November 16-18, 2018, University of Alberta
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Closing keynote

The Charge in the Global Membrane


November 18, 2018 at 12pm - 1:30pm


Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC), University of Alberta
with B.W. Powe

The global membrane is an evolutionary jump from the global village and global theatre into sensory, psychic alterations in which communications bring us closer and into sharp, painful divisions. Ecology, the afflictions of the Trump phenomenon, the quick-time metamorphoses of the internet, the rush of data, the upsurges of ultra-nationalism, trolls and hackers, soul distress, crises of identity, A-Literacy, #MeToo, the Netgens, the search for silence and rest, the intimations of a worldwide linked consciousness, the transfiguration of digital experience into cellular intimacies and illuminating hope, the shape-shifting artistic expressions of the current: all these are elements of what we experience.

B.W. Powe is a writer and teacher. He has published over 14 books of non-fiction, poetry, and fiction. Notable among them has been Towards a Canada of Light, Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy, Where Seas and Fables Meet, and Decoding Dust. He teaches in the English department at York University in Toronto.