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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:

January 22

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 FCAT’s Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities (SFU), CMNS 424, International Studies, Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

January 24

Public Panel: “Women and Labour: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going”

4:00pm–7:00pm, Room 1400, SFU Harbour Centre

Hosted by Burnaby Teachers’ Association, Ad Hoc Labour Outreach Committee

January 27

Panel Discussion: “The Advance of the Present: Paranoia, Free Speech, and the Postmodern Personality”

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

Panelists: Michael Hejazi, Byron Hauck, and Nicholas Ellan

January 29

Film Screening & Panel Discussion for Althea Thauberger’s Preuzmimo Benčić

5:30pm–7:30pm, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (Level 3), Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W Hastings St.

Panelists: Dr. Peter Dickinson, Nermin Gogalic (a former Bencic resident), and Lennox Johnston-Yu, a Vancouver youth.

Co-sponsored by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

January 29

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

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

Karen Ferguson, Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University

February 2

Public Lecture: “Understanding the Syrian Tragedy Four Years On

6:00pm–8:00pm, Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre

Bassam Haddad, Middle East Studies Program, George Mason University

In cooperation with SFU’s School for International Studies, School of Communication, and Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures

February 5

Public Lecture: “Thomas Merton at 100: Public Intellectual and Democratic Dissenter”

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

Donald Grayston

February 17

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

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

Davina Bhandar, Trent University

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 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.