The 2022 programme is here! We’re delighted to reveal details of hundreds of events taking place 10-19 November, as part of this year’s Being Human festival. Being Human is a nationwide celebration of the humanities, showcasing the ways in which subjects like history, philosophy and literature inspire and enrich our everyday lives.
Following two years of largely digital and online activity, event organisers are returning to museums, galleries, community centres, libraries, shopping centres, bookshops, cafes, outdoor spaces and high streets, to bring research to life in events including walking tours, museum takeovers, hands-on workshops, interactive exhibitions and discussions and debates.
Festival Director and Chair in Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London, Professor Sarah Churchwell said: “This year’s festival looks set to be more exciting, eclectic and energising than ever. Whether you want to write about birds, interact with Ukrainian poets, or build Hadrian’s Wall out of Lego, you will find something that stimulates your senses – and sensibilities.
“The humanities are the very essence of what it is to be human: storytelling, mythmaking, swapping ideas and immersing ourselves in languages. Without the humanities there would be no creativity, no culture, no joy. I would encourage everyone to get involved, find an event that suits them, and celebrate that most remarkable thing: Being Human.”
Women’s history is a big theme at this year’s festival, with Robert Gordon University’s Festival Hub centring around raising public awareness and breaking through the silence around women’s contributions to the culture, history and heritage of North-East Scotland, through the ‘Quinepedia’ project (quines: Doric for woman). Swansea University will also be celebrating ‘Breakthrough Welsh Women’, looking at overlooked figures from across South Wales. The University of Dundee will be celebrating the pioneering women of Science Fiction, and a group of researchers will come together in London to discuss the current crisis in women’s reproductive health.
Events are all designed to showcase the importance and relevance of a wide range of humanities research to our everyday lives, from heritage and culture to the climate crisis. Browse events by subject.