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

Call for participation

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, and the festival will provide a locus around which to demonstrate the vitality and public relevance of the humanities in 2014. Following the success of the Being Human theme used for the 2013 Arts and Humanities Festival at King’s College London, the festival will inspire engagement with humanities research on a national scale.

Apply to host an event

Representatives of research organisations who would like to stage events as part of the festival will continue to be welcomed until Friday 20 June 2014. Application details will be available soon, but if you wish to discuss any application in advance, please contact Dr Michael Eades at or Rosemary Lambeth at

The closing date for applications for event funding has now passed. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their funding applications in mid-April.

Key dates

  • Mid-April 2014 – applicants notified of outcome of funding applications
  • 20 June 2014 – deadline for submission of festival activities
  • September 2014 – online programme of events launched
  • 15–23 November 2014 – Being Human festival


Please contact Rosemary Lambeth:
T: 020 7862 8695

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