Recent Newsletters

   

Below are links to recent editions of In Medias Res, the MEA’s official newsletter, which is sent to members via email.

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  • 28 Oct 2020 5:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

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

  • 1 Jul 2020 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • 19 Jun 2020 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    May 2020 Newsletter

    A Message Regarding COVID-19 Updates

    Dear MEA members, community and friends,

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

    • Convention Date: Wednesday June 17, to Saturday June 20, 2020.
    • Using Zoom, our plans for an online convention include 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 hope to see you online soon!

    Paolo Granata, President
    Peggy Cassidy, Annual Convention Coordinator


    MEA 2020 Convention Logo

    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

    MEA 2020 Convention Stats


    Virtual Coffee Logo

    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.


    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.


    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.


    Timely Digital Resources

    Here are some helpful digital resources as we transition to virtual classrooms (Provided by the National Communication Association):


    MEA @ ICA Logo

    MEA @ ICA 2020

    This year’s International Communication Association convention, “Open Communication,” has been converted to a virtual format. Read more details here.

    The Media Ecology Association is sponsoring the below panel at this year’s International Communication Association conference, May 20–26, 2020.

    More info from the ICA:

    The conference will be asynchronous, as we have members/attendees in 87 countries and there is no time zone that accommodates everyone for a live session. The platform will be open 24 hours a day from 20 May to 26 May and you can log in, view content, and make comments at any time during that time. Do note that because our platform provider is in Canada, customer service/tech support will be available only during about half of that time (daytime at their office). At any point during that week, you may log in and engage with as much or as little content as you desire.

    How do I log in? For everyone who has registered directly with ICA, we will upload that list and contact information to the platform and they will each receive an invitation email.

    Can I visit the conference without paying? Unfortunately, no. We have to use the same registration system as always, and that list will be given to the platform administrators. Only those who are paid registrants will have password-protected access to the platform. You may not visit the exhibit hall, upload a video, view videos, upload or view posters, or anything else within the app without a registration log-in.


    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

    Amazon Smile Logo

    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

    Monday Night Webinars - The McLuhan Institute

    Hosted by MEA president Paolo Granata, these webinars run from 8:00-10:00 EDT 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


    Virtual Church and Community

    Relevant Magazine recently published MEA member Rachel Armamentos’ article, “What the Apostle Paul’s Letters Can Teach Us About Socially Distanced Church”. The article can be accessed here. Armamentos writes of the disembodying effects of virtual technology on the church by looking at both the current pandemic and the communication methods used in the New Testament Epistles.


    Media Ecology for Educators

    Media Ecology for Educators: An Introduction

    Matt McGuire has recently created a podcast called Media Ecology for Educators: An Introduction. Read below for the description:

    “This podcast serves as an introduction to the field of media ecology, particularly to those who are interested in applying some of the contributions from its main scholars to the field of education. I attempt to weave some of the main scholars’ key concepts from the field of media ecology into a web directly pertaining to educational technology and shed light onto how these ideas might translate into a media ecology pedagogy for an audience new to these concepts.

    This podcast is about three big questions:

    • What is Media Ecology?
    • Why is it important to study media?
    • What useful approaches might students and teachers take to better understand media?”

    Click here for the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/matt-mcguire-401558390/media-ecology-for-educators-an-introduction


    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 5 PM EDT.

  • 22 Apr 2020 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    April 2020 Newsletter

    A Message Regarding COVID-19 Updates

    Dear MEA members, community and friends,

    We are sending our wishes for health during this difficult time with the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

    In light of this uncertain global situation, and after thorough review and careful consideration, the Executive Board of the MEA has decided to transform the upcoming 2020 Convention into an online event.

    The theme of the 2020 convention is “Communication Choices and Challenges”. Moving our annual convention online is our choice, coherent with the mission of our association to study of complex communication systems as environments. Making this annual convention a meaningful and successful event is going to be an exciting challenge for everyone involved. We believe this is a unique opportunity we can embrace together as a community.

