The Sixteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association
Call for Papers: Deadline Extended to March 31, 2015

Kaleidoscope of Media and Community

June 11–14, 2015 
Metropolitan State University of Denver 
Denver, Colorado

Convention Coordinators: Karen Lollar (lollar@msudenver.edu) MSU Denver 
Jacqueline Kirby (jkirby6@msudenver.edu) MSU Denver 



Ryerson University

Featured Speakers:

Nicolas Carr, an influential author and thinker on culture and technology. His writing includes The Shallows (NY Times bestseller), The Big SwitchDoes IT Matter, and The Glass Cage. Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. www.nicholascarr.com

Johanna Drucker, professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA whose exemplary record of scholarship and innovation includes works such as SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing, Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, and especially, Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production, regarded by many as seminal and ground breaking works that span the bridges between information studies, media studies and design/visual studies.

[ Guidelines for Submission ] [ Accommodations ] [ Transportation ] [ Optional Events ]

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) is proud to host the 16th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association. MSU Denver is Colorado’s land grant university and educates the most diverse student body of any institution in the state. The University is an epicenter for urban impact, transforming lives, communities and higher education. It is with this perspective of dynamic diversity, transformation, and community engagement that we aim to explore the concept of “Kaleidoscope of Media and Community” as the convention theme. The term “kaleidoscope” means the observation of beautiful forms. When we look through a kaleidoscope, we see a multitude of shapes, colors, and textures combine to create beautiful patterns. . With every turn of the kaleidoscope, the patterns shift and change, yet still combine to create a whole image. As abolitionist and clergyman Henry Ward Beecher said, “Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.” This conference looks at the recursive relationships of media and community as a pattern of continuously shifting, adapting parts combining in an infinite array of possibilities within mediated environments.

The field of Media Ecology is multi-disciplinary in nature, bringing together a broad collection of specialties, perspectives and expertise. This year’s theme of community offers the possibility to think about communities as part of a media’s ecology and its technologies. Community opens our discourse to human interaction that is face-to-face, urban, rural, central, remote, online, hybrid, historical, fictional, human, animal, functional, dysfunctional, young, old, diverse, educated, oral, literate, digital and linked to the technology and media in its environment. The 16th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association invites papers, panels, workshop sessions, short film and video works, and creative projects that explore the convention theme. Submissions on any topic of interest to Media Ecology are also encouraged. Authors who want their papers considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submissions. All submissions will be acknowledged.

The convention site at MSU Denver is located in the heart of downtown Denver on the Auraria Campus. There is a wide range of hotels, restaurants, and entertainment options within easy walking or biking distance from campus. Rental bicycles are readily available through the city’s program. Discounted rooms will be available at our state of the art on-campus, student-run hotel, the SpringHill Suites at Marriott. An excursion to the mountains is planned for Friday evening. Additional information about lodging, logistics, and events will be forthcoming.

The 16th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association invites papers, panels, workshop sessions, short film and video works, and creative projects that explore the convention theme. Submissions on any topic of interest to Media Ecology are also encouraged. Authors who want their papers considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submissions. All submissions will be acknowledged.

The convention site at MSU Denver is located in the heart of downtown Denver on the Auraria Campus. There is a wide range of hotels, restaurants, and entertainment options within easy walking or biking distance from campus. Rental bicycles are readily available through the city’s program. Discounted rooms will be available at our state of the art on-campus, student-run hotel, the SpringHill Suites at Marriott. An excursion to the mountains is planned for Friday evening. Additional information about lodging, logistics, and events will be forthcoming.

Guidelines for Submission (Deadline: March 31, 2015)

For Manuscripts (for MEA award submissions)
1. Manuscripts should be 4,000-6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages). 
2. Include a cover page (or e-submission page) with your academic or professional affiliation and other contact information. >
3. Include a 150 word abstract, with the title. Use APA, MLA, or Chicago style.

For Paper and Panel Proposals: 
1. Include title, abstract, and contact information with your proposal. 
2. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.


Accomodations and Convention Fees

Convention Fees:

  • Regular Member Convention Pre-registration US$75
  • Regular Member Convention Onsite Registration US$100
  • Student Member Convention Registration US$40
  • Non-member Convention Registration US$200
  • Student Non-member Convention Registration US$50

Participants are strongly encouraged to register early using the Sustaining Membership, which includes a regular membership for the year and convention registration.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a campus located in downtown Denver. There are no dorms on the campus. The convention hotel will be the Springhill Suites located on campus. The hotel has a free shuttle within a three mile radius.

Conference Hotel:

Springhill Suites (Marriott)
1190 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

You may register for rooms at the convention rate using this link:

http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporatetravel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=Media%20Ecology%20Association%5Edensd%60M EAMEAA%7CMEAMEAB%60155.00%60USD%60false%606/8/15%606/17/15%605/1 1/15&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes

Check out the hotel here: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/densd-springhill-suites-denver-downtown/

Convention rate (block of 50 rooms) $155/night includes full-breakfast buffet

Suites are double queens plus pull out couch OR a king with a pull out couch

Convention rate is available from June 8 through June 17.


Transportation

Airport: Denver International Airport

Transportation to hotel from airport:

  • SuperShuttle: $26 per person one way
  • Taxi: $55.15 one way

Traveling from another country:

Link to information about entering the United States from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/572/~/entering-the-u.s.---documents-requiredfor-foreign-nationals-%28international


Optional Events

There will be some optional events for those who wish to participate. These events are not included in the convention registration fee.

  • Friday Wine seminar in Center for Hotel and Hospitality (25 seats available) Cost TBD
  • Beer tasting seminar in Center for Hotel and Hospitality (25 seats available) Cost TBD

 

 
Convention Registration

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Metropolitan State University of Denver


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Metropolitan State University of Denver

890 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, United States of America

 
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Travel Information

Airports:

Denver International Airport

8500 Peña Blvd, Denver,
CO 80249, United States
+1 303-342-2000

What to do in Denver:

 
Denver Accommodations
  • Springhill Suites (Marriott)
  • Springhill Suites Marriot (Denver)

    Springhill Suites (Marriott)
    1190 Auraria Parkway
    Denver, CO 80204

    Other nearby lodging options:

    The Curtis Hotel: 1405 Curtis Street, Denver CO $163/per night (MSUDenver rate and you need to mention our University to get this rate)

    The Downtown Comfort Inn: 401 17th Street, Denver CO $189/night

     
    More Information

    Convention Coordinators

    Dr. Karen Lollar, MSU Denver, lollar@msudenver.edu,
    (303) 556-8583

    or

    Jacqueline Kirby, MSU Denver, jkirby6@msudenver.edu,
    (303) 352-7116

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