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Being Human festival proves a vital platform for humanities research

Wednesday 25 November 2015
School of Advanced Study
This year's Being Human festival, a national showcase of the very best in UK humanities research, surpassed all expectations with in excess of 17,000 people attending more than 300 events in some 30 towns and cities, according to figures released today.

Drawing on diverse disciplines – the health and wellbeing of being human

Thursday 5 November 2015
School of Advanced Study
Reflecting a new partnership with the Wellcome Trust, this year’s Being Human festival of the humanities brings a focus on health and wellbeing highlighting research on sleep, biomedical history, mental health and more. ‘The issues that face us as humans today don't fit into neat little boxes. Whether we’re considering anxiety, dementia or any number of physical illnesses, if we want to find the best solutions, we need to draw on diverse disciplines,’ said psychologist, writer and BBC broadcaster Claudia Hammond, Being Human festival participant.

Revealing hidden histories – the diversity of being human

Thursday 5 November 2015
School of Advanced Study
A reflection of humanity itself, humanities research is not homogenous. This year’s Being Human festival of the humanities aims to highlight this by recognising the vast diversity of being human through revealing hidden histories and sparking cross-cultural conversations. 

From dub poetry to women at war – the art of being human

Thursday 5 November 2015
School of Advanced Study
The UK’s only national festival of the humanities will highlight the vitality of this broad field with contributions from the father of reggae poetry, best-selling novelists and urban explorers, each of whom will focus on the art of being human.

What the digital Dickens! The science and technology of being human

Monday 2 November 2015
School of Advanced Study
Whether you Facebook or tweet - or not - technology has seeped into virtually every aspect of our lives. This year’s Being Human festival of the humanities takes a closer look at how academic research contributes to our understanding of the science and technology of being human. 

Power relations – the politics of being human

Monday 2 November 2015
School of Advanced Study
Humanitarians, authors, satirists and poets will join the UK’s only national festival of the humanities this November to highlight the astonishing breadth and depth of the UK's academic research communities through a focus on the politics of being human.

Unique oral history project sheds unprecedented new light on the story of the Commonwealth

Tuesday 13 October 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Is the Commonwealth just an obsolete relic of the British Empire? There is a widespread view that if the organisation is to survive for much longer, it urgently needs a major programme of reform and rejuvenation. But has it ever actually performed a useful purpose? This is the overarching question which a ground-breaking new study seeks to answer.

Universities and counter-terrorism: what does ‘Prevent’ mean for higher education?

Monday 12 October 2015
School of Advanced Study
Former business secretary the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, and leading academics and higher education professionals will gather in London on 27 October to consider what a new obligation for universities and colleges to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’, means for higher education as well as wider society.

Being Human festival launches 2015 programme

Wednesday 23 September 2015
School of Advanced Study
More than 260 free events showcased in new brochure What does it mean to be human, and how does the latest humanities research add to our understanding? Find out at the UK's 2015 Being Human festival, with more than 260 public activities – a 60 percent increase on 2014 – led by some 60 universities and cultural organisations.

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