Dr Henry Ivry
- Lecturer in 20th and/or 21st Century Literature (English Literature)
Henry Ivry joined the University of Glasgow as a Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century Literature in 2022. Prior to joining the School of Critical Studies, Dr. Ivry was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh and held teaching, research, and administrative positions at the University of Toronto. Despite being born and raised in the temperate San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Ivry has continually chosen to live and work in places with long winters. He received his PhD in English from the University of Toronto in 2019 and a postgraduate and undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh.
- African American and Black Diaspora Literature
- Black Ecologies
- Environmental Humanities
- Black Studies
- Contemporary Literature and Literary Criticism
- Infrastructural Studies
- Electronic Music and Culture
My current research sits at the nexus of Black studies, the environmental humanities, and literary criticism. My first monograph, Transscalar Critique: Climate, Blackness, Crisis argues that questions of scale present a particular set of problems for writers, critics, and policy makers negotiating with the twinned crises of anthropogenic climate change and anti-Black violence. Following specific crises, Transscalar Critique examines how these events have been understood by writers, critics, and politicians, as impacting only specific populations and, in turn, mobilized to buttress white supremacy. Pushing back against this understanding of crisis, I argue that crisis provides an opportunity to reimagine the world outside the cycles of anti-Black violence and environmental destruction by turning to contemporary African American literature and contemporary Black studies. I explore how a growing number of writers are just as concerned with environmental and racial justice as they are with questions of economic and aesthetic value. Transscalar Critique will be published in early 2023 by Edinburgh University Press.
I am currently at work on a second monograph that expands the parameters of Transscalar Critique both temporally and geographically to make a more radical claim: it isn’t just contemporary Black fiction that is invested in thinking about Blackness and the environment, but a constitutive aspect of Black literature from the start of the 20th century to the present. To make this claim, this project pairs contemporary authors, including Colson Whitehead and Nalo Hopkinson, with authors I identify as their literary antecedents, such as Charles Chesnutt and Pauline Hopkins, offering an alternate genealogy of the present by arguing that the problems that define contemporary ecological criticism have always been present in writing about chattel slavery and its afterlives.
In addition to literary studies, I am also deeply invested in the relationship between race, infrastructure, and electronic music. Lately, I've been exploring how blockchain technologies are both creating insurgent infrastructures for musicians, while also consolidating some of the more nefarious and racialized aspects of platform capitalism. This is something that I write about regularly through articles and criticism for platforms like Resident Advisor, Bandcamp Daily, and DJ Mag.
- 2021 - 2022: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
- 2020: Chancellor Henry N.R. Jackman Graduate Fellow in the Humanities (declined)
- 2014 - 2020: Jackman Junior Fellow
I welcome inquiries from students interested in any facet of African American and Black diaspora literature, Black studies, Indigenous literature, the environmental humanities, or contemporary literature. I am particularly excited to supervise projects that bring any of these above areas into dialogue with one another in unexpected ways.