Ellul & the Arts Conference + McLuhan & the Arts Exhibition in Montreal this July


Jacques Ellul (1912 – 1994)

Dear Ellul Society Friend

Our Montreal Conference on The Arts, Culture and the Environment in a Technological Society: Revisiting Jacques Ellul is less than three months away! Location: McGill University, downtown Montreal. We are excited to have a number of arts-related events scheduled in tandem with the conference, including film, art exhibitions and music performances. See below.

As this email has all the latest information and links, please pass it on to others who may want to attend, as well as to relevant university departments (arts, music, media culture, etc.)  For a fuller description of events and program features, you can download this first item:

Montreal Conference Email Promotion PDF
Montreal Conference Poster Flyer PDF
REGISTER for the Conference
Conference Lodging Information Sheet
Main webpage for Montreal Conference

Please register if you can by mid-May. If you can’t make it, please help promote the event by forwarding this email to others.

Keynote speakers are David Lovekin and Samir Younès who jointly prepared the English edition of Ellul’s most sustained reflection on the arts: The Empire of Non-Sense: Art in the Technological Society.  Also, avant-garde filmmaker R. Bruce Elder will be present to show his 1981 expeiremental film “1857 Fools Gold”.  Plus, jazz by Egyptian Cotton Arkestra, Jewish Euro-folk by Black Ox Orchestra, and Korean percussionist Dong-Won Kim. (Tickets.)

On July 7 is a pre-conference symposium, “Music and Antifascism: Reflections on the Past and Possibilities in the Present.”   On Sunday July 10 is a post-conference guided tour of a special exhibition: “Feedback #6: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts” which features elements of McLuhan’s innovative and publishing practices, indeed his “live scholarship” which was roundly scorned by his colleagues.

My goodness, I just set a record for number of links in one update.

Ted Lewis
IJES Executive Director
Duluth, Minnesota, USA

“McLuhan was a new type of scholar for the electronic age who saw that art has a unique capacity for comprehending the powers of media. Artists, he believed, acted as radars that allowed the public to grasp the imperceptible psychic, sensory and social effects of technologies.”  (SOURce)



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