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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 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.