The Fourteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association
Call for Papers
Media Ecology Unplugged
June 20–23, 2013
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Corey Anton ([log in to unmask]) Grand Valley State University
Valerie V. Peterson ([log in to unmask]) Grand Valley State University
In 2013, Grand Valley will happily host the Media Ecology Association’s 14th annual convention in the city of Grand Rapids. Our aim is to provoke academic dialogue, raise public awareness of media ecology, and discuss the relevance of media ecological thought to the broader culture. The 14th Annual Convention, with the theme of “unplugged,” invites papers, panels, creative projects, and other proposals presenting research and/or exploring topics and ideas related to the convention theme.
Media ecology “unplugged” seeks to remind people that media technologies are simply plug-in devices. The “unplugged” theme is meant to capture the wide span of environmental mediation prior to the wired and plugged-in revolution of mass media, including architecture, literacy, urban design, transportation, art, and other discursive and non-discursive forms. It also turns attention to recent and cutting-edge technologies that have de-tethered from the plug, including satellites, nanotechnology, robotics, genetic engineering, modern pharmacology, cell phones, Bluetooth, e-readers, solar cells, green technologies, neuroscience, and much more.
All abstracts, completed papers, and panel proposal submissions, etc., are welcome, but priority will be given to submissions that touch upon or align with the convention theme. 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). All submissions will be acknowledged.
The convention site, approximately 15 minutes by taxi from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, is located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan at Grand Valley’s downtown campus. It has an assortment of hotels and a wide range of places to eat, from inexpensive eateries to fine restaurants, all within a few city blocks. Accommodation and excursion information is forthcoming.
Guidelines for Submission
1. Suggested length of manuscripts is 15 to 25 double-spaced pages (4,000–6,000 words).
2. Include a cover page (or e-submission first page) with your academic or professional
affiliation and other contact information.
3. Include a 150-word abstract, with the title. Use APA, MLA, or Chicago style.
For Paper and Panel Proposals:
1. Include title, abstract, and contact information with your proposal.
2. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2012
For more on the Media Ecology Association, visit the website: www.media-ecology.org.