The Sixteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

*Kaleidoscope of Media and Community*


Thursday, June 11 ? Sunday, June 14, 2015
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado


*Nicolas Carr,* influential author and thinker on culture and technology.
His writing includes *The Shallows (NY Times bestseller), The Big Switch,
Does IT matter, and The Glass Cage.  Finalist for the Pulitzer  Prize. *
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*Johanna Drucker*, professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA whose exemplary
record of scholarship and innovation includes works such as *SpecLab:
Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing*, *Graphic Design History: A
Critical Guide*, and especially, *Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge
Production*, regarded by many as seminal and ground breaking works that
span the bridges between information studies, media studies and
design/visual studies.

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) is proud to host the 16
th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association.  MSU Denver is
Colorado?s land grant university and educates the most diverse student body
of any institution in the state.  The University is an epicenter for urban
impact, transforming lives, communities and higher education.  It is with
this perspective of dynamic diversity, transformation, and community
engagement that we aim to explore the concept of ?Kaleidoscope of Media and
Community? as the convention theme.

The term ?kaleidoscope? means the observation of beautiful forms. When we
look through a kaleidoscope, we see a multitude of shapes, colors, and
textures combine to create beautiful patterns.  .  With every turn of the
kaleidoscope, the patterns shift and change, yet still combine to create a
whole image.  As abolitionist and clergyman Henry Ward Beecher said, ?Our
days are a kaleidoscope.  Every instant a change takes place in the
contents.  New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort.
The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each
other, to their work, to surrounding objects.  The most tranquil house,
with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of
system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.?  This conference looks
at the recursive relationships of media and community as a pattern of
continuously shifting, adapting parts combining in an infinite array of
possibilities within mediated environments.

The field of Media Ecology is multi-disciplinary in nature, bringing
together a broad collection of specialties, perspectives and expertise.
This year?s theme of community offers the possibility to think about
communities as part of a media?s ecology and its technologies.  Community
opens our discourse to human interaction that is face-to-face, urban,
rural, central, remote, online, hybrid, historical, fictional, human,
animal, functional, dysfunctional, young, old, diverse, educated, oral,
literate, digital and linked to the technology and media in its

The 16th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association invites papers,
panels, workshop sessions, short film and video works, and creative
projects that explore the convention theme.  Submissions on any topic of
interest to Media Ecology are also encouraged.  Authors who want their
papers considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must
indicate this on their submissions.  All submissions will be acknowledged.

The convention site at MSU Denver is located in the heart of downtown
Denver on the Auraria Campus.  There is a wide range of hotels,
restaurants, and entertainment options within easy walking or biking
distance from campus.  Rental bicycles are readily available through the
city?s program. Discounted rooms will be available at our state of the art
on-campus, student-run hotel, the SpringHill Suites at Marriott.  An
excursion to the mountains is planned for Friday evening. Additional
information about lodging, logistics, and events will be forthcoming.

*Guidelines for Submission*

*For Manuscripts *(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 (or e-submission 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

2.      Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the
convention theme.

*Submission Deadline:  January 15, 2015*

*Inquiries:  *Convention Coordinators ? Dr. Karen Lollar, MSU Denver,, (303) 556-8583 or Jacqueline Kirby, MSU Denver,, (303) 352-7116

For more information on the Media Ecology Association and updated
convention details, visit