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About Thomas Sutherland

Thomas is a Lecturer in Media Studies in the Lincoln School of Film & Media. He has previously worked as a sessional lecturer and tutor at The University of Melbourne (wherefrom he also received his PhD) and Swinburne University of Technology, both in Australia, and was a research fellow at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany. Thomas’ research is focused primarily on three areas: concepts of mediation, representation, communicability, and time in contemporary 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.

Department Responsibilities

Coordinating: MDS1001M Media Reading Group 1 MDS1002M Media Reading Group 2 MDS1003M New Directions in Media Studies MDS2006M Media Archaeologies MED9035M Cultural Analysis Teaching: MDS1007M Introduction to Digital Cultures MDS1008M Media Theorizes Itself MED1254M Mediation and Representation 1 FTV3007M Film and Television Under Pressure MED9028M Media Ecologies 1 MED1255M Mediation and Representation 2 MED2028M Media Research: Methods and Proposal Design MED9031M Media Ecologies 2 Also a personal tutor for the Media Studies programme, and a dissertation supervisor for MED3006M Media Independent Study.

Subject Specialism

continental philosophy; media archaeology; media ecology; critical theory


  • PhD Media and Communications — The University of Melbourne,
  • BA (Hons, First Class) Political Science/Media and Communications — The University of Melbourne,


  • Paragraph Essay Prize — Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory,
  • Junior Research Fellowship — Internationale Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar,
  • Australian Postgraduate Award — The University of Melbourne,

Research in the Lincoln Repository