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.
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 […]
We’ve all heard about the digital revolution in the arts and humanities: digital humanities some call it, a major part of which is using computers to conduct data-driven analyses of complex materials like literature. ‘There are a lot of drawbacks (and benefits) to this “new” discipline, or set of disciplines, or passing fancy, however you […]
Michael Pidd, director of the Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Sheffield, and developer Katherine Rogers, explain how they used an ‘ology’ to overcome the mixed data challenge thrown up by their AHRC-funded ‘Beyond the Multiplex’ project.
Sebastian Groes, professor of English literature at the University of Wolverhampton, goes ‘snidge scrumpin’ for the lost odours of the Black Country while charting a new 21st-century palate in his memorably named Being Human event, Snidge Scrumpin’: mapping smell and memory.
With under eight weeks to go before the start of the UK-wide Being Human festival, Dr Sara Brooks, professional specialist in global and public humanities at Princeton University, outlines the North American version of the festival, its cultural similarities and how, as hosts, they hope to generate opportunities of experimentation and connection.
On 28 March the School of Advanced Study’s public engagement team will host a celebratory ‘graduation’ event at Senate House with Arts Emergency (AE), the educational charity that helps aspiring students from disadvantaged backgrounds ‘counter the myth that university, and in particular arts degrees, are the domain of the privileged’. We caught up with Carys Nelkon, […]
Image: Mihály Munkácsy – Un Vagabond de Nuit , c.1872, (left); Etching by T. Smith, 1816 (right) Peter T A Jones, early career lecturer in urban history at the Institute of Historical Research’s Centre for Metropolitan History, sets out the agenda for the ‘Stray Voices’ project which aims to stimulate insights into the stories of homeless men […]
Image: © Genna Naccache Genna Naccache discusses the motivations behind the ‘Lost rights, found justice? Refugee and migrant rights’ photography competition and exhibition, one of the events in the School of Advanced Study’s 2017 Being Human festival of the humanities.
Dr Emma Butcher (above) teaches in the English department at Manchester Metropolitan University. She argues that children provide some of the most thoughtful perspectives on war and their writing should be promoted as a useful historical resource.