About us

Who are we?

Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. From philosophy in pubs, history in coffeehouses, classics on social media and language lessons on street corners – the festival provides new ways to experience how the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives. Being Human demonstrates the strength and diversity of the humanities, and how they can help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

In 2014, the festival featured over 160 events organised by universities across the country. In 2015, it is proud to return between 12-22 November for 11 days of big questions, big debates and engaging activities for all ages. Evaluation of the 2014 festival included demographics, online reach, attendance and feedback from audiences and organisers across the country. The 2014 festival evaluation is now available here.

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How are we run?

Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London – the UK’s national centre for the promotion, facilitation and support for research in the humanities. The festival is run in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy and the Wellcome Trust.

Festival team

Professor Barry Smith – Festival Director
Dr Michael Eades – Festival Curator
Jo Chard – Festival Coordinator
Lauren Adams – Communications and Marketing
Rosemary Lambeth – Partnership Coordinator
Abhay Adhikari (Digital Identities) – Social Media Strategy

The festival is also overseen by a steering committee comprising representatives from the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

Contact us on: being.human@sas.ac.uk

Previous festivals

Take a look at our Being Human 2014 festival evaluation here.