Charles R. Acland, PhD
Professor, Communication Studies
BA, Commerce (Economics and Marketing), Carleton University
PhD, Institute of Communications Research (Cultural Studies), University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Postdoc, Media Studies, Concordia University
Areas of research
Media and Cultural Theory, Film and Moving Image Studies, Cultural History, Audiovisual Technology, Popular Culture, Taste Formations
COMS 310 Media Genres: How to Watch a Blockbuster
COMS 610 Media Studies Seminar
2012, Swift Viewing: The Popular Life of Subliminal Influence, Duke University Press, pp. 328.
2011, Useful Cinema, edited with Haidee Wasson, Duke University Press, pp. 386. Awarded honorable mention as the 2013 SCMS Best Edited Book and finalist for the 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award.
2007, Residual Media, an edited collection, University of Minnesota Press, pp. 416.
2003, Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes, and Global Culture. Duke U. Press, pp 337. Winner of the 2004 Robinson Book Prize for Best Book by a Canadian Communication Scholar.
1999, Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections and Refractions, edited with William Buxton, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s U. Press, pp. 435.
1995, Youth, Murder, Spectacle: The Cultural Politics of “Youth in Crisis,” Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, pp. 176.
2015 “Consumer Electronicsand the Building of an Entertainment Infrastructure,” in Signal Traffic, eds. Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 246-278.
2013, “The End of James Cameron’s Quiet Years,” in Media Studies Futures, ed. Kelly Gates, London, Blackwell Press, pp. 269-295.
2011, “Celluloid Classrooms: Post-WWII Consolidation of Community Film Activism,” in Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States, eds. Dan Streible, Marsha Ogeron, and Devin Ogeron, Oxford UP, 377-396.
2011, “Hollywood’s Educators: Mark May and Teaching Film Custodians,” in Useful Cinema, eds. Charles R. Acland and Haidee Wasson, Duke UP, 59-80.
2011, “Utility and Cinema,” co-authored with Haidee Wasson, in Useful Cinema, eds. C. Acland and H. Wasson, Duke UP, 1-14.
2009, “Screen Technology, Mobilization, and Adult Education in the 1950,” in Patronizing the Public: American Philanthropy’s Transformation of Culture, Communication, and the Humanities, ed. William J. Buxton, Lanham, Maryland: Rowan and Littlefield/Lexington Books, 261-279.
2008, “Classrooms, Clubs, and Community Circuits: Reconstructing Cultural Authority and The Film Council Movement, 1946-1957,” in Inventing Film Studies, edited by Lee Grieveson and Haidee Wasson, Durham: Duke University Press, 149-181.
2008, “Theatrical Exhibition: Accelerated Cinema,” in The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry, eds. Paul McDonald and Janet Wasko, London: Blackwell Press, 83-105.
Refereed journal articles
2014 "Dirt Research forMedia Industries,” Media Industries,1.1, 1-5.
2013 “New ConformismRedux,” Communication andCritical/Cultural Studies, 10.2, 1-5.
2013, “Senses of Success and the Rise of the Blockbuster,” Film History, 25.1/2, 11-18.
2012, “The Crack in the Electric Screen,” Cinema Journal, 51.2, 167-171.
2009, “Curtains, Carts and the Mobile Screen,” Screen, 50.1, 148-166. Winner of the 2010 Kovacs Prize for Best Essay, from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
2006, “Harold Innis, Cultural Policy, and Residual Media,” International Journal of Cultural Policy, 12.2: 171-185.
2004, “Moore Than This: Fahrenheit 9/11, Screen Numbers, and Political Community,” Environmental Planning D: Society and Space, 22: 901-906.
2003, “Haunted Places: Montreal’s Rue Ste. Catherine and its Cinema Spaces,” Screen, 44.2.
2001, “Patterns of Cultural Authority: The National Film Society of Canada and the Institutionalization of Film Education, 1938-41,” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 10.1: pp. 2-27.
2011, “Avatar as Technological Tentpole,” FlowTV, 13.14, “Flow Favorites Special Issue,” www.flowtv.org. Reprint from issue 11.05.
2011, “You Haven’t Seen Avatar Yet,” FlowTV, 13.08, www.flowtv.org.
2010, “Everybody Knows,” FlowTV, 13.03, www.flowtv.org.
2010, “Marshall’s Children,” FlowTV, 11.08, www.flowtv.org.
2009, “The Last Days of Videotape,” FlowTV, 11.02, www.flowtv.org.
2012, “From International Blockbusters to National Hits: Analysis of the 2010 UIS Survey of Feature Films,” UNESCO Institute of Statistics, Montreal, pp. 24. Also translated as “Des superproduction internationales aux succès nationaux : analyse de l’enquête 2010 sur les statistiques des films de long métrage.”