Marshall McLuhan: Social Media Between Faith & Culture – An International Conference




                                An International Conference                                 

Dates:  September 21-22, 2012
Location: Charbonnel Lounge, Elmsley Hall, 81 St. Mary Street, (                    

The University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto

Friday, September 21   –   Admission Free  

9:00      Welcome

9:30 to 12:30      Session A   –   Chair: TBA

Timothy Madigan, St. John Fisher College – Saint John Fisher College & Marshall McLuhan

Michael O’Connor, St Michael’s College – Microphones in Church

10:30   Break (15 minutes)

Timothy J. Buell – Spiritual Symmetries: Blake and McLuhan

Reid Locklin, St. Michael’s College – Sacred Orality, Sacred Dialogue: Walter J. Ong & the Practice of Hindu-Christian Studies

Pouneh Saeedi, USMC – Semiotics of Simultaneity: Religious Reflections in McLuhan’s Mass (Age)

12:30 to 1:30     Lunch

1:30 to 4:15       Session B   –   Chair: TBA

Ruthanne Wrobel, Havergal College, Independent Scholar – The Trials of Susanna Told Through Tetrads

Peter Nesselroth, University of Toronto – ‘In the beginning was the Pun’: McLuhan’s Word-play as Faith-in-practice”

Michael Giobbe, Boston, Independent scholar – Loving The Lord With Your Whole Mind: Reflections on Theology, Church History, Neuroscience & Media Ecology

Derrick de Kerckhove, University of Toronto – Perception & the Senses in the Faith of Marshall McLuhan

4:15   Break (15 minutes)

4:30  Keynote address   –   Elena Lamberti, University of Bologna – When New Technologies are Old: Re-Thinking about Electric Communi(on)cation in the Age of Social Media

5:30 Reception

Saturday, 22 September

9:30 – 12:30      Session Chair: TBA

Adam D’Arcy Niven, Perth Bible College – The Cruciform Medium of the Church

Nadia Delicata, University of Malta – McLuhan & the Christian Life Today

10:30   Break (15 minutes)

Dan Browne, Filmmaker & Multimedia Artist – McLuhan as Mystic: The Role of the Artist

Paolo Granata, University of Bologna – A Return to Magic: the (Go) Spell of Technology in Marshall McLuhan’s Thought

12:30 to 1:30       Lunch

1:30 – 3:30        Session   –   Chair: TBA

Derek Robinson, Independent Scholar – Divine Inversions – Marshall McLuhan’s Visionary Recital Meets the Book at the End of its Trope

Malcom Dean,  Brain Research Institute, UCLA – Physics  &  McLuhan’s Theology of Information

Jenna Sunkenberg, St. Michael’s College – McLuhan as Pedagogy: Waking up Narcissus.

 3:30  Break (15 minutes)

 3:45 – 5:00       Session E

Round-table discussion on Curriculum implications of conference themes

Moderator:   Mark McGowan, St. Michael’s College

3 speakers:   John Pungente, Regis College; Yannick Portebois, University of Toronto; Francesco Guardiani, University of Toronto

5: 00   Closing lecture – Robert Logan, University of Toronto – McLuhan’s  Roman Catholic Background & the Catholic Purview of  Social Media

5:30 Conclusion:  Domenico Pietropaolo, St Michael’s College

Organizing Committee: Domenico Pietropaolo – Convener, Jenna Sunkenberg, Robert Logan, Monica Phonsavatdy

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