The Toronto School: Then | Now | Next - International Conference assembles a unique group of Canadian and international interdisciplinary experts on media, communication and culture — including researchers from humanities, social sciences, science and technology departments, artists, and leading public thinkers.
6 special events
A multi-media exhibition
A Town Hall Meeting
An Awards Gala Dinner
Keynote: John Ralston Saul
An Intellectual Revolution
Between the 1930s and 1970s, a community of intellectuals coalesced in the city of Toronto to discuss and investigate communication as a complex, interdisciplinary process that structures individuals, cultures, and societies. This scholarly community, that emerged in and around the University of Toronto achieved international recognition for its innovative and trans-disciplinary approaches to the evolving societal challenges.
“The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next” Conference aims to bring together international scholars to engage in dialogue on the origins, rise, decline and the rebirth of the so-called Toronto School of Communication. Discussion will focus on its pioneers, champions but also its critics. It will examine the extent to which the Toronto School has provided a legacy that continues to offer insight on crucial and systemic issues facing contemporary society across various disciplines.
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; Bruce Elder, Ryerson 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; Paul Levinson, Fordham University; Mark Lipton, University of Guelph; Robert Logan, University of Toronto; Gail Lord, Lord Cultural Resources; Janine Marchessault, York University; Eric McLuhan, Indipendend Scholar; Joshua Meyrowitz, University of New Hampshire; B.W. Powe, York University; Erhard Schüttpelz, Siegen University; Mark Surman, Mozilla Foundation; Rita Watson, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and more...
KEYNOTE SPEAKER (OCT 14): 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.
PHOTO-DOCUMENTARY EXHIBITION: McLuhan on Campus: Local Inspirations, Global Visions
Explore the development of Marshall McLuhan's theories in the context of his academic and personal life at St. Michael's College. McLuhan's central role in the rise of the Toronto School of Communication is presented through artifacts, audio, texts, video and photographs selected from archival repositories across the University of Toronto and the Federated Colleges of St. Michael's, Trinity and Victoria. The exhibition will feature items drawn from the Special Collections and holdings at St. Michael's, including material from the Sheila and Wilfred Watson archives, Donald Theall papers and Marshall McLuhan collection. Rare and intimate examples on display include McLuhan's correspondence and collaborations with friends and colleagues on campus such as Claude Bissell, Tom Easterbrook, Carl Williams, Harold Innis, Edmund Carpenter and Northrop Frye.
Registration Fee includes a conference bag, badge and gadgets, a copy of the Conference Program, admission to all Panels, Keynote Addresses, Special Events, coffee breaks, lunches, receptions and a final dinner. Students will pay a reduced fee (Enrolment verification requested). Special hotel room rates will be available to conference attendees. See www.thetorontoschool.ca
Conference Chair, Dr. Paolo Granata
(McLuhan Centenary Fellow, Visiting Professor University of Toronto)
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We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto and “The Toronto School: Then | Now | Next” !