Being Human Festival 2020

Issued: Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:56:00 GMT

Being Human festival 2020

Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. A celebration of humanities research through public engagement, it is led by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, the UK’s national centre for the pursuit, support and promotion of research in the humanities, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. The 2020 festival will run Thursday 12 - Sunday 22 November 2020 with the theme of ‘New Worlds’. Each year the festival presents hundreds of free events in partnership with universities, research organisations and researchers.

Being Human festival believes that the humanities help us understand what it means to be human, and that new ideas in this area – from archaeology, art history, philosophy, languages, literature, history, classics, cultural studies, music, theatre and theology – should be open to everyone.

The core objectives of the festival are:

  • to demonstrate the value of humanities research to society in the UK and globally;
  • to encourage, support and create opportunities for humanities researchers to engage with non-specialist audiences;
  • to embed and join together public engagement activities in the humanities across the higher education (HE) sector;
  • to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to everyday life.

The programme for the festival is now live! View it here.