About

I am currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, funded by the Government of Canada, in the Department of Language and Literature at 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 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 authored and edited books include: Ecological Exile: Spatial Injustice & Environmental Humanities (forthcoming, Jan. 2018), Contentious Terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic (2016), which was a finalist for the 2016 ASLE Ecocriticism Book Prize and the 2016 International Gothic Association Book Prize, 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 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 literary food studies titled Gastro-modernism: Food, Literature, Culture (Clemson UP, forthcoming 2018), an edited collection on climate 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.