    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 asynchronously, please let your panel chair (who should have emailed you by now) or our convention coordinator know.



    The Twenty-First Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

    Communication Choices and Challenges

    June 17-20, 2020

    Adelphi University, Garden City, New York

    Media Ecology is a discipline whose history, perspectives, and scholarly interests incorporate a broad array of academic and professional disciplines focusing on “the study of complex communication systems as environments” (Christine Nystrom, 1973). Every year, the MEA convention provides a unique opportunity for academics and professionals to come together in a relaxed and collegial environment that encourages conversation and creativity.

    The theme of the 2020 convention is “Communication Choices and Challenges.” In every act of communication, people make choices. We choose where, when, and how to express ourselves or locate and use information. We choose the medium that seems best suited to the task: are we trying to reach the largest possible audience, get the word out quickly, or ensure that our message reaches future generations? Do we wish to convey a deep sense of intimacy, empathy, authority, or cool distance? Are we looking for information from a wide variety of perspectives, confirmation of what we already believe, or the deepest possible exploration of an issue?

    Featured speakers at the 2020 convention include Jay Rosen, press critic and author of PressThink.org, What Are Journalists For?, and countless articles and essays on American journalism; and Maryanne Wolf, international advocate for children and literacy and author of Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, Tales of Literacy for the 21stCentury, and Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain.

    Presentations will address choices and challenges related to:

    • the construction of identity and the presentation of self on social media
    • the use of media to establish and/or maintain relationships (among individuals, in families, between political leaders and their constituents, in between celebrities and fans, etc.)
    • representation and storytelling by producers of news and entertainment
    • promotional and strategic communication—the choices involved in designing strategic messaging, as well as the impact on audience attitudes, decisions, and behaviors
    • the erosion or illusion of choice due to the concentration of media ownership
    • the 2020 U.S. presidential election, which will take place just months after the convention




    Are you interested in media ecology and have some questions about it? Are you working on a study related to media ecology and searching for advice? Are you an instructor looking for a media ecology expert to invite as a virtual guest speaker to one of your classes?

    Get in touch with us! We are happy to schedule a “virtual coffee” appointment with you. Simply fill out the form below to set up a short call or virtual meeting with a scholar from the MEA.

    The format is open to all. We especially encourage students and early-career scholars interested in media ecology to get in touch with us.

    Do you have a background in media ecology and would like to volunteer for virtual coffee meetings with those looking to learn more about it? Send an email to Julia M. Hildebrand.

    Arrange a Virtual Coffee appointment on our website.


    Call for Submissions for Explorations in Media Ecology Vol. 19

    All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

    Explorations in Media Ecology, the journal of the Media Ecology Association, accepts submissions that extend our understanding of media (defined in the broadest possible terms), that apply media ecological approaches and/or that advance media ecology as a field of inquiry.

    As an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary publication, EME welcomes contributions embracing diverse theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the study of media and processes of mediation through language, symbols, codes, meaning and processes of signification, abstracting and perception; art, music, literature, aesthetics and poetics; form, pattern and method; materials, energy, information, technology and technique; mind, thought, emotion, consciousness, identity and behavior; groups, organizations, affiliations, communities; politics, economics, religion, science, education, business and the professions; societies and cultures; history and the future; contexts, situations, systems and environments; evolution and ecology; the human person, human affairs and the human condition; etc.

    EME publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, essays, research reports, commentaries and critical examinations, and includes several special features. Our Pedagogy Section focuses on teaching strategies and resources, pedagogical concerns and issues relating to media ecology education; we are particularly interested in articles that share great ideas for teaching (GIFTs) media ecology in the classroom. The Probes Section features short items that are exploratory or provocative in nature. Creative writing on media ecological themes can be found in our Poetry Section. Questions and matters of concern to media ecology scholars are taken up in our Forum Section. And our Review Section includes individual book reviews and review essays.

    EME is a refereed journal. Strict anonymity is accorded to both authors and referees. References and citations should follow the Harvard Referencing system, and the journal otherwise follows standard British English for spelling and punctuation.

