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November 2020

Being Human festival launch with David Olusoga

November 10, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet St
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. The Being Human team warmly invite you to the first ever virtual festival launch, showcasing snippets from this year’s 'New Worlds'-themed nationwide celebration of the humanities (12–22 November). The launch will be previewing a programme that explores everything from science-fiction futures, to immersive explorations of the past, to the role of the humanities in the present. We will also be joined by festival patron Professor David Olusoga OBE for a thought-provoking talk in conversation with…

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A Poetic Constitution for Scotland: Consultation

November 12 - November 22
Online: University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ United Kingdom

This is an online event. If you, the citizens of Scotland, had the chance to write your own constitution, what would it say? How do we best express what it is to be Scottish/New Scottish today? Might the freedoms and fluidity of poetry offer a shared language for our civic values, ambitions, visions? This public consultation invites all Scots and New Scots – living at home or abroad – to take part, share and explore what Scotland means to you…

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COVID-19 in 2020: Apart but Together

November 12, 10:00 am - November 22, 5:00 pm
Online: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS
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Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. COVID-19 fundamentally changed our world in 2020. It has forced us to create distance from each other. This event will use art, creative writing and storytelling to bring people together to share experiences of how COVID-19 has impacted us and how we have adjusted to the new socially-distanced world. A physical magnet exhibition will be held outside at Queen Mary University of London for those that want to…

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Future Faces

November 12, 12:00 pm - November 22, 11:30 am
Online: University of York York, North Yorkshire YO10 5DD United Kingdom

This is an online event. Follow @AboutFaceYork on Twitter and Instagram throughout the festival to talk about face transplants, appearance, and identity, and to learn more and explore your questions about donation and surgery. Each day watch a video premiere of one of the project collaborators speaking about their own faces, facial transplants, or what their appearance means to them. You can comment, ask questions, and learn something new, and tell us what you think! We invite you to join…

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Touching Identity: From Hand to Face (Film)

November 12, 1:00 pm - November 22, 11:30 pm
Online: University of York York, North Yorkshire YO10 5DD United Kingdom

This is an online event. Tune in to watch a time-lapse film of the production of an original portrait by artist Lucy Burscough and hear a short discussion about the artwork, transplants, emotions and identity, where you’ll learn more about face and hand transplants. Featuring double hand transplant recipient Corinne Hutton, the film will explore ideas about donation and transplant, thinking about the connections between hands and faces. How similar are they? We use both to communicate, to convey emotion,…

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Hercules Café

November 12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This is an online event. This Café session offers an autistic perspective on the “New Worlds” theme of this year’s Being Human festival. Dealing with specific situations can be a challenge for anyone, but especially an autistic person, for whom “New Worlds” can seem like “alien” places where one feels like an outsider rather than a participant. Join the mythological hero Hercules in this 1-hour online café for autistic children and their families. Meet Hercules as he discovers a new…

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How Do ‘New Worlds’ Come Into Print?

November 12, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
University of London Institute in Paris, 9-11 rue de Constantine
Paris, France 75007
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Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. This evening of short talks will take you from the mixed-language newspapers of late 19th-century Algeria to book shops in Morocco, from French Resistance poets to British music magazines. It will explore the roles that print and book-making played for pioneers of different persuasions, uncovering some of the ways that books and the press have given form to worlds in the making. What examples did 'new-world' publications draw…

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Navigating Loss: From End of Life to the End of the World

November 12, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Online: British School at Rome, Via Antonio Gramsci
Rome, 00197 Roma

This is an online event. In an age of mass extinction, climate change, new pandemics, and the undoing of democracy the sources of our grief are multiplying. Hosted by University College London and the British School at Rome, this event builds on the Wellcome-funded work of artist Zoe Papadopoulou: Grief: A Work in Progress. It asks a series of timely and difficult questions. In an age of illness and uncertainty, how do the experience of loss and the anticipation of…

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Being Human in Conversation: the American Election

November 12, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet St
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Following what will be one of the most consequential elections of our time, join Professor Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Bonnie Greer OBE as they discuss the impact of the 2020 American election. In a year of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests, November’s contest will be a referendum on the future of American politics -- and, many believe, the future of America itself. Both natives of Chicago, Sarah and Bonnie will share their insights…

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Visions of Reproduction

November 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS

This is an online event. From being veiled in mystery, the interior body has been revealed by a variety of visualising techniques. Ultrasound scans and images of embryos have long left the lab and are increasingly appearing in the news, in commercial advertising, in classrooms, in family photo albums and on social media. They pose ever new questions about how reproductive events are known and experienced. In this panel, historians, artists, and sociologists explore the meaning, making and circulation of…

