Being Human: a festival of the humanities | 15–23 November

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The School of Advanced Study, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)  and the British Academy, is delighted to announce and invite participation in Being Human – the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.

Being Human aims to engage the public with the very best of the innovative research taking place across the humanities. Hosted by higher education institutions and their cultural and community partners across the UK, it will draw together a programme of activities to inform, extend, and ignite our contemporary thinking and imagination. The focus of the festival will be on activities that make humanities research accessible to the general public and that demonstrate the role of the humanities in the cultural, intellectual, political and social life of the UK.

The question of what it means to be human is at the heart of humanities research. In 2014 the festival provided a locus around which to demonstrate the vitality and public relevance of the humanities, and it will do so again in 2015. Following the success of the Being Human theme used for the 2013 Arts and Humanities Festival at King’s College London, the festival will continue to inspire engagement with humanities research on a national scale.

Follow the emerging programme of events for 2015 at

Find the festival on Twitter at @BeingHumanFest | #BeingHumanFest


Please contact Rosemary Lambeth:
T: 020 7862 8695


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