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Call for Papers
The Twenty-Fourth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology AssociationNew York City
June 22–25, 2023The Media Ecology Association (MEA) invites the submission of papers and proposals for panels for presentation at its 24th Annual Convention, which will be held June 22–25, 2023 in New York City. The deadline for submissions is December 16, 2022. While we are open to explorations on any topic of interest to media ecologists, we also include a convention theme with the aim of generating further discussion and probes involving multiple perspectives. Submissions do not have to address the theme, but are invited to do so.
The theme of the 2023 convention is “Arts/Symbol/Context/Meanings.” In this time of global pandemic, political breakdowns, environment devastation, and mass confusion, we look to the arts and artists: what do the arts have to teach us? Media Ecology has a long and honored connection to the arts. In abandoning established forms of academic expression, Marshall McLuhan was fond of quoting Ezra Pound’s dictum “the artist is the antennae of the race.” Philosopher Susanne Langer underscored the contributions of artists to human knowledge as those who put “feeling into form” in a way that speech is unable to do. Neil Postman and Christine Nystrom urged the centrality of context in understanding the meaning of symbols and insisted on humor and plain language to communicate some of the most penetrating and enduring ideas of media ecology. In short, the arts employ forms and symbols that shape our view of the world, give us tools for thought, and allow us to reshape, re-imagine and re-contextualize our world.
The annual meeting of the MEA provides an opportunity for our community of scholars, artists, educators, professionals and practioners to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. Participants at MEA conventions address a wide diversity of topics in our programs, and we encourage submissions that explore media ecological approaches from any number of different disciplines and fields of knowledge and social practice. We seek papers, thematic panels, roundtable discussion panels, creative projects, performance sessions, and other proposals of interest to media ecologists.
New York City, traditionally a stronghold and showcase of both the popular and fine arts, will be the context in which our discussion takes place. The home of the Bowery and Broadway, doowop and opera, wall graffiti and some of the finest art museums in the world, New York will provide the backdrop to our conversation about the arts, symbols, contexts and meanings. Held at various locations in New York, participants will have ample opportunity to explore the rich cultural life of the City and not be confined to just one venue or neighborhood.
Guidelines for Submission
Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by December 16, 2022 to MEA2023Convention@gmail.com. A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted. Authors who wish to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s).Submission Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:
Include title(s), abstract(s) (maximum 250 words), and contact information for each participant.
Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.
Authors with papers submitted as part of a panel proposal or as a paper proposal who wish to be considered for Top Paper or Top Student Paper must send the completed manuscript (see guidelines below) to the convention planners by April 28, 2023.Submission guidelines for manuscripts for authors who wish to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award:
Manuscripts should be 4,000–6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages)Include a cover page with your institutional affiliation and other contact information.
Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).
Call for Nominations for the 2023 MEA Awards
The MEA Book Awards include the
Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology (books on any topic related to media ecology)
The Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction (books that focus on social situations, symbolic interaction, both face-to-face and mediated interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, social space, temporal rhythms, rules of engagement, performance of roles, and the presentation of self in everyday life)
The Susanne K. Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form (books that focus on the ecology of language, semantics, semiotics, codes, symbol systems, aesthetic form, etc.)
The Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture (books that focus on the ethnographic or intercultural analysis of communication, perception, cognition, consciousness, media, technology; material culture, and/or the natural environment)
The Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics (books that focus on the history and/or philosophy of technology or science; studies of specific technologies, techniques, or media, and/or their social, cultural, and psychological effects; analysis and criticism of the technological/information society)All entries will be automatically considered for the McLuhan, Goffman, Langer, Lee, and Mumford Awards. Open to books published in 2020 or later. Entry requirements: Letter of nomination or self-nomination and two copies for initial screenings; finalists will be instructed to send three copies directly to the judges.
The Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article in the Field of Media Ecology
Open to articles, essays, reviews, and book chapters published in 2019 or later on any topic related to media ecology. Entry requirements: Letter of nomination or self-nomination and five copies (or shareable file).
The Harold A. Innis Award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology Open to any Master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation completed for a degree granted in 2019 or later on any topic related to media ecology. Entry requirements: Letter of nomination or self-nomination and five copies (or shareable file).
The Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work Open to novels, short stories, hypertexts, plays, scripts, comics, audio recordings, motion pictures, videos, and other narrative forms, published or released in 2019 or later, that include media ecology themes, concepts, or insights. Entry requirements: Letter of nomination or self-nomination and five copies.
The John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in the Field of Media Ecology Open to works of art, media production, professional activity or other practical applications of the media ecology approach. Entry requirements: Letter of nomination or self-nomination and five copies of supporting materials.
The Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology
Open to any instructor on any educational level. Entry requirements: Letter of nomination or self-nomination and five copies of supporting materials.
The Jacques Ellul Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Activism Open to any individual engaged in political activism whose work is informed by the media ecology perspective. Entry requirements: Letter of nomination or self-nomination and five copies of supporting materials.