    As per the above determination, we made the following arrangements:

    • Our 2020 online convention will take place over the same week the Garden City event was scheduled, beginning one day early, thus from Wednesday June 17 to Saturday June 20, 2020.
    • Using a videoconferencing platform, our plans for an online convention include a mixed format, synchronous and asynchronous (live and recorded sessions), both for plenaries and for thematic panels.
    • A Subcommittee has been convened to provide the necessary support to organize the online convention, with Peggy Cassidy as Chair.
    • All online convention activities, panels, plenaries, and events will be accessible to all registrants. After the event, archives will be fully accessible to MEA members only.
    • We are reducing the convention registration fees accordingly to reflect the reviewed format. More information will be announced in the coming weeks as we consider platforms and various other costs. 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.

    Finally, and most importantly, we decided to reopen submissions for additional presenters, from April 13 until April 26. Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by April 26, 2020 to MEA2020Convention@gmail.com

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

    We will be posting more information in the coming weeks. 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 hope to see you online soon!

    Paolo Granata, President
    Peggy Cassidy, Annual Convention Coordinator


    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

    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.


    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.


    Call for Submissions from Pedagogy Editor, Mike Plugh

    As Pedagogy Editor for our journal Explorations in Media Ecology, I thought I’d take a moment to send out this brief call for submissions. Given the extraordinary circumstances of the moment, and the broad adoption of distance/online learning, I thought I’d take this opportunity to solicit submissions related to the theories and practices of education online.

    The spirit of this request is aimed at helping people who are, voluntarily or by mandate, shifting their work to online environments in order that they benefit from our expertise in this area. There is, undoubtedly, a huge range of perspectives on this practice. I’d love to hear any and all of them. Likewise, there is a huge range of “best practices,” syllabi, and activities that might help people from K-Graduate education in their efforts to do this well.

    I’m seeking scholarly manuscripts in the range of 2500 to 7500 words. I’d be interested in articles dedicated to activities and practicum at the shorter part of that range, and theoretical pieces and more elaborate treatments at the higher end. Please submit manuscripts by May 8.

    If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me at: mplugh01@manhattan.edu

    Thanks very much, as always, to the clever and resourceful members of our community. I hope you’re all well, wherever you are.

    -Mike Plugh


    MEA @ NCA 2020


    The Call for Papers for MEA at the National Communication Association is available — submissions have been extended to April 8 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. 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.


    Timely Digital Resources

    Here are some helpful digital resources as we transition to virtual classrooms (Provided by the National Communication Association):


    MEA @ ICA 2020


    This year’s International Communication Association convention, “Open Communication,” has been converted to a virtual format. Read more details here.


    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 Membership Renewal Reminder

    t is not too late to renew your membership by paying your dues. Volume 19, #1 of Explorations in Media Ecology will be mailed in March, but only to those who have paid their membership dues and will lose access to the online version as well as other member area benefits. Please log into the website at https://www.media-ecology.org, and then log in using your email ID and password and follow the directions. You may pay online via PayPal or pay by check made payable to the Media Ecology Association and mailed to our treasurer, Paul Soukup, S.J., at the Communication Department; Santa Clara University; 500 El Camino Real; Santa Clara, CA 95053 USA. For those outside the U.S., you may also pay by Western Union money order sent to psoukup@scu.edu.

    Membership will renew at the level from 2019; if you wish to change your membership, please drop Paul Soukup a note. If you wish, you may also register for the convention at the early registration price. If you wish to wait on that, early registration discounts are available until mid-May.

    *Please note: The Media Ecology Association Executive Board decided that the newsletter will be available online to all interested readers. However, only members can be featured in the newsletter itself. If you are a MEA member, please fill out this form.

