Many McLuhans Symposium Program & Final List of Speakers, Fisher Library, University of Toronto

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The symposium is to celebrate and mark the designation of the Marshall McLuhan Library held at the the University of Toronto and the McLuhan Archives held at Library and Archives Canada into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.  It will occur at the Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street at the University of Toronto. It was organized and sponsored by the Library and Archives Canada, the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology at the Faculty of Information and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

​To view the UNESCO designation announcement, please click on

This all-day event brings together an interdisciplinary set of McLuhan inspired media and communication theoristsartists and educators to discuss the significance of McLuhan and the archive to their own work and practice.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration required. FOR REGISTRATION GO TO: . However, at this time the registrants list is full and those not yet registered would be placed on a waiting list.

Keynote Lecture: John Durham Peters (English/Film/Media Studies, Yale University)
Special Guest Speaker: Andrew McLuhan (McLuhan Institute, Prince Edward County)



Event Welcome and Introductions by Sarah Sharma (Director, McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology)

Wendy Duff (Dean of the Faculty of Information)
Larry Alford (Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries)
Robert Fisher (LAC, Library and Archives Canada)
Michael McLuhan (McLuhan Estate)

​Special Guest Speaker​ (10:20 – 11:15 AM)

Introduction by John Shoesmith (event co-organizer) (Outreach Librarian, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)

Andrew McLuhan (McLuhan Institute, Prince Edward County)
Breaking the rules, by the book
Response and Q&A with Seamus Ross

​SPEAKERS ONE (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
The Logic of the Substitute: Harley Parker After Understanding Media
Gary Genosko (Communication, Ontario Institute of Technology)

McLuhan: Progenitor of Post-Humanism
Jody Berland (Humanities, York University)

Reading McLuhan Reading Ulysses
Alan Galey (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto)

​LUNCH (12:30 – 1:30 PM)

SPEAKERS TWO (1:30 – 2:30 PM)
Our Unique Ratios: Sonic Media and Canadian Identity
Mitchell Akiyama (Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto)

The Sensorium Revisited
Rhonda McEwen (ICCIT/Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto)

Rhetoric, Ecology, Media
Daniel Adleman (Innis College, University of Toronto)

SPEAKERS THREE (2:30 – 3:30 PM)
Explorations in Anonymous History
Janine Marchessault (Cinema and Media Studies, York University)
Michael Darroch (School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor)

FEEDBACK: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts, the recursive exhibition and symposium project Baruch Gottlieb (Canadian Visual Artist/Digital Aesthetics University of Arts, Berlin)

​Reading McLuhan for Sparks
Paolo Granata (Book and Media Studies, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto)

​BREAK (3:30 – 3:45 PM)

SPEAKERS FOUR (3:45 – 4:45 PM)
Textual Galaxies
Ganaele Langlois (Communication, York University)

The (Black) Elephant in the Room: McLuhan and the Racial
Armond Towns (Communication, University of Denver)

In Search of Media Theory
Liam Cole Young (Communication, Carleton University)

​KEYNOTE LECTURE (5:15 – 6:15 PM)
John Durham Peters (English/Film/Media Studies, Yale University)
Reading Over McLuhan’s Shoulder


The Fisher Rare Book Library will have a curated selection of McLuhan’s archives on display.

At the reception come play The Medium with Paolo Granata (a board game inspired by McLuhan.)

The event will also feature a launch of the print edition of Marshall McLuhan and the Arts by editors Jaqueline McLeod Rogers and Adam Lauder. (see

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