John Evelyn, the 17th-century diarist whose Restoration diary is recognised as the most extensive and informative record of a momentous period, even advised Samuel Pepys on libraries. Dr Karen Attar, research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, looks at his legacy.
Ahead of July’s Playing with Prose workshop, actor Jack Tarlton discusses his first experience of running a virtual theatre workshop as the world went into lockdown – and reflects on the ways on which it connected students around the world.
As the world goes on lockdown Rose de Lara, projects and communications officer for the School of Advanced Study’s Being Human Festival, explores various ways to enjoy the humanities at home.
Ahead of the 2020 Oscars, there is talk of the threat that streaming poses to traditional forms of cinema-going. This, however, is nothing new. The cinema industry has long been subject to fluctuations in audience figures, as Dr Sam Manning discovered in research for his forthcoming book, Cinemas and Cinema-Going in the United Kingdom: Decades […]
Professor Sarah Pedersen from Robert Gordon University’s School of Creative and Cultural Business, and Professor Andrea Peach of Konstfack University in Stockholm, chart the rise and fall of the Orkney tweed industry and the stories that were uncovered at their Being Human festival event.
The legal and social pressures exerted on LGBTQ+ people to suppress their desire and loves may have had success in the eyes of their oppressors. But the subcultures it created are rich and varied and recorded in ways that don’t take much to research and share. And an engaging cross-section of these revelations, from small […]
Geoffrey Crossick, distinguished professor of the humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, argues that in the west we ‘now live in societies where nuance and complexity seem unwelcome, where simple answers to complex realities are the order of the day. It is not a context propitious for the humanities, and that […]
For this year’s Being Human festival, the Institute of Classical Studies (ICS) is putting on a free event in London in partnership with Islington’s Little Angel Theatre and puppeteer-storyteller Tinka Slavicek. Making Medusa, which takes place on 17 November at Little Angel Studios, will be a family-friendly crafting and storytelling event. In his post Dr […]
Thirty years after the Cold War barrier was removed, Dr João Florêncio, a lecturer at the University of Exeter, and Ben Miller, a writer and researcher, consider the origins of the ‘legend of Berlin’ and how the newly undivided city provided queer folk spaces to explore sex, intimacy and belonging.
Martina Caruso and Harriet O’Neill, assistant directors at the British School at Rome, kick off the international season of this year’s Being Human festival with a photo essay of their Open Valley walk at the Valle Giulia.