TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

TOPIA provides a venue for critical research in cultural studies in Canada and beyond. The journal publishes original research and theoretical essays on culture that are accessible to a wide readership in the humanities and social sciences, along with critical clusters, offerings, and book reviews. TOPIA fosters the study of culture in relation to nationality, technology, nature, discourse, gender, race, media and the politics of space. Areas of research relevant to this mandate include: analysis of popular culture, visual and auditory culture, old and new media, and literature; the historical, institutional and aesthetic formation of Canadian and postcolonial culture; indigenous studies; cultural memory, museums, galleries, archives, and the fine arts; environmental cultural studies, including but not limited to urban environments, material cultures, biopolitics, city planning, architecture, landscape, human-animal relations, and posthumanism; technocultural and technoscience studies; global cultural industries; nationalism, multiculturalism, diaspora and the contemporary nation state in the era of global integration. This work is connected by an interdisciplinary concern with the roles played by culture in historical and contemporary social transformation.

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TOPIA, Number 33, Spring 2015
Edited by Jody Berland and Lily Cho (York University)


Open Access Policy

TOPIA provides open access to its content with a two year embargo. The current two years are available to subscribers online and in print. Non-subscribers can purchase instant access to individual articles for $6.00 (CAD). The current print-based issue is available for purchase online by clicking HERE and is also on sale at the York University Bookstore. TOPIA is published twice a year. ISSN 1206-0143 (Print), ISSN 1916-0194 (Online)


The journal gratefully acknowledges assistance from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Department of Humanities, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Robart's Centre for Canadian Studies, and the Dean of Arts, York University.

TOPIA is abstracted / indexed in the following publications:

  • Canadian Reference Centre (EBSCO)
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
  • Canadian Business and Current Affairs Database (CBCA)



Call For Papers: The Work of the Return (Winter 2016)

TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies seeks contributions for The Work of the Return, a special theme issue edited by Nadine Attewell (McMaster University) and Sarah Trimble (University of Toronto).  
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Call For Papers: Theory in a Cold Climate: Cultural Studies of the Canadian North (Fall 2014)

TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies seeks contributions for Theory in a Cold Climate: Cultural Studies of the Canadian North, a special theme issue edited by Peter C. van Wyck.  
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No 33 (2015)

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