TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

As of December 2017, TOPIA is no longer a scholar-led journal hosted at York University Libraries. It is now the commercial holding of the University of Toronto Press. For more information and to access current issues, see: .

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.

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 by contacting the University of Toronto Press. TOPIA is published twice a year. Beginning June 2016, if an author's research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, authors may deposit the accepted version of their manuscript in an open access institutional repository after one year. ISSN 1206-0143 (Print), ISSN 1916-0194 (Online)


The journal gratefully acknowledges ongoing support from the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts at the University of Toronto.

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)
  • Thomson Reuters (Web of Science)




News: TOPIA no longer hosted by York University Libraries


TOPIA is no longer a faculty-led publication affiliated with York University.

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Call for Book Reviews

TOPIA seeks book review proposals of the following titles...  
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