Professor Andrew Wernick


Co-investigator - Trent University

Andrew Wernick is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies and Sociology at Trent University in Canada, a Visiting Professor at Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.  Born and educated in England, he read History and Economics at the University of Cambridge before moving to Canada, and received his PhD in Politics at the University of Toronto.  At Trent he was the founding director of the Centre for Theory Culture and Politics, and the chair at various times of Sociology, Cultural Studies, and the MA program in Methodologies for the Study of Western History and Culture.  A social theorist, intellectual historian, sociologist of culture and jazz musician, he is the author of more than seventy essays on contemporary culture and cultural/social theory, is on the editorial boards of C-Theory, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, and Pensar la Publicidad, and is an advisory board member of the Centre for Cultural Studies research at the University of East London. His writings include Promotional Culture (Sage 1991), Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity (Cambridge University Press 2001), and the co-edited anthologies Shadow of Spirit: Religion and Postmodernism (Routledge 1993) and Images of Aging: Cultural Representations of Later Life (Routledge 1994).  His current work is on nihilism and the sacred in post Cold War culture, on national imaginaries, and on the political theory of the gift.