The Twenty-First Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

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June 17–20, 2020

April 2020 COVID-19 Update — Click to Read More

Dear MEA members, community and friends,

We are sending our wishes for health during this difficult time with the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

In light of this uncertain global situation, and after thorough review and careful consideration, the Executive Board of the MEA has decided to transform the upcoming 2020 Convention into an online event.

The theme of the 2020 convention is “Communication Choices and Challenges.” Moving our annual convention online is our choice, coherent with the mission of our association to study complex communication systems as environments. Making this annual convention a meaningful and successful event is going to be an exciting challenge for everyone involved. We believe this is a unique opportunity we can embrace together as a community.

As per the above determination, we made the following arrangements:

  • Our 2020 online convention will take place over the same week the Garden City event was scheduled, beginning one day early, thus from Wednesday June 17 to Saturday June 20, 2020.

  • Using a videoconferencing platform, our plans for an online convention include a mixed format, synchronous and asynchronous (live and recorded sessions, with live discussions), both for plenaries and for thematic panels. However, we encourage synchronous sessions that best allow for interaction, while reserving asynchronous sessions for anyone unable to participate synchronously.

  • A Subcommittee has been convened to provide the necessary support to organize the online convention, with Peggy Cassidy as Chair.

  • All online convention activities, panels, plenaries, and events will be accessible to all registrants. After the event, archives will be fully accessible to MEA members only.

  • We are reducing the convention registration fees accordingly to reflect the reviewed format. More information will be announced in the coming weeks as we consider platforms and various other costs. Those who already paid for the annual convention can ask for a refund. However, we invite those members to donate that portion of their sustaining or institutional membership fees in support of the Association this year.

Finally, and most importantly, we decided to reopen submissions for additional presenters, from April 13 until April 26. Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by April 26, 2020 to

Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and support as we work to create a re-imagined, innovative online convention experience.

We will be posting more information in the coming weeks. Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you to bring our first online convention to life.

Stay safe, stay well. We miss your faces and hope to see you online soon!

Paolo Granata, President
Peggy Cassidy, Annual Convention Coordinator
on behalf of the Executive Board of the Media Ecology Association

About the Convention

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: Rosen and Wolf

Featured speakers at the 2020 convention include Jay Rosen — media critic and author of, 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:

        • Student members: $10
        • Regular members: $25
        • Non-member students: $25
        • Non-member registration: $50

Students may be asked to provide valid student IDs.

Registration deadline for participants: May 20, 2020
Registration deadline for attendees: June 17, 2020

Register today!

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 or +1 (408) 554-4022.

Paper Awards

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 by May 20, 2020.

Manuscript Guidelines Top Paper Submissions:

        • 4,000–6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages) in length.
        • Include a cover page with your institutional affiliation and other contact information.
        • Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).

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

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