Awards

Each year at its annual convention, the MEA gives out a number of awards, including the MEA Convention Top Paper Award and the Linda Elson Scholar Award for Top Student Paper.

The winner of the Linda Elson Scholar Award is named a Linda Elson Scholar and receives complimentary membership and convention registration for the following year. Linda Elson was a PhD student in the media ecology program at New York University who passed away before she could complete her dissertation. With the help of Alan Ponikvar, her study was published as Paradox Lost: A Cross-Contextual Definition of Levels of Abstraction in Hampton Press’s Media Ecology book series.

For more information on our awards, see the list and descriptions below. Questions? Want to nominate someone? Email our Awards Coordinator Brian Cogan at bcogan@molloy.edu.

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The Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology

Open to books published in 2017 or later on any topic related to media ecology. 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. Entrants may request simultaneous consideration for the Erving Goffman Award, the Susanne K. Langer Award, the Dorothy Lee Award, and/or the Lewis Mumford Award.

The Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction

Open to books and articles published in 2017 or later that focus on social situations, symbolic interaction, interpersonal communication (both face-to-face and technologically mediated), nonverbal communication, social space, temporal rhythms, rules of engagement, performance of roles, and the presentation of self in everyday life. 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. Entrants may request simultaneous consideration for the Marshall McLuhan Award and/or the Walter Benjamin Award.

The Susanne K. Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form

Open to books and articles published in 2017 or later that focus on the ecology of language, semantics, semiotics, codes, symbol systems, aesthetic form, etc. 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. Entrants may request simultaneous consideration for the Marshall McLuhan Award and/or the Walter Benjamin Award.

The Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture

Open to books and articles published in 2017 or later that focus on the ethnographic or intercultural analysis of communication, perception, cognition, consciousness, media, technology; material culture, and/or the natural environment. 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. Entrants may request simultaneous consideration for the Marshall McLuhan Award and/or the Walter Benjamin Award.

The Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics

Open to books and articles published in 2017 or later 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. 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. Entrants may request simultaneous consideration for the Marshall McLuhan Award or the Walter Benjamin Award.

The Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article in the Field of Media Ecology

Open to articles, essays, reviews, and book chapters published in 2017 or later on any topic related to media ecology. Entry requirements: Letter of nomination or self-nomination and five copies. Entrants may request simultaneous consideration for the Erving Goffman Award, the Susanne K. Langer Award, the Dorothy Lee Award, and/or the Lewis Mumford Award.

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 2017 or later on any topic related to media ecology. Entry requirements: Letter of nomination or self-nomination and five copies.

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 2017 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.

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