    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 http://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

    Media Ecology for Educators: An Introduction


    Matt McGuire has recently created a podcast called Media Ecology for Educators: An Introduction. Read below for the description:

    “This podcast serves as an introduction to the field of media ecology, particularly to those who are interested in applying some of the contributions from its main scholars to the field of education. I attempt to weave some of the main scholars’ key concepts from the field of media ecology into a web directly pertaining to educational technology and shed light onto how these ideas might translate into a media ecology pedagogy for an audience new to these concepts.

    This podcast is about three big questions: - What is Media Ecology? - Why is it important to study media? - What useful approaches might students and teachers take to better understand media?”

    Click here for the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/matt-mcguire-401558390/media-ecology-for-educators-an-introduction



    “We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.” - Marshall McLuhan

    Gergo Vargo created an animation on Marshall McLuhan’s definition of the global village, certainly relevant to today. Click here for the video: https://varrgo.com/mcluhan/


    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.

  • 20 Mar 2020 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    March is Women’s History Month in the United States — check out these media ecological works written by women:

    The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (1980) - Elizabeth Eisenstein

    Freedom and Culture (1959) - Dorothy Lee

    On Photography (1977) - Susan Sontag

    Philosophy in a New Key (1941) - Susanne K. Langer

    Sexual Personae (1990) - Camille Paglia

    Proust and the Squid (2000) - Maryanne Wolf

    Alone Together (2011) - Sherry Turkle

    Towards a Science of Media Ecology: The Formation of Integrated Conceptual Paradigms for the Study of Human Communication Systems (1973) - Christine Nystrom


    Women in Media Ecology — Some Current Members’ Work:

    Catherine Adams, Terrie Lynn Thompson, Researching a Posthuman World: Interviews with Digital Objects (2016).

    Rachel Armamentos, “Technologies of Narcissism: The Printing Press to Facebook” (2018).

    Carolin Aronis, “Communication as Travel: The Genre of Letters to the Dead in Public Media” (2019).

    Susan B. Barnes, Cyberspace: Creating Paradoxes for the Ecology of Self (1996).

    Eva Berger, “Recapitulation, Medical Imaging Technologies and Media of Communication: The Medium is the Message” (2010).

    Jody Berland, Virtual Menageries: Animals as Mediators in Network Cultures (2019).

    Bernadette Bowen, Poetry: Selfish Friend Request, Sent; Settling in White America; Westminster Lane (2019).

    Adriana Braga, “Mind as Medium: Jung, McLuhan and the Archetype” (2016).

    Margaret Cassidy, Children, Media, and American History: Printed Poison, Pernicious Stuff, and Other Terrible Temptations (2018).

    Susan Drucker, “Reflections of a Media Ecology Flâneuse: On Mediated Urban Spaces and Places” (2018).

    Julia Hildebrand and Mimi Sheller, “Media Ecologies of Autonomous Automobility: Gendered and Racial Dimensions of Future Concept Cars” (2018).

    Elaine Kahn, Been Hoping We Might Meet Again: The Letters of Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Marshall McLuhan (2019).

    Adeena Karasick, Checking In (2018).

    Jaqueline McLeod Rogers; Catherine G Taylor; Tracy Whalen, Finding McLuhan: The Mind / The Man / The Message (2015).

    Valerie V. Peterson, “Birth Control: An Extension of ‘Man’” (2010).

    Laura Trujillo-Liñán, “Charles Taylor’s Critique of Technopoly” (2019).


    Encomium for Christine Nystrom

    Provided by Lance Strate

    Christine Nystrom remains an enigmatic figure for those who never had the chance to meet and get to know her. She very deliberately avoided the spotlight, despised public speaking, and left behind little in the way of audiovisual recordings. Her publications were few and far between, although anyone who happened to come across one of her essays, for example, “Literacy as Deviance” (published in ETC: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 44, No. 2, 1987), would quickly realize that she was a gifted writer.

