The Seventeenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

Interfaces of Play and Game: Engaging Media Ecosystems

June 23-26, 2016  
University of Bologna 
Bologna, Italy

MEA Convention Coordinators: Paolo Granata, Elena Lamberti, Brett Lunceford (
UNIBO Coordinators: Roberto Farnè, Mirco Dondi

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Featured Speakers

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is the Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute, Governing Body Fellow of St Cross College, Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, and Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy of the Department of Computer Science.

Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author and one of the founders of the cyberpunk movement. He is also known for his work with Wired Magazine through his Beyond the Beyond column.


MEA convention registration


Please notice that each structure has a limited number of rooms reserved for MEA participants, offering special conditions/deals. When contacting hotels/residencies, please state ‘MEA 2016 BOLOGNA– UNIBO’ as main subject. Also, in Italy all hotels/residencies/hostels/etc. charge, by law, a ‘City tax’. In Bologna, that tax amounts to 2 Euros per day per person (to be added to the cost of your room).

Camplus Living San Giovanni in Monte

University Residence, 2 minutes’ walk from the Convention Venue. A few minutes away from Piazza Maggiore, Camplus Living San Giovanni in Monte offers comfortable rooms for those who prefer intimate hospitality in a timeless space. The apartments are housed in an ancient monastery, now restored to the best hospitality. Courtesy, helpfulness, quietness. 31 rooms, all with air conditioning (single, double, triple or quadruple rooms) and free internet (check at the reception). All prices are for the room. Breakfast is not included, but available at the nearby Cartola Caffé with a special coupon (add 5 Euros per person per day to the cost of the room).

Single Room: 45 Euros;
Double Room: 60 Euros;
Triple Room: 70 Euros.

Address: Via De’Chiari, 8 - 40124 Bologna
Phone: +39 051 276711
Fax: +39 051 276777

Ospitalità San Tommaso

8 minutes’ walk from the Convention Venue. Managed by the religious order of the Dominican Fathers, next to the Basilica of San Domenico. Hospitality St. Thomas offers free breakfast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel; the hotel also includes a chapel and a free gym. All rooms are modern and bright, with air conditioning, private bathroom, TV, telephone. Please Notice: 1. Closing Night from 01:00 am to 07:30 am (You cannot access this structure after 01:00. For early departures before 7:30 ask the reception). 2. Check - in from 12:00 * Check-out before 10:00 am

Rates (breakfast is included):
Single Room: 50 Euros;
Double Room: 70 Euros;
Double Room: Superior: 80 Euros;
Triple Room: 100 Euros.

Via San Domenico n.1 – 40124 Bologna
Phone: +39 051- 6564811
Fax: +39 051-6486508

Hotel Touring

8 minutes’ walk from the Convention Venue. The hotels offers two types of rooms: the Gold and the Classic. Classic rooms are on the first, second floor or new area “500”- Area 500 it’s situated on the back side courtyard. Classic rooms are simple, romantic. Hotel amenities are basic. Gold rooms are on the third or fourth floor. In particular, the fourth floor has a wonderful view. You can choose the green hillside or the “vecchia città” side. Hotel Touring can cater for your needs, offering a wide range of facilities including private parking, WiFi Area and roof top Jacuzzi. Discounts for ‘early birds’: check with Mrs Manuela Stagni at

Rates (breakfast is included):
Classic Single Room: 89 Euros
Classic Double Room: 119 Euros
Classic Triple Room 159 Euros
Gold Single Room: 119 Euros
Gold Double Room: 149 Euros
Junior Suite
Solutions for 4 people, 50 Euros per person

Address: Via De’ Mattuiani n.1-2 – 40124 Bologna
Phone: +39 051 584305

Hotel University

12 minutes’ walk from the Convention Venue. A family-run Hotel University Bologna, a bright, clean and popular hotel in the heart of Bologna. Located in the college area of the city, our location is ideal for the university, and for visits into the center of Bologna with its miles of porticoes.

Rates (breakfast is included):
Single Room: 60 Euros;
Double Room: 76 Euros.

Address: Via Mentana n.7 – 40126 Bologna
Phone +39 051 229713

Travel to the Convention

Even though there are no direct flights from North America (with some exceptions in the summer, especially from NYC), the Bologna international airport is well connected to major European hubs (several daily flights to all EU hubs and capital cities). The Railway station in Bologna is connected to all main Italian cities, hourly (e.g.: 1,05 hour to Milan; 37 minutes to Florence; 2,05 hours to Rome).


For more information about the convention, please contact the Convention Coordinators at For specific questions about paper and panel submissions, contact Brett Lunceford at For more information on the Media Ecology Association and updated convention details, visit Convention information is also available at

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