The Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) program has contributed to the unique intellectual ambience of the West Coast of Canada since it was founded in 1988. CSPT is a vibrant community of graduate students and faculty in various fields across the humanities and social sciences, researching both contemporary and classical theoretical frameworks.


Julie M. Funk is a PhD student at the University of Victoria. She holds an MA in Experimental Digital Media from the University of Waterloo and an Hons. BA in English Literature and Rhetoric, also from Waterloo. Julie’s research concerns topics of technoculture, media theory, affect theory, embodiment, and posthumanism. Her research is often accompanied by media art which engages reflection through interaction.


Jon Nash is a PhD student at the University of Victoria, pursuing a degree in English with a concentration in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought. His research specialisms include postcolonialism, settler colonial studies, indigenous literature, and critical race theory. His research asks the question, in what ways have representations of the migrant boat shaped, historically and conceptually, narratives of migration and national identities?