    Her doctoral dissertation, Towards a Science of Media Ecology: The Formulation of Integrated Conceptual Paradigms for the Study of Human Communication Systems, completed in 1973, represents the first major treatise on media ecology as a field. In quick succession, she went from being a student of Neil Postman and Terrence P. Moran to being their colleague in the Media Ecology Program at New York University, and from there to being the intellectual leader of the program. Her approach was highly organized and structured, yielding a set of generalizations and hypotheses about media and communication (these took the form of handouts to her students).

    Together with her colleagues, Nystrom believed that the media ecology perspective could be conveyed in a clear and logical manner, which is to say that it need not be conveyed only in the unique manner of Marshall McLuhan or Harold Innis. And while Postman’s preference was for using media ecology as a tool for addressing matters of social significance and cultural concern, Nystrom’s work was devoted to systematizing media ecology, bringing the ideas and insights together in a logical and orderly manner, for the benefit of students and researchers. Her emphasis was less on the technological side of media ecology, more on language, symbolic form, relational communication, systems, and culture.

    Her influence on the field was to a large extent interpersonal, as a teacher, mentor, and editor. She was tough on graduate students, strict in her expectations, demanding excellence or at the very least competence, and on more than one occasion leaving a student in tears. But she was also willing to get down to the detail work of editing graduate students’ writing (there were said to be occasions where she even did some of their writing for them). Chris was my dissertation adviser, and I credit her with teaching me how to be a lucid writer (understanding the linear bias of the medium), and with how to be a true scholar.

    Working with students and with colleagues, she was an editor, and often an unsung collaborator. Nystrom made significant contributions to Postman’s books from the late 70s on, and for many years, they taught their courses together. It didn’t matter which one was listed as the official instructor. Either way, they would work together as a team. Their personal styles were altogether different, but they complemented each other perfectly. You can read her moving tribute to Neil in the memorial issue of Explorations in Media Ecology published in 2006 (Vol. 5, No. 1).

    We often joked about the three professors who made up the old Media Ecology Program, that Neil Postman was the rabbi, Terry Moran was the priest, and that Chris Nystrom was the minister. And she was, in many ways, very Protestant in her sensibility, in contrast to her colleagues. But she was also the most religious of the three, significantly in ways that were purely personal and life-affirming. She was also amazingly imaginative, in love with the enchanted worlds of myth and legend.We first bonded over our mutual interest in Tolkien, and his hobbits remained a touchstone when we met for the last time.

    Chris never had children of her own, but at the first MEA convention in 2000, she delighted in seeing herself as the mother of media ecology, the maternal archetype of our pantheon. And when I saw her for the last time, knowing that her time was fast approaching, she said to me that she hoped this thing called media ecology meant something and will mean something in the future. I hope that I was able to provide some modicum of comfort in assuring her that it did and will, and that the Media Ecology Association will carry on that work into the future, as it has, and as it will.

    Chris was dissatisfied with her dissertation, and never tried to turn it into a book, and at least by the time I arrived at NYU in 1980, was not using it as a model that doctoral students could follow, was not sharing it with her students, and actually discouraged us from reading it. She eventually began work on other book projects, but left them unfinished and unknown to all but the students she shared them with. We all urged her to get her work and her thoughts out to a wider audience. But she was not the kind of person who could be persuaded to do something that she didn’t want to do.

    Fortunately, she will soon be a little mysterious to many of you, as the first of two volumes of her writings are in production now and will be published later this year by Peter Lang in my Understanding Media Ecology book series (you may have noticed the probe taken from this upcoming book that was included in the last 2019 issue of Explorations in Media Ecology, Vol. 18, No. 4). Two of her former students, Carolyn Wiebe and Susan Maushart, are the editors of these collections, and the tentative title of the first is, The Genes of Culture: Towards a Theory of Symbols, Meaning and Media, by Christine L. Nystrom. This represents an important milestone for media ecology, and on a personal note, for all involved, it is nothing less than a labor of love.


    The Twenty-First Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association
    Communication Choices and Challenges
    June 18-21, 2020
    Adelphi University, Garden City, New York

    The MEA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, particularly in regard to travel restrictions and recommendations. The MEA will follow guidelines issued by public health authorities, New York State, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Updates will follow in the next weeks.

