McLuhan Centre Winter Program Week 4: Monday Night Seminar, Feb 22; Workshop, Feb 23; Book Salon, Feb 24


Winter/Spring 2016 program of events

PEOPLE, PLACE & IMAGINATION – How does the city learn?

MONDAY, 22 FEBRUARY, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

With Misha Glouberman, Kate Marshall, Robert J. Sawyer


MISHA GLOUBERMAN does many things. He is the host of the always-sold-out Trampoline Hall Lectures, a monthly non-expert barroom lecture series. He is the author, with Sheila Heti, of The Chairs Are Where The People Go, which the New Yorker described as a “a triumph of conversational philosophy”. He teaches a course called “How to Talk to People About Things” which helps people be better at coming to agreements and resolving differences. @mishaglouberman

KATE MARSHALL has spent her professional career in a variety of advertising and marketing roles. Over the course of her career she has worked in ad agencies in Toronto, London, New York and China. Client-side, Kate has worked in marketing roles at RBC, Habitat for Humanity Canada, and since 2013 at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University as Director of Marketing & Communications. Her passion and enthusiasm for Toronto and its stories led Kate to join Heritage Toronto as a volunteer Walk Assistant in 2006, and the Heritage Toronto Board in 2011, where she is the current Chair. @kmbmarshall

ROBERT J. SAWYER the only Canadian to have won all three of the top international science fiction awards: the Nebula Award, Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award. He has published over 20 novels, including Triggers and the novels of the WWW trilogy. His novel Flashforward was adapted for an ABC TV series of the same name. A passionate advocate for science fiction, Sawyer teaches creative  writing and appears frequently in the media to discuss his genre. He prefers the label “philosophical fiction,” and in no way sees himself as a predictor of the future. @RobertJSawyer




TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

ALESSANDRO DELFANTI ICCIT, University of Toronto Mississauga


Participation and non-participation in digital media Can we draw a lesson from Melville’s novel “Bartleby” that applies to contemporary digital politics? Perhaps, if we explore non-participation as a form of mediated political action rather than as mere passivity. We generally conceive of participation in a positive sense, as a means for empowerment and a condition for democracy. However, digital participation is not the only way to achieve political goals, and practices aimed at abandoning or blocking participatory platforms can be seen as equally politically significant and relevant. In this workshop we will analyze how the technologies and practices that compose the digital sphere force us to reconsider the concept of political participation itself.




WEDNESDAY, 24 February, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Marshall McLuhan + Vilém Flusser’s Communication + Aesthetic Theories Revisited
Video Pool Media Arts Centre, 2015


This book includes discussions McLuhan and Flusser’s influence on media and communication theory as it applies to contemporary and new media art, film, philosophy and politics, and this book would be of immediate interest to readers and researchers interested in: distributed consciousness and telematics; cinema and causality; collective evolution; media and theology; digital culture; Occupy Wall Street and other political movements; cybernetics; contemporary technological art; the ideologies of clinical practice; asemic writing;  institutional critique and many other topics.



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