[acc-cca-l] CFP: Ursula Franklin

Monica Henderson monica.henderson at mail.utoronto.ca
Mon Feb 15 07:40:48 MST 2021


Dear CCA community,

I am writing on behalf of the University of Toronto’s McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology working group, Reprising the Real World of Technology, to invite you to contribute to our special essay series honouring Dr. Ursula M. Franklin, an interdisciplinary icon for critical technology studies.

Dr. Franklin, apart from being a distinguished physicist and media theorist, was the first-ever woman to be named University Professor at UofT. This happened in 1984, with her remarkable CBC Massey Lecture, “The Real World of Technology,” occurring five years later in 1989. The theme of our special essay series, “What would Ursula Franklin say?” asks scholars, professionals, and creatives alike to consider how Dr. Franklin’s prescient ideas might be applied to today’s digitized and datafied society.

We welcome all of you – scholars (faculty, independents, and graduate students) and professionals – to contribute a piece which grapples with Dr. Franklin’s lectures and/or writings as applied to your own topic – what does the real world of technology look like in infrastructure studies, environmental media, big data, social media, or even dating apps?

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions. We also encourage you to share the CFP with your own networks.

View the CFP here: https://www.mcluhancentre.ca/cfp-what-would-ursula-franklin-say


Monica Jean Henderson
Ph.D. student, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
CCA Anglophone PhD Representative, 2019-2021
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