Paolo Granata is a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Before joining the University of St. Michael’s College, he spent 15 years at the University of Bologna, Italy, where he almost entirely established his own academic career in research, teaching, and public engagement. Nurtured by the century-old tradition of his Alma Mater, Prof. Granata’s research and teaching interests lie broadly in the area of Aesthetics, Medium Theory, Heritage Communication, and Visual Culture. He has authored a number of essays and book-chapters published in English, French, and Spanish, and his latest work is the upcoming Introduction to Media Ecology (2018).
From 2015 to 2017, Professor Granata was Visiting Professor and Program Curator at the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, University of Toronto. Currently Paolo acts as co-curator of the McLuhan Salons series and as Chair of the Toronto School Initiative. As a cultural strategist and champion of urban sustainable development, he is also involved in the bid to designate Toronto as UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts. He is a board member of the Media Ecology Association.
Professor Granata aims to raise public awareness about the role Universities should play in the 21st century: to provide an environment of social cohesion; to create the conditions for human development; and to facilitate innovation, creativity, and critical thinking.