Mark Hayward teaches in the Department of Communication Studies at York University. He is also the Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. His research interests include media history, the philosophy of technology and social theory.

He is the author of Identity and Industry: Making Media Multicultural in Canada (MQUP 2019). He has published essays in many journals including 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.

  • Multiculturalism & Media Infrastructure

    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). Drawing on this research, I published Identity and Industry: Making Media Multicultural in 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.


  • Identity and Industry: Making Media Multicultural in Canada
    A book-length history of multiculturalism and media industries in Canada between 1950 and 2000.
  • “THER IS A VERY INSISTENT NOISE FROM THE MACHINES IN HERE": Theorizing Digital Media through Greg Curnoe’s Computer Journals
    An essay, co-authored with Henry Svec, examining Greg Curnoe's contributions to computer art and media theory published in the Canadian Journal of Communications.
  • Understanding Machines: A History of Canadian Mechanology
    An article, co-authored with Ghislain Thibault, published in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication on "The Margins of Cybernetics".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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