THE TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION
July 8–11, 2021
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

“Media ecology looks into the matter of how media of communication affect human perception, understanding, feeling, and value; and how our interaction with media facilitates or impedes our chances of survival.” (Neil Postman, 1970).

“It is the study of media environments, the idea that technology and techniques, modes of information and codes of communication play a leading role in human affairs.” (Lance Strate, 1999)

Call for Papers

THE MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION (MEA) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for presentation at its 22th Annual Convention, which will be held from 8 to 11 July, 2021 at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The deadline for submission is 1 November 2020 15 February 2021.

The MEA convention provides in its annual meeting an opportunity for the community of academics and professionals to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. MEA convention addresses a wide diversity of topics in thematic sections, panels and working groups. We encourage submissions that explore approaches from different fields of knowledge and social practices. We are interested in papers, thematic panels, roundtable discussion panels, creative projects, performance sessions, and other proposals of interest to media ecologists.

We also propose a single central theme to be explored throughout the conference with the aim of generating and exploring multiple perspectives. This is accomplished through plenary and special sessions. The central theme for 2021 focuses on Dystopic Futures. Not all submissions have to address the central theme.

THE THEME OF THE 2021 CONVENTION is Dystopic Futures: Media Ecology in an Algorithm Society. Dystopian societies are represented in a variety of science fiction works as an effort to predict pessimistic consequences of our current practices. Films, books and other forms of art set their narratives in the future, but not in our present culture. However, nowadays we are living in a sort of dystopic present with undesirable and frightening realities. In addition to our natural, environmental, political, ethical, cultural, health and social problems, we have to deal with issues brought by technological advances. We are living in a Technopoly (Postman, 1992), or in what some recent authors call Algorithmic Society, “a society organized around social and economic decision-making by algorithms, robots, and AI agents, who not only make decisions but also, in some cases, carry them out.” (Balkin 2016). What kind of dystopia can we envisage as consequence of our dystopic present?

General topics of interest related to the convention theme (but not limited to):

  • Fake news, and social media: discursive breakdown and political consequences.
  • Robots and transhumanism
  • Algorithmic media: data mining, subjectivity modelling and decision-making
  • Big Data, machine learning, AI, and society
  • Limits of AI development: is it reasonable to talk about an AI take over?
  • Movies and literature: mapping different kinds of dystopias.
  • Pandemics, economical crash, irreversible climate changes and other disasters: what now?
  • Any new (and better) world order on the horizon? Is not being dystopian nowadays possible?
  • Media regulation is still at stake? In what sense and by what means?
  • Discourse and education in the era of technology hegemony.
  • Politics, Health, Citizenship, and Media
  • Disinformation, censorship, and propaganda
  • Crazy talk, Stupid talk in digital media
  • Orality and digital literacy in a dystopic world
  • Arts, technology, and cultural legacy
  • Utopia, dystopia and Media Ecology studies

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by November 1, 2020 to MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted.

Authors who wish their papers to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s).

Submission Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:

  1. Include title(s), abstract(s) (maximum 250 words), and contact information for each participant.
  2. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.
  3. Authors with papers submitted as part of a panel proposal or as a paper proposal that wish to be considered for Top Paper or Top Student Paper must send the completed paper to the convention planner by May 15, 2021.

Submission guidelines for manuscripts eligible 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 with your institutional affiliation and other contact information. 3. Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).

INFORMATION

Please direct questions to Adriana Braga, MEA2021Convention@gmail.com. For more on the Media Ecology Association, visit https://www.media-ecology.org.

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