Many McLuhans: A symposium in celebration of the UNESCO Memory of the World...

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

120 St George Street

Toronto, ON M5S 1A5


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Please join us for a symposium to celebrate and mark the designation of the Marshall McLuhan Library held at the the University of Toronto and the McLuhan Archives held at Library and Archives Canada into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Organized and sponsored by the Library and Archives Canada, the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology at the Faculty of Information and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

To view the UNESCO designation announcement, please click here.

This all-day event brings together an interdisciplinary set of McLuhan inspired media and communication theorists, artists and educators to discuss the significance of McLuhan and the archive to their own work and practice.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration required.

Keynote Lecture: John Durham Peters (English/Film/Media Studies, Yale University)
Special Guest: Andrew McLuhan (McLuhan Institute, Prince Edward County)


Larry Alford (Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries)
Robert Fisher (LAC, Library and Archives Canada)
John Shoesmith (Outreach Librarian, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)
Michael McLuhan (McLuhan Estate)
Sarah Sharma (Director, McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology)

​SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER​ (10:20 - 11:15 AM)
Andrew McLuhan (McLuhan Institute, Prince Edward County)
Breaking the rules, by the book
Response and Q&A with Seamus Ross

​SPEAKERS ONE (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
The Logic of the Substitute: Harley Parker After Understanding Media
Gary Genosko (Communication, Ontario Institute of Technology)

McLuhan: Progenitor of Post-Humanism
Jody Berland (Humanities, York University)

Reading McLuhan Reading Ulysses
Alan Galey (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto)

​LUNCH (12:30 - 1:30 PM)

SPEAKERS TWO (1:30 - 2:30 PM)
Our Unique Ratios: Sonic Media and Canadian Identity
Mitchell Akiyama (Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto)

The Sensorium Revisited
Rhonda McEwen (ICCIT/Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto)

Rhetoric, Ecology, Media
Daniel Adleman (Innis College, University of Toronto)

SPEAKERS THREE (2:30 - 3:30 PM)
Explorations in Anonymous History
Janine Marchessault (Cinema and Media Studies, York University)
Michael Darroch (School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor)

FEEDBACK: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts, the recursive exhibition and symposium project
Baruch Gottlieb (Canadian Visual Artist/Digital Aesthetics University of Arts, Berlin)

​Reading McLuhan for Sparks
Paolo Granata (Book and Media Studies, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto)

​BREAK (3:30 - 3:45 PM)

SPEAKERS FOUR (3:45 - 4:45 PM)
Textual Galaxies
Ganaele Langlois (Communication, York University)

The (Black) Elephant in the Room: McLuhan and the Racial
Armond Towns (Communication, University of Denver)

In Search of Media Theory
Liam Cole Young (Communication, Carleton University)

​KEYNOTE LECTURE (5:15 - 6:15 PM)
John Durham Peters (English/Film/Media Studies, Yale University)
Reading Over McLuhan’s Shoulder

The Fisher Rare Book Library will have a curated selection of McLuhan’s archives on display.

At the reception, come play The Medium with Paolo Granata, a board game inspired by McLuhan.

​The event will also feature a launch of the print edition of Marshall McLuhan and the Arts by editors Jaqueline McLeod Rogers and Adam Lauder.

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