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Time Machine Café: Activists of the 70s & 80s

November 12, 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Online: Senate House Library, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Tune in to this online time machine café and go back 50 years to discover the activists of the 70s & 80s... Explore stories through the visionary eye-catching DIY publications made by LGBT, black community and women's rights activists in the UK, empowering people and opening up the world to what were considered radical ideas. From the comfort of your own home, discover the working class heroes and political radicals that used non-mainstream printing as…

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Kahvehane/ Café

November 12, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This is an online event. Many know Turkish ‘Kahvehanes’, or coffee-houses, where Turkish men sip from their coffee or tea, play their favourite game, ‘Okey’, and talk about everyday topics. This online-‘Kahvehane’ breaks with preconceptions and is an open space to discuss art and experiences of living or working abroad in the cultural sector. Come with me to (virtually) visit Kübra Zeynep Kübra Sarıaslan, who is working as an academic across borders and listen to filmmaker Eren Aksu who is…

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Costumed Visions

November 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Superheroes are everywhere today, and they show no sign of slowing down. The things we watch and read shape how we feel about the human body and what it might become in ways we might not even notice, with idealised shapes and new 'transhuman' abilities becoming more and more unremarkable. Or are they? Once we start to think about superhero abilities being real, do we always think as positively about them as when they’re just…

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New World, New Beginnings

November 12, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ United Kingdom

This is an online event. Come along to an evening of poetry celebrating human resilience and connectivity as humanity prepares for a newly ordered world. Critically-acclaimed poet Owen Sheers will be joined by award-winning poets Natalie Holborow and Eric Ngalle Charles as they share new work on new beginnings. Members of the public, who have attended free workshops running in October, will also have the opportunity to share their poems on the topic. Suitable for ages 16+. This event is part…

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Covid Theatre Café

November 12, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This is an online event. Was theatre important to your life before Covid-19? Or were you into a different type of live performance, such as music, dance, or spoken word? Has lockdown made you think about what you get out of attending a live performance, compared to watching a digital recording at home, and what is lost when you can’t? This online café is for anyone who’s been missing live performance, whether you’re a performer yourself or an audience member.…

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Sporting Memories Café

November 13, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

This is an online event. Join the Sporting Memories Café for a cup of tea and a blether while learning how community groups in Scotland are using sporting archives and other resources to help people with mental health issues and conditions leading to isolation. For those living with dementia and people living with issues such as isolation, depression and loneliness, as well as their families and carers, archives can provide a lifeline. From the Highlands to the Scottish Borders, whether…

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Time Machine Café: The Golden Age of Magic

November 13, 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Online: Senate House Library, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Tune in to this Time Machine Café to travel back 100 years to the roaring 20s and magic’s golden age. From Houdini to the lesser-known women in magic, you can explore the magic books, ephemera & and magnificent posters for shows of the world’s greatest magicians. Delve into the archives of the magical Senate House Library, all from the comfort of your home! Other events in this series: Time Machine Café: Activists of the 70s…

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The New British Cookbook

November 13, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace
London, London SW1Y 5AH United Kingdom

This is an online event. How have international tastes influenced the food we eat today? Join food historians as they discuss 250 years of British cuisine and uncover our changing tastes at this online event. From the occasional peacocks that graced the dining tables at the court of King George III to the chicken tikka masala we know and love today, the food we eat is rooted in Britain’s connections to its international past. Discover how Georgian royal tastes tweaked…

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Fixing It: Repair as Resistance

November 14 - November 22
310 New Cross Road, 310 New Cross Road
London, United Kingdom
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Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. Learn new repair skills, share advice and reflect on some big questions. Open to all, 'Fixing It' is a week of events encouraging contemplation around what mending means. Is repair an act of resistance in an unsustainable world? Does it matter if the cracks show? Can everything be mended? From tutorials on how to repair household items to conversation circles discussing the best ways to fix community issues,…

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Fixing It: Why Mend Textiles?

November 14, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
310 New Cross Road, 310 New Cross Road
London, United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in-person event. Rose Sinclair teaches basic hand-sewing techniques whilst reflecting on the motivations behind darning. Why do we mend our clothes, woollens and fabrics? Is it about hating waste or affection for treasured things? This workshop will teach basic hand sewing techniques that can be used with a variety of textiles, and give you the opportunity to share stories of things you have saved through repair. A kit and instructions will be provided to support…

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