Autumn 2017

I’ll be giving a talk at the University of Waterloo on November 24 titled “‘another, flickering world’: Petrocultures of the North Atlantic.” Here’s a quick overview: Linking place-based poetry, film, and web-based media, this talk considers how Roseanne Watt’s filmpoem Sullom (2014) unsettles dominant histories of North Sea oil culture (petroculture) in the Shetland Isles by confronting environmental and spatial injustices. [Event Link]

Summer 2017

On 8 July, I will be one of the featured speakers at at a conference entitled Trans-Disciplinary Conversation on Peatlands at University College Cork, Ireland. Here’s a blog post I wrote for the conference entitled “The Ecological and Cultural Futures of Peatlands.”

Spring 2017

I’m excited to be giving the Featured Keynote talk titled “Petrospaces: North Sea Oil, Culture, and Place” at the 2017 You Are Here: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Place, Space, and Embodiment hosted by Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, March 23-26. [Event Link]



Winter 2017

I’m giving the following invited talk, “Bog Shimmers: Ecological Neglect and Wetlands in Irish Literature and Culture,” along with Claire Connolly, (University College Cork), who’s talk is titled, “Irish Literature & Climate Change: Telling rather than showing,” at the Institut du Monde Anglophone, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, France. The event is on Feb. 21, 2017, from 5:30-7:30.  [Event Link]

As a Visiting Flaherty Scholar (Canada-Ireland University Foundation), I’m organizing and chairing a public panel titled “Is Global Climate Action Trumped?” at the Centre for Environmental Humanities, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Speakers include:

Introduction by Poul Holm, Director of the Centre for Environmental Humanities (TCD)

Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Irish Green Party and TD for Dublin South
Dr Nessa Cronin, Lecturer in Irish Studies, NUI Galway
Dr Benjamin Gearey, Lecturer in Archaeology, University College Cork
Dr Constantine Boussailis, Assistant Prof. of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Derek Gladwin, Flaherty Visiting Scholar, Trinity College Dublin

The event will be on February 17, 2017 at Davis Theatre from 6:00 t0 7:45. The event is free to the public. See Climate Panel Poster for details. To access a video of this event, please see the following YouTube link.

The Irish Environmental History Network is hosting my public talk,  “’ya can’t trust em’: Shifting Ecological Perspectives of Literary and Cultural Peatlands,” at the Centre for Environmental Humanities, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Feb. 15, 2017.  [Event Link]

This talk has been made possible by a James M Flaherty Research Scholarship from the Ireland Canada University Foundation, with the assistance of the Government of Canada/avec l’appui du gouvernement du Canada.

Autumn 2016

Contentious Terrains CoverPlease join me for the launch of my new book Contentious Terrains (Cork UP, 2016), which provides a cultural and environmental history of how boglands (peat ‘bogs’) are represented in modern Irish literature. Professor Claire Connolly will introduce the book and Cork University Press will host the reception. The event is part of a one-day Workshop, “Landscapes, Environment & Heritage in Irish Studies,” funded by the Irish Research Council and organized by Dr Anna Pilz. The book launch will be held on 23 September 2016 (from 6pm to 7:30pm) in the Staff Common Room, Main Quad North Wing, University College Cork, Ireland. All are welcome!

See Cork UP’s website for a preview of Contentious Terrains.

Like the book’s page on Facebook and buy a copy it here.

Summer 2016

Old-Montreal-St-AlexisOver the summer term, I will be the Visiting Scholar at the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montréal, where I will be giving a public talk and organizing a few panels for the Fifth Annual Festival Bloomsday Montréal titled “History and Food in Ulysses.”

  1.  “Wetland Ecologies in Modernist and Contemporary Irish Literature.” School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montréal, Henry F. Hall Building Room H 1001, Wed., June 1, 2016. See Link for poster.
  2. “Gastronomy, Geography, and Affect in Ulysses.” Fifth Annual Festival Bloomsday Montréal, Concordia University, Henry F. Hall Building Room H 1001, Tuesday, June 13, 2016, 10 – 3 pm.

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Spring 2016

Please join me for a talk I will be giving at the University of British Columbia for the Department of English Faculty Series on Friday, April 1, 2016, at 3:30 pm in BuTo  599. The research talk is titled, “Space, Ecology, and Multimedia in North Atlantic Poetry.”

Autumn 2015


I will be serving as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Environmental Humanities at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and I will be giving a number of talks in Scotland. These talks are free to the public.

1. Seminar: “‘Everything is NOT awesome’: Thinking through Energy and Environmental Humanities” (with Danine Farquharson, Memorial University Newfoundland, and Graeme Macdonald, University of Warwick). Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network and Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 18 Sept. 2015, 10:00-12:00. See link for for details:

pearce_institute_ghost_hunt_thumb2. Roundtable: “Energy and Petrocultures” (with Graeme Macdonald of University of Warwick, Janet Stewart of Durham University, and Lynn Badia of University of Alberta). Ecocultures: Glasgow’s Festival of Environmental Research, Policy & Practice. The Pearce Institute, Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 17, 2015. See Event link for details.


3. Talk: “Environmental Art, Poetry, and Multimedia in Newfoundland” (with Marlene Creates). Art, Space + Nature, Evolution House, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, Oct. 6, 2015.

4. Talk: “Spatial Injustice in the North Atlantic Humanities,” The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Edinburgh, 2 Hope Park Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9NW, UK, 21 Oct. 2015, at 13:00-14:00.

Summer 2015

boston_college_dublin_2_largeI am speaking at an invited participant seminar at Boston College-Ireland titled Environmental Destruction and the Irish Revolution, 1916-1923 on Sept. 4, 2015 in Dublin. My talk is titled “Ecologies of War in Ernie O’Malley’s On Another Man’s Wound.” Email for reservations and more info.


For the late spring and summer terms, I will be serving as a Visiting Research Fellow focusing on work in the Environmental Humanities at the The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway.

I will be giving a public talk titled “North Atlantic Poetry and Multimedia: Environmentalism, Space and Websites” at The Moore Institute, NUI, Galway, on June 22 at 4:00. The talk is free to the public.

Spring 2015Gladwin flyer Earth Day 2015

I will be giving a public talk for Earth Day at DePaul University in Chicago titled “Boglands: Ireland, Literature, and the Environment” on April 22 at 6:00. This talk is sponsored by the English Department, Irish Studies, Environmental Science, History, Catholic Studies, and Liberal Arts.