Cale Passmore University of Saskatchewan

M.A. (English/Critical Theory, University of Toronto); B.A. (Honors, Psychology, University of Saskatchewan); B.A. (Honors, English, University of Saskatchewan & McGill)

A white-presenting knowledge worker and third generation settler of mixed black Irish, Scottish, Finnish, and English ancestry, I was raised in a blue-collar, middle class family on unceded Treaty 7 land. I currently live on Treaty 6 lands, which were traditionally home to the M├ętis and multiple First Nations peoples, including the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Dene, and Saulteaux before they were displaced through aggressive colonialism. For the last 13 years I have worked professionally across multiple fields of academia (from English, Critical Theory, Psychology, Education, and Computer Science to Governance and Anthropology), organized workshops and facilitated seminars on topics ranging from non-hierarchical leadership, intersectionality, and anti-oppression to pluralistic-cultural relations, neurophenomenology, and demography in public research and health. I have just shy of a decade of volunteer experience in learning centers, as a teacher and business owner, administration of an online rural policy learning commons, and editor-in-chief for the University of Saskatchewan's undergraduate research journal. My published work has been featured in Rolling Stone, on, CBC, and across local publications. Most recently I was given the privilege of working as co-chair of equity for CHI 2019.

My most meaningful labor (and most important knowledge) comes from the last ten years I've spent in community organizing, in mentorship and being mentored, and from grassroots experiences (in special education classrooms, community-center teach-ins, and primary school workshops on civil rights). The bulk of my knowledge I owe to those around me who've afforded me an impossible patience, trust, and transparency.

My Ph.D. work, supervised by Regan Mandryk, is an attempt to converge and apply these ranging past experiences to Human-Computer Interaction and Digital Environment Sciences. Applying critical race theory and culturally-centered health systems to persuasive technologies, my work looks at how digital technologies can both promote and inhibit pluralistic models of health and well-being.

Generally, I'm interested in the spaces between how humans interpret their experiences and then communicate these experiences, through shared and unshared languages, cultures, and histories. I am interested in human difference, the necessary conflicts inherent to pluralistic systems, and the resilience, resistance, and sovereignty that accompanies these differences. If it falls under hermeneutic phenomenology, material dialectics, traditional teachings, or lessons from the lives of fellow sad weirdos I'm probably into it.

Current Interests:

    + Race, ethnicity, culture and class effects on user experiences of technology

    + Effects of identity factors, culture, and marginalization on technological needs

    + Indigenous and migrant relationships with emerging technologies

    + In-group and out-group relationships in wellbeing

    + Cross-cultural traditions in and methods of healing

    + Phenomenology, language, and narrative

    + Psychology of meaning-making

    + Representation and identification, particularly within pluralistic spaces

    + Dialectical materialist approaches to esteem and social perception

    + Coping strategies & resilience


An About Face: Diverse Representation in Games
Passmore, C., Mandryk, R. (2018), Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY), Melbourne, AUS. 365-380. <doi:10.1145/3242671.3242711>
The Privilege of Immersion: Racial and Ethnic Experiences, Perceptions, and Beliefs in Digital Gaming
Passmore, C., Birk, M., Mandryk, R. (2018), CHI '18: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montreal, QC, Canada. p. 383 (19 pages). <doi:10.1145/3173574.3173957>
Racial Diversity in Indie Games: Patterns, Challenges, and Opportunities
Passmore, C., Yates, R., Birk, M., Mandryk, R. (2017), Extended Abstracts Publication of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 137-151. <doi:10.1145/3130859.3131438>