November 20, 2017

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.

Departmental News

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."


Humanities MA student Maggie Ka-Ying Tsang is the 2016/2017 winner of the prestigious Laurine Harrison Graduate Thesis Award for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Maggie completed her coursework, comprehensive exams, and fieldwork within a year with an outstanding GPA, while also presenting papers at major conferences in her field in Germany and at the university of Hawaii East West Centre. In addition, Maggie is working on a collaborative exhibit with UBC on Chinese herbalist shops in the Burnaby Village Museum. Ms. Tsang holds both a Bachelor of Environmental Science & Management, and a Master of Philosophy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her current Humanities MA project, supervised by Dr. Paul Crowe, investigates Chinese medicine as hermeneutic knowledge. Please visit our graduate student profiles for more information regarding Maggie's research:

HUM MA Alum, Kavita Reddy recently co-authored revisions to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article on colonialism. Reddy, a 2016 graduate and current University of Toronto PhD student, updated the "Postcolonial Theory" section and contributed "Recognition and Revolt in the Settler-Colonial States" to the international database. 

Upcoming Events

Marxism and Psychoanalysis: Conjunctions and Disjunctions

December 1 - December 2, 2017

With Keynote speakers:  Andrew Feenberg, Jerry Zaslove, and Samir Gandesha

A Department of Humanities, Simon Fraser University, event
(contact: Alessandra Capperdoni
With the support from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and 
Institute for the Humanities SFU
Free and open to the public