About us

Who are we?

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

In 2015, the festival featured over 300 events organised by over 70 universities and research organisations in 36 towns and cities across the country. In 2016, it is proud to return between 17-25 November for 8 days of big questions, big debates and engaging activities for all ages.  The theme for the 2016 festival is ‘Hope & Fear’.
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How are we run?

Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy. This partnership draws together the three major bodies dedicated to supporting and promoting humanities research in the UK and internationally.

Festival team

Professor Sarah Churchwell – Festival Director
Dr Michael Eades – Festival Curator
Jo Chard – Festival Coordinator
Dr Naomi Paxton – Cultural Engagement Fellow
Kristan Tetens – Communications Manager

The festival is also overseen by a steering committee comprising representatives from the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

Contact us on: being.human@sas.ac.uk

Festival evaluations

Being Human festival evaluation for 2015.
Being Human festival evaluation for 2014.

Media coverage for Being Human 2015

New York Times: Chicken’s weren’t always dinner for humans
The Guardian: Humanities are vital, science is vital. Stop treating them as opposites
The Guardian: Being Human festival offers a nightmare and walk on water
BBC News: Museum website says ‘homo-erotic’ is top 10 search
THE: Students perform in a cemetery to ‘give the dead a voice
THE: Tweeting philosopher launches book of short-form musings
Merlin John online: Where the Dickens is technology taking us?
THE: Pub crawl and ‘zombie walk’ win funding to promote humanities
The Times: Academics turn to flash mobs and zombies to bring humanities alive
The Guardian: The sweet smell of Amsterdam … and it’s not just cannabis, say odour mappers