Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies

Senior Research Associate

Peter Swirski

Senior Research Associate, Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Peter Swirski

Peter Swirski is a Canadian scholar and literary and cultural critic, listed in Canadian Who’s Who. He is an authority on contemporary American literature and culture as well as on comparative literature, including popular culture and digital culture. Currently a Senior Research Associate at the Wirth Institute, he is also Honorary Professor of American Literature and Culture at Jinan University in China. He was formerly Professor and Research Director at Europe’s elite research-only Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in Finland.

Professor Swirski has written eighteen prize-winning and critically acclaimed books on American literature, culture, history, politics, and society, drawing praise from, among others, Howard Zinn, Arthur Asa Berger, Noam Chomsky, Ray B. Browne, and Christopher Hitchens. His work has also drawn international media attention, with TV appearances in Europe, Hong Kong, Russia, and the United States, as well as on the BBC World Service in front of audiences of 200 million worldwide.

As the leading scholar on the legendary Central European writer and futurologist, Stanislaw Lem, in 2012 he was invited to conduct research in Lem’s home town of Cracow at the behest of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. In addition to his American publications, he is the author of a number of books on Lem, such as A Stanislaw Lem Reader (1997); The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem(2006);From Literature to Biterature: Lem, Turing, Darwin (2013); Stanislaw Lem: Selected Letters to Michael Kandel (2014); Lemography: Stanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World (with Waclaw M. Osadnik, 2014); and Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future (2015).

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