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Welcome to the Being Human festival’s digital press room!

If you’re a journalist interested in covering the festival, please browse through the information below or contact our media and public relations officer, Maureen McTaggart on 0207 862 8859 / maureen.mctaggart@sas.ac.uk

This year, we’re highlighting five broad themes including  health and wellbeingscience and technologydiversity, arts and culture and politics.


View / download Being Human Festival full programme of events 2015 [PDF, 10MB]

Press releases 

2 November 2015: From dub poetry to women at war – the art of being human

2 November 2015: Revealing hidden histories – the diversity of being human

2 November 2015: Drawing on diverse disciplines – the health and wellbeing of being human

2 November 2015: Power relations – the politics of being human

2 November 2015: What the digital Dickens! The science and technology of being human

8 October 2015: Being Human 2014 evaluation results – an inspiration for innovation

23 September 2015: Being Human festival launches 2015 programme

10 June 2015: UK’s only national humanities research festival announces funding awards to 41 universities and cultural organisations

Being Human images

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Glasgow - wait, weep and be worthy [Jpg 4.4mb]
Queen Mary University of London’s Globe Road Poetry festival will celebrate diverse poetic traditions active in London’s East End with contributions from the father of reggae poetry, Linton Kwesi Johnson. [Image credit: Shutterstock, exopixel. Image format and size: jpg, 4.4mb]
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Queen Mary University of London’s Globe Road Poetry festival will celebrate diverse poetic traditions active in London’s East End with contributions from the father of reggae poetry, Linton Kwesi Johnson. [Image credit: Shutterstock, exopixel. Image format and size: Jpg, 26.9mb]
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School of Advanced Study - Senate House Revealed [Jpg 3.6mb]
Urban explorer Dr Bradley Garrett, alongside academics from the School of Advanced Study and other UK universities will lead expeditions – above and below ground – of architect Charles Holden’s masterpiece, Senate House. [Image format and size: Jpg, 3.6mb]
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Warwick - In Robeson's Footsteps [Jpg 1.3mb]
Paul Robeson was the first black actor to play Othello. What must have been a 1930s dramatic moment – a black performer on a white stage, confronting historic prejudice – will be brought to life by the University of Warwick’s event: ‘In Robeson’s footsteps: to be or not to be?’ [Image credit: Photo courtesy of the University of Warwick. Image format and size: Jpg, 1.3mb]
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For full arts and culture events listings, click here.

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BCA The National Archive - Mangrove 9
A collaboration between The National Archives and the Black Cultural Archives will uncover the hidden story of a revealing flashpoint in British race relations: the Mangrove 9 trials. [Image credit: Shutterstock, Nisarg Lakhmani. Image format and size: Jpg, 15.5mb]
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V&A - Bird la Bird - Photo by Holly Revell
Using a combination of comedy, gossip, politics and insights to explore the intersections between LGBT, class, and colonial history, performance artist Bird la Bird will expose some of the hidden histories of the V&A to new audiences. [Image credit: Photo by Holley Revell. Image format and size: Jpg, 2.3mb]
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Portsmouth - reviving the crescent
As part of the narratives of migration series, the University of Portsmouth’s ‘Reviving the crescent’ event presents the historic port city as one that is global with close cultural and literary connections to Asia. [Image credit: Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, Wikimedia Commons. Image format and size: Jpg, 28.2mb]
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Manchester Met - Feeling Human
Using music as a creative response to race issues and involving a mixture of musical genres, Manchester Metropolitan University’s ‘Keeping it real?’ event aims to inspire the youngsters’ own MCing/rap-inspired songs about black, Asian and minority ethnic representation in popular culture. [Image credit: Shutterstock, topform. Image format and size: Jpg, 18mb]
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For full diversity events listings, click here.

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KCL - Being human being animal
Housed in a grand building occupied by the Royal College of Surgeons, the Hunterian Museum displays the collection of pioneering surgeon John Hunter (1728-93). [Photo courtesy of the Hunterian Museum. Image format and size: Jpg, 2mb]
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Palgrave Macmillan- Gender and mental illness
Eminent historians and psychiatrists gather in a Central London venue to discuss gender and mental health, from self-harm to alcoholism, suicide, mental health at work and pharmacological solutions, all from a humanitarian perspective. [‘Mental illness’ by Chitrapa, Wikimedia Commons. Image format and size: Jpg, 6mb]
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Swansea - Disability and Well-being
Researchers and academics are uncovering historical attitudes towards disability through the experiences of those disabled in the coal industry of the 18th–20th centuries. [Image courtesy of Swansea University. Image format and size: Jpg, 4mb]
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Lancaster - Sleep, Sleeplessness, and the Modern World
Creative writing workshops, night walks and film screenings will showcase state-of-the-art research on how sleep has been imagined, represented and regulated over time. [Image courtesy of Lancaster University. Image format and size: Jpg, 6mb]
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For full health and wellbeing events listings, click here.