    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 21st Century, 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

    Women in Media Ecology - Coffee at the 2020 MEA Convention

    Come join us for an informal networking event with, for, and about women in the field of media ecology at this year’s MEA convention. Depending on interest, we will discuss such topics as research, teaching, career advancement, academic community, work-life balance, family etc. Coffee sponsored by the Media Ecology Association.

    Organizers: Carolin Aronis, Julia M. Hildebrand

    Women and Media Ecologies - Panel at the 2020 MEA Convention

    In alignment with the convention theme, this panel outlines and discusses some of the communication choices and challenges related to women in contemporary media environments. As such, the research presented here focuses specifically on current and emerging media forms and communication processes and how they extend, reverse, retrieve, and obsolesce gendered practices, agencies, bodies, and spaces. Concretely, the participating scholars cover such timely topics as #MeToo, sex toys, first-person shooter games, and drones to employ, assess, and expand media ecology.

    Gender and Media Ecology Panel - NCA 2019

    This session featured critical inquiries into the topics of media and gender. Drawing from texts, models, and probes relevant to media ecology, the five presentations cover such topics as 1) sexual identity and the human body in digital environments, 2) women’s work in digital economies, 3) gender-specific performances on social media platforms, and 5) the exclusion of women in canonical texts of media ecology.

    This panel revisits and expands key ideas in the study of media as environments and environments as media by discussing past, present, and emerging questions related to gendered bodies and environments. Ultimately, the goal is to explore what a feminist media ecology can contribute to critical media studies.


    MEA @ NCA 2020

    The Call for Papers for MEA at the National Communication Association is available — submissions are due March 25. 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.”

    The theme of the 2020 Media Ecology Association 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? Answers to these questions, and more, can help us to choose the right path at our contemporary crossroads, and to navigate a safe course through information glut, and many other confounding obstacles beyond.

    This call invites you to explore these concerns, emphasizing the historical and intellectual roots of our field, and their relevance to the theme of Communication at the Crossroads. 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.


    MEA @ ECA 2020

    This year’s Eastern Communication Association convention, “Harboring Innovation,” will be held in Baltimore, MD from April 1–5 2020, and features a number of media ecology-related papers and panels. If you are a member presenting media ecological work, please email our Internet Office Carolin Aronis at carolin.aronis@colostate.edu to add your paper/panel to the MEA @ ECA webpage.


    MEA @ ICA 2020

    This year’s International Communication Association convention, “Open Communication,” has been converted to a virtual format. Read more details here.


    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 Membership Renewal Reminder

    It is not too late to renew your membership by paying your dues. Volume 19, #1 of Explorations in Media Ecology will be mailed in March, but only to those who have paid their membership dues. Those who don’t renew will lose access to the online version of EME as well as other member benefits.* To renew, please go to http://www.media-ecology.org and then log in using your email ID and password and follow the directions. You may pay online via PayPal or by check made payable to the Media Ecology Association and mailed to our treasurer, Paul Soukup, S.J., at the Communication Department; Santa Clara University; 500 El Camino Real; Santa Clara, CA 95053 USA. For those outside the U.S., you may also pay by Western Union money order sent to psoukup@scu.edu.

    Membership will renew at the level from 2019; if you wish to change your membership, please drop Paul Soukup a note. If you wish, you may also register for the convention at the early registration price. If you wish to wait on that, early registration discounts are available until mid-May.

    *Please note: The Media Ecology Association Executive Board decided that the newsletter will be available online to all interested readers. However, only members can be featured in the newsletter itself.


    Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity

    The Media Ecology Association is looking to establish a Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity in the Association.

