COVID-19 Update

Given the present situation in the New York metro area, it is very difficult to imagine any scenario where the MEA 2020 convention can take place in its traditional form. The MEA Board is exploring possibilities for a virtual convention, and we will make a decision at our (virtual!) meeting on April 4.

I hope everyone is doing as well as your circumstances allow. Please be on the lookout for more information from the MEA board, and join us in June in whatever way we are able to come together as a community.

—Dr. Peggy Cassidy, MEA 2020 Convention Coordinator

The Twenty-First Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

2020 MEA Convention Logo

June 18–21, 2020

Adelphi University, Garden City, New York

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, press critic and author of PressThink.org, What Are Journalists For?, and countless articles and essays on American journalism; and Maryanne Wolf, international advocate for children and literacy and author of Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century, and Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain.

Registration

Early-bird convention registration until May 15, 2020 is for anyone who wants to register early and pay less. All prospective convention attendees are encouraged to join the MEA and pay/register for the convention early as that combination represents the best deal.

A breakdown of 2020 convention registration dates and rates is as follows:

Regular Members  Student Members  Non-Members  Non-Member Students  One-Day Pass Student One-Day Pass 
 Awards Banquet Guest
 Early*: $100  Early*: $40  $250  $60  $70  $30  $35
 Standard: $125  Standard: $50          

*Early means before May 15, 2020.
Students must show valid student ID upon check in.
The awards banquet is not included at the daily registration rate.

Convention registration entitles you to attend all convention events, sessions, and workshops, as well as the awards banquet (unless you’ve merely purchased a one-day pass). All prices are listed in U.S. dollars.

Note: If you paid for your membership and the convention at the same time — i.e., at the early-bird $200 Sustaining Membership level ($100 for an annual membership; $100 for the convention) — you must still register for the convention separately, though you won’t need to pay for it again.

Any payment questions should be directed to our treasurer Paul Soukup at treasurer@media-ecology.net or +1 (408) 554-4022. 

Travel Information

Given the present situation in the New York metro area due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is very difficult to imagine any scenario where the MEA 2020 convention can take place in its traditional form. The MEA Board is exploring possibilities for a virtual convention, and will make a decision at our (virtual!) meeting on April 4.

Please stayed tuned for updates.

To view the original call for papers for this convention, click here.

General convention questions? Contact convention coordinator Peggy Cassidy at MEA2020Convention@gmail.com.

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