Welcome to the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology Newsletter!
As the Fall semester comes to a close, we wanted to share the events, activities, and research that brought the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology to life this past year. We also want to give you a peak at what’s coming up next semester. Thank you to all the speakers, students, scholars, artists, activists and audience members who contributed their energy and ideas to the McLuhan Centre this year! We’ve loved opening up the Coach House doors on Monday Nights to our big thinkers and engaged audience. We’re also excited to offer new research opportunities, as well as a collaborative writing and working space, for students and faculties across campus. We will use this newsletter to keep you up to date.
THE MONDAY NIGHT SEMINAR WINTER LINE-UP Monday Night Seminarscarry on the tradition of Marshall McLuhan’s public seminars at the University of Toronto. They are designed to challenge prevailing cultural notions about technology and provoke new insight on the possibilities for a more equitable technological future.
The Mechanical Bro: Folklore of Technology series starts again on January 28, 2019!
Some of our upcoming guests include: Sun-Ha Hong, Cait McKinney, Ben Peters, Jasmine Rault, T.L Cowan, Zach Blas, Simone Brown, Il/legible Media PhD Working Group (Faculty of Information), Shannon Mattern, Whitney M. Phillips, Selena Nemorin, Bianca Wylie, Aphra Kerr, Stephanie Duguay + Nick Witheford.
Tickets are released for registration roughly two weeks before each talk. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to know when registration is open.
The Mechanical Bro: Folklore of Technology series (images above and below) has brought together a vibrant and energetic group of scholars, artists, and activists. We look forward to more of the same in 2019!
Images: (top left, clockwise) Morehshin Allahyari. Sarah Sharma, Melissa Gregg, Alison Hearn + Natasha Dow Schull. Ladan Siad + Nasma Ahmed. Rhonda McEwen + David Parisi. Megan Boler, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young + Jeremy Packer. Lisa Nakamura + Tara McPherson.
WORKING GROUP EVENTS This year the Centre welcomed eight working groups. These research groups are composed of faculty in diverse interdisciplinary units and faculties across the University of Toronto. They are guided by the intentions of Marshall McLuhan, as stated in the draft constitution from 1965: "The Centre is intended to supplement the present departments or their courses of instruction leading to degrees. It will foster a dialogue between the departments, the faculties, the Library and the Administration, in matters relating to cultural change resulting from technological innovation"
Here are some upcoming working group events:
ACTIVATING HERE WHERE OUR FUTURE IS NOW
December 7, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Join Black Technoscience “Here” for the next Technoscience Salon with d’bi.young anitafrika and Najla Nubyanluv (Watah Theatre)
Location: 728 Bissell Building (140 St. George St.)
FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
SYMPOSIUM: TRANSNATIONAL FEMINISM IN A TIME OF DIGITAL ISLAMOPHOBIA
Our Working Group, Digital Islamophobia is busy preparing for their symposium, which will be held on March 8, 2019. We will post more information on how to participate in January.
VISIT OUR SITE to learn more about all the Working Groups supported by the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology.
NEW MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM
Introducing the new team of people working with us this year to expand and develop research, events, and communications. Grayson Lee and Alexander Ross (top left) each hold a PhD Fellowship with the Centre for 2018/19. Patty Facy (top right) is the new Program + Events Research Assistant, Rianka Singh (bottom left) is a Research Assistant working with the Director (Sarah Sharma) on projects related to McLuhan and media studies, and Erin MacKeen (bottom right) is the Design + Communications Lead.
Many thanks to Sarah Wilkins, last year's Program + Events Research Assistant.
You can read team bios HERE.
AUDIO FROM MANY MCLUHANS
Photos and audio from the Many McLuhans symposium celebrating the UNESCO Memory of the World Designation for Marshall McLuhan's archive and library are now online! If you weren't able to join us for this fabulous event on September 21, 2018, this is a great way to listen to the amazing contributions, on a wide range of topics, related to historical and contemporary takes on McLuhan Studies scholarship. LISTEN HERE