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Jody Berland

Media & Culture

University   York University
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Phone Number   (416) 736-2100 x77393
Office Location   York Research Tower, 723
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B.A. English and Sociology (Simon Fraser); M.A. (Simon Fraser); Ph.D. Social and Political Thought (York)


Jody Berland is a Professor of Humanities in the Division of Humanities, and a member of the graduate programs in Communication and Culture, Humanities, Music, Sociology and Social and Political Thought at York University. She is also one of three North American representatives to the international board of the Association of Cultural Studies. She has published widely on cultural studies, Canadian communication theory, music, radio and video, feminist bodies, cultural environmental studies, and social space.

She is the editor of Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press and edited at York. ( She is presently completing a book on culture, technology and space entitled North of Empire, forthcoming from Duke University Press.

Research Interests

Cultural theory; Canadian communication theory; cultural studies of nature, science, technology and the environment; music and the media; space and place.

Selected Publications


Cultures of Militarization, (co-edited), Cape Breton University Press (2011).

North of Empire, Duke University Press (2009).

Edited Books

Cultural Capital: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions, and the Value(s) of Art. With Shelley Hornstein. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000.
Theory Rules: Art as Theory, Theory and Art. With Will Straw and David Tomas. YYZ/University of Toronto Press, 1996.
Chapters in Books
“Postmusics” in Sonic Synergies, ed.Gerry Bloustein. London: Palgrave, 2008,35-45.
“The Musicking Machine” in Residual Media, ed. Charles Acland. Minneapolis:University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
“Radio Space and Industrial Time: The Case of Music Formats” in Critical Cultural Policy Studies, ed.Justin Lewis and Toby Miller. Malden, MA: Blackwell Press, 2003.
“Bodies of Theory, Bodies of Pain: Some Silences” in Feminism-Art-Theory: An Anthology 1968-2000, ed. Hilary Robinson. Oxford; Malden, MA: Blackwell Press,
“Getting Down to Business: Cultural Politics and Policies in Canada” (With WillStraw; revised from 1994) in Communications in Canadian Society, Fifth edition, edited by Benjamin Singer and Craig McKie. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, 2001.
“Cultural Technologies and the ‘Evolution’ of Technological Cultures” in The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory, edited by Andrew Herman and Thomas Swiss, New York: Routledge, 2000.
“Nationalism and the Modernist Legacy: Dialogues with Innis” in Capital Culture, edited by Berland and S. Hornstein, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000.

“Space at the Margins: Colonial Spatiality and Critical Theory after Innis” in Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections and Refractions, edited by Charles Acland and Bill Buxton, Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2000.

Papers in refereed journals
“Cat and Mouse: Iconographies of Nature and Desire,” Cultural Studies, 22:2, Spring 2008, 431-454.
“Spatial Narratives in the Canadian Imaginary,” New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory Politics. No. 57: Space and Text, 2005/6, 39-55.
“Walkerton: The Memory of Matter,” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies,14, 2005, 93-108.

“Writing on the Border” CR: The New Centennial Review 1.2, 2001, 139-170.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
* “Space,” “Place,” “Mobility.” For New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society, edited by Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg, and Meaghan Morris. City: Open University, Blackwell Publishers, 2005.

“Radio in Canada” Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: The United States and Canada, edited by E. Koskoff, Garland Press 2001.

Affiliated Journals
Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (editor)
New Formations
Cultural Studies Review
M/C Media Culture
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan