Alexander Pardey says some people think his career choice is ‘insane’ and is sometimes inclined to agree. But, argues the actor, ‘ In what other profession can you dress up as a pirate to entertain young children in the morning, then recite Homer’s Odyssey and Shakespeare the same afternoon for an adult audience.’ Einstein, a […]
Image: © Copyright Lloyd Sturdy Dr Anna-Louise Milne, director of graduate study and research at the University of London Institute in Paris, writes about a series of translation workshops coordinated by the Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression with asylum seekers unable to complete their intended journey to the UK. Since late October there has been […]
What was it like for people in the past before home pregnancy testing was available? Dr Isabel Davis, senior lecturer in medieval and Renaissance literature at Birkbeck, University of London, looks at the history of conception during the 18th and 19th centuries through two very interesting case studies – a pad for simulating pregnancy and an […]
What does it mean to be normal? Dr Sarah Chaney talks about the history of being normal, cultural relativity and how the concept of normality has changed over time. ‘Am I normal?’ seems to be a defining question in modern western culture, across every area of human life and experience, in health and illness. But […]
We wanted to know a bit more about the phantasmagoric fear-fest at the University of Dundee hub, which is part of the School of Advanced Study’s Being Human festival of the humanities. Based on the works of author H G Wells, its offering includes an autopsy on Dundee’s first alien specimen, a subversive stroll through Dundee […]
When: Wednesday 23 November 2016 Who: The Human Mind Project Where: Chancellors Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU The Human Mind Project has teamed up with the brilliant Guerilla Science to create this one day event on Creativity & the Mind as part of the Being Human festival of the humanities 2016. Join us for a day of talks, group […]
Are the humanities in crisis? Professor Rick Rylance, director of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, discusses the intricacies of the current climate around the humanities, laying out the hopes and fears of those working in the field and placing them in context and perspective.
As part of this year’s Being Human humanities festival, academics from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) and the University of Bristol, have joined forces to form the ‘Archive to Blockbuster Four’ (A2BFour). During an evening event at Senate House on 21 November, the team will pitch four ideas for films in an attempt to […]
When: Thursday 17 – Friday 25 November 2016 Who: School of Advanced Study Where: Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU The UK’s only national festival of the humanities is back, celebrating its third year with hundreds of events, including exhibitions, film screenings, tours, performances and big debates.
The migrant experience is often one of loss, leaving homes and family for a life somewhere new, unknown and loaded with potential. In this post, Eithne Nightingale discusses the research involved in her Being Human festival event Child migrant stories, which retells the emotional and physical journeys child migrants have undergone in order to reach the UK. Her project […]