13,663 Media Ecology Association, In Medias RES

The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association

Call for Nominations for next Editor of EME

The Media Ecology Association is accepting nominations for Editor of its quarterly journal, Explorations in Media Ecology, which is published by Intellect Books (UK). A refereed quarterly, according strict anonymity to both authors and referees, EME is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles, essays, research reports, commentaries, and critical examinations that extend our understanding of media (defined in the broadest possible terms), that apply media ecological approaches, that advance media ecology as a field of inquiry, or that otherwise are of interest to media ecology scholars.

A screening committee will review applications beginning on November 1, 2018, and make recommendations to the Executive Board which will select the Editor-Elect in January 2019. The Editor-Elect will then have a year to become familiar with the journal and publisher’s format and procedures, make decisions about editorial assistants, section editors, etc., put out a call for papers for the next volume, and ready the first issue for publication. The official appointment as Editor, which includes a seat on the MEA’s Executive Board, will begin on January 1, 2020, for a three year term from 2020-2022, covering EME volumes 19-21.

For more information on Explorations in Media Ecology, visit our website by clicking HERE.

MEA has an Amazon Smile Account

If you would like to donate to the Media Ecology Association, please go to smile.amazon.com. Once you are there, click “Supporting,” then click “Change” and search for “Media Ecology Association” as your chosen charity.

You may also choose to download a browser assistant or extension that you can install to take you to the Smile page automatically every time you go to Amazon. Here are some instructions to download that assistant: In Safari, the icon for the Smile assistant appears in the menu bar next to the URL text box. For Chrome, go to the Chrome store and search for the extension.There are links on the Smile page for downloading extensions for all the major browsers.

Explorations in Media Ecology (Vol. 17, No. 3) available online

Lance Strate, Journal-ism

Lance Strate, “Media and protest:  Technological change and cultural disturbance”

Paul Soukup, “Ideas and built environments”

Corey Anton, “The roots of contemporary ahistoricism in US culture”

1.    Emanuela Patti, Digital culture studies: National and transnational perspectives in Modern Languages
2.    Claire Taylor, The digital future of Modern Languages? Digital culture and re-thinking Modern Languages
3.    Erika Fülöp, Digital cultures: A view from French studies and literature
4.    Massimo Riva, The past at our fingertips: Some remarks on virtual realism and the historical heritage.

Maria Damon, The ceramic age: For Alan Read and other visual x-stitch poems

1.    Understanding the human condition in the computational age (review essay on Sherry Turkle) by Anat Ringel Raveh
2.    Drugs & media: New perspectives on communication, consumption, and consciousness, Robert C. MacDougall (Ed.), 2011, reviewed by Brett Lunceford
3.    Naked Politics: Nudity, political action, and the rhetoric of the body, Brett Lunceford, 2012, reviewed by Valerie V. Peterson
4.    Glittering images: A journey through art from Egypt to ‘Star Wars,’ Camille Paglia, 2012,  reviewed by Roxanne O’Connell
5.    On reflection: An essay on technology, education, and the status of thought in the twenty-first century, Ellen Rose, 2013, reviewed by Cathy Adams
6.    Emergence and empire: Innis, complexity, and the trajectory of history by John Bonnett, 2013, reviewed by Lance Strate
7.    The digital evolution of an American identity, C. Waite, 2013, reviewed by Gerald J. Erion
8.    Human as media: The emancipation of authorship, Andrey Miroshnichenko, 2013, reviewed by Robert K. Blechman
9.    Appletopia: Media technology and the religious imagination of Steve Jobs, Brett T. Robinson, 2013, reviewed by Michael A. Russo
10.  Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and alchemy, B. W. Powe, 2014, and Decoding dust, B. W. Powe, 2016, reviewed by Jerry Harp
11.   A continuing education guide to teaching general semantics, Martin  H.  Levinson, 2014, reviewed by Karen Lollar
12.  The reader in the book: A study of spaces and traces, Stephen Orgel, 2015, reviewed by Peter Fallon
13.  The new science of communication: Reconsidering McLuhan’s message for our modern moment, Anthony M. Wachs, 2015, reviewed by Paul Lippert
14.   Human replay: A theory of the evolution of media, by Paul Levinson, 2017, reviewed by Bob Mann
15.   Wasting time on the Internet, Kenneth Goldsmith, 2016, reviewed by Jerry Harp
16.   Mapping media ecology: Introduction to the field, Dennis D. Cali, 2017, reviewed by Paul A. Soukup
17.   Media ecology: An approach to understanding the human condition, Lance Strate, 2017, reviewed by Ed Tywoniak

