Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Cultural studies is one of the fastest growing areas of research, teaching and publishing in the academic world. While there are many journals reflecting the generous intellectual scope of cultural studies, there has been a shortage of venues for academics wishing to publish scholarly research on Canadian culture and society. TOPIA fills this gap, while exploring ideas, issues and debates that are relevant in many international contexts.

  • TOPIA emphasizes Canadian concerns and encourages multiple Canadian and transnational perspectives, traditions, and debates.
  • TOPIA is a peer-reviewed journal.
  • TOPIA is conscious of the need for historical research and writing. Cultural studies offers intellectual and theoretical resources that enrich and inform historical writing, and benefits in turn from insights offered by informed re-readings of history.
  • TOPIA explores the question of disciplinarity as a methodological and sociological issue, providing a place for scholars to reflect on the implications of crossing disciplines while taking into account the specific locations of their intellectual work.

Statement of Purpose

TOPIA provides a venue for current research in cultural studies in Canada and beyond. We publish original research and theoretical essays on culture that are accessible to a wide readership in the humanities and social sciences, along with cultural and political debates, commentaries and book reviews. TOPIA builds on Canadian critical traditions encompassing space, time, identity and culture, while encouraging multiple regional, national and transnational perspectives. Areas of research relevant to TOPIA include analysis of popular culture, visual and auditory culture, media, and literature; the historical, institutional and aesthetic formation of Canadian and postcolonial culture; 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 studies; global cultural industries; nationalism, multiculturalism, diaspora and the contemporary nation state in the era of global integration. TOPIA unites these diverse areas of cultural studies in an interdisciplinary context.

The journal defines its mandate as distinct in four respects:

  • Its positive but not exclusive commitment to work on Canadian perspectives and issues
  • Its commitment to historical research and interdisciplinary writing in cultural studies
  • Boundary-breaking writing ("Offerings") and a comprehensive book review section
  • Its dedication to a rigorous peer review process to strengthen interdisciplinary research and writing, and to provide a forum for new and established scholars in the field of cultural studies


Section Policies


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Delayed Open Access

The contents of this journal will be available in an open access format 24 month(s) after an issue is published.

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. TOPIA is published twice a year.

ISSN 1206-0143 (Print), ISSN 1916-0194 (Online)