13,596 Media Ecology Association, In Medias Res, The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association

The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association



Call for Papers (PDF Document) |



University of Toronto / St. Michael’s College
June 27-30, 2019 

The Media Ecology Association invites paper and panel proposals for presentation at its 20th Annual Convention, taking place on 27-30 June 2019 in Toronto.

We welcome submissions that encompass the broad array of disciplines focusing on the study of media as environments, technology and techniques, modes of information, and symbolic codes of communication that constitute media ecology.

We also invite submissions exploring this year’s theme “Media Ethics. Human Ecology in a Connected World”.

In our current hyper-connected era, information and communication technologies are increasingly forming the infrastructure of a new digital human ecosystem which is larger and quicker to evolve than any prior.

This continually transforming and evolving planetary habitat connects all of humanity into, what Marshall McLuhan’s prescient mind termed, a “Global Village”.

Technology and new media’s impact on this ecosystem has a profound effect on every aspect of the human ethos – self-expression, education, values, beliefs, needs, livelihood, enjoyment – and society at large.

Over the past few years, these emerging technologies and unforeseen digital media practices have also given rise to ethical issues, political and societal questions of critical importance to our evolving future.

The countless unintended implications – current or potential – of today’s rapid technological developments have largely come from socio-technical systems and emerging digital, robotic, artificially intelligent, or biomedical technologies. These advances have led to an unprecedented need for new ethical perspectives and frameworks to underpin the building blocks of our new digital ecosystem.

General areas of interest related to this year’s theme include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Internet of things
  • Robotics and automation
  • Bioengineering
  • Virtual/augmented reality
  • Data ethics, privacy, surveillance, cybersecurity, and data protection
  • Big data and cloud computing
  • Social media algorithms
  • Internet policy
  • Misinformation on social media
  • Propaganda, censorship, and free speech
  • Net Neutrality, openness, and digital inclusion
  • Media integrity in journalism, advertising, public relations
  • Digital citizenship, social and political engagement
  • Entertainment media, digital and media arts
  • Digital literacy and media pedagogy
  • Civil discourse, human dignity, diversity, and individual expression in the media ecosystem
  • Wellbeing sustainability and prosperity in the media environment
  • Innovative interpretations and new ethical perspectives emanating from the Media Ecology intellectual tradition

Although we encourage submissions that touch upon or align with the convention theme, papers, abstracts, and panel proposal submissions from all areas of Media Ecology are welcome. A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted.

Guidelines for Submission (deadline: December 1, 2018) authors are invited to submit their paper and panel proposals by December 1, 2018 using exclusively EasyChair: https://easychair.org/cfp/Mediaethics2019

Please include the title of proposed paper or panel, abstract of about 500 words outlining, as relevant, how paper or panel will fit with the convention theme, five keywords, for each author their name, title, position, name affiliated institution, and a short biographical statement (40-50 words each). in addition, details for the corresponding author should be provided.
all submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee (see Convention website for details).

NB: The submission of a paper and panel proposal must be on the understanding that if the proposal is accepted at least one author will register for and attend the conference. The costs of attending the conference including registration fees, travel, accommodation and other expenses, are the responsibility of the presenter or their institutions.

MEA award submissions

Authors who wish their papers to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s) and upload completed manuscript into EasyChair by May 1, 2019.

Manuscripts, in English APA style, should be 4,000-6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages), including a cover page (or e-submission page), a 150 word abstract, academic or professional affiliation, and contact information.

The top papers will be published in Explorations in Media Ecology journal.

Registration Fee

Registration information will be available at the Convention website (www.mediaethics.ca). In order to be included in the final program, the deadline for authors’ registration is April 1, 2019.

Call for Art

We also invite proposals for art, in partnership with Media(s)cene, a project inspired by Marshall Mcluhan’s landmark book, The Medium is the Massage, and what McLuhan called “probes”. selected proposals will be invited for the ”Media(s)cene” art exhibit in Toronto.
info: https://medium.com/mediascene

Panel Presentation

The language of the convention is English. Accepted papers will be grouped into sessions including 3 to 4 papers focused on similar themes. Each presentation must not exceed 20 minutes; each panel will include a 20-minute Q&A, following the last presentation.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: December 1, 2018
Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2019
Registration deadline for authors: April 1, 2019
Draft Programme Published: May 1, 2019
Final Programme Published: June 1, 2019

Venues and Special Events

The convention will run from Thursday, June 27 to Sunday, June 30 at the University of St. Michael’s College Campus. Conveniently situated at the eastern end of the University
of Toronto’s campus, st Michael’s buildings include a fully equipped theatre, library, meeting rooms, formal and informal lounges, a tiered council chamber and large
assembly hall.

Convention attendees will be provided with a variety of quality accommodation options at the best prices and amenities, from on-campus residences, off-campus residences, to downtown hotels. on campus beverages and coffee breaks will be provided during the course of the day. Special events can be organized in conjunction with the city’s cultural institutions. A special event will be organized in conjunction with Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and John M. Kelly Library, such as an open house to view highlights – including original manuscripts, correspondence, and books – from the Harold Innis fonds, housed at the University Archives; Marshall McLuhan’s heavily annotated working library at Fisher Library; McLuhan Collection at Kelly Library. The original Marshall McLuhan’s office on st. Michael’s College campus will be open to visit.


Convention Chair: Paolo Granata, University of Toronto
Please send email correspondence to: info@mediaethics.ca

Pictures from the 2018 MEA Annual Convention

You can access all of them by clicking here. While you’re at it (if you haven’t yet), make sure to follow the MEA on Facebook.

Thank you to our illustrious photographer Robert Barry Francos for capturing all of these moments and posting the photos!


For Language and Meaning in the 21st Century

Sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics
Co-Sponsored by the New York Society for General Semantics
Media Ecology Association 

October 26-28, 2018
Princeton Club
15 West 43rd Street
New York, New York

Featuring the 66th Annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture
To be delivered by Diane Ackerman
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us

Send papers, proposals, and inquiries by September 15, 2018 to mandklevin@aol.com

Or contact
Martin H. Levinson, President of the Institute of General Semantics
c/o Institute of General Semantics, 72-11 Austin Street #233
Forest Hills, New York 11375
212.729.7973 (voice)
718.793.2527 (fax)

Please Follow MEA’s Social Media Accounts

The MEA has several social media accounts. We invite all of you to “friend” or “follow” us there.

To access the MEA Facebook page, please click here.

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Finally, if any of you have something you would like to share in those pages, we encourage you to message/tweet us.

Thank you!


To submit your news to In Media Res, the official monthly newsletter of the Media Ecology Association, please 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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