About

I am currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo. 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 served as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia, as well 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 transformation and literacy about environments and society through 20th-/21st-Century literary, film, and media culture. This work is situated in the environmental humanities, focusing on the geographical areas of the North Atlantic, such as United Kingdom, Ireland, Greenland, and Eastern Canada, as well as in some global cultures. I examine issues represented in culture including environmental literacy and climate change, narratives about sustainable futures, food literacy, contested territory, spatial and social justice, and contested territory and cartography.

My authored and edited books include: Ecological Exile: Spatial Injustice & Environmental Humanities (2018), Contentious Terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic (2016), which was a finalist for the 2016 ASLE Ecocriticism Book Award and the 2016 International Gothic Association Book Award, 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, Oxford Bibliographies, Irish Studies ReviewPhotography and CultureGothic 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 an edited collection on cultural food studies titled Gastro-Modernism: Food, Literature, Culture (Clemson UP, forthcoming 2018), an edited collection on climate change culture, and a book about narratives of fear related to our energy and environmental futures. 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.