    The first official initiative will take place at the Convention. In a special session, we plan to discuss issues of inclusion and exclusion, share feelings and facts in regard to the relationship of the younger generation with the Association, as well as of women, LGBTQ, people of color, non-English speakers, and other relevant issues that matter to us. In this session we will come up with topics to work on in the coming year, assign interested MEA members and a chair, and will develop a clear working plan. This session, as well as the future Working Group, are open to all MEA members.

    If you would like to volunteer and or have some suggestions and inquiries preparing for this session, please send these to board member Carolin Aronis: carolin.aronis@colostate.edu.

    All contributions, ideas, shared experiences, and good will are encouraged.


    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 http://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

    As an extension of a vigorous community building effort by the University of Toronto during the 20th Annual Convention of the MEA (Toronto, 27–30 June 2019), St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto has just launched the Media Ethics Lab, a research hub that studies the ways that digital media practices and emerging technologies are marked by ethical issues and decisive political, societal and cultural questions. Serving as a focal point for information related to academic programs, research, and public policy initiatives in the field, the Media Ethics Lab fosters open research, integrated learning, and civic engagement to explore the potential that information and communication technologies hold for enacting positive social change. Led by Prof. Paolo Granata, MEA President, the Media Ethics Lab aims to foster the making of an intellectual community that serves as a source of knowledgeable energy and encouragement for future research connections in the field of Media Ecology. If you run an organization, university program or learning community, we want to hear from you. Our minds are open to whatever future project you want to discuss with us, and we look forward to growing our community with MEA members.

    http://mediaethics.ca/

    MEA member, Yoni Van Den Eede, author of Amor Technologiae: Marshall McLuhan as Philosopher of Technology has recently published The Beauty of Detours: A Batesonian Philosophy of Technology, now available from SUNY Press.


    Call for Newsletter Content

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

    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.

  • 10 Feb 2020 8:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


    February is Black History Month in the United States — check out these titles that relate to race and technology:

    Message from MEA President - Paolo Granata

    Dear members of the MEA, dear colleagues and friends!

    I am extremely honoured to serve as the new president of the MEA. As you certainly can imagine, this is a huge privilege and I will give my best to serve our association with the same dedication and commitment of past presidents. In this regard, I would like to thank our outgoing President, Paul Grosswiler, for his great work, and the board members for their friendly support. I would also like to thank all MEA members for the many messages of encouragement that I have received.

    As a growing community of academics, researchers, media practitioners, artists, and activists, I’d like to see our association being more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. I also plan to dedicate my term as MEA’s new president focusing on youth development and enhancing youth participation. The vibrant spirit of the young ambassadors of media ecology will make our association thrive for generations to come.

    Finally, I would like to invite and encourage all of you to attend our Twenty-First Annual Convention (June 18–21, 2020) in Adelphi University, Garden City, New York.

    I look forward to seeing all of you in June.

    Ad maiora!

    MEA Membership Renewal - due February 15

    The Media Ecology Association invites all members to renew their membership by February 15, when your current membership expires. If your membership lapses, you will not receive the next issue of Explorations in Media Ecology and will lose access to the online version as well as other member area benefits. Please log into the website at , and then log in using your email ID and password and follow the directions. You may pay online via PayPal or pay by check made payable to the Media Ecology Association and mailed to our treasurer, Paul Soukup, S.J., at the Communication Department; Santa Clara University; 500 El Camino Real; Santa Clara, CA 95053 USA. For those outside the U.S., you may also pay by Western Union money order sent to psoukup@scu.edu.

    Membership will renew at the level from 2019; if you wish to change your membership, please drop Paul Soukup a note. If you wish, you may also register for the convention at the early registration price. If you wish to wait on that, early registration discounts are available until mid-May.

    *Please note: The Media Ecology Association Executive Board decided that the newsletter will be available online to all interested readers. However, only members can be featured in the newsletter itself. If you are a MEA member, please fill out this form (include a call to submit material + link).

    Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity

    The Media Ecology Association is looking to establish a Working Group for Increasing Inclusivity in the Association.

