Press releases

The tech sparks that shine new lights on being human 

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
From exploring and contributing to a virtual, literary map of Edinburgh to making a 'dive' to the wreck of the sunken warship The London just off Southend, this year’s Being Human festival of the humanities examines how technology can bring academic research to life. 

Tuning in to the wake-up calls for human wellbeing 

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
In our 24-hour society are some aspects of wellbeing in danger of being ‘lost’, including sleep and diet? Being Human, the UK's only national festival of the humanities tackles the 'science and medicine' in everything from the history of sleep (and getting a good night’s rest) to cultural attitudes to ageing, dementia and food.  

Resistance is not futile: the politics and protest of being human 

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
Whether it's East End Jewish immigrant tailors fighting for workers' rights in Victorian Whitechapel, the struggle to defend human rights in the wake of terrorist attacks or making sense of the multiple viewpoints from Northern Ireland's notorious prison culture, they all add to the vibrancy of the 'politics and protest' theme in this year’s Being Human festival of the humanities. 

Wrestling with the past: the hidden histories and lost voices of being human 

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
Histories may disappear, but they can be brought back: like the Queerseum collating gay experiences; reggae stars sifting through the vinyl in the attic to explore black music; widening the debate about refugees with the stories from Kindertransport for children fleeing Nazism. 

Are we doomed? Environmental factors for being human  

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
Are our days numbered? Will humans join the 90 per cent of species already extinct? And are our honey bees already heading that way? Life's rich tapestries are explored to their limits within the 'environment' theme of this year’s Being Human festival of the humanities.  

Lost and found – the art of Being Human

Monday 2 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
What does it mean to be human in 2017? The world we thought we knew suddenly seems unfamiliar, but what exactly have we lost? What might we have found in the process? We are about to find out as the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, unveils the programme for its annual Being Human celebration of the humanities.

‘The Schooldays of Jesus’ gets rare public reading by ‘fictioneer’ JM Coetzee

Wednesday 27 September 2017
Institute of English Studies
J M Coetzee during his May 2010 visit to The University of Texas at Austin, by Marsha Miller. Nobel Prize-winning author J M Coetzee will give a public reading from his most recent novel, The Schooldays of Jesus , on 6 October at 5.30pm as part of the two-day Coetzee & the Archive conference at Senate House, London.

‘Saints and sinners’ flavour for History Day 2017

Wednesday 27 September 2017
Senate House Library and the Institute of Historical Research Library will give history buffs a thrilling Halloween experience at their fifth History Day on 31 October. This unique event for undergraduate and postgraduate students, early-career researchers and anyone interested in history, brings together libraries, archives and history organisations from London and beyond. Items relevant to Halloween will be highlighted. It will culminate in an open fair at Senate House that is an essential one-stop shop for all those interested in historical research.

Professor Greg Woolf elected Fellow of the British Academy

Friday 21 July 2017
Institute of Classical Studies
Professor Greg Woolf, FSA (Scot), FSA, MAE, director of the Institute of Classical Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy. The honour recognises scholars who have achieved distinction in the humanities and social sciences.

Rising pitch: how sound can distort your sense of touch

Tuesday 18 July 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Hearing an ascending sound while pulling on a finger can make a person think that finger is longer than it actually is. That’s the finding of a new study led by the School of Advanced Study’s Centre for the Study of the Senses at the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), and UCL.

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