The Twenty-First Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association
June 17–20, 2020
Media Ecology is a discipline whose history, perspectives, and scholarly interests incorporate a broad array of academic and professional disciplines focusing on “the study of complex communication systems as environments” (Christine Nystrom, 1973). Every year, the MEA convention provides a unique opportunity for academics and professionals to come together in a relaxed and collegial environment that encourages conversation and creativity.
The theme of the 2020 convention is “Communication Choices and Challenges.” In every act of communication, people make choices. We choose where, when, and how to express ourselves or locate and use information. We choose the medium that seems best suited to the task: are we trying to reach the largest possible audience, get the word out quickly, or ensure that our message reaches future generations? Do we wish to convey a deep sense of intimacy, empathy, authority, or cool distance? Are we looking for information from a wide variety of perspectives, confirmation of what we already believe, or the deepest possible exploration of an issue?
Featured speakers at the 2020 convention include Jay Rosen — media critic and author of PressThink.org, What Are Journalists For?, as well as countless articles and essays on American journalism — and Maryanne Wolf — international advocate for children and literacy and author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (2007), Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain (2001), Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (2016), and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (2018).
We have reduced this year’s convention registration fees to reflect the online format:
Students may be asked to provide valid student IDs.
Registration deadline for participants: May 20, 2020
Registration deadline for attendees: June 17, 2020
Convention registration entitles you to attend all convention events, sessions, workshops, etc. All prices are listed in U.S. dollars. Sustaining and Institutional members don’t have to pay for the convention again, though they still must register for it separately above. Those who paid traditional registration prices earlier this year can ask for a refund. However, we invite those members to donate that portion of their membership fees in support of the Association this year.
All convention participants and attendees are encouraged to join the MEA.
Any payment questions should be directed to our treasurer Paul Soukup at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (408) 554-4022.
Participants who would like their papers to be considered for the MEA Convention Top Paper Award or the Linda Elson Scholar Award for Top Student Paper (see our Awards page for more details) must send their completed paper to the convention planner at MEA2020Convention@gmail.com by May 20, 2020.
Manuscript Guidelines Top Paper Submissions:
Last updated May 5, 2020. Please stayed tuned for further updates.
To view the original call for papers for this convention, click here.
Questions? Contact convention coordinator Peggy Cassidy at MEA2020Convention@gmail.com.