13,627 In Media Res, The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association

The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association

Be an Ambassador for the 20th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

Dear MEA members, colleagues and friends,

The 20th Annual Convention, taking place on 27-30 June 2019 in Toronto, is 299 days away!

As you know, we have posted the Call for Papers in the last newsletter. We welcome submissions that encompass the broad array of disciplines focusing on Media Ecology and we also invite submissions exploring this year’s theme “Media Ethics. Human Ecology in a Connected World.” Deadline for submission is Dec 1st. Save the date!

We need your help as a MEA member but also as a MEA2019 Ambassador.
Here’s how to become a MEA2019 Ambassador:

  • Follow the MEA on Facebook and Twitter and check the annual convention website www.mediaethics.ca which includes the CFP and updated information
  • Check the weekly contents for social media post suggestions (share, retweet, spread the word!).
  • Create and post your own content in support of MEA2019 Annual Convention. Images help your content reach more people and don’t forget to include official hashtags #MEA2019 #MediaEthics so that we can see, share and retweet your posts.
  • Finally, make a list of 30 people, colleagues, academic or experts in cognate disciplines, including emerging scholars and researchers, policy-makers, artists, media and professional practitioners you know will be interested in the MEA2019 Annual Convention in Toronto. Once the list is done, personally invite each of them to submit a proposal for presentation. One-to-one invitations are the most effective to make your contacts feel special. It’s a chance to share your ideas and your enthusiasm in promoting an ecological and systemic perspective to the study of media, technologies, and implications of human innovations.

Our annual convention is a unique opportunity to sustain and foster excellence in media ecology scholarship.

If each of us invites 30 new people, we can reach more than 3,000 new potential members and presenters, so to achieve our ambitious and brave conference goal of 300 participants!

Take part in a remarkable MEA Annual Convention. Become a MEA2019 Ambassador today!

Yours,
Paolo Granata

One more thing: please let us know how can we make the conference experience better meet your expectations. Drop us an email at info@mediaethics.ca and get involved!

Call for Nominees to the MEA Executive Board

We are nearing the end of the nominating process for members of the Executive Board for the Media Ecology Association. Nominees should be members in good standing.

Here are the offices for which we are seeking nominations. Self nominations are also accepted.

(1) Vice President-Elect/Convention Coordinator

This position is a four year commitment, and the person elected would be responsible for organizing the 2020 MEA Convention.

(2) Recording Secretary

This is a one year position, and the person elected would be responsible for keeping records at all board and organization meetings.

(3) In Medias Res Newsletter Editor

This is a one year position, and the person elected would be responsible for publishing the MEA newsletter, In Media Res.

(4) At-Large Officer

This position is a three year commitment, and the person elected would be responsible for attending board meetings and working with the board on projects and initiatives identified by the board.

If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please send a brief (150-250 words) bio and statement for why you are running for the position that will be posted on the election website to Brett Lunceford at brettlunceford@gmail.com. Nominations will close on Friday, September 28, 2018 and voting will begin in early October.

2019 ICA Conference Call for Papers

The Media Ecology Association invites submissions for a panel at the International Communication Association annual conference (Washington DC, May 24-28, 2019) that addresses the conference theme of Communication Beyond Boundaries from a media ecological perspective, broadly defined.

Interested participants should read the ICA’s Call for Papers and email Thom Gencarelli  by October 1, 2018.

In Memoriam

Dr. Paul Heyer, who passed away last month, was a polymath, earning degrees in geography (BA, Concordia), sociology (MA, New School) and an MPhil and PhD in anthropology from Rutgers University before going on to make significant contributions to communication studies. He taught at in Communication Departments at Simon Fraser University, McGill University, and Concordia University, spending the major part of his career at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada since January 2001.

His published research includes the most widely-adopted introductory media history textbook in North America (7 editions to date), significant studies of Harold Innis, the tragedy of the Titanic and how it has been mythologized in media, and Orson Welles’s radio dramatizations. In addition, Heyer has published work on digital cinema and opera, the legacy of Marshall McLuhan and taught courses on film comedy, non-verbal communication, the culture of the 1950s, and radio, among many, many others. Just this summer his magnum opus on desert island narratives, Islands in the Screen: From Robinson Crusoe to Lost, was submitted for publication and is expected to be published posthumously. His published books include:

  • Crowley, David, Urquhart, Peter, and Paul Heyer. Communication in History: Stone Age Symbols to Social Media. Routledge, 2018.
  • Crowley, David and Paul Heyer. Communication in History: Technology, Culture, Society. Sixth edition. New York: Routledge, 2016. [6 editions]
  • Buxton Bill, Cheney Michael, and Paul Heyer, eds. Harold Innis Reflects: Memoir and WWI Writings/Correspondence. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
  • Buxton, Bill, Cheney Michael, and Paul Heyer, eds. Harold Innis’s History of Communications. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
  • Heyer, Paul. Titanic Century: Media, Myth, and the Making of a Cultural Icon. Second edition. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2012.
  • Heyer, Paul. The Medium and the Magician: Orson Welles, the Radio Years. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.
  • Heyer, Paul. Harold Innis. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.
  • Heyer, Paul. Communications and History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1988.

In addition, Heyer published work on digital cinema and opera, the legacy of Marshall McLuhan and taught courses on film comedy, non-verbal communication, the culture of the 1950s, and radio, among many, many others. Just this summer his magnum opus on desert island narratives, Islands in the Screen: From Robinson Crusoe to Lost, was submitted for publication and is expected to be published posthumously.

As well as a highly accomplished scholar and popular undergraduate teacher, Heyer was a beloved and extraordinarily generous colleague and mentor. Perhaps his greatest contribution, though, was to graduate student teaching, supervising and mentorship. Over his career, Heyer supervised dozens of students to MA and PhD degrees and was instrumental in establishing the MA program in Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier, where he was a fixture, teaching the required seminar, even after his retirement in 2016.

Heyer’s pursuits outside of academic life were as eclectic and passionate as those inside. He was an avid cyclist and archer, an extremely accomplished long-distance runner, completing several marathons, including Boston and New York, in the ridiculously fast time of under 2:40, an excellent trumpet and trombone player, had an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball history, was a published poet and was an enthusiastic follower of less high-profile sports such as Australian Rules Football and track-and-field.

Last summer, Heyer received the Media Ecology Association’s Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship in San Francisco. His response to the award illustrates both his humility about his accomplishments and their extraordinarily broad range:

“This came as a complete surprise — I would never regard myself as having the kind of unified body of scholarship that would merit such an award,” said Heyer. “In generously acknowledging the breadth of my work, I thank the MEA for thinking otherwise.” (source https://goo.gl/4o6Psw)

In Memoriam

John Pauly


Dr. John James Pauly, Jr. passed away at the age of 69 at his home in Milwaukee, WI last month.

John grew up in Chicago, IL and attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, he earned a B.S. in Communications (1972), an M.S. in Journalism (1974), and a Ph.D. in Communications (1979). On August 4, 1973, he married Lindsey (Thompson) Pauly. They raised two children, Kevin and Melanie.

John was a well-respected professor in Communications at several institutions, eventually becoming the Chair of the Department of Communications at Saint Louis University from 1993-2002. In 2006, John became the Dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University before accepting the position of University Provost in 2008. Beyond his professional achievements, he enjoyed spending time with family, bowling, and cooking.

John was a student of James Carey and scholar of American cultural studies and media and communication.

Recent Mentions of MEA Members in Social Media

Professor Catherine Phelan


CALL FOR NEWSLETTER CONTENT

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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