International Conference at the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies:
McLuhan's Global Village Today:Transatlantic Perspectives on Medium and Message
From May 12-14, 2011, the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies commemorated the 100th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan's birth by hosting an interdisciplinary conference on Canada's - if not the world's - most famous media theorist. The conference, entitled "McLuhan's Global Village Today:Transatlantic Perspectives on Medium and Message", examined McLuhan's theoretical concepts, such as 'the global village', 'hot' and 'cold' media, notions of the medium and the message as well as their impact on other disciplines and their transatlantic dimensions.
McLuhan's ideas are not only relevant in the fields of media and communication studies but they have also offered interesting insights in the context of literary and cultural studies, among many others. The Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies is delighted to announce that Professor David Staines (University of Ottawa) and Professor Richard Cavell (University of British Columbia) have confirmed their participation in the conference. The Histooric Townhall of Marburg - located at "Markt 1" - will be the venue of the event.
The Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies is part of an international network on McLuhan centenial events in 2011.
In case you are interested in McLuhan's life and works or want to learn more about him, you might find the following links useful:
The organisers would like to thank the following institutions for their generous support:
The Department for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (Understanding Canada), The Embassy of Canada (Berlin), Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien, Philipps-Unversität Marburg, Universitätsbibliothek Marburg, Ursula-Kuhlmann-Fonds
Martin Kuester, Carmen Birkle, Angela Krewani, Sylvia Langwald, Marco Ulm, Annett Vömel