Dr. Imre Szeman

Title prefix: 
Dr.
First name: 
Imre
Family name: 
Szeman
Country: 
Canada
Institution: 
McMaster University
Department: 
English and Cultural Studies
Title: 
William McMaster Chair of Globalization and Cultural Studies
Short description: 

Imre Szeman is Senator William McMaster Chair of Globalization and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. He is the recipient of the John Polanyi Prize in Literature (2000), Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2003), the Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization (2004, for the Institute on Globalization), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2005-7) and the David Douglas Duncan Fellowship (2006-7). He is a co-founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies and a founding member of the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.). Szeman is editor (with Richard Cavell) of Cultural Spaces, a book series published by University of Toronto Press, as well as co-editor of the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies and associate editor of Politics and Culture. He is the recipient of three Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grants (2001-2004; 2002-2007; 2006-2009). Szeman has been a visiting professor at Universidade de São Paulo (2004), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2005-2006), Central European University in Budapest (2006, 2007), and St. Petersburg State University in Russia (2007).

Dr. Szeman’s main areas of research are in postcolonial studies, globalization, contemporary culture, and social and cultural theory. He is author of Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), co-author of Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (Nelson, 2004; second edition forthcoming), and co-editor of Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), the second edition of Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005, chosen as one the outstanding academic books of 2005 by Kirkus Review and Choice) and Between Empires: A Canadian Cultural Studies Reader (Duke University Press, forthcoming). He has published more than fifty articles and book chapters on globalization, cultural studies, and cultural theory, and has edited special issues of Essays on Canadian Writing (1999), Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies (2002, 2007) and South Atlantic Quarterly­ (2001). Current projects include a volume on Global-Local Consumption (Sage, forthcoming), a second edition of Popular Culture: A User's Guide and a book on the cultural politics of contemporary anti-Americanisms around the world.

Languages: 
English, Hungarian, French, German
Teaching areas: 

- postcolonial literary and cultural studies (Canada, West Africa, Caribbean)

- globalization

- contemporary culture

- social and cultural theory

Research areas: 
- postcolonial literary and cultural studies (Canada, West Africa, Caribbean)

- Central and Eastern European literature and culture

- globalization

- contemporary culture

- social and cultural theory

Publications: 

Books Only (50+ books chapters and essays)

1. Cultural Theory: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, in preparation.

2. Imperial Imaginings: Anti-Americanisms Around the World (co-written with Eric Cazdyn). Oxford: Blackwell, in preparation.

3. Popular Culture: A User's Guide (co-written with Susie O'Brien). Second revised edition. Toronto: Nelson, in preparation. To be published in 2008

4. Globality, Culture, Autonomy (co-edited with Will Coleman and Petra Rethmann). Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, in preparation. To be published in 2008.

5. Between Empires: The Canadian Cultural Studies Reader (co-edited with Gail Faurschou and Sourayan Mookerjea). Foreword by Fredric Jameson. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, forthcoming 2008. 1000 manuscript pages.

6. Cultural Studies: An Anthology (editorial advisory board; general editor Michael Ryan). Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, forthcoming 2007.

7. Global-Local Consumption (co-edited with Paul James). London: Sage, forthcoming 2007.

8. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. Second Edition Electronic Version (co-edited with Michael Groden and Martin Kreiswirth)., 2006. Includes 48 additional entries and bibliographic updates to 2005 print version (275 entries total). 2007 update: 4 new entries and updated biographical and bibliographical information.

9. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (co-edited with Michael Groden and Martin Kreiswirth). Second Edition. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. 1008 double-columned pages.

10. Popular Culture: A User's Guide (co-written with Susie O'Brien).Toronto: Nelson, 2004.

11. Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

12. Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture (co-edited with Nicholas Brown). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.