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Paul S. Moore

Paul S. Moore

Media & Culture
DepartmentSociology (Ryerson)
Areas of Expertiseresearch methodologies; cultural and social theories; media history; historiography; history of technology; material culture; governmentality & social regulation; publics and counterpublics; regional and mass market consumption; popular screen cultures & practices; popular print cultures & practices; ephemera; collecting; the archive and nostalgia; film industries in Canada; film exhibition and screen practices; the newspaper & its supplements

Prof. Moore studies the history of the mass market and urban modernity in North America. Overall, his work argues that amusement and leisure help constitute modern publics by providing spaces, rhetorics, and logics for collective gathering. His recent research, Circuits of Cinema, tells the history of film and media distribution from the earliest days of travelling shows to global blockbusters. His previous project was a social history of the first decade of movie-going in Toronto and the Midwest USA, tracing how the novelty of film became a mass practice through showmanship, regulation, and promotion. Collaborating with Prof. Sandra Gabriele, a forthcoming book examines the development of the weekend newspaper in the 1890s as a cultural technology, animating modernity, central to the institutionalization of mass society.