Call for Nominations for the 2021 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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, 2020 to Lance Strate, Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458, USA, or via email to strate@fordham.edu.

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