Senior Research Associate, Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta,
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 Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Silesia in Poland, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Literature at SYSU in China, and Honorary Professor in American Studies 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 sixteen 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. A world authority 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. He is the author of a number of well-known books on Lem, such as: A Stanislaw LemReader (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).