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Upcoming Events

Monday Night Seminars are back! Take a look at our Winter 2023 seminars for upcoming events.

The Franklin Lecture with Dr. Charlton McIlwain

April 4, 2023 

The Franklin Lecture returns with Dr. Charlton McIlwain's talk, Black Software: Retrospect to Prospect, with a book signing and reception to follow.

Co-sponsored and organized by several UofT entities:

  • Innis College's Writing and Rhetoric Program

  • OISE Department of Social Justice Education

  • Centre for Culture and Technology

  • Knowledge Media Design Institute

  • Centre for the Study of the United States

  • Black Research Network


Lecture Series: Our Selfies, Our Selves

March & April 2023

"Our Selfies, Our Selves" brings together our Artist in Residence and three Faculty Fellows in a 4-part lecture series that engages the Artist's work with our annual theme—Our Selfies, our Selves—to offer critical accounts of technologies of the self.

  • March 9, 2023: Negin Dahya, University of Toronto

  • March 23, 2023: Nicole Erin Morse, Florida Atlantic University

  • April 11, 2023: Damon Ross Young, UC Berkeley

  • April 27, 2023: Francisco González Rosas, 2022-23 Artist in Residence


Media Studies & Arts Playtime drop-ins

March-April 2023

The Centre for Culture and Technology invites you to join us for Media Arts & Studies Playtime, a new program of regular, informal, drop-in sessions for media theorists and artists to think and write and create and play together. We welcome anybody working in any level on anything in media arts practice or media studies. We’ll chat a bit, share what we’re working on, help each other out, demo work in progress. Playtime will take place in the Coach House those Monday evenings when we are not holding a Monday Night Seminar, at the usual time of 6:00-8:00 pm. We’ll order pizza for attendees (vegetarian and vegan-friendly).

Playtime sessions will take place on the following Mondays, 6:00-8:00 pm in person:

  • March 13

  • March 20

  • April 10

  • April 24

Come when you can and as you are, but it would help us to know if you plan on coming to a particular session, to plan space and food needs. Please register below to let us know you’ll come play with us.

2023/24 Artist in Residence applications now open

Apply by April 15

We are seeking applications for our second annual Artist in Residence. The theme for our programming in the 2023/24 academic year is "How Media Count." The Artist in Residence will engage questions of quantification, datafication, numbering, and counting in media. The artist will mount an exhibition of their work at the Centre for Culture and Technology Coach House and will participate in Centre programming.

The Residency comes with:

  • a stipend of CAD $10,000

  • a materials budget of CAD $10,000 (both CAD)

  • gallery, studio, and research assistance

  • photo and/or video documentation of the exhibition

  • access to the University of Toronto libraries

  • access to fabrication facilities, with additional support for specialized fabrication

  • a vibrant intellectual community dedicated to critical inquiry into media


Past Events


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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.

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