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Paul Huebener

Assistant Professor, English

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Education

  • Ph.D. McMaster University
  • M.A. - McMaster University
  • B.A. - University of British Columbia

Biography

Paul Huebener is an Assistant Professor of English in the Centre for Humanities. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2014. 

Dr. Huebener’s research asks how time functions socially as a tool of power in Canada, and how literature and other imaginative responses can help us gain and promote everyday temporal literacy. From punch clocks to prison sentences, from immigration waiting periods to controversial time-zone boundaries, from Indigenous grave markers that count time in centuries rather than years, to the fact that free time is shrinking faster for women than for men – time shapes the fabric of Canadian society every day, but in ways that are not always visible or logical. Dr. Huebener’s work develops foundational principles of critical time studies, demonstrating how time functions broadly as a tool of power, privilege, and imagination within a multicultural and multi-temporal nation.

Dr. Huebener serves as a co-editor for The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, and as a Steering Committee member for the Time and Globalization Working Project based at McMaster University.

Publications

Book:

Timing Canada: The Shifting Politics of Time in Canadian Literary Culture. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015. Finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism.

Timing Canada

Co-Edited Books

Time and Globalization: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Reprint of the special issue of Globalizations on “Time and Globalization.” Edited by Paul Huebener, Susie O’Brien, Tony Porter, Liam Stockdale, and Yanqiu Rachel Zhou. Routledge, 2017.

Timing Canada

Time, Globalization and Human Experience. Edited by Paul Huebener, Susie O’Brien, Tony Porter, Liam Stockdale, and Yanqiu Rachel Zhou. Routledge, 2017.

Timing Canada

Co-Edited Special Journal Issue:

Special issue of Globalizations on “Time and Globalization.” Edited and introduced by Paul Huebener, Susie O’Brien, Tony Porter, Liam Stockdale, and Y. Rachel Zhou. Issue 13.3 (2016).

Refereed Book Chapter:

“Recognizing and Resisting Animal Subjectivity in Timothy Findley’s The Wars.” Animals and War: Studies of Europe and North America. Ed. Ryan Hediger. Leiden: Brill, 2013. 177-95. Print.

Refereed Articles:

“Subjective Time and the Challenge of Social Synchronization: Gabrielle Roy’s The Road Past Altamont and Catherine Bush’s Minus Time.” Canadian Literature 223 (Winter 2014): 30-46. Print and web.

Edited with Susie O’Brien, Tony Porter, Liam Stockdale, and Y. Rachel Zhou. “An Interdisciplinary Forum on Time and Globalization.” IGHC Working Paper Series 12.3 (2012). McMaster University. 38 pages. Web.

“Thoughts on Time-Based Readings of Canadian Literature and Culture.” English Studies in Canada 36.2-3 (2010): 141-64. Print and web.

“Metaphor and Madness as Postcolonial Sites in Novels by Jean Rhys and Tayeb Salih.” Mosaic 43.4 (December 2010): 19-34. Print and web.

“Dark Stories: Poet-Audience Relations and the Journey Underground in Margaret Atwood’s The Door and Other Works.” Studies in Canadian Literature 34.2 (2009): 106-33. Print and web. Winner of the Margaret Atwood Society Award for Best Article Published in a Scholarly Journal or Anthology, 2010.

“‘No Moon to Speak of’: Identity and Place in Dionne Brand’s In Another Place, Not Here.” Callaloo. Special Thirtieth Anniversary Issue. 30.2 (2007): 615-25. Print and web.

Selected Journal Issue Introductions:

With Amanda Di Battista. “The Environmental Humanities in a Post-Truth World.” The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada 15.2 (2017). Article 28 (6 pages). Web.

With Amanda Di Battista. “Editor’s Notebook.” The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada 15.1 (2016). Article 60 (3 pages). Web.

With Lisa Szabo-Jones. “Editor’s Notebook: Ten Years of The Goose.” The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada 14.2 (2015). Article 59 (4 pages). Web

Creative Nonfiction:

“Notes Toward the World’s Slowest To-Do List.” filling Station 59 (2014): 46-49. Print. Also published as a condensed version in audio form on the filling Station website.

“Daily Bread in the Savannah Rainforest.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 17.1 (Winter 2010): 167-77. Print and web.

“The Teeming Abyss: Weaving through the Pemón Amazon.” Essay with original photography. Terrain.org 22 (2008). Web.

Updated March 30 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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