- SEMESTER IN DIALOGUE
- SFU COMMUNITY
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DIGITAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Chris Yakimov works as the Associate Director, Digital Community Engagement for SFU’s Office of Community Engagement. After a young life in leadership and hockey coaching, he fell into web design and has since worked as a digital strategist in the private, nonprofit and now public sector. He has a BA in Psychology and MA in Education, and his graduate thesis was a narrative inquiry that explored the power relations reified by the word “self” in academic, therapeutic, and everyday discourse. He’s heavily influenced by thinkers like Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Antonio Damasio, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Shawn Wilson, Jaron Lanier, David Krakauer and Judith Butler, and brings an abiding and passionate interest in the roles of emotion, autonomy, language and power within the complex bio-relational system that is “us”. Current interests include: critical deconstructions of individuality and economic/Educational systems, relational pedagogy, cryptocurrency, complexity, neuroscience and the under-utilized potential of fiction for knowledge mobilization and pedagogy. Vancouver-born, he loves hockey, photography, cli-fi, and playing Pandemic: Legacy with his 6-year old daughter.