Media@McGill's acting director Professor Will Straw will be participating in a roundtable discussion at the Cultural Governance in Large Cities: Issues and Opportunities colloquium in Montreal on October 6th. The session in which he is participating is excerpted from the colloquium programme below:
Roundtable I: Rethinking Cultural Development in Cities and Metropolitan Regions
Elaborating and implementing modern cultural policies used to be the prerogative of the State and of governments, which eventually adopted strategies that favoured either decentralization, regionalization, or dialogue with local authorities. The rapid growth of cities and metropolitan regions at a time of globalization requires the need to rethink cultural policies and action based on their issues, needs and possibilities. How does this new dynamic unfold and what conditions are necessary in order for the policies and plans developed within cities to be successfully implemented?
Will Straw has been invited to give a public lecture sponsored by the University of Toronto Department of Spanish and Portuguese:
The lecture takes place 26 September, 2008. 4-6pm, Room 108N, Munk Centre for International Studies, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto.
Writes Professor Straw: "This talk grows out of current research on the role of media in representing crime in Mexico, Quebec, the United States and France."
Media@McGill’s Marc Raboy, Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications, is spending the fall semester as visiting scholar in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. While in New York, Prof. Raboy will be conducting historical research on the origins of media regulation as well as observing the US presidential election campaign from the grassroots of the country’s information capital.
Prof. Raboy will return to the director’s chair at Media@McGill in January 2009.
On October 3, Darin Barney will present a Noted Scholar Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education at the University of British Columbia, as part of UBC’s “Celebrate Learning” event:
What does it mean to practice citizenship in the midst of technology, and what role does education play in cultivating or frustrating this practice? Arguing that engagement in political judgment is the central practice of citizenship, this lecture explores the extent to which material and cultural conditions in technological societies support or undermine the possibility of politics, and what becomes of education in these circumstances. Drawing on the recent history of the Canadian state’s ‘innovation strategy,’ it argues that prevailing institutional priorities and public pedagogies in Canada tend in the direction of a radical depoliticization of the social relations in which technological things, and their role in distributing power and resources, are bound up.