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Imre Szeman is University Research Chair and Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo, where he has worked since 2017. He previously held positions at McMaster University (1999-2009) and the University of Alberta (2009-2016). Szeman is the co-founder of the Petrocultures Research Group and one of the founders of the energy humanities, a new area of research crucial to addressing climate change.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 2020
  • Fellow, Canadian International Council, 2020-2022
  • Leverhulme Visiting Professor in Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, 2021-2022

Publications

  • Imre Szeman and Jennifer Wenzel, eds. Energized: Keywords for a New Politics of Energy. West Virginia UP, in progress (under contract).
  • Imre Szeman. On Petrocultures: Globalization, Culture, and Energy. West Virginia UP, 2019. Energy and Society Series. Chinese translation, forthcoming 2021.
  • Imre Szeman and Jeff Diamanti, eds. Energy Culture: Art and Theory on Oil and Beyond. Energy and Society Series. West Virginia UP, 2019.
  • Imre Szeman and Dominic Boyer, eds. Energy Humanities: An Anthology. Johns Hopkins UP, 2017.
  • Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel and Patricia Yaeger, eds., Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment. Fordham UP, 2017.
  • Sheena Wilson, Adam Carlson and Imre Szeman, eds. Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture. McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017.
  • Imre Szeman and the Petrocultures Research Group. After Oil. West Virginia UP, 2016.
  • University Research Chair of Environmental Communication
    Professor, Department of Communication Arts

  • University of Waterloo

  • 416.455.2275

TOPICS
RESEARCH
Environment and Resources
Global Justice and Human Rights
Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)
EDUCATION
  • Ph.D. in Literature, Duke University, 1998
  • M.A. in Theory and Criticism, U of Western Ontario, 1993
  • B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy, Queen’s University, 1990

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