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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Thomas Sutherland

Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in the Lincoln School of Film & Media. Prior to joining the University of Lincoln in 2016, he taught sessionally at the University of Melbourne (wherefrom he also received his PhD) and Swinburne University of Technology. His 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. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including: Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (for which he also serves as a contributing editor); Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy; Environment and Planning D: Society and Space; Explorations in Media Ecology; Paragraph (for which he won their annual essay prize); Parrhesia; Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy; Theory, Culture & Society; Third Text; and Time & Society, amongst others.

Department Responsibilities

Thomas teaches on a number of modules as part of the Media Studies programme and other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School, specializing in the history and philosophy of media and communication, as well as critical and cultural theory more broadly. He currently coordinates six modules: Media Reading Group 1, Media Reading Group 2, Media Theorizes Itself, Mediated Truths, Media Speculations, and Cultural Analysis. He is also a personal tutor for the Media Studies programme, and supervises undergraduate dissertations.

Subject Specialism

continental philosophy; media archaeology; media ecology; communication studies; critical theory


  • PhD Media and Communications — The University of Melbourne, 2015
  • BA (Hons, First Class) Political Science/Media and Communications — The University of Melbourne, 2011


  • 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,

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Research in the Lincoln Repository

Module Responsibilities

  • Coordinator - MDS1009M Mediated Truths (w/ Dr Paolo Ruffino) — 2018 to Present
  • Coordinator - MDS2006M Media Archaeologies — 2017 to Present
  • Coordinator - MED9035M Cultural Analysis — 2017 to Present
  • Lecturer - MDS1007M Introduction to Digital Cultures — 2017 to Present
  • Coordinator - MDS1008M Media Theorizes Itself — 2017 to Present
  • Lecturer - MDS2008M Researching and Writing — 2018 to Present
  • Lecturer - MDS3004M Media and Control — 2018 to Present
  • Coordinator - MDS3005M Media Speculations — 2018 to Present
  • Lecturer - FTV3007M Film and Television Under Pressure — 2016 to Present
  • Lecturer - MED9028M Media Ecologies 1 — 2016 to Present
  • Dissertation supervisor - MED3006M Independent Study — 2016 to Present
  • Dissertation supervisor - MDS3003M Media Studies Dissertation — 2018 to Present
  • Coordinator - MDS1001M Media Reading Group 1 — 2017 to Present
  • Coordinator - MDS1002M Media Reading Group 2 — 2017 to Present

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