Department of Humanities


Welcome to the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University!
In the Humanities Department at SFU, students read and study the great texts of Western and Eastern civilizations from Ancient Greece to Modern Germany, from Taoism to Christianity, from the Italian fresco to Chinese film. Humanities courses appeal to students who are curious about many diverse areas such as classical and medieval studies, modern thought and culture, Renaissance humanism, and eastern and western religions. Crossing disciplinary boundaries, students will learn to pose questions and address concerns central to understanding the human condition.

Upcoming Events

Centre A and The Cinematheque, with support from SFU David Lam Centre and SFU Department of Humanities, welcome renowned Vietnamese-born artist, writer, and scholar Trinh T. Minh-ha for a special two-night program of her acclaimed film work. Subjective, self-reflexive, and intellectual, infused with feminism and anti-colonialism, and offering a dizzying array of sights and sounds, the award-winning “anti-anthropological” films of Trinh represent a startling reinvention of the documentary form. Read More

Departmental News

Professor Samir Gandesha has published an Article on Free Speech in Opendemocracy and an Op-Ed on Electoral Reform in the Vancouver Sun.

Big congratulations are in order to Zach Vanderploeg, who received not one but both of our departmental undergraduate awards this term, the Father Michael Bach Memorial Scholarship and Gandhi Humanitarian Scholarship. Great work, Zach!

Thanks to Angela Ho for sharing her work on the “Vancouver Chinatown Food Security Report,” and to an excellent and deeply knowledgeable panel that reflected on the report’s findings: Andy Yan (SFU City Program Director), Wes Regan (City of Vancouver Community Economic Development Planner), and Elvy Del Bianco (Vancity Program Manager for Cooperative Partnerships) considered wider questions and observations that pertain to Chinatown but also have wider significance. Read More

Congratulations to Samir Gandesha on the recent publication, with Johan Hartle, of an edited collection of essays examining the place of the aesthetic in the writings of Marx.

"By situating Marx in contemporary art debates this volume speaks directly to lively interest today in the function of the aesthetic in accounts of emancipatory politics and is essential reading for researchers and academics across the fields of Political philosophy, art theory, and Marxist scholarship." Read more

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Institute for the Humanities

Canada and the UN Convention Against Torture

Truth Before Reconciliation: Reframing/Resisting/Refusing Reconciliation