About Us


Since its inception in 1983, the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University has been dedicated to the exploration of the critical perspectives that relate social concerns to the cultural and historical legacy of the Humanities. The Institute seeks to facilitate the development of attitudes that lead toward active engagement in society. In taking such a role, the Institute hopes to contribute reflective, contemplative, and critical public points of view on the conflicts and contentious issues of our time.

The Institute for the Humanities:

  1. Initiates, plans and supports interdisciplinary programs, conferences, seminars and research which bring together faculty in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts, with each other and with members of the wider community to discuss and study areas of common concern, and of social and intellectual significance;
  2. Encourages, facilitates, and participates in independent, multi-disciplinary research on a variety of themes and issues related to modern cultural studies;
  3. Works closely with the Department of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in support of its teaching program;
  4. Establishes contacts with organizations and universities where similar programs and Institutes exist.

Through these programs and initiatives the Institute hopes to bring together the resources and expertise of the University and the interests and the needs of groups in the wider community.