The Fourteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association – Media Ecology Unplugged


Extended Call for Papers

 June 20–23, 2013

Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

 Extended Submission Deadline: February 15, 2013

Featured Speakers:

Lance Strate

Morris Berman

Gerald Haslam

Bruce I. Kodish 

Convention Coordinators: Corey Anton ( Grand Valley State University,  Valerie V. Peterson              ( Grand Valley State University

             Grand Valley University is happy to host the Media Ecology Association’s 14th annual convention, in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 20–23, 2013.  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 “Media Ecology 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 not 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 been 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, Grand Valley’s downtown campus, is approximately 15 minutes by taxi from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and is located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan (a three-hour drive from Detroit, and two-and-a-half hours from Chicago).  The official convention hotel, the Amway Grand, offers special rates of $137.00/night – the same price applies for up to four occupants.  To reserve a room, please go to the following website:, or you can call the hotel directly, at 1-800-253-3590.

The convention hotel is walking distance from the Richard M. DeVos center and Loosemore Auditorium on Grand Valley’s downtown campus, and there is a wide assortment of places to eat, from inexpensive eateries to fine restaurants, all within walking distance of a few city blocks.  Sites of interest in the area include the Grand Rapids Art Museum (with a lovely room of rare and valuable prints), the Public Museum of Grand Rapids, the DeVos Performing Arts Hall, the Van Andel Arena, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. 

To register for the convention, and for more on the Media Ecology Association, please visit the Media Ecology Association website at

Guidelines for Submission – Send submissions in electronic form (Microsoft Word or plain text format) as an e-mail attachment to Valerie V. Peterson at  A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted. 

For Manuscripts:

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 Proposals 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.

Decisions on submission will be conveyed by the end of March 2013.

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