Student profile

Colin Crawford

Colin Crawford is a PhD student at Concordia University whose research examines the emergent discourses and temporalities of value driving the expansion of the platform television industry. His work pays particular attention to the relationship between datafication and financialization in media industries, infrastructures, and cultures. He is the author of the book Netflix’s Speculative Fictions: Financializing Platform Television, published in January 2021 by Lexington Books.

  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral
  • Concordia University Graduate Doctoral Fellowship
  • Concordia University Conference and Exposition Award
  • Concordia University Cinema Advisory Board Award
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters
  • Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema Hitting the High Notes Fellow
  • Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts Fellow

Supervisor: Dr. Marc Steinberg

Thesis title: TBA

Research Interest and Awards: 

  • television
  • financialization
  • Big Tech
  • media industries
  • media economics
  • media infrastructure


  • SOCI 221 Digital Culture 
  • FMST 204 Approaches to Film Studies 
  • FMST 212Film Aesthetics 

Selected publications:

Netflix's Speculative Fictions: Financializing Platform Television (2021) Lexington Books, Lanham, MD, USA

"Fictitious Capital: Netflix and the New Narratives of Media Value in Platform Capitalism" (2019) Intersections & Cross-sections Conference Proceedings. Ryerson & York Universities, Toronto, ON, Canada

"Tech Eschews". (2019) Issues Magazine, 5th edition, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Website: Netflix's Speculative Fictions: Financializing Platform Television


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