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Welcome to the Institute for the Humanities

Now in its 30th 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:

September 29

Public Lecture: “The War in Eastern Ukraine and the New Cold War”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 2270, SFU Harbour Centre

Roger Annis, a Vancouver-based writer and antiwar activist who has written extensively on Ukraine.

October 2-4

Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Annual Conference

SFU Harbour Centre

Keynote Speakers: Bruce Baugh, Kym Maclaren, Talia Welsh, Sean Kirkland and Howard Caygill

October 3

Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Keynote Address: “The Capacity to Resist”

7:30pm–9:30pm, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Howard Caygill, Kingston University, London (Author of On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defence)

Co-sponsored by the Vancity Office of Community Engagement

October 27

Public Lecture: “Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 1600, SFU Harbour Centre.

Chris Dixon, serves on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies and the advisory board for the activist journal Upping the Anti.

Co-sponsored by The Mainlander

October 30

Public Lecture: “Strategic Litigation and the Judicial Constraints of Public Engagement”

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

Byron Sheldrick, University of Guelph. (Author of “Blocking Public Participation: The Use of Strategic Legislation to Silence Political Expression”)

November 5

Public Lecture: “Interactive World Disclosure (or, an Interface is not a Hammer)”

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

Roy Bendor, Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, UBC

November 8

Symposium: “Theodor Adorno: Music, Language, Authenticity”

9:30am–4:30pm, Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre

Participants: Shierry Weber Nicholsen, JJ Shapiro, Jerry Zaslove, Samir Gandesha

November 18

Public Lecture: “Institutionalized Sound”

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

Frances Dyson, University of California, Davis

November 25

Public Lecture: “Database Documentaries, Voice and the Rhetoric of Listening”

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

Zoë Druick, School of Communications, Simon Fraser University

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.