CALLUM C. J. SUTHERLAND, MA, BComm

PhD Candidate, Science and Technology Studies, York University

218 Bethune College, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, ccjsuth@yorku.ca

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(This page was last updated on 04 October 2018)

 

EDUCATION

2013 -

PhD Candidate (A.B.D.), Science and Technology Studies, York University

Awards and honours:

-       Winter 2017: Fieldwork Cost Fund Competition ($2,500)

-       2016 – 2017: Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000)

-       2015 – 2016: Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000)

-       2014 – 2015: Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000)

-       2013 – 2014: Enbridge Graduate Student Award ($12,500)

Comprehensive fields (defended July 2016):

-       Pedagogy and the practice of science, with Dr. Steve Alsop

-       Biosciences and biotechnologies, with Dr. Alexandra Rutherford

-       Public science, with Dr. Mike Pettit

Dissertation (in progress): “Sockeye at the boundary: Aboriginal knowledge, the Great Divide, and the Calgary School.” Supervised by:

-       Dr. Steve Alsop (Education, York University)

-       Dr. Denielle Elliott (Anthropology, York University)

-       Dr. Jennifer Hubbard (History, Ryerson University)

2012 - 2013

Master of Arts, Science and Technology Studies, York University

Awards and honours:

-       2012 – 2013: Graduate Entrance Scholarship ($4,000)

Major research project (completed August 2013): “The Fraser River: Where Epistemologies Collide.” Supervised by Dr. Rich Jarrell.

2010 - 2012

Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management with Honours, Ryerson University

2007 - 2010

Advanced Diploma, Business Administration with Honours, Humber College

 

TEACHING, RESEARCH, AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2018 - 2019

Teaching Assistant, Department of Social Science, York University

Tutorial leader, SOSC 1801, Health Controversies

2017 - 2018

Teaching Assistant, Department of Social Science, York University

Tutorial leader, SOSC 1801, Health Controversies

Summer 2017

Teaching Assistant, Division of Natural Science, York University

Grader, NATS 1775, Technology and Civilization

2016 - 2017

Teaching Assistant, Department of Social Science, York University

Tutorial leader, SOSC 1801, Health Controversies

2015 - 2016

Teaching Assistant, Division of Natural Science, York University

Tutorial leader, NATS 1760, Science, Technology, and Society

Fall 2015

Teaching Assistant, Division of Natural Science, York University

Grader, STS 2411, Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

Winter 2015

Teaching Assistant, Division of Natural Science, York University

Tutorial leader, NATS 1760, Science, Technology, and Society

Fall 2014

Research Assistant, York University

Researching the Canadian bio-economy for Dr. Kean Birch

2012 - 2014

Editorial Assistant, York University

Book review assistant, Isis, Journal of the History of Science Society

2012 - 2013

Teaching Assistant, Division of Natural Science, York University

Grader, NATS 1745, History of Astronomy

2010 - 2012

Administrative Support, Ryerson University

2009 - 2010

Office Assistant, Humber College

2006 - 2009

Assistant Manager, Cineplex Entertainment

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS

 

The 1913 Crisis at Hell’s Gate: Contextualizing the Decline of Sockeye Salmon.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. Ryerson University, May 2017.

A Tale of Two Labs.” Presented at the 14th Annual Graduate Conference in Education. York University, November 2015.

The Cohen Report and the Black Hole of Indifference.” In The Politics of Evidence: Canada Watch Special Issue, Fall 2015.

Dashed Hopes: The Fraser River Fisheries Collapse of 2009.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. University of Ottawa, May 2015.

The Fraser River: Where Epistemologies Collide.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. Brock University, May 2014.

 

 

PUBLIC SERVICE AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

2015 -

Creator & Host, Let’s Talk Lore

In 2015, under the pseudonym “Aegon of Astora”, I created a YouTube channel dedicated to exploring the Souls series of video games from a critical, pedagogical perspective. As of October 2018, the Aegon of Astora YouTube channel has 16,700+ subscribers, and viewers have spent a combined total of 76+ years watching videos on the channel.

Created by Japanese video game studio Fromsoftware, the Souls games—which includes action-roleplaying games Demon’s Souls (2009), Dark Souls (2011), Dark Souls II (2014), Bloodborne (2015), and Dark Souls III (2016)—are intentionally designed around incomplete narratives, permitting each player a great deal of interpretive flexibility. Players are thus encouraged to take an archaeological approach to making sense of each game’s narrative, which is necessarily filtered through one’s own unique, embodied experience.

It was on the basis of this recognition that I created Bloodborne: Let’s Talk Lore (2015-2016), a web series which employs a two-way dialogical approach to exploring the fictional world of Yharnam. Viewer participation is central to this method, which acknowledges the unique, situated perspective of each viewer, and maintains that the richest narrative interpretations are those which not only incorporate the broadest-possible spectrum of viewer perspectives, but also those which do not ignore real-world parallels, no matter how ‘political’ such parallels might be. By incorporating viewer comments and guest appearances, Bloodborne: Let’s Talk Lore explores a diverse array of academic topics, including historical contingency, neoliberalism, biomedical hubris, gender politics, research ethics, and so on, as well as personal reflections on subjects like depression and trauma.

Building on the approach developed throughout the production of its predecessor, Dark Souls 3: Let’s Talk Lore (2016-present) explores the fictional land of Lothric in a more systemic manner by introducing recurring segments like “Fun With Definitions!”, while also featuring more frequent and varied guest appearances. Like its predecessor, Dark Souls 3: Let’s Talk Lore explores many topics not generally addressed in discourses concerning video games, including the embeddedness of culture in language, social constructivism, the ‘other’, settler colonialism, the microphysics of power, co-intentional education, and so on.

2014 -

Member, Politics of Evidence Working Group, York University

The Politics of Evidence Working Group is a coalition of Canadian academics, scientists, and activists intent on raising awareness about the obstacles which interfere with our “right to know” about the health and wellbeing of our bodies, communities, and environments.

2014 - 2018

Junior Fellow, Bethune College, York University

As a Junior Fellow, I was responsible for mentoring upper-year undergraduate students on matters relating to their academic success, postgraduate aspirations, career possibilities, and potential for continued education at the graduate level.

2010 - 2014

Creator, Milky Way Musings

Milky Way Musings (“MWM”) was a fair-use multimedia platform created to stimulate public interest in science and technology. Prior to being forced into hiatus for legal reasons, the MWM YouTube channel garnered more than three million views, and had 15,000+ subscribers.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

Public science, science policy, boundary work, science and democracy

Postcolonial technoscience, local knowledge, science and gender, embodiment

Political economy, neoliberal-technoscientific entanglements, governmentality

Pedagogy and the practice of science, critical pedagogy, co-intentional education

Biosciences/biotechnologies and their attendant ‘bio-concepts’ (e.g., biopolitics)

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS)

Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)