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Welcome to the Department of Humanities

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.

Department News

  • The Faculty of Arts and Social Science's website is hosting a feature on Humanities 101W, Introduction to the Humanities. Associate Professor Samir Gandesha explains how the course uses great texts  to delve into the question, “what does it mean to be a human being?” Watch his thoughtful explanation here.

  • Yang Tang successfully defended her MA thesis entitled, "Between Fantasy and Reality: Time-Travel Romance and Media Fandom in Chinese Cyberspace" on May 1st, 2014. We would like to congratulate her on her stellar insight into a truly innovative topic and approach that drew on her status as a fan and scholar.

  • Humanities alumni Paul Hiebert describes his rich experience in the department and the path he followed as a result. Read his story here.

  • The Institute for the Humanities celebrates its 30th year of public engagement and critical dialogue.  

  • The Department of Humanities will be hosting a joint meeting of the Classical Association of the Canadian West (CACW) and the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN) with the theme  "Decision"  March 14th-15th at SFU Harbour Centre; for information on registration please clic please click here. The plenary speaker will be Adriaan Lanni, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

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Upcomming Events

  • July 17-19th, the Institute for the Humanities, in cooperation with UBC and Douglas College’s Department of Philosophy, will host a major international conference on critical theory.  The Frankfurt School: The Critique of Capitalist Culture will bring together scholars, artists, activists and students to critically examine the internal contradictions of capitalist society and their effects on culture as a whole. Keynote speakers include Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University, Deborah Cook, University of Windsor, and Martin Jay, University of California, Berkley. The conference is free to the public. A detailed schedule will be posted when it becomes available. Further information can be found on here.
  • The Institute for the Humanities will host the annual conference of the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, October 2-4th, 2014. This year’s keynote speakers are Bruce Baugh (Thompson Rivers University), Howard Caygill (Kingston University), Sean Kirkland (DePaul University), Kym Maclaren (Ryerson University), and Talia Welsh (University of Tennessee Chattanooga). Information about membership and events can be found on the CSCP website.  The deadline to submit papers is June 1st, 2014 and is available in PDF format here.