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The Department of Humanities offers undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a broadly based program of study emphasizing the different ways in which human cultures and their multiple forms of expression have developed historically and continue to develop today.

Humanities courses devote particular attention to the ways peoples in various times and places have expressed cultural values, practices and ideas of a philosophical, religious, moral, political and aesthetic nature. They foster a critical approach to reading and research that, in helping students learn to identify and question preconceived assumptions and values, allows them to engage and appreciate the interrelationship between diverse value systems and thereby to develop an analysis of the human and of human community.


PROFESSOR AVRON KULAK (COORDINATOR) Rm. 219 Vanier College (ext. 66987)

TUESDAY 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.




Congratulations to:

  • Sylwia Chrostowska, whose debut novel Permission was chosen as one of five books of the year (2013) by Quill and Quire review editor Steven W. Beattie.
  • David Ceccheto who has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for his project Sound, Affect, and Digital Communities in the amount of almost $60,000.
  • Cheryl Cowdy-Crawford who has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project Multimedia and Transmedia Texts, Cultural Change, and Youth Readers.
  • Alicia Turner who has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project Buddhism Across Boundaries: Subaltern, Plebeian, and Peripheral Networks in Colonial Southeast Asia.
  • Stanley Tweyman on his appointment as a member of the SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships selection committee for a three year term.
  • Theresa Hyun who has been chosen for the 2013 Residency Program for Translation Research in Korean Literature sponsored by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. Theresa will be working on her book project Translating in the Worklers' Paradise: Literary Translation in North Korea from the Late 1940s to the Late 1960's.

  Faculty Research and Announcements

  • Sept. 25-26, 2015: The Department of the Humanities and Vanier College host the 2015 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium. This year’s symposium is entitled “Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions: Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha.” Two highlights of the event are the keynote address by best-selling author and engaging public speaker Bart Ehrman and a session on the controversial Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, which has recently re-entered public consciousness due to efforts to retest the manuscript in order to determine its authenticity. The symposium is open to scholars, students, and interested members of the public. For more information and registration details, visit: Contact event organizer Tony Burke at
  • Congratulations to our colleagues for their recent publications:
    • Tony Burke, Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha (2013)
    • David Cecchetto, Humanesis: Sound and Technological Posthumanism (2013)
    • Bernard Lightman, The Circulation of Knowledge Between Britain, India and China: The Early-Modern World to the Twentieth Century (2013)
    • Patrick Taylor, co-author with Frederick I. Case, for the Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions (2013)
    • Matthew Clark Exploring Greek Myth (2012)
    • Andrea Davis and Carl E. James, Jamaica in the Canadian Experience: A Multiculturalizing Presence (2012)
    • Sylwia Chrostowska, Literature on Trial: The Emergence of Critical Discourse in Germany, Poland & Russia, 1700-1800 (2012)
  • Congratulations to our colleague, Rob Tordoff, on the publication of Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Greek Comic Drama, a book which he co-edited with Ben Akrigg (Cambridge University Press). more details.
  • The Religions of Canadians (2012) Contributing Editor Jamie Scott more details
  • Associations in the Greco-Roman World: A Sourcebook (2012), co-authored by York faculty member Philip Harland, with Richard S. Ascough and John S. Kloppenborg. The book comes with its own companion website.
  • Victorian Science and Literature. The General Editors of the series are Gowan Dawson (University of Leicester) and Bernard Lightman (York University). There are 8 volumes.
  • Historical Textures of Translation: Traditions, Traumas, Transgressions. (2012) Editors Markus Reisenleitner and Susan Ingram. more details
  • Jamaica in the Canadian Experience A Multiculturalizing Presence. (2012) Editors Carl E. James and Andrea Davis. more details
  • Theresa Hyun's book of poetry, A Cup of Tea at P'anmunjom g. (2012) Theresa is the first English speaker to publish such a book in Korean. more details


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