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  • 14 Nov 2023 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From our friends at the Media Ecology Association:

    THE MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION (MEA) invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for presentation at its 25th Annual Convention, which will be held from June 6–9, 2024 at Daemen University in Amherst, New York. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2024.

    In recognition of the Media Ecology’s 25th anniversary and convention setting, the theme of the 2024 conference is community. The conference will take place on the Daemen University campus in Amherst, NY. Amherst is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in America due to a community focus and investment in outlets for cultivating “relationally modern” young adults who are able to withstand and navigate intricacies of contemporary life in a digital landscape (Singer, 2014). The Daemen campus is just minutes from Buffalo, colloquially referred to as The City of Good Neighbors — a moniker evidenced by citizen responses to public tragedy and remarkable weather events.

    Media ecology has roots in, borrows from, and advances notions pertinent to the intersection of community, democracy, culture, and the nature of cities. Many principal figures in the tradition of media ecology scholarship have worked closely in these areas, from Mumford’s attention to life in urban environments, to Carey’s concerns about democratic participation, as well as Gumpert and Drucker’s many talks and publications dealing with the intersection of said themes.

    The annual meeting of the MEA provides an opportunity for our community of scholars, educators, professionals, artists, and practitioners to exchange experiences and ideas in a friendly environment. Participants at MEA conventions address a wide diversity of topics in our program. We encourage submissions that explore media ecological approaches from any number of different disciplines and fields of knowledge and social practice. We are interested in papers, thematic panels, roundtable discussion panels, creative projects, performance sessions, and other proposals of interest to media ecologists.

    While we are open to explorations on any topic of interest to media ecologists, we also include a convention theme with the aim of generating further discussion and probes involving multiple perspectives. Submissions do not have to address the theme, but are invited to do so.

    Guidelines for Submission

    Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by February 1, 2024 to MEA2024@daemen.eduA maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted. Authors who wish to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s).

    Submission Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:

    1. Include title(s), abstract(s) (maximum 250 words), and contact information for each participant.
    2. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel will fit with the convention theme.
    3. Authors with papers submitted as part of a panel proposal or as a paper proposal who wish to be considered for Top Paper or Top Student Paper (see our Awards page for more details) must send the completed manuscript (see guidelines below) to the convention planners before the convention.

    Submission guidelines for manuscripts for authors who wish to be considered for the Top Paper or Top Student Paper award:

    1. Manuscripts should be 4,000–6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages)
    2. Include a cover page with your institutional affiliation and other contact information.
    3. Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).

    Please stay tuned for more information. Questions? Contact us.

  • 14 Nov 2023 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From our friends at the Media Ecology Association:

    The Media Ecology Association is proud to announce our first student symposium, scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd, 2024, exclusively conducted online. This symposium is aimed at offering students of all levels an opportunity to present their media ecology scholarship as the centerpiece of an official organizational event. The symposium will feature panels of student work throughout the day, conducted via Zoom, and each panel will be assigned a respondent from the MEA Executive Board for constructive feedback aimed at celebrating and advancing scholarship in our field.

    Participation is limited to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students, officially enrolled at institutions of higher learning. Attendance is open to the general public. Registration is free to all MEA members. Non-Members will be able to register for a fee of $10.

    Guidelines for Submission

    Please submit paper and panel proposals, in English, by December 15, 20223 to MEAStudentSymposium2024@gmail.com. A maximum of two submissions per author will be accepted. Authors who wish their papers to be considered for the Top Paper award must indicate this on their submission(s).

    Submission Guidelines for paper and panel proposals:

    Include title(s), abstract(s) (maximum 250 words), and contact information for each participant. Outline, as relevant, how your paper or panel relates to media ecology.

    Authors with papers submitted as part of a panel proposal or as a paper proposal that wish to be considered for Top Paper award must send the completed paper to the symposium planner by January 8, 2024.

    Manuscripts should be 4,000–6,000 words (approximately 15 to 25 double-spaced pages) Include a cover page with your institutional affiliation and other contact information. Include an abstract (maximum 150 words).

  • 8 Jul 2023 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following the 71st Annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Dr. Lera Boroditsky on Oct. 27th, the IGS will host a symposium on Non-Aristotelian Perspectives, Ecological Approaches, and the Anthropocene on Oct. 28th-29th at the Players in NYC.

    We welcome papers and proposals that relate to the topics of general semantics, linguistics and semiotics, media ecology, communication and culture, science and the empirical method, epistemology and phenomenology, cybernetics and systems theory, technology and society, art and perception, cognition and consciousness, evolution and emergence, health and human potential, etc.

    Send inquiries regarding participation and submissions to IGS President Lance Strate <president@generalsemantics.org>.


  • 8 Jul 2023 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Institute of General Semantics is pleased to sponsor an online asynchronous course on Language and Thought to be taught by IGS Trustee Mary P. Lahman, Professor Emerita of Communication Studies at Manchester University and author of Awareness and Action. As an asynchronous course, students will be able to engage with the course material and interact from anywhere in the world, and at any time during the 12 day-period from Aug. 7th-Aug. 18th. The course is being offered via the Canvas learning management system. An ebook edition of the required text, Lahman, M. P. (2018). Action and Awareness: A Travel Companion, will be provided free of charge. The seminar fee is $100 for IGS members, $150 for non-members.

    For more information, and to register, click here.




