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

Exploring Media Ethics

MEDIA ETHICS. Human Ecology in a Connected World is the 20th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association (MEA), a four day international conference hosted by the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto.

THE CONFERENCE draws attention to the ways that contemporary communication practices and emerging technologies are marked by ethical issues and decisive political, societal and cultural questions.

WITH THIS AGENDA, conference participants will share research that engages with the nature of contemporary media, communication, and technological struggle, and the potential that communication, media, and digital technologies hold for enacting positive social change.

About MEA

Founded in 1998, the Media Ecology Association (MEA) is an international organization of academics, researchers, policy analysts, media practitioners, and activists dedicated to promoting an ecological and systemic perspective to the study of media, technologies, and implications of human innovations.

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Program at a glance

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.


The Social Cost of the Information Age

Pre-Conference Kick-Off & Networking Event

Toronto Reference Library, 7:00 PM

789 Yonge Street, Toronto

Presented by the Toronto Reference Library in collaboration with the McLuhan Salons series, a special panel on The Social Cost of the Information Age will kick off Media Ethics: Human Ecology in a Connected World, the 20th annual convention of the Media Ecology Association.
Come hear from four renowned experts about how the internet today is affecting civil society:
- Mark Kingwell, Philosophy professor, University of Toronto
- Mutale Nkonde, fellow at Data & Society Research Institute in New York City and expert in artificial intelligence governance
- Taylor Owen, Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications, McGill University
- Bianca Wylie, open government advocate and co-founder of Tech Reset Canada.

NB: At 6pm doors open. Come meet and connect with other people who care about these issues, as well as experts attending the Media Ethics convention. There will be a cash bar selling beer and wine, as well as snacks and a selection of sandwiches and wraps, with a special treat for the MEA delegates.



9:00 AM Opening Ceremony

9:45 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


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


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


9:30 AM MEA Business Meeting
11:00 AM McLuhan Walking Tour

Full-Program available to download [26 Mb]


We are hosting three concurrent social events (free and open to the public) to allow all conference participants and the general public to interact, network, and share their thoughts and experiences.

An Ecology of Mind

Friday, 28 June 2019, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Join special guest Nora Bateson, and Dennis P. O’Hara, Director ot the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology & Ecology, for the screening of An Ecology of Mind. A Daughter’s Portrait of Gregory Bateson (2010, 60 min.) followed by discussion.

Hosted by the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, Toronto


The Medium is the Muse

Friday, 28 June 2019, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

A night of Media Ecology’s internationally acclaimed poets—a spectacular celebration of language and acoustic space. Featuring: Robert Albrecht, Lillian Allen, bill bissett, Adeena Karasick, Martin Levinson, Barry Liss, B.W. Powe, Lance Strate.

Hosted by the University of Toronto's Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto


Black Mirror Night

Friday, 28 June 2019, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

A special event about the cult TV series. Please join media theorists and cultural critics - Davide Bennato, Siobhan O’Flynn, Isabel Pedersen, Barry Vacker, and Luca De Biase - for a lively and engaging discussion of Black Mirror.

Hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute, Toronto



27-28-29 June 2019, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Based on the concept essay “Hot and Cool in the Media(S)cene,” the mixed-media installation probes the layers of media that make up our techno- environments.

Conceived and created by Barry Vacker and Julia M. Hildebrand


McLuhan Walking Tour

Sunday, 30 June 2019, 11:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Join us in the footsteps of Marshall McLuhan, mapping out spaces and places in the context of his academic and personal life on campus of St. Michael's College and the Unversity of Toronto

Presented by St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto


Featured Speakers

Daniel Araya

World Legal Summit

Nora Bateson

International Bateson Institute

Davide Bennato

University of Catania

Michelle Cheung


Thomas Cooper

Emerson College

Luca De Biase

Il Sole 24 Ore

Susan Drucker

Hofstra University

David Goodis

IPC of of Ontario

Don Howard

University of Notre Dame

Mathew Ingram

Columbia Journalism Review

Jeff Jarvis


Werner Kelber

Rice University

Derrick de Kerckhove

Media 2000

Mark Kingwell

University of Toronto

Elena Lamberti

University of Bologna

Stephanie MacLellan


Jocelyn Maclure

Université Laval

Dominic Martin

Université du Québec à Montréal

Mutale Nkonde

Data & Society Research Institute

Taylor Owen

McGill University

Jason Robert

Arizona State University

Douglas Rushkoff

City University of New York

Lance Strate

Fordham University

Mark Surman

Mozilla Foundation

Graham Taylor

University of Guelph

Christine Tappolet

Université de Montréal

Clara Tsao

National Security x Technology

Sarah Villeneuve

Brookfield Institute

Bianca Wylie

Tech Reset Canada

Nora Young


and more...


#MediaEthics #MEA2019 @MediaEcology

Conference Venue

U of T is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The main conference venue and all meeting places are accessible for people using wheelchairs and all handout materials will be available in accessible electronic format.
If you require any accommodations for the conference, please contact



Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship
55 St George St, Toronto

Located at the core of UofT campus, the 500-seat Lee & Margaret Lau Auditorium at Myhal Centre is a first of its kind in North America. The Atrium Event Space will be our networking area, including a bookstore, exhibits, and locations for book presentations. The open-air Dr. Woo Hon Fai Terrace offers a panoramic view of U of T’s iconic front campus.


