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The York-Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture invites submissions for participation in


Future Communications

A one-day symposium and open house

for current and prospective grad students

Friday, November 14, 2014

Morning & Afternoon at York University – Evening at Ryerson University

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 The York-Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture welcomes proposals for paper presentations, poster presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, and creative artwork.  Both ongoing and completed research is welcome.

The theme “Future Communications” can be interpreted broadly to include investigations of all aspects of culture, media, politics, policy, technology, and creative practice.

The Future Communications conference encourages submissions to participate from current students and those applying to join the York-Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture.  Proposals should include a title and 200-word abstract. Presentations will be 15 to 20 minutes in length.  If you are proposing a roundtable discussion, workshop or panel with an organized group, please have each person register separately, but use the same title for all participants.

Please send your abstract to
Date: November 14, 2014
Deadline for proposals: extended to 31 October 2014.

Tom Sherman will be the key note speaker in the evening at Ryerson University.
Tom Sherman earned a B.F.A. degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1970, majoring in sculpture. In 1972 he immigrated to Canada, where he settled in Toronto and began working at A Space, one of the first artist-run centres in Canada, establishing a video facility for artists at A Space from 1972-75. In 1981 Sherman moved to Ottawa, taking a position (Video Officer) within the Visual Arts Section at The Canada Council. In 1983 he founded the Media Arts Section of The Canada Council, becoming its first Head of Section (and establishing Council's first grant programs for computer-integrated media).

Sherman began publishing texts and articles in 1974 and has published hundreds of texts in magazines, print anthologies and web-publications. He has published four books, including Cultural Engineering (an anthology of 44 of his original texts and text-image works, National Gallery of Canada, 1983) and Before and After the I-Bomb: An Artist in the Information Environment (ed. by Peggy Gale, 50 texts…, Banff Centre Press, 2002). In 2003 Tom Sherman received the Canada Council’s Bell Canada Award for excellence in video art, and he was honoured with Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art in 2010.


Updated on October 23rd, 2014.