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The Centre for Media and Culture in Education (CMCE) seeks to foster critical inquiry and debate regarding cultural practices integral to everyday life in contemporary communities.

The CMCE is an interdepartmental centre that is located in the Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.

CMCE operates an email distribution list which provides information regarding events of possible interest to faculty and students associated with the Centre. To to have your email address placed on this list or for further information about the Centre and its activities please contact us at cmce.oise@utoronto.ca.

The Centre supports research, university based programs of study, school and community education in regard to issues such as:

  • cultural policy and funding,
  • forms of representation and technologies of mediation,
  • the educational implications of various forms of cultural practice, and
  • the consequence of such practices in regard to the formation of just, equitable, and sustainable societies.

The Centre recognizes the importance of studying the specifics of, and inter-relations across, a range of practices and sites:

  • film and video,
  • digital media,
  • television,
  • photography,
  • visual arts,
  • drama,
  • radio,
  • musical performance, and
  • material exhibition design

as these practices are situated in

  • schools,
  • community centres,
  • broadcast televison and radio,
  • theatres,
  • museums and galleries,
  • new digital and print based media,
  • festivals and
  • concert halls

The Centre provides an intellectual environment for the development of the relation between theory and practice. Our mandate does not include, and our resources do not enable, entrance level training in cultural production. Faculty, students, and staff who participate in Centre activities are drawn from various departments at the University of Toronto.

As well, the Centre supports co-operative initiatives between the university and local, national, and international organizations devoted to promoting and exploring the social significance of cultural practices.