Imre Szeman

About Imre

Energy Transition | Public Humanities

Imre Szeman is Director of the Institute for Environment, Conservation, and Sustainability and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He teaches and conducts research in energy humanities, environmental studies, and social and political philosophy. He is the co-founder of the Petrocultures Research Group and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Current Projects

Imre is leading the development of the priorities and programs of the new Institute for Environment, Conservation and Sustainability (IECS) at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The first programs and initiatives of the IECS will be announced in Fall 2024. Imre’s new book, Futures of the Sun: The Struggles Over Renewable Life (University of Minnesota Press), which examines corporate and state control over the transition to renewables, will appear in Fall 2024. He is also completing work on Energized: A Vocabulary for a New Politics of Energy (co-edited with Jennifer Wenzel; to be published in 2025), which provides a map of the complex landscape of social and cultural changes and dislocations produced by recent political shifts on energy and environment. With Tanner Mirrlees he is currently working on the podcast series “Green Dreams: A Podcast Series on Our Renewable Future,” a follow-up to the mini-series “Tech-Bros and Techno-Utopias,” which they did in conjunction with Darts and Letters. Finally, also with Mirrlees, he is writing Green Dreams: Why Technology Won’t Save the World (Bloomsbury, under contract).

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