St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto
81 St Mary Street, Toronto

The Awards Gala Dinner and the MEA Business Meeting will take place in the historical buildings of St. Michael's College campus in the University of Toronto (St. Joseph street, also known as Marshall McLuhan Way).


Download Venue and Accommodation Map

Early Bird Registration

During the early bird registration period (Jan 1 – May 15), presenters and attendees are encouraged to join the Media Ecology Association as the combination of MEA Membership + Convention represents the best deal.


$100 USD

May 15 - June 29
  • MEA Membership1
    + Conference Registration2
Join MEA and Register

$225 USD

May 15 - June 29
  • MEA Membership1
  • + Conference Registration2
Join MEA and Register

$250 USD

Jan 1 - June 27
  • Only
    Conference Registration2
1. MEA Membership

MEA Membership dues include an annual subscription to our print journal, Explorations in Media Ecology, published quarterly, and other benefits such as the special Members Area where you will find back issues of EME and other member-exclusive content; venues for showcasing your scholarly work, including featured panels at NCA, ECA, and ICA.

2. Registration

Registration entitles you to attend all sessions, workshops, and plenaries, welcome reception (June 27), daily coffee breaks and luncheons, special events and gala dinner (June 29).

3. Students

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.

Daily rates

Daily rates will be available at the on-site registration desk (Standard: $90 USD; Student: $30 USD; Awards Gala Dinner not included in the daily fee). An additional fee of $35 USD allows each presenter to bring one guest.

If you already paid for or renewed your MEA membership and looking simply to register for the 2019 convention, please log in here and click Convention in the main menu.


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

Chelsea Hotel

We have secured a special discount rate at the Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard St W).
$180 CAD + taxes per night.
You may book online or call the hotel directly, toll free 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or 416-595-1975, identifying yourself as part of the “MEDIA ETHICS CONFERENCE”.


Sam Sorbara Hall

The Sorbara Residence offers affordable and fully-equipped accommodation (shared washrooms), just in the heart of St. Michael's College (70 St Joseph St).
Single rooms $68 CAD + taxes per night.
In order to book your room with the Sorbara Residence please contact us via email by clicking the button below.



Victoria College

Victoria College Residences (140 Charles St. W) provide comfortable and affordable lodging (shared washrooms) located on the campus of the University of Toronto.

Single room $77 CAD + taxes per night.
To make a reservation for summer accommodations complete the online reservation application.


Massey College

Massey College (4 Devonshire Pl, Toronto), a residential community on campus. Standard rooms $90 (sigle) $130 (double) per nigh. Bathrooms shared. All room rates include taxes and breakfast.
Use "Media Ethics Conference" as Company Name.


Chestnut Residence

Centrally located in downtown Toronto (89 Chestnut St). Special conference rate (referring to the Media Ethics Conference). Rooms cost $139 CAD/night + taxes and include breakfast (maximum of 2 occupants and 2 breakfast per room). All rooms are private with ensuite washroom.


New College Residences

Experience living on the beautiful and charming campus! Guests at the New College (40 Willcocks St, Toronto) will be housed in traditional student dormitory residence halls, single rooms (shared washrooms). Rate is $50 CAD/day + taxes (single rooms only).


Victoria's Mansion Guest House

Enjoy the serenity of a beautiful Victorian garden, or relax in a beautifully-decorated guest rooms. Affordable, fully-equipped suites in the following styles: single, double, studio. Rates range from $89 to $159 CAD. 68 Gloucester St. Toronto.

Spadina 11 Guest House

Spadina 11 Guesthouse offers clean, comfortable, safe yet affordable accommodation right in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Rates range from $55 to $99 CAD, depending on room type and number of persons in the room.

Keppner Guesthouse

Historical detached house, centrally located in downtown Toronto (41 Huntley Street), 2 minutes walk to Sherbourne Subway Station, each guest room includes free WiFi and an en suite bathroom. Rates range from $84 to $96 CAD + taxes (double occupancy).


A network of high-profile academic and cultural institutions have created a joint venture to promote and implement Media Ethics: Human Ecology in a Connected World, the 20th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association.

Presented by


Cultural and Media Supporters


Conference Partners


Under the Patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

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, Andrey Miroshnichenko, Phil Rose, Paul Soukup (treasurer), Brian Taylor (McLuhan Salons), 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, Anna-Liza Kozma, Gail Lord, Anne MacLennan, Rohinton Medhora, David Nostbakken, Seamus Ross, David Sylvester, Christine Tappolet.

Student Volunteers

Leonardo Beristain Ortiz, Catherine Doherty, Scott Duff, Krista Gjataj, William Nguyen, Dana Tartir, Neo Yin, Adrian Yung, Xuechun Zhu, Zuha Ziaee.

Research Assistants

Simon Digby, David Lee, Jennifer Qian Li

Special thanks

An event of this magnitude is the result of ideas, hard work, and commitment from a number of dedicated people. We express our deepest gratitude to all of them (they will be listed in the full-program).

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto!