2016 Programme

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A 1916 foodfest: bread, jam and Christmas puddings


Potted cheese? Chocolate potato biscuits? Join us for an evening of wartime food tasting and demonstrations exploring what Christmas and everyday life was like on the home-front 100 years ago.

Against prejudice: Ira Aldridge in Coventry 1828


In 1828, while slavery was still legal in Britain’s colonies, African American actor Ira Aldridge became manager of the Coventry Theatre. We honour his amazing achievement with performances and a night-time procession to the site of the long-lost playhouse where he and the city made history.

An evening with Michael Morpurgo


Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, reads from and discusses his new book Such Stuff: A Story-maker’s Inspiration.

Archaeology and Espionage volunteer lunchtime talk


Join one of our community volunteers from our Heritage Lottery Fund project ‘Different perspectives: archaeology and the Middle East in WWI’, for a lunchtime talk on archaeology and espionage.

Being human beyond the pale blue dot


Are our ideas of being human tied to our presence on planet Earth? Dr Chris Newman will lead a discussion on how, and what, human groupings could form away from Earth.

Being Human festival launch


Join us at Being Human festival HQ in Senate House, University of London, to toast the success of the third Being Human festival of the humanities with a sneak peek of some of its sights and sounds.

Coma notes: exploring coma, consciousness and conscience


What is a coma and how do we imagine unconscious or ‘minimally conscious’ states? This event features theatre and music performances, panel discussions and an exhibition of art works.

Contested countryside. Space and power in rural England


Access to, and use of, the land around us remains a hot topic. Professor Gavin Parker analyses how concepts of space and power the ‘contested countryside’ have been negotiated throughout history.

Conversation dinner


This event invites you to take an extra special ‘dinner’ with someone you do not know, learn about yourself through a different set of eyes and find out if you have more in common with the person opposite you than you first thought.

Dark matters: our imperceptible universe


Ninety-five percent of our universe is invisible. This mind-boggling fact served as the basis for our unique exhibition that queries our relationship to the curious and terrifying imperceptible forces shaping our universe.

Dark matters: a documentary and artist talk


A talk, an exhibition and a screening of a film about a project involving an artist, an anthropologist and a cosmologist which questions our relationship to the curious and terrifying imperceptible forces shaping our universe.

Don’t panic! Promises and threats of science and technology


Using the three floors of the Museum for the History of Science, we invite you to embrace your hopes and fears in relation to science and technology.

Endless cities


More than half of the world’s population live in cities. ‘Endless cities’ is part-documentary, part-visual essay, and captures the enduring fascination, the contradictions and complexities, as well as the conflicts played out in our new man-made environments.

Fictional human and real robot: sharing spaces with robots (exhibition)


In a future where intelligent androids are fully integrated with everyday life, how do we distinguish ourselves as human? Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University present an interactive display of their latest work in robot, A.I. and VR technology

Gender and politics cafe conversation


Is it right that the first thing we discuss about our female Prime Minister is her ‘fetish’ for shoes? Academics from the University of East Anglia debate the role of women in contemporary politics.

Hope, fear and climate change: from research to action


Music and theatre researchers from the University of Sheffield discuss the ways in which we interact with the natural world and how this might influence our action on one of the most pressing problems our society now faces, climate change.

Human zoos: putting people on display (exhibition)


In this dynamic series of events, explore current cultural and historical research on the phenomenon of human zoos and consider how the origins of racism, xenophobia and prejudice today may be found in these display practices.

Humanity and humanities: crisis, rescue and renewal (exhibition)


This event series includes an exhibition which will focus on the micro-stories of academic migrants, a walking tour of Bloomsbury, and group tours of rare photographs and letters examining Warburg archive material.

Immigration: what next?


Discuss findings from the European Social Survey and ask: What do we know about the public’s attitudes to immigration? What kind of migration policy does the public want, and can policy actually deliver a solution?

Imagining dementia


In this event, 14–16-year-olds are invited to join people working with and caring for people with dementia in a day-long exploration of dementia and culture.