An award-winning educator, innovator, and cross-disciplinary media scholar.
Paolo Granata is an Associate Professor at St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto.
As a leading expert in media ecology – nurtured by the centuries-old tradition of his Alma Mater, the University of Bologna – his research and teaching interests lie broadly in the areas of media ethics, semiotics, print culture, and visual studies.
Over the last 20 years of his academic career in research, teaching, and public engagement, Professor Granata has held positions at the University of Bologna, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and Turin, and most recently at the University of Toronto, with affiliation in the Department of Italian Studies, the School of Cities, and the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society.
Since 2011, he has been a Marshall McLuhan Centenary Fellow at the Faculty of Information and since 2019 a Senior Fellow at Massey College, Toronto.
Media Ethics Lab
Since 2019, Professor Granata is the founder and director of the Media Ethics Lab, a research hub that studies the ways that digital media practices and emerging technologies are marked by ethical issues and decisive political, societal, and cultural questions.
Professor Granata is passionate about safeguarding human rights in the digital sphere. Serving since 2018 as a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, his advocacy efforts are focused on digital sustainability.
As a cultural strategist and an advocate of sustainable development, in 2017 his research and consultancy activity led to the designation of Toronto as a UNESCO Creative City. He is also the Chair of the #CultureForSDGs initiative.Learn More
AI and the Future of Education
Beginning in 2023, Professor Granata started exploring the transformative potential of Generative AI in reshaping the educational landscape, reimagining the processes of learning within an AI-driven society.
Teaching in the Metaverse
Since 2021, Professor Granata has pioneered teaching in VR, utilizing immersive technologies to foster experiential learning and broaden the horizons of educational possibilities.
Professor Granata's latest presentations, covering a range of thought-provoking topics and ideas.
Keynotes, Workshops, and Seminars Proposals
Topics and Themes for Engagements.
Exploring the Metaverse
An in-depth look at how VR/AR/MR can revolutionize learning and collaboration in education and coworking.
AI for Education
Exploring AI's transformative role in reshaping educational strategies and enhancing learning experiences.
The Laws of Media
Playing with McLuhan's Laws of Media to decode the essence and impact of technological innovation.
Exploring the intersection of UN Global Goals (SDGs) with digital culture for sustainable future pathways.
AI is Shaping a New Human Environment
Over the past few years, emerging technologies and unforeseen digital media practices have given rise to ethical issues, political and societal questions of critical importance to our evolving future. It's time to explore new ethical perspectives and sustainable frameworks to underpin the building blocks of our human-technology ecosystem.
The Medium is (still) the Message
Environments are not just containers, but are processes that change the content totally. New media are new environments.
That is why the media are the message.
Six Core Ideas Central to my Keynotes
It Is the Context that Matters
Holistic sensemaking as the key to embrace and navigate the age of AI.
Embracing digital innovation to ensure no one is left behind, building the future we want.
The Machine Learns to Write
LLMs and Generative AI tranform the essence of human communication.
Reviving the humanistic tradition to inspire and nurture innovative and creative thinking.
Diving into the Metaverse
Leveraging VR/AR/MR to enrich and extend the boundaries of human experience.
Exploring innovative learning strategies to reshape pedagogical practices.
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Highlight from Field Trips
Professor Granata regularly leads students on enlightening field trips, offering immersive learning experiences globally. Check it out!
Professor Granata has been featured in various documentaries, focusing on media, communication, and societal impacts.