    The first official initiative will take place at the Convention. In a special session, we plan to discuss issues of inclusion and exclusion, share feelings and facts in regard to the relationship of the younger generation with the Association, as well as of women, LGBTQ, people of color, non-English speakers, and other relevant issues that matter to us. In this session we will come up with topics to work on in the coming year, assign interested MEA members and a chair, and will develop a clear working plan. This session, as well as the future Working Group, are open to all MEA members.

    If you would like to volunteer and or have some suggestions and inquiries preparing for this session, please send these to board member Carolin Aronis: carolin.aronis@colostate.edu.

    All contributions, ideas, shared experiences, and good will are encouraged.

    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 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.

    Welcome to the MEA Board

    Please help us welcome the new additions to the MEA board:


    Adriana Braga
    Vice President-Elect

    Adriana is Associate Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/Brazil). She is author of the books Summer-Body (2016); Maternal-Electronic Personae (2008); CMC, Identities and Gender (2005) and the book coauthored with Lance Strate and Paul Levinson Introdução à Ecologia das Mídias (2019).


    Ernest Hakanen
    EME Editor-in-Chief

    Ernest Hakanen EME Editor-in-Chief

    Ernest is Head and Professor of the Communication, Culture, and Media program in the Department of Communication at Drexel University. His research interests lie in intellectual history with an emphasis on media effects, general systems theory, cybernetics, media ecology, post structural theory, and critical media theory. Ernie is the author of Branding the Teleself: Media Effects Discourse and the Changing Self and editor of several other books.


    Rachel Armamentos
    In Media Res Newsletter Editor

    Rachel is a MA student of Public Media - Strategic Communication at Fordham University. Rachel co-authored an introductory book, Surviving the Technological Society: The Layman’s Guide to Media Ecology (ISBN 10-1732660409). Following her MA, she plans to further her education with a PhD and conduct research to explore the nuances of digital technology on theology and interpersonal relationships.


    Jaqueline McLeod Rogers
    At-Large Member

    Jaqueline McLeod Rogers is Professor and Chair of the Department of Rhetoric, Writing and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. She co-edited and contributed several chapters to the collection, Finding McLuhan: The Mind, The Man, The Message (U of Regina, 2015). She co-edited a special edition of the journal Imaginations, “McLuhan and the Arts.” She has completed and is now completing revisions to a-5 chapter book, McLuhan’s Techno-Sensorium City (for Lexington).


    John Dowd
    At-Large Member

    John is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of the book Educational Ecologies: Toward a Symbolic-Material Understanding of Discourse, Technology, and Education, which explores the symbolic-material biases of the DIY educational movement. In his role as At-Large Member he hopes to continue contributing to the diversity, growth, and intellectual vitality of MEA through his research, outreach, and teaching.

    MEA @ NCA 2020

    The Call for Papers for MEA at the National Communication Association is available — submissions are due March 25. 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.”

    The theme of the 2020 Media Ecology Association 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? Answers to these questions, and more, can help us to choose the right path at our contemporary crossroads, and to navigate a safe course through information glut, and many other confounding obstacles beyond.

    This call invites you to explore these concerns, emphasizing the historical and intellectual roots of our field, and their relevance to the theme of Communication at the Crossroads. 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.

    MEA @ ECA 2020

    This year’s Eastern Communication Association convention, “Harboring Innovation,” will be held in Baltimore, MD from April 1–5 2020, and features a number of media ecology-related papers and panels. If you are a member presenting media ecological work, please email our Internet Office Carolin Aronis at carolin.aronis@colostate.edu to add your paper/panel to the MEA @ ECA webpage.

    MEA @ ICA 2020

    This year’s International Communication Association convention, “Open Communication,” will be held in Gold Coast, Australia from May 21–25 2020, and features a MEA-sponsored panel. If you are a member presenting media ecological work, please email our Internet Officer Carolin Aronis at carolin.aronis@colostate.edu to add your paper/panel to the MEA @ ICA webpage.

    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.

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