The Draft Program for The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next International Conference (Toronto, October 13-16, 2016)


 Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Program Committee, I am very pleased to let you know that the draft program for The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next International Conference (Toronto, October 13-16, 2016) is now available online: 

The conference brings together theorists, experimentalists, and technologists from different disciplines to share and nurture ideas, and to engage in dialogue on the origins, rise, decline and rebirth of the Toronto School of Communication.

100+ speakers, 32 panels, 21 countries, 6 social events, 1 photo-documentary exhibition, and a wide range of cultural initiatives that will make the conference unforgettable!

Finally, please be reminded that the deadline for Early Bird Registration is only four weeks away – Wednesday August 31


We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto!

Paolo Granata, Conference Chair

Download the draft program

Invited Speakers

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; 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; Mark Lipton, University of Guelph; Robert Logan, University of Toronto; Janine Marchessault, York University; Eric McLuhan, Indipendend Scholar; Joshua Meyrowitz, University of New Hampshire; B.W. Powe, York University; Erhard Schüttpelz, Siegen University; Rita Watson, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and more…


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.

“An Intellectual Revolution”. Watch our video!

Social Events (OCT 15)

Glenn Gould and the Toronto School: Words, Music, Images

As part of the international conference, “The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next” (October 13-16, 2016), the Alliance Française, in collaboration with the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and the Glenn Gould Foundation is pleased to present “Glenn Gould and the Toronto School: Words, Music, Images”.
Conceived as a moving an engaging evening of pictures, performances, and conversations, this multimedia event will feature prominent commentators, musical performances, and screenings that will enable to reconsider and assess the unique legacy of one of the twentieth century’s most renowned and internationally acclaimed Canadians.
Photo by Mark Laurie, sculpture by Ruth Abernethy, courtesy of The Glenn Gould Foundation.

Manuscripts and Marginalia

Hosted and organized in collaboration with the Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. Manuscripts, letters and other rare material from the U of T archives will be displayed, each belonging to the main representatives of the Toronto School. Attendees of this event will interact with such materials as manuscripts from Harold Innis, letters and manuscripts from Northrop Frye, and manuscripts and marginalia from Marshall McLuhan’s working library.

Edmund Carpenter: Dialogues, Diversions & Digressions

Co-curated by Michael Darroch, Hart Cohen, Paul Heyer and Janine Marchessault, in collaboration with the estate of Edmund Carpenter. This public presentation will showcase a selection of interviews, collaborative film experiments, and archival materials representing Carpenter’s lifework in research scholarship and pedagogy before and after his collaborations with McLuhan.

Early Bird Registration ends August 31

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