The Monday Night Seminars carry on the tradition of Marshall McLuhan’s public seminars at the University of Toronto. They are designed to challenge prevailing cultural notions about technology and provoke new insight on the possibilities for a more equitable technological future.

 

All seminars take place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of thinkers: academics, activists, scientists, artists, designers, and planners will explore digital culture. Select seminars will be led by the Centre's Working Groups creating a bridge between research happening in the space and these public forums.

 

The Monday Night Seminars run from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. They are free of charge to attend, but registration is required through Eventbrite. A link is posted on social media when registration is open, approximately two weeks before each event date.

Images (right): Courtesy Robert Lansdale Photography Ltd and the University of Toronto Archives.

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2019-20 seminars

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Cancel Service, Remove Line

JANUARY 27, 2020

A packed Town Hall on Cancel Culture with 4 hot takes from Beverly Bain, Sarah Hagi, Elisha Lim, and Christine Shaw.

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Cancel Service, Remove Line

Christine Shaw + Elisha Lim

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Cancel Service, Remove Line

Beverly Bain

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Cancel Service, Remove Line

Sarah Sharma + Sarah Hagi

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Cancel Service, Remove Line

Christine Shaw + Elisha Lim

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Smooth Operator

FEBRUARY 24, 2020

A night on the dark side of social media's content moderation industry with Dr. Sarah T. Roberts.

Smooth Operator
Smooth Operator

Sarah T. Roberts

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Smooth Operator
Smooth Operator

Sarah T. Roberts

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Smooth Operator
Smooth Operator

Sarah T. Roberts

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Smooth Operator
Smooth Operator

Sarah T. Roberts

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Line Dead, Repair Calls

SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

Jayna Brown and Steven Jackson opened the season on September 23 with a thought-provoking discussion of the relationship between technological repair and care for end-times!

Line Dead, Repair Calls
Line Dead, Repair Calls

Jayna Brown + Steven Jackson

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Line Dead, Repair Calls
Line Dead, Repair Calls

Steven Jackson

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Line Dead, Repair Calls
Line Dead, Repair Calls

Jayna Brown

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Line Dead, Repair Calls
Line Dead, Repair Calls

Jayna Brown + Steven Jackson

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Unlisted

NOVEMBER 4, 2019

Sandy Stone and Cassius Adair ask what's the Hot MessAge lurking in the Trans/Desire/Computer trifecta?

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Unlisted

Sandy Stone

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Unlisted

Sandy Stone

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Unlisted

Sandy Stone + Cassius Adair

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Unlisted

Sandy Stone

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Unlimited Family Plan

OCTOBER 21, 2019

Sophie Lewis in conversation with Sarah Sharma about the relationship between reproductive technology, automation, gestational justice and Sophie's new book Full Surrogacy Now (Verso, 2019).

Unlimited Family Plan
Unlimited Family Plan

Sarah Sharma + Sophie Lewis

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Unlimited Family Plan
Unlimited Family Plan

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Unlimited Family PLan

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Unlimited Family Plan
Unlimited Family Plan

Sarah Sharma + Sophie Lewis

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Hot Line, Cold Call

NOVEMBER 18, 2019

Yuri Furuhata, Mél Hogan, and Chris Russill cooled us down with their hot take on Environmental Media: sweaty Zuckerberg, smart air-conditioning, site-specific weather control and the geopolitics of planetary imaging.

Hot Line, Cold Call
Hot Line, Cold Call

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Hot Line, Cold Call
Hot Line, Cold Call

Mél Hogan

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Hot Line, Cold Call
Hot Line, Cold Call

Chris Russill

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Hot Line, Cold Call
Hot Line, Cold Call

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Call Forward

DECEMBER 2, 2019

Skawennati shared her current project, Calico & Camouflage, a fashion line of Resistance Wear. Co-presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

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Call Forward

Skawennati

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Call Forward
Call Forward

Skawennati Second Life

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Call Forward

Sarah Sharma

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Call Forward

Skawennati

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2018-19 seminars

platform mechanics and the undercommons

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

A night with Lisa Nakamura (Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor in the Department of American Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and Tara McPherson (Chair and Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and Director of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Studies) on the logics of the platforms: how platform mechanics facilitates white supremacist activity, the machinic desire for authentic contact with others, and how racial empathy is becoming increasingly automated.

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platform mechanics + the undercommon

Lisa Nakamura + Tara McPherson

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platform mechanics + the undercommon
platform mechanics + the undercommon

Lisa Nakamura

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platform mechanics + the undercommon
platform mechanics + the undercommon

Twitter handles

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platform mechanics + the undercommon

Lisa Nakamura + Tara McPherson

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CTRL:CMD:EXE <an evening on media war>

OCTOBER 22, 2018

An evening on a media theory for war with Megan Boler (University of Toronto), Jeremy Packer (University of Toronto), and Geoffrey Winthrop-Young (University of British Columbia).

