Associate Professor Sarah Sharma has finished her term of Director of the Faculty of Information’s McLuhan Centre and will take on a new role as Director of UTM’s Institute for Communication, Culture and Technology in September 2022.
During her five-year term at the McLuhan Centre, it co-sponsored the 2018 celebration for the UNESCO designation of McLuhan’s library and archive. And then there were the Monday Night Seminars that took place every second week during the academic year, attracting a full house to the McLuhan Centre.
Re-Understanding Media: Feminist Extensions of Marshall McLuhan, a new book edited by Sharma and her former doctoral student and current York University faculty member, Rianka Singh, captures some of the spirit of the McLuhan Centre community over the past five years. “It was truly an exceptional time,” said Dean Wendy Duff.
Taking over from Sharma is Scott Richmond, Associate Professor at UofT’s Cinema Studies Institute. His areas of interest include avant-garde and experimental cinema and digital media art, critical theory and phenomenology, and contemporary film and media theory. His research and teaching often mix considerations of high and low, mixing (for example) midcentury experimental film with videogames and blockbusters.