13,934 Media Ecology, MEA Newsletter July 2019

The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association


Media Ethics: Human Ecology in a Connected World

The 20th Annual Media Ecology Association

A big thank you to everyone who attended this years MEA Convention and a special thanks to Paolo and the University of Toronto for hosting, and the MEA Board. There was a great turn-out and incredible presentations.

There were 361 presenters with more than 400 attendees in total. There were 91 panels, 5 McLuhan Salons, and an art exhibit. There were 400+ at the Toronto Public Library, 60 at Black Mirror Night, 70 at Medium is the Muse, and 70 at Ecology of Mind. There were 150+ attendees at the welcoming reception and 220 at the awards gala dinner.



The 2019 MEA Award Winners

  • The Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology to Mark A. McCutcheon for The Medium is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology
  • The Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article in the Field of Media Ecology to Nicholas Grodsky, Julia Hildebrand and Ernest Hakanen for “Screens as Human and non-human artefacts: Expanding the McLuhans’ Tetrad”4
  • The Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction to Laura Tropp for Grandparents in a Digital Age: The Third Act 
  • The Susanne K. Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form to Eviatar Zerubavel Taken for Granted: The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable
  • The Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture to Shannon Mattern for Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media
  • The Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics to Antoine Bousquet The Eye of War: Military Perception from the Telescope to the Drone
  • The Harold A. Innis Award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology to Melinda L. Farrington The Role for Rhetoric: Ong’s Ramus Research as a Hermeneutic Opening for Mediated Communication 
  • The Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work to Malka Ann Olderfor Infomocracy
  • The John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in the Field of Media Ecology to Julia Hildebrand and Barry Vacker, Curators for Hot and Cool in theMedia(s)cene: A McLuhan Style Art and Theory Project 
  • The Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology to Thomas Gencarelli
  • The Jacques Ellul Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Activism to Andrew McLuhan for The McLuhan Institute
  • The James W. Carey Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Journalism to Mathew Ingram
  • The Christine L. Nystrom Award for Career Achievement in Service to the Field of Media Ecology to Fernando Gutierrez Cortes
  • The Edmund S. Carpenter Award for Career Achievement in Editing in the Field of Media Ecology to Phil Rose
  • The Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship to Werner Kelber
  • The Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity to Nora Bateson
  • The Linda Elson Scholar Award for the top student paper to Austin Hestdalen
  • The MEA Convention Top Paper Award to Bernadette Bowen
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MEA New Website

The Media Ecology Association is proud to announce an updated version our website at https://www.media-ecology.org/.

It was redesigned for 2019 with the goals of creating friendlier face for our organization, a better user experience, and enhanced interactivity.

Built on the Wild Apricot platform, it incorporates content from our previous website — old newsletters, past proceedings, information about the organization, etc. — with new features, including integrated membership management and a more streamlined way for members to access past issues of our journal Explorations in Media Ecology by going to the new Members Area.

We plan on adding more content and features to the website in the future, but for now, please take a look and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your feedback.


Carolin Aronis, Internet Officer, carolin.aronis@colostate.edu

Matt Thomas, Historian, matt.thomas@kirkwood.edu

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2020 Call for Nominations for MEA Board

Candidates to Stand for Election to the MEA Board of Directors

It’s time to begin thinking about board nominations for the upcoming 2020 slate of new board members.

The Media Ecology Association’s Board of Directors consists of 12 members elected by the Association’s membership. The term of office is three years. Each year, three to four positions on the MEA’s Board of Directors 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 three elected positions to be filled this year:

  • MEA Vice President: The Vice-President Elect shall be elected by the general membership annually, and shall serve for a four-year period of service. In the second year, the Vice-President Elect will succeed to the office of Vice-President, in the third year to the office of President, and in the fourth year to the office of Immediate Past President. The Vice-President shall serve as the officer in charge of the annual convention and will either provide the site to host the convention, or will work in conjunction with the site host. Should the Office of the President become vacant after the conclusion of the annual convention, the Vice-President shall succeed to the presidency immediately. Prior to the convention, the Immediate Past President takes on the role of President if need be. Finally, the Vice-President Elect serves as the MEA’s liaison to other professional organizations, such as the Institute of General Semantics and the Canadian Communication Association, and ensures our presence and participation in their events.
  • Member-at-Large: This position replaces Stephanie Bennett and will run for three years from 2020 until 2022. Members at large help to promote the activities of the association, assist in the MEA’s legal and fiduciary matters, help to establish policies and direction and review programs which promote the aims of the Association, and help to recruit officer candidates for succession planning.
  • Newsletter Editor: This is a yearly elected position currently held by Scott Church. The term is for one year and begins January 2020. Besides the duties listed above for the members-at-large, the Newsletter Editor compiles, edits and disseminates the association’s newsletter, In Medias Res.
  • Recording Secretary: This is a yearly elected position currently held by Cathy Adams. The term is for one year and begins January 2020. Besides the duties listed above for the members-at-large, the Recording secretary records, collects and disseminates the discussions, activities and reports of the MEAboard meetings.

Nominees must be members in good standing of the MEA, and will be asked at a later time to provide a brief (100-150 word) statement about themselves and their interest in the MEA for inclusion with the ballots. The election will take place in October 2019, with the term of office beginning in January 2020.

Submit nominations or self-nominations for election to the MEA Board at:   2019election@media-ecology.net

More information regarding board positions may be found at the MEA website at media-ecology.org.


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.unnamed.gif


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