Derrick de Kerckhove is former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology and Professor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in French Language and Literature from the University of Toronto in 1975 and a Doctorat du 3e cycle in Sociology of Art from the University of Tours (France) in 1979. He was an associate of the Centre for Culture and Technology from 1972 to 1980 and worked with Marshall McLuhan for over ten years as translator, assistant and co-author. He has worked on two collections of essays on McLuhan, culture, technology and biology, namely Understanding 1984 (UNESCO, 1984) and McLuhan e la metamorfosi dell'uomo (Bulzoni, 1984). Other publications include The Alphabet and the Brain (Springer Verlag, 1988), La civilisation vidÃ©o-chrÃ©tienne (Feltrinelli, 1991), both books on the impact of the alphabet on mind and society, research taken further in Brainframes: Technology, Mind and Business (Bosch&Keuning, 1991).The Skin of Culture (Somerville Press, 1995) is a collection of essays on the new electronic reality which stayed on Canadian best-sellers lists for several months. Connected Intelligence (Somerville, 1997) introduced his research on new media and cognition. Both books were translated in a dozen languages including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Polish and Slovenian. The architecture of intelligence was conceived and supported by and for networks (see www.architecture.openflows.org). It was first issued in Dutch in December 2000, and in English (June 2001), Italian and German in September 2001. This book is now being updated under a new title: The Era of the tag (in collaboration with Matteo Ciastellardi and Andrea Cruciani. Two other books were published in Italy: La conquista del Tempo (Editori Riuniti, 2002) presents commissioned essays from many contributors on the management and perception of time in past and present technologies. La Carta di Zurigo discusses space transformed by networks and screens with architects Peter Eisenman and Antonino Saggio. McLuhan for Managers, written in collaboration with Mark Federman, has been published in September 2003. The latest books were both published during the fall of 2008, Lâ€™uomo letterato (translated by Antonio Caronia,, Il mulino, October 2008), and Transpolitica (with Vincenzo Susca), Milano: Apogeo, November 2008.
Derrick de Kerckhove has offered Connected IntelligenceÂ® workshops worldwide. In the same line, he has contributed to the architecture of Hypersession, a collaborative software developed by Emitting Media and used for various educational and administrative situations. This project has now evolved into Universal Margin, a new publishing concern involving the connection of books to on-line data via mobile phones for pertinent annotations, updating and multimedia referencing.
As a consultant in media, cultural interests, and related policies, Derrick de Kerckhove has participated in the preparation and brainstorming sessions for the plans for: the Ontario Pavilion at Expo '92 in Seville, the Canada in Space exhibit, and the Toronto Broadcast Centre for the CBC. He was involved in plans for a major exhibit on Canada and Modernism at the CitÃ© des sciences et de lâ€™industrie in Paris for 2003-4 and is working presently on The Global Village Square, a global architecture project proposing a permanent public video-meeting point between Toronto and two Italian cities, Naples and Milan. He was a member of several government task forces on developing a telecommunications policy for Ontario, designing a cultural policy for the francophone community in Ontario, and also appeared before the CRTC Public Hearing Committee on the Information Highway. He also acts as a consultant for The Open University of Barcelona.
A World Economic Forum Fellow, de Kerckhove was decorated by the Government of France with the order of â€œLes Palmes acadÃ©miquesâ€� and has been a member of the Club of Rome since 1995. In the Fall of 2003, he was appointed co-chair, as the Canadian representative, for ICT trade between Canada and Italy by the Department of External Affairs in Canada and the Ministero delle attivita produttive of the Italian government. Finally, for 2004-6, he has been awarded the Papamarkou Chair in Technology and Education at the Library of Congress in Washington where he ran a series of conferences and seminars on â€œManaging creativity in the digital contextâ€�. This series was covered live by C-Span. He was invited to return to the Library of Congress for a return engagement during the Spring of 2008 where he conducted a new series of lectures and seminars on â€œDigital Nativesâ€�.
Starting in January 2007, he returned to Italy to engage in the last of a three year national Fellowship â€œRientro dei cervelliâ€�, at the Faculty of Sociology of the University Federico II in Naples where he is presently Ordinario. He is also appointed by Open University of Barcelona to direct research on digital culture(s) in the spring of 2010.