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The Monday Night Seminars carry on the tradition of the Centre for Culture and Technology's public seminars at the University of Toronto, first established by Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan. 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 intimate Coach House setting. 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. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required through Eventbrite. A link is posted through our Newsletter and social media when registration opens, approximately two weeks before each event date.

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

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2023-24 seminars

Winter 2024

Mendi & Keith Obadike

February 5, 2024

Mendi & Keith Obadike are artists, composers, and writers. Their works sit at the intersection of art, music, and language and draw upon histories of experimental media art and performance. This seminar will explore the significance of the Obadikes’ substantial body of conceptual artwork in the context of Black and decolonial activism and knowledge production. Cohosted by the Beating Time working group, whose work explores how rhythm is a useful concept in understanding contemporary political economy.  


Cosponsored by the Faculty of Information Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Unit (EDIU).

Jacob Gaboury: Towards a Queer Media Archaeology

February 26, 2024

Jacob Gaboury (UC Berkeley) presents a talk on "queer uncomputability", sharing archival material from his ongoing research on queer figures in the early history of computer science.

Melody Jue & Liam Young

March 18, 2024 | Virtual Event

With Melody Jue (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Liam Young (Carleton University). Please note that this event will take place online - more information coming soon!

 

This seminar is cohosted by the "Math for Minerals" working group, whose research investigates how the affordances of media are shaped by the geological elements they are made of, and theoretical approaches which frame "natural" environments themselves as media. 

Matt Nish-Lapidus

April 1, 2024

Matt Nish-Lapidus' varied practice probes the myth that computers should be useful rather than beautiful through examining contemporary technoculture and its histories, politics, and impacts. His work results in diverse outputs including publications, recordings, installations, performances, software, and objects. Matt has performed and exhibited with ACUD Macht Neu, Electric Eclectics, MOCA (Toronto), InterAccess, ZKM, and more, including many DIY community spaces. 

Miriam Posner

March 4, 2024

Miriam Posner (UCLA) is a digital humanist with interests in labor, race, feminism, and the history and philosophy of data. film, media, and American studies scholar by training, she frequently writes on the application of digital methods to the humanities. Her current work engages with the question of what "data" might mean for humanistic research, and how multinational corporations make use of data in their supply chains. 

Fall 2023

Simone Jones: How Media Count

October 2, 2023

Join Artist-in-Residence Simone Jones (OCADU) for a tour of her exhibition How Media Count on display in the Coach House, and an artist talk on the research and process behind the work with discussion and Q&A to follow.

Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable

October 30, 2023

Join author Eric A. Stanley (UC Berkeley) for a lecture and book event for Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable (Duke University Press, 2021).
Cosponsored by Sexual Diversity Studies (SDS), Black Research Network (BRN), and the Faculty of Information: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Unit (FoI EDIU).

Surfing the Manifold: Adventures in Latent Space

November 27, 2023

BMO Lab Director David Rokeby (University of Toronto) will share live demonstrations of a few of the systems the lab has been developing, and there will be a chance for attendees to interact with them themselves.

Queer Data Studies

December 11, 2023

Book Launch of Queer Data Studies (University of Washington Press, 2023), ed. Patrick Keilty (University of Toronto). With Shaka McGlotten (Purchase College-SUNY ) and Harris Kornstein (University of Arizona).

Co-sponsored by the Critical Digital Humanities Institute (CDHI) and the Data Studies Institute (DSI).

Together, Somehow: Music, Affect, and Intimacy on the Dancefloor

November 20, 2023

Luis-Mañuel Garcia Mispireta joins us for a book launch of Together, Somehow: Music, Affect, and Intimacy on the Dancefloor (Duke University Press, 2023). After the discussion, a set by local DJ Venus in Foil!
Cosponsored by the FoI EDIU.

2022-23 seminars

Winter 2023

Subliminals: Human and Machine Pattern Recognition

January 16, 2023

Join us as we explore human and machine patterns through a seminar and hands-on workshop with artist, educator and imaging specialist L. M. Ramsey​.

Platform Workers: Collectivities and Organizing

February 6, 2023

The Centre for Culture & Technology presents a conversation between Jennifer Scott (Gig Workers United) and Moira Weigel (Northeastern University) focusing on the collective and organizing challenges of platform workers.

The Clearing Continued,

March 6, 2023

Our Beating Time working group hosts a special lecture-performance by composer and poet JJJJJerome Ellis.

Honestly Confused, Creasy in the Memory

March 27, 2023

Designer, researcher and creator of Queering the Map Lucas LaRochelle discusses QT.bot, Queer Archives, Artificial Intelligence and Dissociative Worldmaking in a lecture and interactive seminar.

"Ware" and Tear: Extensions/Extractions of the Mediated Self

April 3, 2023

Ganaele Langlois (York University) and Isabel Pedersen (Ontario Tech University) join our Second Foundation working group to consider and critique the role of media in regimes of extraction and affect in our daily lives.

Thinking Organically

April 17, 2023

Edward Jones-Imhotep (University of Toronto) presents recent research on the history of "black androids"—racialized automata created between the mid-18th and late 20th centuries—and reflects on what they reveal about histories of the "technological self".

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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.

Smooth Operator

FEBRUARY 24, 2020

A night on the dark side of social media's content moderation industry with Dr. 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!

Unlisted

NOVEMBER 4, 2019

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

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).

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.

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).

2019/20: Hot MessAge

Fall 2022

The Centre on the Margins

NOVEMBER 14, 2022

Sarah Sharma, University of Toronto, ICCIT

Scott Richmond, University of Toronto, Cinema Studies Institute

 

Queer Archives

NOVEMBER 28, 2022

 

Bliss Lim, University of Toronto, Cinema Studies Institute

SA Smythe, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information

Rachel Corbman, University of Toronto, Critical Digital Humanities Institute

Moderated by Patrick Keilty, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information

2018/19 - Mechanical Bro
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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.

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).

#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).

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.

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).

Re/Figuration: Digital Tactics 4 Digital Colonialism

DECEMBER 3, 2018

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

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?

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.

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.

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).

A Pedestrian View of Sidewalk

MARCH 4, 2019

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

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).

2017/18 - MsUnderstanding Media
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

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