  • 1 Jul 2023 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Nominations for the

    Institute of General Semantics

    2023 Prizes and Awards

                 

    The Sanford I. Berman Award

    The Berman Award recognizes excellence in teaching general semantics. The award is open to educators on any level of formal schooling, as well as teachers participating in non-traditional settings. Entry requirements: A letter of nomination or self-nomination and supporting materials.

     

    The Christine L. Nystrom Prize

    The Nystrom Prize is awarded to a student currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral level graduate program for outstanding scholarship in the form of a paper on the topic of symbols and meaning. The winning entry will be published in the IGS journal, ETC: A Review of General Semantics, and receive a cash prize of $500. Entry requirements: A

    letter from an advisor attesting to the student’s current status, and a paper taking the form of a scholarly article (entries should be previously unpublished).

     

    The S.I. Hayakawa Book Prize

    The Hayakawa Book Prize is awarded to the most outstanding work published in the past five years on topics of direct relevance to the discipline of general semantics. The prize includes a cash award of $1,000. Entry requirements: A letter of nomination or self-nomination and one copy of the book.

     

    The IGS awards and prizes will be presented at our annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture in New York City on October 27, 2023. Winners will be invited to attend and participate in our symposium to follow on October 28-29, 2023).

     

    Send inquiries and nominations to IGS President Lance Strate at president@generalsemantics.org

     

    Deadline for nominations: July 31, 2023.


  • 8 Mar 2023 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Introduction to General Semantics
    An In-Person Seminar
    June 19-21
    New York City

    The Institute of General Semantics is pleased to sponsor an in-person seminar on general semantics and related non-aristotelian systems. The 3-day intensive course will include lecture, discussion, and exercises designed to provide participants with a thorough grounding in the discipline and its applications.

    The seminar leaders will include IGS trustees Mary P. Lahman, Corey Anton, and Lance Strate. The seminar fee is $100 for IGS members, $150 for non-members, and will cover the cost of course materials. 

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • 8 Mar 2023 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Institute of General Semantics invites submissions for its Ecologies of Mind, Media, and Meaning 2 Symposium, to be held online via Zoom on Saturday, April 29th.

    Last year’s online symposium sponsored by the IGS, Science, Sanity, and the Semantic Environment 2, featured 20 presentations from Australia, Asia, Europe, and South and North America. This year we again continue the theme from this past October’s in-person symposium accompanying our annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture in New York City, which was chosen in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Steps to an Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson.

    We welcome presentations on topics related to general semantics, including language and symbolic communication, meaning and perception, epistemology and evaluation, etc.; on topics related to media ecology, including representation and reality, technology and environments, art and awareness, etc.; and topics related to cybernetics, systems theory, schismogenesis, etc.

    Please send all submissions and queries to IGS President Lance Strate at president@generalsemantics.org by April 1st, 2023.

  • 3 Dec 2022 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    “Politics and General Semantics”

    Looking at the world today, we find much polarization, unrest and political turmoil. People squabble, gossip, jump to conclusions, traffic in hearsay, and engage in many forms of interaction that contribute to the overall dis-ease of the political milieu and social world. Over the past decade, families and familiar bonds have sour over political disputes. Many people do not want this and they wish the world were a saner place, but they lack the resources for both understanding political unrest and for handling it.

    To what extent does general semantics hold vital resources for those who would grasp political quandaries?

    What orientations, practices or principles from general semantics best helps people deal with the contemporary political climate? For example, how do concepts such as “Consciousness of abstracting,” “non-allness,” “indexing,” “dating,” “etc.” help people in thinking clearly about political issues? Which issues, specifically, would benefit most from the insights of general semantics? For example, how might someone well-versed in general semantics talk about topics such as: 2nd amendment, mask mandates, LGBTQ, abortion, black lives matter, the me-too movement, Q-Anon & conspiracy theory, gerrymandering, fake news, etc.? Would those most versed in general semantics likely lean to either the left or the right of the political spectrum, or to the middle, or, might they be less inclined to engage in certain kinds of political discourse, especially where terms are ill-defined and/or things taken out of context?

    This CALL FOR PAPERS seeks to solicit papers, of any length, for a special issue of ETC. We are seeking meaningful contributions to the question of how, exactly, the study and practice of general semantics can help people understand and handle political strife. 

    Papers should be formatted to either APA or MLA. For submissions, No Later Than March 1st, 2023, and/or for more information, please contact Corey Anton (antonc@gvsu.edu).


  • 2 Dec 2022 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The IGS will be a co-sponsor of the 24th annual Media Ecology Association convention, to be held at Fordham University in New York City on June 22-25, 2023. Featured speakers include Michael Schudson, Richard Sennett, Douglas Rushkoff, and Vera Dika. For more information, click here.

  • 20 Aug 2021 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Institute of General Semantics is hosting the 69th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture and a two-day general semantics symposium at the Players Club in New York City on October 1-3, 2021.

    Reservations are required to attend the events.  Reservations and papers are now being accepted.

    • To reserve your spot at the AKML and symposium, click here.
    • Call for Papers Details:

    Science, Sanity, and the Semantic Environment

    Submission Deadline: September 1, 2021

    The Institute of General Semantics is sponsoring a two-day general semantics symposium co-sponsored by the New York Society for General Semantics and the Media Ecology Association. The symposium — titled Science, Sanity, and the Semantic Environment — will be hosted October 2-3, 2021, at The Players Club in New York City. It will follow the 69th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture, which will be presented on Friday evening, October 1st, 2021.

    Email papers, proposals, and inquiries on this year’s theme by September 1, 2021, to Lance Strate (President, Institute of General Semantics) at president@generalsemantics.org.

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