Participants/ Imre Szeman

Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies and Sociology at the University of Alberta

Imre Szeman is the Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies, and Sociology at the University of Alberta. He conducts research and teaches in the areas of energy and environmental studies, critical and cultural theory, and social and political philosophy (especially 19th- and 20th-century left theory, globalization, and nationalism). Szeman is also the co-director of the Petrocultures Research Gropu and director of the collaborative group research project, After Oil: Explorations and Experiments in the Future of Energy, Culture and Society. His forthcoming books on energy in contemporary culture and society include On Empty: The Cultural Politics of Oil, and the edited volumes Fueling Culture: Energy, History, Politics and Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture. A translated collection of his essays is being published later this year in Chinese under the title, Globalization, Culture, Energy: Selected Essays, 2000-2013.


Szeman is the recipient of many awards, including 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 University of Alberta’s most prestigious research award that recognizes research excellence in humanities, social sciences, law, education, and fine arts. Current projects include a book on the cultural politics of oil; an edited collection on energy, history and politics; and a major companion to critical and cultural theory.

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