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 2016 Being Human featured over 250 events in 45 towns and cities across the UK, engaging the public with big questions, big debates and innovative activities focused around the theme of ‘hope and fear’.

Now in its fourth year, the 2017 festival will take place 17-25 November. Sign up to our mailing list to receive the latest news and sneak peaks of the programme, which will be released in autumn 2017.

Follow us on Twitter @BeingHumanFest | #BeingHuman17

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 and Manager
Jo Chard – Festival Coordinator
Dr Kristan Tetens – Communications Manager
Dr Amanda Phipps – Public Engagement Assistant
Charlotte Bell – Public Engagement Assistant

The festival is also overseen by a steering committee comprising of representatives from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
Contact us on: beinghuman@sas.ac.uk

Contact the team

Festival evaluations

Being Human 2016 evaluation
Being Human 2015 evaluation
Being Human 2014 evaluation

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