Mark Hayward teaches in the Department of Communication Studies at York University. His research interests include media history, the philosophy of technology and social theory.

He has published essays in such journals as Cultural Studies, SubStance, Canadian Journal of Communication and New Formations. He is the co-editor (with Josh Hanan) of Communication and the Economy (Peter Lang, 2013).

At this site, you will find some recent publications, information about courses, as well as on-going research projects.

You can also access a blog that I maintain relating to my research and pedagogy.

November 16 2018 Presenter (with Ghislain Thibault), "Out of sight : On Technophany, Tools and Mechanology", SLSA/ Toronto, ON

October 28, 2018 Co-Chair (with Adam Lauder), "Canadian Computer Art: The Early Years, 1965-1980", University Art Association of Canada/ Waterloo, ON

  • Transmedia & Multiculturalism in Canada, 1970-1985

    A multi-year project funded by SSHRC to research the history of third-language media in Canada. The project looks at the circulation of audiovisual media in the years prior to established broadcast outlets (1970-1985). Research has documented the history of the cultural infrastructure through which films, music and other media circulated across Canada.


  • Mechanology & Media-making

    A collaborative research project (with Ghislain Thibault) funded by SSHRC looking at the history of mechanology, a 'general science' of machines first proposed in the 1930s. We are exploring the ways in which individuals associated with mechanology incorporated the experimentation with media technology into their research practice.


  • Banking as Media Industry.

    A project that looks at the intersection between banking and cultural project as it relates to the incorporation of media technology throughout its history. This includes a discussion of such technologies at the ATM, Drive-in banking as well as the development of financial networks.


  • Settling Accounts: On the Subject of Economic Confessions
    An essay published as part of the special issue on the "Financialized Imagination" of Topia.
  • ATMs, Teleprompters and Photobooths: A Short History of Neoliberal Optics?
    An essay published in the "Neoliberal Culture" issue of New Formations, edited by Jeremy Gilbert.
  • Machinic Milieus: Simondon, John Hart and Mechnology
    A short piece that I wrote with Ghislain Thibault about the relationship between Gilbert Simondon, Canadian computer scientist John Hart and some approaches to technology in disability studies. Published in the Disability History Association Newsletter.
  • Catching up with Gilbert Simondon
    Introduction, co-authored with Bernard Geoghegan, to a special issue of SubStance we edited on the work of Gilbert Simondon.
  • Canned Courses: Lecture Capture, Podcasting and Academic Labour
    A short piece originally published in the International Journal of Communication as part of a special section on academic labour. It looks at "recorded" lectures and their relationship to intellectual property rights and labour politics.
  • Good workers: television documentary, migration and the Italian nation, 1956–1964
    Article looking a emigration, television documentary and economic development in Italy during the 1950s. Published in Modern Italy.
  • After Austerity?
    An afterword written for the republication of the special issue of Cultural Studies in book form.
  • The Economic Crisis and After
    Recovery, Reconstruction and Cultural Studies Introductory essay to a special issue of Cultural Studies (later republished as Cultural Studies and Financial Capitalism.

  • Foundational Communication Theory
    A course introducing student to the historical emergence of theories and concepts in Communication Studies, primarily through the use of original texts.
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  • Contemporary Communication Theory
    A course that introduces some contemporary debate in the field of Communication Studies relating to identity, technology, and culture.
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  • Popular Music as Communication & Culture
    A course that introduces students to theories and methods drawn from cultural studies, popular music studies and sound studies. It is organized incorporates media-making as method for learning about research theories and methods.
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Mark Hayward
Department of Communication Studies
York University
4700 Keele Street,
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3