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CTRL:CMD:EXE <evening on media war>

Megan Boler, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, Jeremy Packer

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CTRL:CMD:EXE <evening on media war>

Audience

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CTRL:CMD:EXE <evening on media war>

Megan Boler, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, Jeremy Packer

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#Fitter #Happier #MoreProductive

NOVEMBER 19, 2018

A night with Melissa Gregg (Intel Corporation), Alison Hearn (University of Western Ontario) + Natasha Down Schull (New York University).

#Fitter #Happier #MoreProductive
#Fitter #Happier #MoreProductive

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#Fitter #Happier #MoreProductive
#Fitter #Happier #MoreProductive

Alison Hearn

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#Fitter #Happier #MoreProductive
#Fitter #Happier #MoreProductive

Sarah Sharma, Melissa Gregg, Alison Hearn, Natasha Dow Schull

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#Fitter #Happier #MoreProductive
#Fitter #Happier #MoreProductive

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Building: <Black> <Feminist> / <Queer><Digital> <Justice> Query: Community Activators

OCTOBER 1, 2018

Presented by this year’s McLuhan Centre Working Group, Black Technoscience “Here”: community organizers and researchers Ladan Siad (Data Justice Researcher, Technoscience Research Unit, Toronto) and Nasma Ahmed (Director, Digital Justice Lab, Toronto) in conversation on how data justice practices and visions are being created among Black feminist/queer data justice communities in the city of Toronto and beyond.

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<Black><Feminist><Queer><Digital>...

Ladan Siad + Nasma Ahmed

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Sold out crowd

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Describe your image

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Ladan Siad + Nasma Ahmed

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Senses_Sensibilities + Touch_Technology

NOVEMBER 5, 2018

A night thinking through how discourses of technological touch have been led by the logics of #MechanicalBro with Rhonda McEwen (University of Toronto) and David Parisi (College of Charleston).

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Senses_SensibilitiesTouch_Technology

Rhonda McEwen + David Parisi

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Audience

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Senses_SensibilitiesTouch_Technology

Rhonda McEwen

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Senses_SensibilitiesTouch_Technology

Rhonda McEwen + David Parisi

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Re/Figuration: Digital Tactics 4 Digital Colonialism

DECEMBER 3, 2018

A inspiring night with New Media Artist, Morehshin Allahyari (New York City).

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Re/Figuration: Digital Tactics 4...

New Media Artist, Morehshin Allahyari

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New Media Artist, Morehshin Allahyari

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New Media Artist, Morehshin Allahyari

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Re/Figuration: Digital Tactics 4...

New Media Artist, Morehshin Allahyari

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Of Other Internets

JANUARY 28, 2019

A night of nets - the soviet net, the queer net and ARPA-net. Nick Dyer-Witherford, Cait McKinney, and Ben Peters asked: how do specific network structures determine different political possibilities?

Of Other Internets
Of Other Internets

Nick Dyer-Witheford, Cait McKinney, and Benjamin Peters.

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Of Other Internets
Of Other Internets

Nick Dyer-Witheford, Cait McKinney, and Benjamin Peters.

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Of Other Internets
Of Other Internets

Nick Dyer-Witheford, Cait McKinney, and Benjamin Peters.

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Of Other Internets
Of Other Internets

Nick Dyer-Witheford, Cait McKinney, and Benjamin Peters.

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deBrogramming App Studies

FEBRUARY 25, 2019

A discussion of where a new sub-field of study—App Studies—should or could be heading with Stefanie Duguay, Aphra Kerr, and David Nieborg.

deBrogramming App Studies
deBrogramming App Studies

Stefanie Duguay, Aphra Kerr, and David Nieborg

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deBrogramming App Studies

Stefanie Duguay, Aphra Kerr, and David Nieborg

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deBrogramming App Studies

Stefanie Duguay, Aphra Kerr, and David Nieborg

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deBrogramming App Studies

Stefanie Duguay, Aphra Kerr, and David Nieborg

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Source Code: Illegible

MARCH 18, 2019

A discussion with Simone Browne (University of Texas, Austin) and the McLuhan Centre PhD Illegible Media Working Group members: Jessica Lapp, Rianka Singh, Karen Dewart McEwen, and Rebecca Noone.

Source Code: Illegible
Source Code: Illegible

Simone Browne, Jessica Lapp, Rianka Singh, Karen Dewart McEwen, Rebecca Noone

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Source Code: Illegible

Simone Browne, Jessica Lapp, Rianka Singh, Karen Dewart McEwen, Rebecca Noone

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Source Code: Illegible
Source Code: Illegible

Simone Browne, Jessica Lapp, Rianka Singh, Karen Dewart McEwen, Rebecca Noone

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Source Code: Illegible
Source Code: Illegible

Simone Browne, Jessica Lapp, Rianka Singh, Karen Dewart McEwen, Rebecca Noone

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ctrl alt DIRT

FEBRUARY 11, 2019

A discussion about designing digital strategies and technological tactics beyond respectability, hygiene, and publicness. We lost ctrl, thought alt, and got into the DIRT with Zach Blas (Glodsmiths, University of London), T.L. Cowan (University of Toronto), and Jasmine Rault (University of Toronto).

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ctrl alt DIRT

Zach Blas (Glodsmiths, University of London), T.L. Cowan (University of Toronto), and Jasmine Rault (University of Toronto)

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ctrl alt DIRT

Zach Blas (Glodsmiths, University of London), T.L. Cowan (University of Toronto), and Jasmine Rault (University of Toronto)

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ctrl alt DIRT

Zach Blas (Glodsmiths, University of London), T.L. Cowan (University of Toronto), and Jasmine Rault (University of Toronto)

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ctrl alt DIRT

Zach Blas (Glodsmiths, University of London), T.L. Cowan (University of Toronto), and Jasmine Rault (University of Toronto)

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A Pedestrian View of Sidewalk

MARCH 4, 2019

A discussion of Sidewalk Toronto with Beth Coleman, Shannon Mattern, and Bianca Wylie.

Pedestrian View of Sidewalk Toronto
Pedestrian View of Sidewalk Toronto

Beth Coleman, Shannon Mattern, Bianca Wylie

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Pedestrian View of Sidewalk Toronto
Pedestrian View of Sidewalk Toronto

Beth Coleman, Shannon Mattern, Bianca Wylie

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Pedestrian View of Sidewalk Toronto
Pedestrian View of Sidewalk Toronto

Beth Coleman, Shannon Mattern, Bianca Wylie

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Pedestrian View of Sidewalk Toronto
Pedestrian View of Sidewalk Toronto

Beth Coleman, Shannon Mattern, Bianca Wylie

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New Technological Ir/rationalities

APRIL 1, 2019

A discussion with Sun-ha Hong (Simon Fraser University), Selena Nemorin (University College London), and Whitney Phillips (Syracuse University).

New Technological Ir/rationalities
New Technological Ir/rationalities

Sun-ha Hong, Selena Nemorin + Whitney Phillips

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New Technological Ir/rationalities

Sun-ha Hong, Selena Nemorin + Whitney Phillips

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New Technological Ir/rationalities
New Technological Ir/rationalities

Sun-ha Hong, Selena Nemorin + Whitney Phillips

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New Technological Ir/rationalities

Sun-ha Hong, Selena Nemorin + Whitney Phillips

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2017-18 seminars

MsUnderstanding Media

September 18, 2017 - April 9, 2018

 

​​PROGRAM

How to MsUnderstand Media: Incubator, Gun, CRISPR and

the Fearless Girl

Anne Balsamo, University of Texas Dallas

Sarah Banet-Weiser, University of Southern California-Annenberg

Sara Martel, The Institute for Better Health

Judith Nicholson, Wilfred Laurier University

 

Spinning the Global with Textile Media

Radhika Gajjala, Bowling Green State University

Ganaele Langlois, York University

Dori Tunstall, OCAD University

Offsite Workshop: If McLuhan was a Spinster and Massaging

the Non-Human

Ganaele Langlois + Radhika Gajjala

Contemporary Textile Studio Cooperative

Automating Injustice

Rachel Hall, Syracuse University

Alex Hanna, University of Toronto

Rhonda McEwen, University of Toronto

Armond Towns, University of Denver

 

Platform Labour’s Algorithmic Frictions

Tero Karppi, University of Toronto

Safiya Noble, University of Southern California-Annenburg

 

Data Justice Across Environmental Publics

Beth Coleman, University of Waterloo

Michelle Murphy, University of Toronto

 

 

Media Labours of Love

Brooke Erin Duffy, Cornell University

Jenna Jacobson, Ryerson University

Leslie Shade, University of Toronto

Of Man Caves and Basements: Mapping Gender in Meatspace

Florence Chee, Loyola University Chicago

Emily Flynn-Jones, Wilfred Laurier University

Nicholas Taylor, North Carolina State University

 

Lurk Over Here: Digital Bystander Culture

Carrie Rentschler, McGill University

Wendy Komiotis, METRAC

Andrea Slane, UOIT

 

Glitching the Code of the Techno-Logic: the NO!!!BOT

Praba Pilar, Performance Artist

 

Shame Shame Shame (refresh)

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brown University

Susanna Paasonen, University of Turku

 

We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canada

A book launch and discussion with:

John H.M. Kelly, CIRCLE

Miranda Brady, Carleton University

Terril Calder, Independent Film Director