The Toronto School THEN | NOW | NEXT International Conference October 13-16, 2016

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THE TORONTO SCHOOL: THEN, NOW, NEXT International Conference, Toronto, October 13-16, 2016
JUST 3 WEEKS UNTIL IT BEGINS!……
 “At the heart of that experiment [Canada] lies a continuous revolutionary approach toward communication. It is somehow spatial, not linear; it has been postmodern from the beginning. It was, and still is, there in First Nations philosophy. It took on a more or less Westernized form with Harold Innis, and from Innis sprouted Marshall McLuhan, who would find the words and language and gestures for people around the world to imagine themselves communicating in a different way. And remarkably, all of this was done long before most of the technology to make it possible existed. Out of what I would call the Toronto School – including, beyond Innis and McLuhan, people such as Glenn Gould and Northrop Frye – came a universal revolution in how we could think together”. – JOHN RALSTON SAUL, Introduction to Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland (2009). Toronto: Penguin Canada. CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER     

 An Intellectual Revolution

THEN   –   Between the 1930s and 1970s, a community of intellectuals emerged in and around the University of Toronto, and achieved international recognition for its innovative and trans-disciplinary approaches to the evolving societal challenges.

 NOW   –   The Toronto School: Then | Now | Next International Conference aims to bring together international scholars to engage in dialogue on the origins, rise, decline and the rebirth of the so-called Toronto School of Communication.

NEXT   –   Discussion will examine the extent to which the so-called Toronto School of Communication has provided a legacy that continues to offer insight on crucial and systemic issues facing contemporary society across various disciplines.

PARTIAL LIST OF CONFIRMED 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; Bruce Elder, Ryerson 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; Paul Levinson, Fordham University; Mark Lipton, University of Guelph; Robert Logan, University of Toronto; Janine Marchessault, York University; Eric McLuhan, Independent 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

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM (PDF) FROM: https://goo.gl/Z5Uc5R

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION LINK: https://goo.gl/QKQdir

STUDENTS $75   –   FULL REGISTRATION $240   –   DAILY PASS $90

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A WIDE RANGE OF ADDITIONAL CULTURAL EVENTS:-

1. A PHOTO-DOCUMENTARY EXHIBITION – John M. Kelly Library, October 13 – December 20, 2016

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2. MCLUHAN ON CAMPUS: Local Inspirations, Global Visions – Opening October 13, 5:30 PM

Explore the development of Marshall McLuhan’s theories in the context of his academic and personal life at St. Michael’s College. McLuhan’s central role in the rise of the Toronto School of Communication is presented through artifacts, audio, texts, video and photographs selected from archival repositories across the University of Toronto and the Federated Colleges of St. Michael’s, Trinity and Victoria. The exhibition will feature items drawn from the Special Collections and holdings at St. Michael’s, including material from the Sheila and Wilfred Watson archives, Donald Theall papers and Marshall McLuhan collection. Rare and intimate examples on display include McLuhan’s correspondence and collaborations with friends and colleagues on campus such as Claude Bissell, Tom Easterbrook, Carl Williams, Harold Innis, Edmund Carpenter and Northrop Frye.

3. October 13 – 5:30 LECTIO MAGISTRALIS by PAUL ELIE – The Makings of a Spirituality of Technology: Glenn Gould, Marshall McLuhan, & “Electronic Participation”   –   Paul Elie is a Senior Fellow with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Director of the American Pilgrimage Project, Georgetown University.

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4. OCTOBER 14, 7:30 PM – WELCOMING RECEPTION 

Art Museum, University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto

The event is part of the exhibition “Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto”, curated by internationally renowned Toronto-based artist Luis Jacob. The exhibition concentrates on a period of more than fifty years to consider the ways in which artists visualize Toronto. It is a constellation of symbolic forms, or memes, persisting in the work of artists of different generations – a panorama of the blueprints that artists have drafted over many decades to give form to life in Canada’s largest city.

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5. GLENN GOULD & THE TORONTO SCHOOL: WORDS, MUSIC, IMAGES

OCTOBER 15, 7:30 PM   –   Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road, Toronto

Hosted by the Alliance Française, in collaboration with the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and the Glenn Gould Foundation, this event is conceived as a moving an engaging evening of pictures, performances, and conversations. It will reflect on Gould’s relationship to Marshall McLuhan and the so-called Toronto School of Communication. This multimedia occasion 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.

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6. MARGINS & MARGINALIA: THE FORMATION OF THE IDEAS OF FRYE, INNIS & MCLUHAN

OCTOBER 15, 7:30 PM   –   Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St George St, Toronto

Hosted and organized in collaboration with the Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. The foundational ideas of three key figures of the Toronto School can be found on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto: the Harold Innis fonds, housed at the University Archives; Marshall McLuhan’s heavily annotated working library, held at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; and the Northrop Frye fonds at the E.J. Pratt Library of Victoria University. This special open house at the Fisher is a rare opportunity to view highlights – including original manuscripts, correspondence, and books – from all three collections.

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7. EDMUND CARPENTER: DIALOGUES, DIVERSION & DIGRESSIONS

OCTOBER 15, 7:30 PM   –   McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, 39A Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto

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.

All things to do in Toronto

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One Response to “The Toronto School THEN | NOW | NEXT International Conference October 13-16, 2016”

  1. 1 paologranata

    great!


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