The 17th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association Extended Call for Papers
|DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 1, 2015
Interfaces of Play and Game: Engaging Media Ecosystems
June 23-26, 2016
University of Bologna
MEA Convention Coordinators: Paolo Granata, Elena Lamberti, Brett Lunceford
The University of Bologna, Italy, is proud to bring the Media Ecology Association to Europe for the first time and host the 17th Annual Convention in Bologna and Rimini on June 23-26, 2016. Considered the oldest university in the Western world, the history of the University of Bologna speaks to its role as the crossroads of a variety of scholarly traditions and changes involving the broader society. The University of Bologna provides a welcoming setting for old and new MEA members, inviting scholars, professionals, and interested people to attend from different fields, as well as from different nations.
The 17th Annual Convention, focusing on the theme “Interfaces of Play and Game,” invites papers, panels and creative projects exploring the topic within complex media ecosystems. We encourage participants to start from an appreciation of game and play in the broader context of media ecology, therefore overcoming too specialized understanding of both terms. Playing with Johan Huizinga’s idea that game and play are older than culture, we seek to recall the multifaceted symbolic dimensions embedded by these very terms: at its roots the word game means participation, communion, and people together; similarly, the word play introduces the ideas of cultivating, taking care of, and performing. Therefore interfaces of play and game engage us in a plurality of explorations, all placing media and media environments at the core. Lines of investigations may include but are not limited to the following:
· game/play as frames for meta-communication
Although we encourage submissions that touch upon or align with the convention theme, papers, abstracts, and panel proposal submissions from all areas of Media Ecology are welcome. 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). The top papers will be published in Explorations in Media Ecology. All submissions will be acknowledged. The language of the convention is English.
Guidelines for Submission (Deadline extended to December 1, 2015)
For Manuscripts (for MEA award submissions):
For Paper and Panel Proposals:
Convention Venues and Location:
The University of Bologna is a city university, with the main campus in downtown Bologna. All facilities can be reached on foot easily from any hotels or university residency. We envisage a dedicated shuttle to bring MEA Convention participants from Bologna to Rimini and back. The City of Bologna and the City of Rimini will co-promote the Convention.
Travel to the Convention:
Leisure time / Excursions:
For more information about the convention, please contact the Convention Coordinators at MEA2016@unibo.it. For more information on the Media Ecology Association and updated convention details, visit www.media-ecology.org. Convention information is also available at https://events.unibo.it/mea2016.
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