12,989 The Toronto School: Then & Now, International Conference (Toronto, October 13-16, 2016)

Getting ready for the most exciting conference of the year!

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Program Committee, I am very pleased to let you know that the draft program for The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next International Conference (Toronto, October 13-16, 2016) is now available online: www.thetorontoschool.ca

The conference brings together theorists, experimentalists, and technologists from different disciplines to share and nurture ideas, and to engage in dialogue on the origins, rise, decline and rebirth of the Toronto School of Communication.

100+ speakers, 32 panels, 21 countries, 6 social events, 1 photo-documentary exhibition, and a wide range of cultural initiatives that will make the conference unforgettable!

Finally, please be reminded that the deadline for Early Bird Registration is only four weeks away – Wednesday August 31

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto!

Paolo Granata, Conference Chair

Download the draft program

Invited Speakers

William Buxton, Concordia University; Richard Cavel, University of British Columbia; Hart Cohen, Western Sydney University; Derrick De Kerckhove, University of Toronto; Sara Diamond, OCAD University; Paul Elie, Georgetown University; Gary Genosko, University of Ontario; Brian Russell Graham, Aalborg University; Jerry Harp, Lewis & Clark College; Paul Heyer, Wilfrid Laurier University; Ursula Huws, University of Hertfordshire; Mark Kingwell, University of Toronto; Arthur Kroker, University of Victoria; Elena Lamberti, University of Bologna; Claude Le Fustec, Rennes 2 University; Mark Lipton, University of Guelph; Robert Logan, University of Toronto; Janine Marchessault, York University; Eric McLuhan, Indipendend Scholar; Joshua Meyrowitz, University of New Hampshire; B.W. Powe, York University; Erhard Schüttpelz, Siegen University; Rita Watson, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and more…


John Ralston Saul

Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine, Saul has received many awards and prizes, including Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal, South Korea’s Manhae Grand Prize for Literature and The Gutenberg Galaxy Award for Literature.


McLuhan on Campus:
Local Inspirations, Global Visions

Physically situated within the dynamic learning space of the first floor of the John M. Kelly Library, this photo-documentary exhibition will explore the development of Marshall McLuhan’s theories in the context of his academic and personal life at St. Michael’s College. Incorporating mixed media, archival photographs and documents, the exhibition will focus on McLuhan’s personal connections with his academic colleagues in Toronto and with thinkers around the world, but with particular emphasis on the formulation of McLuhan’s thoughts on media, religion and literature prior to 1960 and the cultural exchange of ideas that would ultimately lead to McLuhan’s renowned stature as a cultural icon, visionary intellectual and scholar of his time and ours.

The exhibition will open on October 13th in conjunction with the Lectio Magistralis by writer and scholar Paul Elie for “The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next” International Conference and the unveiling of a painting Pied Pipers Allby René Cera. The occasion will be marked by a reception at the Kelly Library and the exhibition will remain on display until the end of December.

OCTOBER 13, St. Michael’s College

Paul Elie

Senior Fellow with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Director of the American Pilgrimage Project, Georgetown University.

“An Intellectual Revolution”. Watch our video!

Social Events (OCT 15)

Glenn Gould and the Toronto School:
Words, Music, Images

As part of the international conference, “The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next” (October 13-16, 2016), the Alliance Française, in collaboration with the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and the Glenn Gould Foundation is pleased to present “Glenn Gould and the Toronto School: Words, Music, Images”.
Conceived as a moving an engaging evening of pictures, performances, and conversations, this multimedia event will feature prominent commentators, musical performances, and screenings that will enable to reconsider and assess the unique legacy of one of the twentieth century’s most renowned and internationally acclaimed Canadians.
Photo by Mark Laurie, sculpture by Ruth Abernethy, courtesy of The Glenn Gould Foundation.

Manuscripts and Marginalia

Hosted and organized in collaboration with the Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. Manuscripts, letters and other rare material from the U of T archives will be displayed, each belonging to the main representatives of the Toronto School. Attendees of this event will interact with such materials as manuscripts from Harold Innis, letters and manuscripts from Northrop Frye, and manuscripts and marginalia from Marshall McLuhan’s working library.

Edmund Carpenter: Dialogues, Diversions & Digressions

Co-curated by Michael Darroch, Hart Cohen, Paul Heyer and Janine Marchessault, in collaboration with the estate of Edmund Carpenter. This public presentation will showcase a selection of interviews, collaborative film experiments, and archival materials representing Carpenter’s lifework in research scholarship and pedagogy before and after his collaborations with McLuhan.

THE VENUES The Isabel Bader Theatre / St. Michael’s College / Victoria College

Early Bird Registration ends August 31

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The conference is organized by the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, an initiative of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto that aims to continue the ground-breaking work initiated by the Canadian thinker Marshall McLuhan. The Centre fosters and supports innovative scholarship, interdisciplinary research and public discourse, specifically within the fields of culture, technology and communications, all in keeping with the tradition of the Toronto School of Communication.
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