2015 Programme

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Being Human festival launch day


This year’s festival will launch with an afternoon and evening of interactive workshops and activities exploring the issues facing humanity and how the humanities can help.

Move on up!


This new exhibition of women’s lifestyle magazines from the De Montfort University archive features a talk by Dr Alice Wood.

Screening of ‘Coriolanus’

(Newcastle on Tyne)

Come along for a free screening of Shakespeare’s great tragedy Coriolanus, updated in a recent 2011 film directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes.

Post anarchism – public lecture


Saul Newman, professor of political theory at Goldsmiths, will give a public lecture on post anarchism, an anarchist-inspired political theory he has developed to explain contemporary forms of resistance to neoliberalism.

A trading journey: photographs by Alejandro Acin


Exhibition by photographer Alejandro Acin, who’s taken inspiration from historical photographs of Bristol’s twin city, Guangzhou, and documented some of the most important markets in the south China city.

Medieval music: chant as cure and miracle


During this free public lecture Professor Christopher Page will highlight the cripple who crawled into a French abbey in the 12th century and, while the monks were singing, began to cry aloud and extend his contorted limbs.

Shanty mob: reconnecting with Liverpool’s maritime tradition


Merseyside’s six-piece Rock Light Rollers group, will ‘shanty mob’ four pubs in Liverpool’s city centre.

Mexicans UK


This exhibition consists of 32 portraits – one person from each state in Mexico – and combines visual and verbal elements enabling the viewer to have a better understanding of Mexican culture and society.

Senate House revealed: tours


Led by staff and researchers based in the building, these tours will challenge you to bring out your inner ‘urban explorer’!

Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] at the Working Class Movement Library


The Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] will appear as a pop-up in various partnering archive and heritage sites, to host a series of workshops showcasing archives on women’s histories.

Maya art journeys


An overview of the British Museum’s Mexico gallery will precede a look at the Yaxchilán lintels, extraordinary 8th-century AD stone carvings from the ruined Maya city of Yaxchilán, an archaeological site in what is now southern Mexico.

Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum


The Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] will appear as a pop-up in various partnering archive and heritage sites, to host a series of workshops showcasing archives on women’s histories.

On the path to illumination: a curatorial tour


An ‘Illumination—how the visual captures the imagination’ tour by research librarian and lead curator Colin Homiski, will provide insights into the range of materials on display.

Talking bodies: human animals in Renaissance physiognomics


Come along as we discuss what physiognomics tells us about human and animal nature and the implications of using animal features to read the human body and to disclose the nature of the soul.

Going tornado: Paul Neagu’s 1974 Aberdeen performance


In 1974, the Romanian artist Paul Neagu (1938–2004) did a live performance in Aberdeen, at the Grampian TV Studios. This event will feature a screening of the original performance followed by a talk about the significance of the work.

Magic: from the Inquisition to Harry Potter


This event will bring together a group of experts on magic in history and literature to debate these issues with questions and input from the audience.

Seven Songs (For a Long Life)': challenging western taboos


After screening ‘Seven Songs (For a Long Life)’, a documentary filmed at the Strathcarron Hospice in Scotland, featuring terminally ill patients, there will be a panel discussion with the documentary’s director Dr Amy Hardie.

Rewriting Bradford: city, culture and changing representations


Reflecting on Bradford’s recent history, this event explores representations of the city in various genres of writing and other cultural production. Adopting a TED inspired format, speakers will address how Bradford emerges in literature, oral history and photography, ethnography, policy and press reporting.

Illumination: how the visual captures the imagination


Drawing on the collections of Senate House Library, this exhibition includes materials that span several centuries from 6th century BCE Greek vases to present day Banksy.

The young heritage apprentice


‘The young heritage apprentice’, aimed at 14–18-years-olds, challenges school teams to develop a project focusing on site of the former Hafod-Morfa copperworks. Selected teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges on 19 November at the National Waterfront Museum.