International Conference, Toronto (26) 27-30 June 2019

Abstract submission (CLOSED)

Thank you to all 338 submitters involved and 269 paper and panel submissions to our Call-for-papers from 31 countries overall.

The Program Committee has reviewed all submissions. All authors have been notified on February 16, 2019.
NB: Given the number of submissions we received in response to the Call for Papers, authors with multiple submissions may be asked to present only one paper.


The conference program will include seven parallel sessions and about 50 panels or workshops. The majority of the panels will host three or four presentations.
In order to be included in the conference program, the deadline for presenting authors’ registration is March 31, 2019.

Authors who wish their papers to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must upload completed manuscript into EasyChair by May 1, 2019.

The conference will run from Thursday June 27 to Sunday June 30. A pre-conference event will take place on Wednesday June 26. The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 27 9:00 AM. The Award Gala dinner will take place on Saturday June 29.

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto!

General areas of interest related to this year’s theme include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Internet of things
  • Robotics and automation
  • Bioengineering
  • Virtual/augmented reality
  • Data ethics, privacy, surveillance, cyber security, and data protection
  • Big data and cloud computing
  • Social media algorithms
  • Internet policy
  • Misinformation on social media
  • Propaganda, censorship, and free speech
  • Net Neutrality, openness, and digital inclusion
  • Media integrity in journalism, advertising, public relations
  • Digital citizenship, social and political engagement
  • Entertainment media, digital and media arts
  • Digital literacy and media pedagogy
  • Civil discourse, human dignity, diversity, and individual expression in the media ecosystem
  • Wellbeing sustainability and prosperity in the media environment
  • Innovative interpretations and new ethical perspectives emanating from the Media Ecology intellectual tradition

Program at a Glance


JUN 26

7:00 PM, McLuhan Salon, Toronto Reference Library

Pre-Conference & Networking Event (free and open to the public)


JUN 27

9:00 AM Opening Ceremony
9:30 AM Opening Address
11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:30 AM Parallel Sessions
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Parallel Sessions
3:30 PM Parallel Sessions
5:00 PM Coffee Break
5:30 PM Plenary Panel
7:30 PM Welcoming Reception

JUN 28

9:15 AM Greetings
9:30 AM Plenary Panel
11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:30 AM Plenary Panel
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Parallel Sessions
3:30 PM Parallel Sessions
5:00 PM Coffee Break
5:30 PM Plenary Panel
7:30 PM Social Events

JUN 29

9:15 AM Greetings
9:30 AM Plenary Panel
11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:30 AM Plenary Panel
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Parallel Sessions
3:30 PM Parallel Sessions
5:00 PM Coffee Break
5:30 PM Plenary Panel
7:30 PM Awards Gala Dinner

JUN 30

9:30 AM MEA Business Meeting
11:00 AM Social Events

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Under the Patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO


Conference Pricing & Packages

Early Bird Registration opens January 1, 2019



January 1 to May 15

MEA Membership* + Conference
Standard $200
Student** $90


Save when you get in early!


May 15 – June 29

MEA Membership* + Conference
Standard $225
Student $100

Standard $250
Student $60


27-28-29 June

Standard $90
Student $25

Awards Gala Dinner not included

Registration entitles you to attend all sessions, workshops, and plenaries, daily coffee breaks, welcome reception, and gala dinner. All prices are listed in US dollars.

* Membership dues include annual subscription to our print journal, Explorations in Media Ecology {EME}, published quarterly.
** Students will be required to present a valid student ID card at the on-site registration desk and must be currently registered at a post-secondary or secondary institution.

Plan Your Trip


The University of Toronto spaces include set-seating theatres, comfortable lounges and flexible banquet and lecture space.


Toronto Pearson International Airport is the largest Canadian airport and the second-largest in North America.


A variety of quality accommodation options at the best prices and amenities, from on-campus residences, off-campus residences, to downtown hotels, will be provided.

Call for Art



Curators: Julia M. Hildebrand, Barry Vacker, Brooke Storms

CLOSED. Selected proposals will be invited for the ”Media(S)cene” art exhibit
at the Media Ecology Association’s 20th Annual Convention from 27–30 June, 2019, in Toronto.

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto!




Social Events

Conference Committees

Conference Chair:
Paolo Granata, University of Toronto
Vice-president Media Ecology Association

Organizing Committee:
Paolo Granata (chair), Michael Czobit, Emma Graham, Paul Grosswiler, Alex Kuskis, Phil Rose Edward E. Tywoniak.

Program Committee:
Cathy Adams, Corey Anton, Stephanie Bennett, Adriana Braga, William Buxton, Dennis Cali, Seth Feldman, Thomas Gencarelli, Robert Logan, Karen Lollar, James Morrison, Felan Parker, Valerie Peterson, Scott Stroud.

Honorary Committee:
Cristina Amon, Randy Boyagoda, Wendy Duff, Sébastien Goupil, Gail Lord, Anne MacLennan, Rohinton Medhora, David Nostbakken, Seamus Ross, David Sylvester, Christine Tappolet.

Conference Venues

U of T Engineering / Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (55 St George St, Toronto).

Brennan Hall & Elmsley Hall at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto (81 St Mary Street, Toronto).