Another season of public programming at the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology has come to an end. The Mechanical Bro Monday Night Seminar series wrapped up on April 1st after a year-long investigation of the machinic logics of contemporary culture. The Mondays brought in a fabulous range of scholars, artists and activists. We were thrilled to welcome an ever-expanding and always engaging audience. We will be announcing next year’s theme in a few months. You can be sure it will be inspired by Marshall McLuhan and will cover a range of “HOT” topics in technology and culture ;)
For the next few months, the coach house will be in deep research and study mode. Our PhD reading/writing groups are continuing to meet regularly. Please contact Alex Ross if you would like to participate in the Graduate Student Reading Group in Media Studies. We are happy to continue to support and house the Digital Islamophobia and You’re Deactivated working groups over the summer months as they move their projects into the next stages of research and writing. Be sure to follow the 6 Place Toronto Working Group as their walk-shops and talks will continue through the summer as well.
I would also like to take a moment to thank visiting scholar and Massey Fellow Junichi Miyazawa, for his participation and extraordinary photos.
-- Sarah Sharma (April 2019)
We are thrilled to announce the call for next year's Working Groups, open to all University of Toronto faculty and graduate students. Click the button below for complete details.
The McLuhan Centre for Culture and TechnologyWorking Groups are a central part of our intellectual and creative energy. This past year, we had eight working groups at the centre: Black Technoscience "Here", Illegible Media, Affect, Propaganda and Political Imagination, What is Left for Humans?, Digital Islamophobia, You're Deactivated, Advancing "App" Studies, and 6Place Toronto. You can read more about previous Working Groups here: www.mcluhancentre.ca/research
6 Place Toronto walking tour to the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant with Jamie Allen.
Images from the wonderfully generative Transnational Feminism in a Time of Digital Islamophobia research symposium held this past March in the Coach House. The event was organized and hosted by the Digital Islamophobia Working Group at the McLuhan Centre. It included speakers: Naidia Caidi, Zeinab Farokhi, Banu Gokariksel, Hazal Halavut, Faiza Hirji, Yasmin Jiwani, Barbara Perry, Kumi Silva, Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani, and Jasmin Zine.
The Coach House this Winter (taken by Program + Events Research Assistant, Patty Facy) and a visit from Andrew McLuhan with Director, Professor Sarah Sharma.
A selection of Monday Night Seminars with (clockwise from top): the crowd from Simone Browne's discussion with the Illegible Media Working Group: Jessica Lapp, Rianka Singh, Karen Dewart McEwen, and Rebecca Noone;Jasmine Rault, T.L Cowan, and Zach Blas (not pictured); Bianca Wylie, Shannon Mattern, Beth Coleman (not pictured); Sun-ha Hong, Whitney Phillips; Simone Browne.