I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in the Department of English at University of British Columbia, Vancouver (on Unceded Musqueam Territory). I completed my PhD in English and Film Studies at University of Alberta in 2014, where I held the Vanier Canada Scholarship and was awarded a Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal of Canada. I have also served as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Moore Institute at National University of Ireland, Galway (2015), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (in the Environmental Humanities) at the University of Edinburgh (2015), the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montréal (2016), and the Centre for Environmental Humanities at Trinity College Dublin (2017).
My interdisciplinary research and teaching broadly explore transformations in environment and society through 20th-/21st-Century British and Irish literature, as well as film and media culture. This work is situated in the environmental and energy humanities, examining issues related to contested territory, literary cartography, spatial injustices, narratives of fear about energy futures, and cultural approaches to climate change, as they relate to the United Kingdom, Ireland, the North Atlantic, and in some global culture.
My books include: Contentious Terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic (2016), Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture, and Environment (co-ed, 2016), and Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce (co-ed, 2014), as well as one special journal issue on Irish Environmental Humanities for the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies (co-ed, 2017). My essays on literature, film, and media have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Visual Culture in Britain, Environmental History, Oxford Bibliographies, Irish Studies Review, Photography and Culture, Gothic Studies, and Asian Cinema, as well as in numerous collections. Additionally, I have been invited to give many talks at universities in Canada, France, the United States, Ireland, and Scotland.
Current and future projects include a book about space, oil, and climate in contemporary British and Irish literary and media culture titled Ecological Exile: Spatial Injustice & Environmental Humanities (Routledge; forthcoming late 2017); an edited collection on literary food studies titled Gastro-Modernism: Food, Literature, Culture (in preparation); an edited collection on climate change fiction; and a book about fear related to energy and environmental futures in 20th- and 21st-Century literature and media culture. See Publishing and Research for more on past and current work or go to my Academia.edu page for some downloadable essays. I can be contacted at Derek.Gladwin[at]ubc.ca.