Marshall McLuhan & Religious Thought: A Symposium, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto


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This revised announcement and call for papers is being made because of erroneous dates on the previous posting.


Marshall McLuhan and Religious Thought: A Symposium 

University of Saint Michael’s College, University of Toronto 

September 21-22, 2012 

Domenico Pietropaolo, Principal of St. Mike’s, Jenna Sunkenberg, St. Mike’s Professor, and Robert K. Logan, St. Mike’s Fellow are planning a two day symposium to discuss the work of Marshall McLuhan vis-à-vis religious thought. Marshall McLuhan was catholic in the two senses of the term. It is well known that he was a devoted Roman Catholic who was deeply religious. It is also the case that he was catholic in the universal sense of the word in that he embraced and studied the thought of the many diverse cultures and religions of the Global Village. We hope through this symposium to explore what we can learn about religious thought and practice from the thinking of Marshall McLuhan. We are interested in all aspects of religious and spiritual thought. 

The idea for this symposium, which came from the President of St. Michael’s Sister Anderson and Principal Domenico Pietropaolo, arose from a panel discussion on religious thought organized by the McLuhan Legacy Network, along with a Memorial Mass at St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church that was held to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Marshall McLuhan, during the week of  July 18 to 24, 2011. The President and the Principal as a result of those events felt that a more extended discussion of the themes touched on during the panel discussion was in order and hence proposed this symposium. 

We are honoured to have Dr. Eric McLuhan, the holder of an honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters from St. Mikes and a participant of the original panel last July, as one of our keynote speakers. Eric is a well-known and prolific author who is also the editor of a collection of his father’s essays entitled The Medium and the Light: Reflections on Religion. Those planning to participate in this symposium might wish to read this excellent collection of essays. We are equally honoured to have as our other keynote speaker, Professor Elena Lamberti of the University of Bologna, author of the recently published book, Marshall McLuhan’s Mosaic: Probing the Literary Origins of Media Studies

In this call for papers we are soliciting presentations of 20 to 30 minutes (depending on the number of accepted presentations) that will be presented in plenary sessions to be held between Professor Lamberti’s opening keynote on September 21 and Dr. Eric McLuhan’s closing keynote on September 22. A selection of the papers presented at the symposium will be collected, edited and published by St. Michael’s College in collaboration with an associated publisher.

We request that you email your abstract of not more than 300 words and a short personal biography to Dr. Robert K. Logan at

The deadline for the abstract submission is August 13, 2012. 

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