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Aberdeen - Terry Waite
While Terry Waite has consistently shown a reluctance to talk about his experience, the English humanitarian and author puts his head above the parapet at the University of Aberdeen to discuss how he retained his humanity under such extreme conditions and will also draw some conclusions for living in the so-called ‘normal’ world. [Image credit: Paul Crowther. Image format and size: Jpg, 8.8mb]
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Kent - Doing Satire Cartoon Workshop
Taking as his cue the recent demonstrations of the political clout of graphic satire, Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson will debate the impact of graphic satire on British politics. [Image credit: Courtesy of UCL Digital Collections, Wikimedia. Image format and size: Jpg, 2mb]
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UEA - The sanctuary of stories losing homes, finding words
In Norwich, human rights go under the microscope, as Professor Dame Marina Warner, academic and writer of fiction, criticism and history, explains how displaced and exiled peoples have used literature to help them deal with challenges, and what we can learn from them today. [Image credit: Shutterstock, Everett Historical. Image format and size: Jpg, 5.8mb]
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From radical parish priests to anti-fascist resistance, Goldsmiths, University of London will use the south-east London district as an anchor to explore marginalised histories. [Image description: Battle of Lewisham. Image credit: Courtesy of Goldsmiths. Image format and size: Jpg, 1.6mb]
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For full politics events listings, click here.

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(c) Ferens Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
In Hull, historians are using the popular game Minecraft to bring history alive. With 3D construction software, they’ll rebuild a virtual city true to the 17th-century vision of metaphysical poet Andrew Marvell. Image courtesy of Hull History Centre. [ Image credit: (c) Ferens Art Gallery, Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation. Image format and size: Jpg, 1.6mb]
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Aberystwyth - Quantified Romantics
At Aberystwyth University, literary guinea pigs will be wired to sensor wristbands to measure their emotional response to projected images of gothic painting and pages from romantic novels. [Image credit: Image courtesy of Aberystwyth University. Image format and size: Jpg, 1.5mb]
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KCL - Being human being animal
The Hunterian Museum will host historians from King’s College London and the Royal College of Surgeons will use the animal specimens, archival material, microscope slides and permanent displays at the museum to reveal the shared histories of human and animal health and how this led to medical breakthroughs. Michael Frank, Royal College of Surgeons. [Image format and size: Jpg, 1.7mb]
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Graffiti seen at the skateboard park at London's South Bank.
The digital Dickens project at the University of Buckingham allows readers to write their own ending and solve the mystery of what exactly happened to Edwin Drood, one of Charles Dickens’s most notable characters. [Image: Garry Knight, Flickr. Image description: Graffiti seen at the skateboard park at London’s South Bank. Image format and size: Jpg, 15.3mb]
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For full science and technology events listings, click here.

 

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Senate House in London illuminated with projections ...
Senate House in London illuminated with projections from the Mass Observation Archive as part of the Hacking the Archives event in November 2014. Lloyd Sturdy, University of London.

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An artist captures ‘visual minutes’ at the Being Human 2014 launch party.
An artist captures ‘visual minutes’ at the Being Human 2014 launch party. Lloyd Sturdy, University of London.

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The Funny Women Players take a bow at the end of the Brunel University’s Feeling Funny, Being Human event in 2014.
The Funny Women Players take a bow at the end of the Brunel University’s Feeling Funny, Being Human event in 2014. Photo courtesy of Brunel University.

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Theatre Royal Newcastle
Newcastle’s Theatre Royal at night, which featured in walking tours led by Northumbria University in 2014. Photo courtesy of Northumbria University.

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‘Wilder being’ from the University of the Highlands and Islands Being Human 2014 event. This costume...
‘Wilder being’ from the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Being Human 2014 event. This costume, created by young artists and textile designers, constructed from the local environment and influenced by the folklore of the islands. Photo courtesy of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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An attendee picks out words and images of what’s precious to them to be added to a tree of wealth at the University of Sheffield’s Wealthy Weekend event in 2014. Photo courtesy of the University of Sheffield.

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A participant makes her way through Orkney’s coastal archaeological sites as a part of the University of the Highlands and Islands 2014 Being Human event. Photo courtesy of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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