Human by design – formulas for Being Human 

Thursday 25 October 2018
There are those who think that Mary Shelley’s  Frankenstein  blockbuster is merely a horror tale. But it’s also a cutting-edge science fiction parable, even today, (see ‘Your DNA, Your History?’  below ) foreseeing the ethical issues that science encounters in fields like DNA and genetics.  

Pixel perfections – the digital realities of Being Human 

Thursday 25 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Does technology help us to be human? With the intensive coverage of all things digital in the media and on social media, we could be forgiven for forgetting a basic tenet of education – that technology is just a tool. However, it seems that our digital tools are quickly outstripping the ability of most of us to exploit them fully. 

Gender ender? The politics of Being Human  

Thursday 25 October 2018
Are we getting carried away with celebrating sexual equality when the reality is that many women are still not paid the same as men in identical jobs?   You can find out for yourself as gender politics and related topics are covered in depth in the ‘Politics and Protest’ strand of this year’s Being Human festival (17–24 November). Like ‘End of Gender’ ( see below ) which uses mixed-reality headsets to explore the blurring of gender roles. 

Creativity, culture, community – what Being Human is all about 

Thursday 25 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Wherever there are humans there is culture. And whether you gravitate to London’s South Bank or Strictly Come Dancing, there’s culture for everyone at this year’s Being Human festival with more than 250 free-to-attend public events on offer by more than 73 universities, research organisations and cultural and community groups in and around 50 towns and cities across the UK. 

Whatever you believe, it’s all part of Being Human 

Thursday 25 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Whatever you can imagine, it’s a fair bet that someone, somewhere believes it. And the ‘Beliefs’ strand of Being Human 2018 is packed with fascinating insights into subjects from ‘First Contact’ with aliens through to folk practices, children’s myths and ancient religions such as Zoroastrianism. 

In touch with reality

Tuesday 23 October 2018
Institute of Philosophy
Image: The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, Caravaggio, right, exploring shape and size using vision and touch Every year, museums have to bear the cost of repairing the damage caused to their artworks by visitors touching them. Why would people want to touch objects they can clearly see? What is it that touch provides that vision do not?

SAS academic receives funding to help tackle UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday 3 October 2018
Institute of Latin American Studies
Dr Ainhoa Montoya, a lecturer at the Institute of Latin American Studies at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, has been awarded funding by the British Academy to pursue research designed to help tackle the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals . She is among 27 distinguished academics to receive support from the Academy, the national voice of the humanities and the social sciences, under its Sustainable Development Programme.

Being Human festival launches 2018 ‘Origins and Endings’ programme

Tuesday 2 October 2018
It’s time for the annual Being Human festival, now in its fifth year, when universities throughout the UK open their doors to share their innovative humanities research with the public. Run by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, the festival will take place from 15–24 November. Now embedded as the UK’s unique national celebration of the humanities, its reach is now global with related events in Melbourne, Singapore, Paris, Rome, and in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Explore Layers of London – a new digital platform enabling you to peel back the layers of London’s history to discover its people and places, and to share your own stories

Friday 21 September 2018
Institute of Historical Research
Did you know that in East London in 1954 you could barter a Christmas cake for a chicken for a Christmas dinner? Or that 35 years earlier a white cross painted by your door guaranteed you’d be woken up for work? Or that on 17th century maps, today’s Oxford Street was simply ‘the Road to Oxford’? Would you like to see a photo of London’s first housing estate? Have you got your own stories and memories you’d like to share?