Preliminary Call for Papers: The Eighth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

Technology and Transformation

With the aim of fostering an academic tradition begun with the New York, search St. Louis, and Toronto schools of media ecology, the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México invites your participation, as presenters or attendants, in the Eighth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association, to be celebrated in Mexico City from June 6–10, 2007.

The Tecnológico de Monterrey was founded in 1943 by a group of Mexican entrepreneurs and executives. It is a private educational institution, independent of any political or religious group. The Tecnológico de Monterrey system has a nationwide presence and also extends its educational services abroad to other Latin American countries and other cities of the world.

The convention coordinators and organizing committee invite the submission of papers, roundtable and panel discussions, workshops, films, multimedia presentations, performances, and any other proposals relating to all aspects of the media ecology tradition founded by McLuhan, Mumford, Ong, Postman, and others.

As Neil Postman asserted, a new technology does not merely add something to a culture; it transforms everything. The transformation is ecological and the consequences of the change are always fast, often unpredictable, and largely irreversible. And, as Marshall McLuhan reminded us, the technology reshapes and restructures patterns of social interdependence along with every aspect of our personal lives.

Join us to continue this dialogue about “Technology and Transformation” and its impact on society, from the media ecology perspective.

Completed papers are eligible for the Top Paper Award and Linda Elson Scholar Award for Top Student Paper. Please indicate your interest in competing for either award on a separate title page with full contact information, making sure to remove all identifying information from the text pages. Competitive papers should be formatted in accordance with the fifth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

The MEA is an international organization, and our 2007 convention is a defining moment for us, as it will be our first annual meeting held outside the United States. Please join us as we celebrate and commemorate this important rite of passage. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in special guided bilingual tours to Teotihuacán, site of some of the largest pyramids in Mexico and one of the most extraordinary archeological sites in the Western Hemisphere, and to downtown Mexico City, including the major cultural and historic sites in the Centro Histórico (the Zócalo or Constitution Square, Metropolitan Cathedral, the ruins of the Great Temple of the Aztecs, the National Palace with its murals by Diego Rivera), the monuments of Reforma Avenue, and the museums of Chapultepec Park (the Archeology Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Rufino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National History Museum, located in the famed Castle of Chapultepec).

Please send all inquiries and electronic copies of papers and proposals to the convention coordinators:

[Spanish Language]
Fernando Gutiérrez
Department of Communication
Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México
KM 3.5 Carr. Lago de Guadalupe
Atizapán de Zaragoza, Estado de México
52 55-5864 5612 (voice)
52 55-5864 5319 (fax)

[English Language]
Thom Gencarelli
Department of Broadcasting
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043
973-655-7339 (voice)
973-655-5432 (fax)

Submission deadline: December 15, 2006
A printable set of this call is available as a PDF file.

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