Statement on the Censure of U of T by CAUT


We are sorry to announce that our Proxy Festival originally scheduled for May 14, 2021 will no longer take place at the McLuhan Centre at the University of Toronto. We respect our invited guests' decision to boycott the University of Toronto. After a unanimous vote of its members last week, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has placed the University of Toronto under censure. To honour the CAUT's call on the academic community, both here and in Canada, we will suspend our event platform and outside invitations to speak at the McLuhan Centre.

For more information please refer to CAUT's Procedures Relating to Censure, President Meric Gertler's statement on the IHRP program, and media coverage in the Canadian Press.

#TheGlobalSpillAge: Call for New 2021-22 Working Groups


We are pleased to invite new proposals for interdisciplinary working groups to operate from September 2021 to April 2022 (8 months). Successful applicants will join our existing roster of working groups pursuing novel research activities concerned with the intersection of culture and technology under the theme of The Global SpillAge.

More details + application form here. Deadline to apply August 1, 2021.

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Call for Participants: McLuhan Manuscript Workshops


The McLuhan Centre invites UofT researchers with book manuscripts in-progress to participate in a manuscript workshop session.  

Workshops are open to researchers working on books related to technology and culture and broadly connected to our annual theme of The Global SpillAge. Selected participants will have the opportunity to invite up to three external scholars and three University of Toronto scholars of their choosing for a half-day workshop to discuss their research and obtain feedback on their draft.


Workshops will take place Fall 2021.

Workshops are open to UofT faculty only and will be organized by the Centre. Manuscripts must be in progress and ready to be read by the application deadline. Manuscripts under contract with a press will be given priority.

UofT scholars can apply here. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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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.