The James W. Carey Award for Outstanding Journalism Open to any individual engaged in journalism whose work is informed by the media ecology perspective. Entry requirements: Letter of nomination or self-nomination and five copies of supporting materials.* * *Send all entries by November 1, 2022 to Lance Strate, Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458, USA, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 MEA Awardsas presented at our 2022 convention
The Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology to Craig Robertson for The Filing Cabinet: A Vertical History of Information
The Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article in the Field of Media Ecology to Jaqueline McLeod Rogers for “Susanne Langer, Marshall McLuhan and Media Ecology: Feminist Principles in Humanist Projects”
The Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction to Kate Eichhorn for The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social Media
The Susanne K. Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form to Corey Anton for How Non-Being Haunts Being: On Possibilities, Morality, and Death Acceptance
The Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture to Allissa V. Richardson for Bearing Witness While Black: African-Americans, Smartphones, and the New Protest #Journalism
The Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics to Paolo Galluzzi for The Italian Renaissance of Machines
The Harold A. Innis Award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology to Andrew Jon Longcore for Camping Out in the Uncanny Valley: Symbolic Inversion in Animated Sitcoms
The Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work to William Jefferson (author) and Sue Zizza (director) for Presence: The Play (audio adaptation)
The John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in the Field of Media Ecology to David Sington (Director) for The First Alphabet: How Writing Changed the World (video documentary)
The Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology to Adriana Braga
The Jacques Ellul Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Activism to Roberto Mangabeira Unger
The James W. Carey Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Journalism to Patricia Campos Mello
The Christine L. Nystrom Award for Career Achievement in Service to the Field of Media Ecology to Margaret Cassidy
The Edmund S. Carpenter Award for Career Achievement in Editing in the Field of Media Ecology to Fernando I. Gutiérrez and Octavio Islas
The Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship to Paul Soukup
The Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity to Tiffany Shlain
Convention Top Paper AwardCosette Castro (Fundação Friedrich Ebert Stiftung/Brasil e Instituto Lula), “Estudo Comparativo Sobre Inclusão Digital Entre Ativistas Com Vulnerabilidade Social e Lideranças de Movimentos Sociais Organizados no Brasil”
Linda Elson Scholar Award for Top Student PaperMarina Michelis (PUC-Rio), “Tupi or Not Tupi, That Is the Question of the Media: Contributions of Amerindian Thought for a Media Ecology Research Agenda”
NEW TEXTBOOK!!The new edition of the textbook «Media Environments: Using Movies and Texts to Critique Media and Society» is out and features several sections on media ecology. It is edited by MEA award winner Barry Vacker and features texts by Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, and Jean Baudrillard as well as MEA’s Julia M. Hildebrand along with many others. More details here: https://titles.cognella.com/media-environments-9781793555960
Are you interested in media ecology and have some questions about it? Are you working on a study related to media ecology and searching for advice? Are you an instructor looking for a media ecology expert to invite as a virtual guest speaker to one of your classes?
Get in touch with us! We are happy to schedule a “virtual coffee” appointment with you. Simply fill out the form below to set up a short call or virtual meeting with a scholar from the MEA.
The format is open to all. We especially encourage students and early-career scholars interested in media ecology to get in touch with us
.Do you have a background in media ecology and would like to volunteer for virtual coffee meetings with those looking to learn more about it? Send an email to Julia M. Hildebrand.
Arrange a Virtual Coffee appointment on our website.
The second installment of our IGS lecture series will feature IGS President Lance Strate. Please join us on Friday, October 28th at 12 Noon EDT for a talk on The Issue of Is: A Commentary on The Case Against the Verb “To Be”
We may quibble over whether Shakespeare was referencing the verb itself when he began the Hamlet soliloquy with the famous phrase, “To be or not to be? That is the question…” But questions and criticisms regarding that common little word “is” have a long history, and not just within general semantics. Alfred Korzybski specifically identified the “is” of identity as problematic, and to a lesser extent the “is” of predication, while others associated with general semantics have proposed eliminating the verb “to be” entirely from the English language. This lecture will review the concerns that have been raised regarding the copula within general semantics, as well as alternative perspectives derived from linguistics and media ecology.
The lecture will be held via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registrants will receive the Zoom link in advance of the lecture. REGISTER HERE
Book Reviewers Wanted!
Have you read a good book with connections to Media Ecology? Please consider submitting a review for publication in Explorations in Media Ecology. Are you reading a new book for use in an upcoming class? Please consider submitting a review and helping out other scholars looking for new texts. Do you just like writing book reviews? Consider writing one for EME!! 🙂 Contact email@example.com for more information and to get a format template.
Reviews should be between 1000 and 2000 words.
Back Issues of EMEPedagogy Sections Include Online Teaching
Access all back issues of Explorations in Media Ecology in the Members Area on the MEA website. These back issues include pedagogy sections that contain information about teaching, including teaching online.
MEA @ NCA 2022NCA 108th Annual Convention
“Honoring PLACE: People, Liberation, Advocacy, Community, and Environment”
November 17-20, 2022
New Orleans, Louisiana
MEA Membership Renewal ReminderIt is not too late to renew your membership by paying your dues. Please log into the website at www.media-ecology.org, and then log in using your email ID and password and follow the directions. You may pay online via PayPal or pay by check made payable to the Media Ecology Association and mailed to our treasurer, Paul Soukup, S.J., at the Communication Department; Santa Clara University; 500 El Camino Real; Santa Clara, CA 95053 USA.
For those outside the U.S., you may also pay by Western Union money order sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to change your membership, please drop Paul Soukup a note. *Please note: The Media Ecology Association Executive Board decided that the newsletter will be available online to all interested readers. However, only members can be featured in the newsletter itself. If you are a MEA member, please fill out this form (include a call to submit material+ link). Donate to MEA through AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com and sign in as you usually do. Directly under the search bar, you will find a pull-down for supported charities. Search for and select Media Ecology Association.