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McGill Alert. The downtown campus will remain partially closed through the evening of Monday, July 15. See the Campus Safety site for details.

Alerte de McGill. Le campus du centre-ville restera partiellement fermé jusqu’au lundi 15 juillet, en soirée. Complément d’information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention

Axis “Digital culture, art, literature, and performance”

William Straw

Regular member


Full Professor, Department of Art History & Communication Studies (McGill University)

Research interests

Urban culture; nightlife; artistic scenes; popular music; social norms and practices; communications; criminality; Canadian film


Contact information

853, Sherbrooke St. West
Office ARTS W-110
Montreal (Quebec)
Canada H3A 0G5
Phone: (514) 398-7667

william.straw [at] (> Email)

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Selected publications

“La prostituée dans la nuit: étude sur la presse à sensation au Québec, 1942-1960.” Tangence no. 130 (2022), pp. 61-83.

“Bundles and mailings: Science fiction fandom and the amateur press association.” DIY, Alternative Cultures & Society, vol. 1, no. 2 (April, 2023)

“Afterword – Moving forward with Live Music Studies,” Ethnomusicology Review, vol. 24 (2023), pp. 181-185.

“Tabloid Porn in Quebec.” Porn Studies, 2022

« Systèmes d’articulation, logiques de changements : communautés et scènes de musiques populaires » (1991) in Gérôme Guibert and Guillaume Heuguet, eds, Penser les musiques populaires, Paris: Philharmonie de Paris Editions, 2022.

“Gathering up the social: Nightlife columns in the African-American press.” Ethnologies, vol. 44, no. 1, 2022.

“Urban Labor and the Cinematic Nocturne.” In Eria Stein, Germaine R. Halegoua and Brendan Kredell, eds. The Routledge Companion to Media and the City. Taylor & Francis, 2022, pp. 100-107.

Straw, Will. "Secret Agents at Expo: The Case of Kommissar X". In Craig Moyes and Steve Palmer, eds., Expo 67 and its World: Staging the Nation in the Crucible of Globalization, McGill-Queens University Press, 2022.

Straw, Will. "Montreal, Funkytown: Two Decades of Disco History." In Flora Pitrolo, Marko Zubak, eds. Global Dance Cultures in the 1970s and 1980s, Springer, 2022.

Straw, Will. “Re-Thinking the Spaces of Night-time Sociabilty,” in Irene Gammel and Jason Wang, eds. Creative Resilience and COVID-19, Taylor and Francis, 2022, pp. 166-174.

Straw, Will. “Rhythmanalysis and Circulation,” in Geoff Stahl and Mark Perceval, eds., The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music, Space and Place, 2022, pp 21-29.

Straw, Will. “The Pastness of Allô Police.” In Martha Langford and Johanne Sloan, eds. Photogenic Montreal: Activisms and Archives in a Post-Industrial Society, McGill Queens University Press, 2021, pp. 199-216.

Straw, Will and Jess Reia, “Nightlife in a Pandemic,” in Pandemic Societies, eds. Jean-Louis Denis, Catherine Régis, and Daniel Weinstock (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021), 9-20.

Straw, Will. “La noche urbana”. In Alejandro Mercado Celis and Edna Hernández González, eds. Noche urbana y economía nocturna en América del Norte. México: CISAN, UNAM, 2021. Translation of “The Urban Night.”

Straw, Will. “Sin City: Montreal’s late, great mid-century journal of vice [on Police Journal].” Canadian Notes & Queries, no. 109 (Spring/summer 2021).

Straw, Will. “Montreal Bohemia and the Mile End Apartment Party Scene.” In Norbert Bachleitner and Juliane Werner, eds. Popular Music and the Poetics of Self in Fiction, Brill, 2021, pp. 121-137.

Straw, Will. "Urban labor and the cinematic nocturne ," In B. Kredell, G. Halegoua, & E. Stein, eds., The Routledge Companion to Media and the City . New York: Routledge. Forthcoming, 2021.

Nandor Petrovics (lead), Andreina Seijas (co-lead), Robert Catherall (contrib.), Jess Reia (contrib.) and Will Straw (contrib.). “Nighttime Governance in Times of COVID-19: Capacity-Building for Night Mayors and Other Nighttime Governance Institutions”, Global Nighttime Recovery Plan, Vibe Lab, 2020-2021.

Luc Gwiazdzinski and Will Straw (eds.). "Nuits et montagnes/Nights and mountains", Journal of Alpine Research/Revue de géographie alpine, vol. CVI, no. 1, 2018.

Straw, Will., Anouk Bélanger and Annie Gérin (eds.). Formes urbaines : circulation, stockage et transmission de l’expression culturelle à Montréal, Montréal, Esse, 2014.

Craciela Martinez-Zalce, Will Straw and Susana Vargas. Aprehendiendo al delincuente : crimen y medios en América del norte, Mexico / Montréal, CISAN-UNAM / Media@McGill, 2011.

Straw, Will., and Alexandra Boutros (eds.). Circulation and the City: Essays on Urban Culture, Montréal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010.

Straw, Will., and Erin Hurley. Québec Studies, vol. XXXIII, n° 48, 2009-2010.

Straw, Will. Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in 50s America, New York, PPP Publications / Andrew Roth Gallery, 2006.

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