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Paul Huebener

Associate 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 Associate 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 form of power in Canada, revealing how literature and other imaginative responses can help us develop an everyday literacy of time. 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 is a Steering Committee member for the Time and Globalization Working Project based at McMaster University, and he served as a co-editor for The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada from 2007 to 2017. His latest research project investigates how ecological temporalities, and the cultural narratives through which we understand them, appear at risk of breaking down.

Selected Publications

Book:

Timing Canada: The Shifting Politics of Time in Canadian Literary Culture. 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:

Time and Globalization, special issue of Globalizations, edited and introduced by Paul Huebener, Susie O’Brien, Tony Porter, Liam Stockdale, and Yanqiu Rachel Zhou, vol. 13, no. 3, 2016,
www.tandfonline.com/toc/rglo20/13/3?nav=tocList.

Selected Refereed Book Chapter:

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

Selected Refereed Articles:

”Timely Ecocriticism: Reading Time Critically in the Environmental Humanities.“ Environmental Literatures and Politics in Canada, special issue of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, edited by Catriona Sandilands, vol. 25, no. 2, 2018, pp. 327-44,
academic.oup.com/isle/article/25/2/327/5052175.

Edited with, and introduction written with, Susie O’Brien, Tony Porter, Liam Stockdale, and Y. Rachel Zhou. “Reworking Resilience.” IGHC Working Paper Series, McMaster University, vol. 17, no. 1, 2017, socialsciences.mcmaster.ca/globalization/news/ighc-working-paper-series-17-1-reworking-resilience.

”Subjective Time and the Challenge of Social Synchronization: Gabrielle Roy’s The Road Past Altamont and Catherine Bush’s Minus Time.“ Canadian Literature, no. 223, 2014, pp. 32-48,
canlit.ca/article/subjective-time-and-the-challenge-of-social-synchronization-gabrielle-roys-the-road-past-alamont-and-catherine-bushs-minus-time/.

Edited with, and introduction written with, Susie O’Brien, Tony Porter, Liam Stockdale, and Y. Rachel Zhou. “An Interdisciplinary Forum on Time and Globalization.” IGHC Working Paper Series, McMaster University, vol. 12, no. 3, 2012,
globalization.mcmaster.ca/research/publications/working-papers.

“Thoughts on Time-Based Readings of Canadian Literature and Culture.” English Studies in Canada, vol. 36, no. 2-3, 2010, pp. 141-64,
journals.library.ualberta.ca/esc/index.php/ESC/article/view/11004.

“Metaphor and Madness as Postcolonial Sites in Novels by Jean Rhys and Tayeb Salih.” Mosaic, vol. 43, no. 4, 2010, pp. 19-34,
wwwapps.cc.umanitoba.ca/publications/mosaic/common/issue/get/43/4

“Dark Stories: Poet-Audience Relations and the Journey Underground in Margaret Atwood’s The Door and Other Works.” Studies in Canadian Literature, vol. 34, no. 2, 2009, pp. 106-33,
journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/SCL/article/view/12704. Winner, 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, vol. 30, no. 2, 2007, pp. 615-25,
doi.org/10.1353/cal.2007.0211.

Selected Journal Issue Introductions:

With Amanda Di Battista. “Responding to a Racist Climate.” The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, vol. 16, no. 1, 2017,
scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose/vol16/iss1/36.

With Amanda Di Battista. “The Environmental Humanities in a Post-Truth World.” The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, vol. 15, no. 2, 2017,
scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose/vol15/iss2/28/.

With Amanda Di Battista. “Editor’s Notebook.” The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, vol. 15, no. 1, 2016,
scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose/vol15/iss1/60/.

With Lisa Szabo-Jones. “Editor’s Notebook: Ten Years of The Goose.” The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, vol. 14, no. 2, 2016,
scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose/vol14/iss2/59/.

Selected Creative Nonfiction:

“Notes Toward the World’s Slowest To-Do List.” filling Station, no. 59, 2014, pp. 46-49. Also published as a condensed version in audio form at
www.fillingstation.ca/news/2014/8/7/a-reading-from-paul-huebener.

“Daily Bread in the Savannah Rainforest.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, vol. 17, no. 1, 2010, pp. 167-77,
doi.org/10.1093/isle/isp148.

“The Teeming Abyss: Weaving through the Pemón Amazon.” Essay with original photography. Terrain.org, no. 22, 2008,
www.terrain.org/essays/22/huebener.htm.

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