Dr
Thomas
Sutherland

tsutherland@lincoln.ac.uk
staff.lincoln.ac.uk/tsutherland
+44 (0) 1522 83 5473

I'm currently a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Lincoln, in the UK. I've taught previously, as a sessional lecturer and tutor, at The University of Melbourne (wherefrom I also gained my PhD) and Swinburne University of Technology, both in Australia.

My research is located primarily at the interstices between media studies, communication studies, and philosophy, and is currently focused on three areas: concepts of mediation, representation, communicability, and time in European philosophy; the longue durée of media history, especially the ways in which our apperception of time and space has been transformed through media technologies; and political normativity in media theory, with a particular focus upon notions of speed, productivity, and futurity.

I teach on a number of modules as part of the Media Studies programme (and other programmes also) in the Lincoln School of Film and Media, specializing in the history and philosophy of media and communication, as well as critical and cultural theory more broadly.

Current teaching

MDS1001M Media Reading Group 1 (coordinator)
MDS1002M Media Reading Group 2 (coordinator)
MDS1007M Introduction to Digital Cultures (lecturer)
MDS1008M Media Theorizes Itself (coordinator)
MDS1009M Mediated Truths (co-coordinator)
MDS2006M Media Archaeologies (coordinator)
MDS2008M Researching and Writing (lecturer)
FTV3007M Film and Television Under Pressure (lecturer)
MDS3004M Media and Control (lecturer)
MDS3005M Media Speculations (coordinator)
MED9035M Cultural Analysis (coordinator)
MED9028M Media Ecologies 1 (lecturer)
MED3006M Independent Study (dissertation supervisor)
MDS3003M Media Studies Dissertation (dissertation supervisor)

Publications

'Mapping the space of flows: considerations and consequences' in Time for Mapping: Cartographic Temporalities, eds. S. Lammes, C. Perkins, A. Gekker, S. Hind, C. Wilmott, and D. Evans (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018), 175-196. link pdf

‘Style without substance, form qua function: The non-philosophical unilateralization of philosophical style’. Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 29 (2018): 113-145. link pdf

‘Searching for stillness in the flux of the electric world: vorticular media theory from Wyndham Lewis to Marshall McLuhan’. Explorations in Media Ecology 17:1 (2018): 7-22. link pdf (draft)

‘Michel Foucault, Friedrich Kittler, and the interminable half-life of “so-called man”’ (w/ Elliot Patsoura). Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 21:4 (2017): 49-68. link pdf (draft)

‘Ontological co-belonging in Peter Sloterdijk’s spherological philosophy of mediation’. Paragraph 40:2 (2017): 133-153. link pdf (draft)

Winner of the 2017 Paragraph annual essay prize competition (on the theme of ‘Belongings’).

Philosophy of Media (w/ Robert Hassan). (London and New York: Routledge, 2017). link

‘Time-without-temporalization: Futurality in Laruelle’s non-philosophy’. Chiasma 3 (2016): 11-31. link pdf

‘Art, philosophy, and non-standard aesthetics’ in Aesthetics After Finitude, eds. B. Brits, P. Gibson, and A. Ireland (Melbourne: re.press, 2016), 53-68. link pdf

‘Mediation and metaxý: The interval between analog animality and digital humanity’. Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy 6 (2016). full text

‘Human-in-the-last-instance? The concept of “man” between Foucault and Laruelle’ (w/ Elliot Patsoura). Parrhesia 24 (2015): 285-311. pdf

‘Platforms for the new: Simondon and media studies’ (w/ Scott Wark). Platform: Journal of Media and Communication 6:1 (2015): 4-10. link pdf

‘The entelechies of media: Formal and material causality in media ecology’. Explorations in Media Ecology 13:3-4 (2014): 253-268. link pdf (draft)

‘“The monument to a crisis”: Nietzsche and the industrialization of creativity’. Third Text 28:6 (2014): 545-554. link pdf (draft)

‘Counterculture, capitalism, and the constancy of change’. M/C Journal 17:6 (2014). full text

‘The law of becoming and the shackles of sufficient reason in Quentin Meillassoux’. Parrhesia 21 (2014): 161-173. pdf

‘Intensive mobilities: figurations of the nomad in contemporary theory’. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32:5: (2014): 935-950. link pdf (draft)

‘Getting nowhere fast: A teleological conception of socio-technical acceleration’. Time & Society 23:1 (2014): 49-68. link pdf (draft)

‘Liquid networks and the metaphysics of flux: Ontologies of flow in an age of speed and mobility’. Theory, Culture & Society 30:5 (2013): 3-23. link

(I haven't included a link to the full text of this article; I regard it as a very flawed piece of writing. See my chapter in the Time for Mapping collection above for a far more cogent presentation of the same argument).