Derrick de Kerckhove

Professor, Department of French; Director of McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology
Affiliated Faculty, CSUS


Carr Hall, Room 322, 100 St. Joseph Street



Derrick de Kerckhove is former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto, where he is professor emeritus at the Department of French. He subsequently joined the Faculty of Sociology of the University Federico II in Naples. Presently, scientific director of the Rome based monthly Media Duemila, he is author of a dozen books edited in over ten languages including English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian, Slovenian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He is also Research Director at the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3) at l’Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona.

research interests

Neuro-cultural research
Art and communication technologies
Media Theory
Collaborative Educative Software
Connected Intelligence


Doctorat du 3e cycle Université de Tours, 1979
Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1975
M.A. University of Toronto, 1966
B.A. University of Ottawa, 1963
Baccalauréat École de Sorèze (Tarn, France), 1961-1962

awards and distinctions

2007-10, he returned to Italy to engage in a three year national Fellowship “Rientro dei cervelli”, at the Faculty of Sociology of the University Federico II in Naples
2004-6, he was awarded the Papamarkou Chair in Technology and Education at the Library of Congress in Washington
2003: Award for excellence in communications research, Ericsson Enterprise, Rome
2002: 39th Annual Prize in Communications from the World Communications Laboratory in Gemona (Italy)
Since 1998: Forum Fellow, World Economic Forum, Davos
1995: Decoration from the French Government: “Palmes Académiques”
Since 1995: Member of the Club of Rome
1973: Recipient of the Award for Experiments in Communications at the XIIth Biennial of Sao Paolo, Brazil
Honorary degrees
2004: Laurea d’onore, Università di Urbino, Italy
2008: Premio della conoscenza, City of Turin, Italy

selected publications

The Alphabet and the Brain, co-edited with Charles Lumsden (Springer Verlag, 1988).
Brainframes: Technology, Mind and Business (Bosch&Keuning, 1991)
The Skin of Culture (Somerville Press, 1995,
Connected Intelligence (Somerville, 1997)
The Point of Being, co-edited with Cristina Miranda, Cambridge Scholar Press, 2014

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