Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies, and Sociology at the University of Alberta. From 1999-2009, he taught at McMaster University in the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition and the Department of English and Cultural Studies. He is the recipient of the John Polanyi Prize in Literature (2000), Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2003), Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization (2004), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2005-7), and President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision (2008), among other awards. He is the founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies and a founding member of the US Cultural Studies Association. Szeman is co-editor of Reviews in Cultural Theory and a member of the editorial collective of the journal Mediations.
Szeman’s main areas of research are in social and cultural theory, visual culture, globalization and culture, and contemporary popular culture. He is author of Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation (2003) and co-author of Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (2004, 2nd. ed. 2009). He is also co-editor of Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture (2000), the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (2nd ed. 2005), Canadian Cultural Studies: A Reader (2009), Global-Local Consumption (2010), and Cultural Theory: An Anthology (2010). Current projects include: a book on globalization, temporality and politics; an introductory text on cultural theory; and an anthology of contemporary Marxist theory.