Please join me in welcoming our newest member of the English department, Dr. Imre Szeman. Imre’s research focuses on energy and environmental studies, social and political philosophy, and critical theory and cultural studies. Previously a Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Imre is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Polanyi Prize in Literature (2000), the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2003), the Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization (2004), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2005-7). He is the founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies and a founding member of the US Cultural Studies Association.
His most recent books include: Energy Humanities: An Anthology (with Dominic Boyer, 2017); Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (with Susie O’Brien, 4th revised edition, 2017); Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (with Jennifer Wenzel and Patricia Yaeger, 2017). Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture (with Sheena Wilson, Adam Carlson, 2017); Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (with Susie O’Brien, International edition, 2017); and After Oil (with the Petrocultures Research Group, 2016).
Forthcoming books include: A Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory (co-ed, 2017); Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (co-ed, 2017); and On Petrocultures: Globalization, Culture, Energy: Selected Essays, 2001-2017 (2018).
Dr. Szeman is jointly appointment with Drama and Speech Communication.