Call for Applications for Director of the McLuhan Centre

Call for Applications for Director of the McLuhan Centre

Dear McLuhan Centre Colleagues and Friends

It is a great pleasure to be able to forward you the call for applications for the position of Director of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology [with the rank of associate or full professor at University of Toronto]. This is a major milestone for us as it represents a significant commitment on the part of the Faculty of Information (aka UofT iSchool) and the University of Toronto to securing the future growth and development of the McLuhan Centre.

Thank you all for your commitment and support of the Centre in past years. Can I ask you to read the position description and to encourage suitable applicants to put in an application.

Once again, thank you for your support for and engagement with the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology.

Yours
Seamus

Professor Seamus Ross, CorrFRSE
&
Interim Director, The McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology

[Position Description]

Special Event: Canadian Content in a Digital World

Special Event: Canadian Content in a Digital World

20160422

Richard Stursberg will moderate a group of thinkers (Don McLeanPeter GrantRamona Pringle, Tessa Sproule) in response to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Melanie Joly, asking for comments on the future of media and Canadian Content in a digital world.

“Canada’s cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of our economy. The intersection of culture and technology holds tremendous potential for our country’s growth and prosperity.
As we adjust to the realities of rapid technological advances and changing consumer behaviour, I am launching consultations to better understand the challenges and opportunities brought on by this transformation.
These consultations will provide an opportunity to listen and learn from Canadians and examine the federal government’s current cultural policy toolkit.
This project is driven by our belief that the time is ripe to review the role of the federal government in helping Canada’s creative sector navigate this transformation and chart a course to ensure that we are poised to position ourselves as global leaders.
As we engage in the pre-consultation phase of this project, I invite you to help define the scope of the consultation by completing the questionnaire below.”

Peter Grant is Counsel and past chair of our Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group in Toronto. He has pioneered the field of communications law in Canada, and his practice is substantially devoted to this field, including broadcasting and cable television licensing, satellite services, copyright negotiations, mass media and press law, cultural industries and telecommunications regulation.

Don McLean, Dean of the Faculty of Music since 2011, is best known as an innovative leader, faculty administrator, and professor of music theory and musicology. Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal through the Canada Council in 2012 for his “exploration of the changing context of music in the academy and society, and innovations in infrastructure development and interdisciplinary teaching and research,” Dean McLean is also known for his signature black T-shirts.

Ramona Pringle (MPS, BFA.) is a producer, interactive video artist and host. She specializes in digital multiplatform production and has developed and produced work for CBC, TVO, CTV and PBS where she worked as interactive producer on Frontline’s Digital Nation.
Ramona is currently in production on Rdigitalife.com, which explores the evolving relationship between people and technology, and an interactive documentary project based on her research project Avatar Secrets which has been featured in the New York Times, and presented at events including SXSW, TEDx and Ignite.

Richard Stursberg is a Canadian Media Executive. He has been head of all English services at the CBC, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, President of Starchoice and Cancom (now Shaw Direct), President of the Canadian Cable Television Association and Assistant Deputy Minister of Culture and Broadcasting for the Government of Canada. He is currently President of Aljess, a boutique consulting firm. He is the author of The Tower of Babble (2012), named one of the best books of the year by the Globe and Mail.

Tessa Sproule is a digital innovator, visionary leader and change agent with an intense clarity of vision for the future and proven intuition for identifying opportunities in the unrelenting advance of disruptive technologies in the media space. For nearly two decades, she worked with the CBC at the front lines as the media landscape changed, leading legacy media’s response through the dramatically shifting storytelling space. Now she takes a place at the front of the shift as the co-founder VUBBLE, a soon-to-launch digital content discovery service that merges human curation with artificial intelligence in the on-demand short-form video space.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

Counterblasting Canada

Counterblasting Canada

G. BETTS, P. HJARTARSON, K. SMITKA (Eds.)
Counterblasting Canada
University of Alberta Press, 2016

With Gregory Betts, Kristine Smitka, Adam Welch

In 1914, Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis—the founders of Vorticism—undertook an unprecedented analysis of the present, its technologies, communication, politics, and architecture. The essays in Counterblasting Canada trace the influence of Vorticism on Marshall McLuhan and Canadian Modernism. Building on the initial accomplishment of Blast, McLuhan’s subsequent Counterblast, and the network of artistic and intellectual relationships that flourished in Canadian Vorticism, the contributors offer groundbreaking examinations of postwar Canadian literary culture, particularly the legacies of Sheila and Wilfred Watson. Intended primarily for scholars of literature and communications, Counterblasting Canada explores a crucial and long-overlooked strand in Canadian cultural and literary history.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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“The Burning Would”

“The Burning Would”

Jane Jacobs and Marshall McLuhan at #Jane100

With Paul Bedford, Ken Greenberg, Denise Pinto.

Weekly bull sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of participants – academics, business people, scientists, artists, designers and planners – explore the mosaic of the metaphoric city as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

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Total Posthuman: Remembering The Extreme Now

Total Posthuman: Remembering The Extreme Now

exp4In an exploration of the persistent power of symbols, we juxtapose scenes from Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s 1977 film Our Hitler with theories from Marshall McLuhan and the Frankfurt School on the totalitarian potential of media environments. We then consider the contemporary cultural tension whereby the power of digital networks to connect humans is tempered by the tendency to recombine human “material” to give birth to the obscure yet pervasive phenomenon of the “posthuman.”

Probing the hidden structures of new media environments, the New Explorations Group seeks not only to conceive but also to perceive the ways in which our psyches and cultures are being transformed by our intimate relationships with (de-)evolving technologies.
This series is curated by Adam Pugen (UofT iSchool). Open to all interested parties.

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