Cale Passmore University of Saskatchewan

A White-passing settler of mixed Black Irish, Scottish, Finnish, and English ancestry, I was raised in a blue-collar, middle class family from Treaty 7 (Calgary). I currently live in Treaty 6 Territory (Saskatoon). For the last 13 years I have worked professionally across multiple fields of academia (from English and Philosophy to Computer Science and Governance), led workshops and facilitated seminars (grassroots and academic) on topics ranging from non-hierarchical leadership, intersectionality, anti-oppression, and settler-indigenous relations to neurophenomenology, proper statistical uses of demographic information, and public health.

I have published papers in human-computer interaction, history, psychology, and literature; delivered talks and workshops on neurophenomenology, ethnic differences in experiences of representation, and non-oppressive diversity; led talks and discussion groups on community building, NGOs, rural and indigenous advocacy and anti-oppression; delivered seminars in clinical psychology, theories of content analysis and representation across media, and cross-cultural health models; and I have volunteered in local learning centers, administrated an online rural policy learning commons, and acted as editor-in-chief for the University of Saskatchewan's undergraduate research journal. My work has been featured in Rolling Stone,, CBC, and Star Phoenix.

Beyond academia, I created and ran an educational organization that developed tailored curricula for individuals, focused on their learning styles and needs. I volunteered in special education classrooms for several years, led primary and secondary school workshops on civil rights and community building, and have over 8 years of community organizing, mentorship, and grassroots experience. My most meaningful work has always been serving those whose oppression has afforded my privilege.

Supervised by Regan Mandryk, my Ph.D. work is an attempt to converge and apply these prior experiences to HCI. Applying critical race theory and ethnocentric health systems to cross-cultural applications of persuasive technologies, my work looks at how digital technologies are able to promote and serve pluralistic models of health and wellbeing--without diluting the meaning or efficacy of any one health model. Broadly, I am interested in the spaces between how humans experience, interpret those experiences, and then communicate their experiences through language, culture, and history. Most things that fall under hermeneutic phenomenology, material dialectics, traditional teachings, and awkward scampy rodents pique my interest.

Graduate of University of Saskatchewan (B.A. Psychology (honors), B.A. English (honors)) and University of Toronto (M.A. English/Critical Theory); my thesis was on "The Language of Consciousness: Phenomenal Experiences of Thinking & Meaning-Making".

Prior work includes: Building and maintaining an international, online learning commons and virtual community center for rural and Indigenous populations; employing hermeneutic phenomenology to resolve dilemmas in self-reported experiences; advances in neurophenomenology as a tool for verifying qualitative data;

Current Interests:

    + Race, ethnicity, and class effects on user experience

    + Effects of identity factors, culture, and marginalization on technology use

    + 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


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>