In Conversation with Ian Angus

April 06, 2019

Ian Angus, Samir Gandesha, & Peyman Vahabzadeh

Saturday, April 6, 3:30PM–5:30PM, Room 1800, SFU Harbour Centre

Sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities

For over thirty years, Professor Ian Angus has been teaching Cultural Studies, communications, philosophy, Canadian Studies, and humanities in the United States and Canada. His intellectual legacy includes a wide range of monographs, several edited volumes, numerous journal articles and book chapters, and multiple invited lectures or public talks. He has taught generations of students, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has trained and supervised many graduate students and his intellectual presence has touched the research of many more. At least a dozen of his graduate students are now professors in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. His work and intellectual legacy have made vivid impact on the philosophical and intellectual debates of our time.

In celebrating his contributions, Samir Gandesha and Peyman Vahabzadeh will have a conversation with Ian Angus on various aspects of his work. The audience will also be encouraged to participate in this conversation.

The event will conclude with a reception (selection of meats, cheeses, fruits offered) and cash bar.


Ian Angus is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Simon Fraser University.  He has taught modern European thought and Canadian intellectual history. He teaching has been in both these areas in the Humanities Department. In 2007 and 2008 he was Director of the Prague Field School, which is based in the Humanities Department. His intellectual formation began with the 20th century European philosophies of phenomenology and the Frankfurt school of critical theory. His first book, Technique and Enlightenment (1984) probed the historical sources of the ‘instrumental reason’ that legitimates the modern advance of technology and argued for a form of technology assessment that is not only ethical but pertains also to the construction of human identity. A significant turn in Angus’ work occurred when he began a critical engagement with the history of English Canadian social and political thought, which resulted in A Border Within: National Identity, Cultural Plurality and Wilderness (1997), which was widely reviewed in both the academic and popular press. (Dis)figurations: Discourse/Critique/Ethics (2000), Primal Scenes of Communication: Communication, Consumerism, Social Movements (2000), and Emergent Publics: An Essay on Social Movements and Democracy (2001)—have presented his positions with regard to contemporary political philosophy and communication theory. His most recent books include Identity and Justice was published by the University of Toronto Press (2008), Love the Questions: University Education and Enlightenment by Arbeiter Ring (2009), Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture by Athabasca University Press (2013), and the Spanish translation of Love the Questions: Amar las Preguntas: Acerca de la universidad y la educación, traducido por Viviana Elsztein Angus, con prólogo para la edición latinoamericana de Newton Duarte (Buenos Aires: Wolkowicz Editores, 2019). He's currently working on a manuscript on phenomenological Marxism for the 21st century.

Samir Gandesha is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. His work has appeared in Political TheoryNew German Critique,  Constellations,LogosKant StudienPhilosophy and Social CriticismTopia, the European Legacy, the European Journal of Social TheoryArt PapersRadical Philosophy, the Cambridge Companion to Adorno and Herbert Marcuse: A Critical Reader as well as in several other edited books. He is co-editor with Lars Rensmann of Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations (Stanford, 2012). He is co-editor (with Johan Hartle) of Spell of Capital: Reification and Spectacle (University of Amsterdam Press, 2017) and Aesthetic Marx (Bloomsbury Press, 2017) also with Johan Hartle. He regularly contributes to openDemocracy,Canadian Dimension, the Vancouver Sunand the Globe and Mail. In the Spring of 2017, he was the Liu Boming Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at the University of Nanjing and Visiting Lecturer at Suzhou University of Science and Technology in China. In February, 2019, he was Visiting Lecturer at Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas - FFLCH-USP(Universidade de São Paulo). He is currently editing a book entitled Spectres of Fascism (Pluto Press) that, in part, stems from an Institute Free School co-organized with Stephen Collis in 2017, co-editing with Peyman Vahabzadeh a Festschrift for Ian Angus and preparing a manuscript on the “Neoliberal Personality.”

Peyman Vahabzadeh is Professor of Sociology at University of Victoria.  He is the author of Articulated Experiences: Toward A Radical Phenomenology of Contemporary Social Movements (SUNY Press, 2003), A Guerrilla Odyssey: Modernization, Secularism, Democracy and the Fadai Discourse of National Liberation in Iran, 1971-1979 (Syracuse UP, 2010), Exilic Meditations: Essays on A Displaced Life (H&S Media, 2012), Parviz Sadri: A Political Biography (Shahrgon Books, 2015), Violence and Nonviolence: Conceptual Excursions into Phantom Opposites (University of Toronto Press, 2019), A Rebel’s Journey: Mostafa Sho‘aiyan and Revolutionary Theory in Iran (OneWorld, 2019), as well as editor of Iran’s Struggels for Social Justice: Economics, Agency, Justice, Activism (Palgrave, 2017). He has also published ten books of poetry, fiction, literary criticism, and memoir in Persian.  His work has appeared in English, Persian, German, Spanish, and Kurdish.