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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 12, 2015

Public Lecture: “Thinking about Oil: Energy Epistemologies and Political Futures”

5:00pm–7:00pm, Room 1600, SFU Harbour Centre

Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and a Professor of English, Film Studies and Sociology at the University of Alberta

Co-sponsored by the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, FCAT’s Centre For Policy Studies on Culture and Communities (SFU), and the Centre for Social Justice at Kwantlen University (KPU)

January 12, 2015

Public Lecture: “First Peoples, Palestine, and the Crushing of Free Speech”

7:30pm, Segal Rooms, SFU Harbour Centre

Steven Salaita, author of Israel’s Dead Soul (2011), The Uncultured Wars: Arabs, Muslims, and the Poverty of Liberal Thought (2008), and Anti-Arab Racism in the USA (2007)

Co-sponsored by the Seriously Free Speech Committee, CanPalNet, Canada-Palestine Assocation, Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (SFU), BIAC (Boycott Israeli Apartheid Coalition), UNJPPI (United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel), Building Bridges Vancouver, Independent Jewish Voices – Vancouver, SFU English Department, SPHR-UBC (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights), Critical Race and Postcolonial Feminist Theory Group-UBC, and Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church-Vancouver

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: “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 02, 2015

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 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 04, 2015

Public Lecture: “The State of Exception’s 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 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.

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An entire archive of past Institute of Humanities activities.