McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology

39A Queens Park Crescent East

Toronto, Ontario

M5S 3C3

416.978.7026

The Centre is open to the public during events, or by appointment only.

 

Parking is available off 121 St. Joseph Street

 

The building is not currently barrier-free.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

The Winter 2020 Season of MNS Hot MessAge: Media Studies Takes the Call features topics on digital cancel culturecontent moderation and the dark sides of social media labour, digital cash and the history of cryptocurrency, technological resistance and digital Islamophobia, and a special night @MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) to discuss the visual politics of colonialism and experimental film and media art.

JANUARY 27​, 2020

Cancel Service, Remove Line

Beverly Bain, Sarah Hagi, Dana Seitler, Christine Shaw, and Cheryl Thompson

FEBRUARY 24

Smooth Operator

Sarah T. Roberts

MARCH 9

Collect Call

Finn Brunton

MARCH 23

This Call May Be Monitored

Anver Emon, Tanner Mirrlees, Barbara Perry, and Moska Rokay

APRIL 6

Remote Call: A Night @MOCA

Shelagh Keeley, Sara Saljoughi, and Gaëtane Verna

 

 

 

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FEBRUARY 14, 2020

​More Than Consent: Practices and Protocols for Techno-Worlds
A public conversation hosted by The Consent and Its Discontent Working Group and the Technoscience Salon featuring: Joshua Whitehead, Dr. Uahikea Maile, Marie Laing, and other guests. More details soon.

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MARCH 13, 2020

LOGOUT! 2: Workers Confronting Digital Capitalism
Building on the success of the 2018 edition, Log Out! 2 brings together critical research on how workers from different sectors of digital capitalism across the world confront, negotiate, and disrupt the technologically-mediated conditions of work that structure and mediate their lives. Invited speakers include: Jack Qiu and Sareeta Amrute.

 

PAST EVENTS

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Lawrence Grossberg: "I've seen the future baby/it is murder" Intellectuals and the "American" Nightmare

November 27, 2018

A talk and reception for Under the Cover of Chaos: Trump and the Battle for the American Right from Pluto Press.

 

Co-sponsored and organized with Innis College, Writing & Rhetoric Program and OISE.

Culture/Work/Resistance

May 30, 2017

 

A book launch and author discussion for three new titles on
Culture/Work/Resistance in a Digital Age.

Mark Banks Creative Justice: Cultural Industries, Work and Inequality (Rowman and Littlefield).

Launched by Sarah Sharma.

​Enda Brophy Language Put to Work: The Making of the Global Call Centre Workforce (Palgrave MacMillan). Launched by Ursula Huws.

Nicole Cohen Writer's Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age (McGill-Queen's University Press).

Launched by Tanner Mirrlees.

Care, Automated

October 21, 2017

A workshop with Amelia Abreu, Marc Böhlen, Hermenio Lima, Ian Roderick, Sarah Sharma,

David Harris Smith + Frauke Zeller. Hosted by Letters & Handshakes.

 

Presented in partnership with Blackwood Gallery as part of their year long series:

Take, Care.

The habit of attaching “care” to innately positive attributes obscures its entanglement with dominant systems of power and control. The ambivalence of care is crisply reflected in technological configurations of care/work. In this workshop, seven researchers share their inquiries into intersections of care and technology, in particular, automation. Questioning technological fixes to care crisis, Care, Automated examines how care work’s ongoing machinization coexists with and deepens, rather than disrupts, entrenched social hierarchies and prevailing economic imperatives. Beyond providing critical diagnostics, however, the workshop also sets out to consider how technologies of care/work might be ethically and collaboratively reimagined.