The 2021 MEA Annual Convention – “Dystopic Futures: Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society” – will be held virtually via Zoom, hosted by Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, July 8–11, 2021.
The MEA’s annual meeting provides an opportunity for a community of academics and professionals to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. The MEA convention addresses a wide array of topics in thematic sections, panels, and working groups that explore approaches from different fields of knowledge and social practices.
The theme of the 2021 convention “DYSTOPIC FUTURES: MEDIA ECOLOGY IN AN ALGORITHM SOCIETY” will be explored throughout the convention and through plenary and special sessions.
Nowadays we are living in a sort of dystopic present with undesirable and frightening realities. In addition to our natural, environmental, political, ethical, cultural, health, and social problems, we have to deal with issues brought by technological advances. We are living in a Technopoly (Postman, 1992), or in what some recent authors call an Algorithmic Society.
Featured speakers at the 2021 convention include Naomi Klein – activist, media critic, and author of No Logo (1999), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007), and On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (2019); Douglas Rushkoff – media theorist and author of the books Media Virus: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture (1995), Coercion: Why We Listen What “They” Say (1999), and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus (2016); Muniz Sodré – journalist, sociologist, and author of the books Antropológica do Espelho (2009), Monopólio da Fala (2001), and O Império do Grotesco (2002); and David Olson – leading orality-literacy scholar and author of the books The Mind on Paper: Reading, Consciousness and Rationality (2016), Psychological Theory and Educational Reform: How Schools Remake Mind and Society (2003), and The World on Paper: The Conceptual and Cognitive Implications of Writing and Reading (1994), among others.
All plenary sessions will have the option of original audio in English and in Portuguese.
Convention registration entitles you to attend all convention panels, plenaries, and special sessions. All prices are listed in U.S. dollars. Sustaining and Institutional members don’t have to pay for the convention again, though they still must register for it separately above. All convention participants and attendees are encouraged to join the MEA. Any payment questions should be directed to our treasurer Paul Soukup at email@example.com or +1 (408) 554-4022.
To view the original call for papers for this convention, click here.