, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 79–101 | Cite as

Communication research and teaching in Canada

  • Gregory TaylorEmail author
  • Ray op’tLand
Kommunikationswissenschaft international


Canada has had greater historical impact in the field of communication studies than a country of its economic and political stature would indicate. Canadian scholars pioneered sub fields such as the political economy of communication (Dallas Smythe, William Melody, Vincent Mosco) and medium theory (Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan). Canada has also played an oversized position in the historical development of communication technologies, from the telephone (Scottish-Canadian Alexander Graham Bell), wireless technologies (Reginald Fessenden), to plug-in radios (Ted Rogers). Canada’s overall impression in communications seems disproportionate to its generally quiet place in the global power dynamic. The first episode of the UK’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus in 1969 was entitled “Whither Canada?” because the very idea of caring about such a thing seemed perfectly suited to absurdist humour (Kingwell 2018). Nevertheless, that is indeed the question this article seeks to address.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication, Media and FilmThe University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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