Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies and Sociology at the University of Alberta. He conducts research on and teaches in the areas of energy and environmental studies, literary and cultural theory, social and political philosophy (esp. 19th and 20th left theory, globalization and nationalism), and Canadian studies.
Szeman is the recipient of 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), the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision at McMaster University (2008), a Killam Annual Professorship (2013), and the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research (2015), the U of Alberta’s most prestigious research award that recognizes research excellence in humanities, social sciences, law, education and fine arts. He is the founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies and a founding member of the US Cultural Studies Association. He is currently finishing up work on On Empty: The Cultural Politics of Oil.
Szeman’s books include: Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture (co-ed, 2000), Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation (2003), Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (co-author, 2003; 2nd ed. 2009; 3rd ed. 2013; 4th ed. 2016); The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (co-ed, 2006); Canadian Cultural Studies: A Reader (co-ed, 2009); Global-Local Consumption (co-ed, 2010); Cultural Autonomy: Frictions and Connections (co-ed. 2010); Cultural Theory: An Anthology (co-ed, 2010); After Globalization (co-author, 2011); Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: A Johns Hopkins Guide (co-ed, 2012); Contemporary Marxist Theory: An Anthology (co-ed, 2014); and After Oil (co-author, 2016). Forthcoming books include: A Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory (co-ed, 2016); Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (co-ed, 2016); Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture (co-ed, 2016); The Energy Humanities Reader (co-ed, 2017); and Globalization, Culture, Energy: Selected Essays, 2000-2013 (2017).