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

Deadline for submission: extended to JAN 15, 2019

The Media Ecology Association invites paper and panel proposals for presentation at its 20th Annual Convention, taking place on 27-30 June 2019 in Toronto.

We welcome submissions that encompass the broad array of disciplines focusing on the study of media as environments, technology and techniques, modes of information, and symbolic codes of communication that constitute media ecology.

We also invite submissions exploring this year’s theme “Media Ethics. Human Ecology in a Connected World”.

In our current hyper-connected era, information and communication technologies are increasingly forming the infrastructure of a new digital human ecosystem which is larger and quicker to evolve than any prior.
This continually transforming and evolving planetary habitat connects all of humanity into, what Marshall McLuhan’s prescient mind termed, a “Global Village”.

Technology and new media’s impact on this ecosystem has a profound effect on every aspect of the human ethos – self-expression, education, values, beliefs, needs, livelihood, enjoyment – and society at large.
Over the past few years, these emerging technologies and unforeseen digital media practices have also given rise to ethical issues, political and societal questions of critical importance to our evolving future.

The countless unintended implications – current or potential – of today’s rapid technological developments have largely come from socio-technical systems and emerging digital, robotic, artificially intelligent, or biomedical technologies. These advances have led to an unprecedented need for new ethical perspectives and frameworks to underpin the building blocks of our new digital ecosystem.

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 Event (free and open to the public)


JUN 27

9:00 AM Opening Ceremony
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 Keynote
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


St. Michael’s College, 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

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