Press releases

Making Sense of the Data Deluge - Being Human

Monday 20 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
In a digital world, are we drowning in data? ‘Too Much Information’, one of the activities in the forthcoming Being Human festival of humanities, is set to take a fresh look at what it is to be human in times of extraordinary technological change.

Prepare to be astonished: Being Human, the UK’s first nationwide festival of the humanities, opens its doors

Wednesday 15 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
Where can you find novelist, psychogeographer and ‘modern flâneur’ Will Self on the same bill as Al Murray, the nation’s most famous pub landlord, alongside some of the leading researchers from the humanities? Welcome, to Being Human , the UK’s first-ever national festival of the humanities, a nine-day event which will also feature an impressive roster of academic heavyweights including AI (artificial intelligence) expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt, poet Simon Armitage and renowned neuroscientist Sir Colin Blakemore.

Expert on world health systems announces programme of public events

Monday 13 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
Healthcare systems expert, Robin Gauld, takes up his new role in London as the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor this month. He will be based at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London for 12 weeks from 1 October.

Hungry for memories? Being Human serves a rich platter of insights

Wednesday 8 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
Scan the TV schedules for cooking shows, Google the word ‘recipes’ (4.5 million hits) and you’ll notice we’ve become a nation of gastro enthusiasts. But what if you want to do more than pickle your pancetta? Being Human , the forthcoming national festival of the humanities organised by the University of London’s School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), will reveal that food is not just sustenance.

University of London awards the inaugural Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize

Monday 6 October 2014
Institute of English Studies
The first Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize at the University of London has been awarded to Hazel Wilkinson, a PhD student in English Literature at University College London, for her collection ‘ The everyday canon from Tonson to Penguin ’. A runner’s up prize was also awarded to Kayleigh Betterton, an MA student at Birkbeck, for a collection of Oscar Wilde material.

Being Human: honesty, respect and tolerance

Wednesday 1 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
What exactly are the qualities that make us human? According to respondents in a recent survey, the most highly prized qualities are honesty, respect and tolerance.

UK's first national humanities festival unveils a rich programme of events

Monday 8 September 2014
School of Advanced Study
More than 100 free-to-attend events in over 60 venues nationwide Forget the eponymous TV programme featuring fanciful adventures of vampires, ghosts and werewolves, Being Human is a powerful nine-day festival highlighting the richness and vitality of humanities research to actively engage members of the public. With less than three months to go – the festival runs 15-23 November – the full programme has been published online today.

Forthcoming lecture: Democracy or empire? Reflections on the British imperial experience of the First World War

Wednesday 3 September 2014
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
When Britain entered the First World War a century ago, was it fighting for British values and the rights of small nations? Or its right to run an empire? These are two of the questions eminent historian Sir Hew Strachan will address in his keynote lecture ‘Democracy or empire? Reflections on the British imperial experience of the First World War’, on Thursday 16 October at Senate House.