Our festival theme in 2024 is ‘Landmarks’! Our 10th anniversary is a landmark year, and we will be looking back on landmark events in our festival history, while imagining landmarks we might yet create. We welcome researchers to use this as their starting point to inspire activities for the 2024 Being Human Festival (7–16 November).
Your research might suggest milestone historical events or political watersheds from which we can learn. It might celebrate beacons that artists have created, or chart how discoveries have guided us. There may be landmark texts, books, films and pieces of music that have had lasting impact. In our Anthropocene age it may especially lead us to think about place, and the marks we have made upon the land. A landmark may be a natural sight of beauty or wonder that brings people together. It may be a human-made boundary, or a monument that divides us. There may be local landmarks that have shaped our cultures, communities and places. And there may be landmarks lost to history. A landmark may make us question the consequences of how we have marked the land – or how the land has marked us.
We invite researchers to join us in thinking about landmarks, physical or metaphorical (or both), and how they shape our world.