Call for papers for General Semantics

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 October 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)

ECA 2019 – Call for papers and panels

ECA’s Media Ecology Association Affiliate invites submissions for the 110th Annual ECA Convention.

WE INVITE competitive papers, thematic panels, roundtables, etc., relevant to the field of media ecology and particularly those that address the convention theme, CREATING OUR FUTURE- a call for the exploration of creative approaches to research and solutions, new approaches to teaching, and reaffirms innovative outreach and collaboration with communities for service and civic engagement opportunities.

Information for submitting complete papers:

  • Individual submissions of complete competitive papers should include two separate attachments:
  • Title page, which includes the title of the paper, the names of all authors, and each author’s address, phone number, email address, and affiliation. Please use an asterisk to note which author will be the presenter.
  • A manuscript that includes:

(a) a 250-500 word abstract of the paper (with title appearing on this page) and
(b) a maximum of 25-pages of text, excluding references and tables. No information in the paper that identifies the author(s) (beyond that which appears on the title page). Please remove any identifiers, such as the author’s name, from the paper and electronic file from the header or on the file label. Please follow APA format guidelines.

  • Complete papers should not have been presented previously at another conference, (with the exception of a student-only conference), be accepted for publication, or have been published.
  • Please label all debut papers with the phrase “DEBUT PAPER” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. To qualify as a debut paper, the author or co-authors must not have presented a paper at a state, regional, national or international convention. All authors of a co-authored paper must meet these eligibility requirements for a paper to be considered a Debut Paper.
  • Where appropriate, label “STUDENT” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. All authors must be students to be considered a student paper.
  • Audio-visual requests should be listed on the detachable title page. Please note that equipment availability is extremely limited and the chances that we will get AV equipment are almost nil.

Information for panel and round table proposals:

  • Panel, roundtable, and innovative presentation proposals should focus on some unifying theme or concept relevant to research, theory, or instruction related to the field of media ecology.
  • Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a respondent; however, roundtable discussions, performance venues, or other unique formats are encouraged.
  • We request that any person serving as chair and/or respondent NOT be a participant in the panel or roundtable.
  • Innovative program proposals, especially those that provide opportunities for engaged interaction among participants and attendees, are encouraged.
  • Programs co-sponsored with other interest groups are also welcome.
  •  Programs that relate to the convention theme, “Building Bridges” are encouraged.
  • The panel organizer is expected to take responsibility for communication with the Group Planner, alert her to any changes or problems and to ensure that panelists register for the conference and deliver their papers.

Panel proposals should include the following:Thematic title of the panel/round table.

  • One-page rationale for the panel/round table and explanation of how the papers are thematically linked.
  • Names of the chair and respondents (if any). Chairs should NOT also be designated as respondents.
  • Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all participants.
  • Title and brief (1-2 paragraph/s) description of each presentation.
  • Program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program.
  • Equipment needed for the program. Please note that equipment availability is limited if present at all.


Please send your submissions and/or inquiries to Roxanne O’Connell, the MEA Affiliate Group Planner, at roconnell@rwu.edu.
All submissions should be submitted as either a Google doc, .doc/.docx, or .pdf file. Remember, the deadline for submissions is OCTOBER 15, 2018.For more information about submitting papers click HERE.

Click on the above picture to access the convention website.


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 EMEissues, 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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