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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 17

Public Lecture: “Mapping Critical Theory Today”

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

Razmig Keucheyan, University of Paris, Sorbonne

March 24

Panel Discussion: “C-51 The Anti-terror Bill”

6:30pm–8:30pm, ICBC Concourse, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings St.

Panelists: Craig Forcese, Margot Young, Micheal Vonn, Max Cameron, & Zool Suleman

Co-sponsored by Vancity Office for Community Engagement, Peter A. Allard School of Law (UBC), BCCLA, and Siraat.

March 24–April 21

J.S. Woodsworth Lecture Series: “Art Activism: The Cairo–Tehran Connection”

March 24, March 31, April 7, & April 21

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

Dima M. Yassine & Hossein Martin Fazeli

Presented by the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities

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, & Aziz Choudry

Co-hosted by Vancity Office for Community Engagement

April 10

Panel Discussion: “Syriza solidarity! Fighting austerity!”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 1900, SFU Harbour Centre

Panelists: Natassa Romanou, Ingo Schmidt, & Peter Prontzos

Co-sponsored by SFU’s International Studies & the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group. Media sponsor: Ricochet

April 23

Panel Discussion: “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.