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Welcome to the Institute for the Humanities

Now in its 31st year, the Institute for the Humanities at SFU seeks to accomplish these basic objectives: stimulate student interest and faculty research in demonstrating the irreducibility of humanistic perspectives in understanding some of the most pressing social, economic, political and environmental problems we face and, above all, to engage the many publics beyond the academy in city, the province, the country and, indeed, the wider world. The Institute is perfectly placed, therefore, to play a key role in the idea of SFU as “student-centred, research-driven and community-engaged.”

Upcoming Events:

November 25

“Database Documentaries: Orchestrated Voices and the Rhetoric of Listening”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Zoë Druick, School of Communications, Simon Fraser University

November 28

“Revolution and Performance: A Conversation with Ramy Essam”

6:30pm–8:30pm, #200 – 375 Water Street, Vancouver

Co-sponsored by the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (SFU) and the SFU School of Communications.

December 02

Panel discussion of Naomi Klein’s new book: “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”

7:00pm, Room B, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

Panelists: Anjali Appadurai, Stephen Collis, Brad Hornick, & Lynne Quarmby

Co-sponsored by rabble.ca and Climate Convergence

January 12, 2015

Public Lecture: “On Energy and Philosophy”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room TBA, SFU Harbour Centre

Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair, English, Film Studies and Sociology, University of Alberta

January 22, 2015

Public Lecture: “From Immolation to Preservation: The Self and Identity Politics Since the Arab Uprisings

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre

Dr. Adel Iskandar, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Co-sponsored by CMNS 424, International Studies, Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

January 29, 2015

Public Lecture: “Diverting Dissent in the Black Power Era: Tracing the Historical Roots of the Obama Presidency”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Karen Furguson, Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University

February 17, 2015

Public Lecture: “Neo-Liberal Forms of Dispossession and Democracy”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Davina Bhandar, Trent University

March 17, 2015

Public Lecture: “Mapping Critical Theories Today”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Razmig Keucheyan, University of Paris, Sorbonne

March 27–29, 2015

Public Conference on Mining, Fossil Fuels and Common Resources: “The State of Extraction: Corporate Imperatives, Public Knowledge and Global Struggles for Alternatives”

Time TBA/Location TBA

Keynote Speaker: Chris Hedges

Co-hosted by Vancity Office for Community Engagement

More to come. Please check back soon.

Learn more about the Institute of Humanities.

Contours is the journal of the Institute for the Humanities

A dynamic, interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of thought and ideas.

View our upcoming events and browse through past events.

CounterCulture is a monthly discussion and screening series.

Meet the Director, Steering Committee Members, Associates and Staff.

View the different awards offered to students yearly.

Keep up to date by signing up for our mailing list.

An entire archive of past Institute of Humanities activities.