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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:

March 2

Public Lecture: “Writing Against the Grain: A Conversation With Sonallah Ibrahim”

6:30pm–8:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU’s International Studies, CCSMSC, World Literature Program, Contemporary Arts Graduate Program, and the Institute for Performance Studies

March 4

Public Lecture: “The State of Exception Theory by Carl Schmitt and the Ambivalent Criticism of Liberalism

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

Marie Goupy, Institut de Sciences Politiques de Paris, Institut Mines-Télécom, and Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP)

March 13

Public Lecture: “Acts of Liberation: A Phenomenology of Violence and Nonviolence”

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

Peyman Vahabzadeh, Department of Sociology, University of Victoria

Co-sponsored by SFU’s Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures

March 17

Public Lecture: “Mapping Critical Theory Today”

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

Razmig Keucheyan, University of Paris, Sorbonne

March 27–29

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 Speakers: Chris Hedges, Glen Coulthard, and Aziz Choudry

Co-hosted by Vancity Office for Community Engagement

April 23

Public Panel: “A David and Goliath Story: Do Canada’s environmental laws have the stones?”

6:00pm–8:30pm, Room 1410–1430, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by Ecojustice

May 7

Public Lecture: “Popular Media and Cultural Public Sphere in Contemporary China”

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

Shuyu Kong, Department of Humanities and Asia-Canada Program, Simon Fraser University

Co-sponsored by SFU’s David Lam Centre, School of Communication’s M.A Double Degree Program in Global Communication, and International Studies

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.