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Ian Wereley

Contract Instructor

Degrees:B.A., M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Carleton)
Email:ian_wereley@carleton.ca

Biographical Note

I am an energy historian interested in the past, present, and future of oil. My work seeks to demonstrate how history offers important lessons for navigating our own changing energy landscapes. I have several years of experience in archival research, professional writing, editing and transcribing, course development and teaching, and project management. I am currently a contract instructor at Carleton University, and Public Relations Consultant for the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. I live in Aylmer, Quebec, with my wife and son.

Current and Former Research Projects

Research Associate: “The 1970s Energy Crises and Energy Security: A Cross-national and Transatlantic History.” Dr. Petra Dolata, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) for the History of Energy, University of Calgary.

Research Assistant: “Attending the TRC’s Recommendations: Decolonizing the RSC through the Archive.” Dr. Jennifer Evans, College of New Scholars, Royal Society of Canada.

Dissertation: “Imagining the Age of Oil: Case Studies in British Petrocultures, 1865-1935.”
Carleton University, 2012-2018. [Senate Medal nomination]

Thesis: “Discourse of Dissent: Bernard Acworth, the British Anti-Oil Movement, and the Royal Navy’s Use of Fuels, 1927-1937.” Carleton University, 2010-2012. [Distinction; Senate Medal nomination]

Publications

Ian Wereley. “King Coal versus Prince Petroleo: Imagining Oil, Energy, and Transition in Early Twentieth-Century Britain.” In Heather Graves and Jon Gordon (Eds.), The Rhetoric of Oil in the Twenty-First Century. Routledge/Taylor Francis: Forthcoming, Spring 2019.

Ian Wereley. “Extracting the Past from the Present: Exotic Prizes, Empty Wilderness, and Commercial Conquest in Two Oil Company Advertisements, 1925-2012.” Special Issue, “Energy Use and the Humanities,” Humanities 5, no. 2 (2016): 44-64.

Ian Wereley. “Selling the Age of Oil: The British Petroleum Company and Motor Spirit Marketing, 1919-1925.” MediaTropes. Special Issue, “Media and Oil; Oil as Media.” Accepted for Peer Review, April 2018.

Awards & Scholarships

2013 – 2016                SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL
Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)

August 2016                CARLETON UNIVERSITY
MacOdrum Library Open Access Award

May 2016                    SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL
“The Storytellers” Research Communication Competition

March 2016                 CARLETON UNIVERSITY
Graduate Research and Innovative Thinking Award (GRIT)

April 2013                   CARLETON UNIVERSITY
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

2012 – 2013                GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)

Teaching Experience

July – Sept. 2018
CARLETON UNIVERSITY, Ottawa
Contract Instructor
Course: HIST 2910 “A History of Oil: Science, Technology, Culture, and Conflict”

May – June 2018
ENRICHMENT MINI-COURSES PROGRAM, Ottawa
Contract Instructor
Course: “A History of the Age of Oil: Technology, Culture & Conflict, 1850-1950”

2010 – 2016
CARLETON UNIVERSITY, Ottawa
Teaching Assistant with Seminars

Courses:

  • HIST 1002 – 20thCentury Europe
  • HIST 1707 – World History
  • HIST 2001 – Social History of Alcohol
  • HIST 2502 – Modern Britain
  • HIST 2801 – War & Society in Modern Britain

Presentations & Lectures

May 2017                 CANADIAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Toronto
Presentation: “Advertising Oil: Past, Present, and Future”

August 2016             PETROCULTURES: THE OFFSHORE, St. John’s
Presentation: “British Bondage to Alien Oil: Imagining Energy, Invasion, and Resistance During the Transition from Coal to Oil in Britain, 1900-1930”

June 2016                 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES ASSOC. OF CANADA, Calgary
Presentation: “‘Converting Sunbeams into Cucumbers’: Energy Imaginaries and Popular Debates About Synthetic Fuel in Interwar Britain”

May 2016                 IMAGINING CANADA’S FUTURE FORUM, Calgary
Invited Speaker: “Imagining Energy in Transition: Past, Present, and Future”

Links to Recent Work

November 2017          LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA, Ottawa
Podcast: “Canada 150: Reflect and Reimagine.” [@ 25:00; @ 44:20]
www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/news/podcasts/Pages/Canada-150-Reflect-Reimagine.aspx

April 2017                    UNIVERSITIES CANADA, Ottawa
Promotional Video: “What are you going to do with an arts degree?”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaSeEElwqYU

October 2016              UNIVERSITIES CANADA, Ottawa
Promotional Video: “#MyCanada2067”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y4sK1ZcTTc

May 2016                    SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL
Research Video: “Imagining Energy in Transition: Past, Present, Future.”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLVhgsPbLHc&list=PLww1dvjSoO4MtngyjTfZQRJC2AAfaiFrD&index=18

March 2015                 THREE MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION (3MT), Ottawa
Live Performance: “Petro-Pasts in the Present: The Imaginative Drama of Oil in British and Canadian Popular Culture, 1920-2015”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJkkovTVOEY&feature=youtu.be