    Submissions can be uploaded online at: https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/EME/submissions

    Direct inquiries to


    Back Issues of EME

    Pedagogy Sections Include Online Teaching

    Access all back issues of Explorations in Media Ecology in the Members Area on the MEA website. These back issues include pedagogy sections that contain information about teaching, including teaching online.



    MEA @ NCA 2020

    The convention, “Communication at the Crossroads,” will be held in Indianapolis, IN from November 19–22, 2020.

    The 2020 NCA convention theme, “Communication at the Crossroads,” suggests an emphasis on intra-disciplinary collaboration and exploration. Media ecology is situated to explore communication in this way as a metadiscipline that studies the ways in which human action shapes and is shaped by our media environments. The term “media” is broadly construed in the field and includes but is not limited to communication, technology, technique, orality and literacy, the arts, economics, education, ethics, etc. Thus, media ecology explores the conditions of human experience made possible by the complex patterns of interaction within and among our symbolic-material environments. These complex patterns of interaction represent a crossroads of sorts in an environment Neil Postman characterized by the phrase “information glut.”

    “Communication at the Crossroads” also suggests the importance of our many human connections during uncertain times. The present circumstances are indeed a sort of crossroads, and we find ourselves navigating a very uncertain path together. The many ideas represented in media ecology may help our communities to address these challenges and choose a better path forward. Submissions related to our current circumstances, be they related to pandemic and public health, news coverage, online education, or the symbolic and ritual practices of community, are welcome.


    Call for the 2022 Annual Convention Host

    The MEA is currently looking for a host for the Twenty-Third Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association in 2022. If you are interested in hosting, please visit our website and email our Executive Secretary Fernando Gutiérrez at secretary@media-ecology.net.


    Donate to MEA through AmazonSmile

    When you order through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.”

    To use it, go to https://smile.amazon.com and sign in as you usually do. Directly under the search bar, you will find a pull-down for supported charities. Search for and select Media Ecology Association.


    MEA Member News and Achievements


    Tune into the JOMO(cast) to join mindful tech leaders embracing the joy of missing out to thrive in a rapidly changing world, with host Christina Crook.

    The Joy of Getting Real About Work with Basecamp’s David Heinemeier Hansson

    David Heinemeier Hansson is a leading mind in the tech world inspiring the world to reconsider its working relationship with, well, work. David is best known for creating the Ruby on Rails web development framework, co-founding Basecamp — a saner, organized way to manage projects and communicate company-wide, and writing bestselling books with co-founder Jason Fried. But perhaps the most interesting thing about our conversation is David’s perspective on wanting to change how we approach work, and why — because of COVID-19 — we’re now able to appreciate those changes in ways previously unimaginable.

    Listen to find out why he adheres to a 40 hour work week, calls for more compelling alternatives to screentime, and why making those choices may lead to a life with more joy.

    https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-jomocast-with-christina-crook/id1467390472


    Monday Night Webinars - The McLuhan Institute

    Hosted by MEA president, Paolo Granata, these webinars run from 8:00-10:00 EST on Monday nights.

    The idea is simple. In response to the state of physical distancing and isolation, it’s time to bring back the McLuhan’s tradition of weekly Monday Night sessions in a brand new format: The Monday Night Webinars!

    In a playful, relaxed, and experimental online format, a panel of participants – academics, artists, designers, raconteurs, innovators, and thinkers – will explore the mosaic of the metaphoric global village in light of the current global crisis, as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

    Marshall McLuhan Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1394898027486287

    The McLuhan Institute YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVLgst11Hs


    Call for Newsletter Content

    To submit your news to In Medias Res, the official monthly newsletter of the Media Ecology Association, members can use the submission form.

    We are looking for news that is relevant to the members of MEA. This might include member achievements (e.g., journal publications, books, creative works, etc.), awards received, upcoming relevant conferences, recent books that MEA members should be aware of, web content that might interest MEA members, news about upcoming EME issues, calls for submissions, etc.

    The deadline for submissions to be included in the next month’s newsletter is the 28th of every month at 5pm EST.

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