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November 2020

We Began as Part of the Body (Exhibition)

November 12 - November 22
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. 'We began as part of the body' is a multi-component digital artwork inspired the eczema genetic research laboratory of Professor Sara Brown, (University of Dundee) where Beverley Hood (University of Edinburgh) undertook an artist residency in 2017 organised by ASCUS Art & Science. The residency involved spend time observing the activities of the lab and the organotypic artificial skin cells, which are both real and synthetic. Taken from an actual person (via tummy tucks, breast surgery,…

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‘The Dawn of a New Era’: Unfurling the South Wales Miners’ Banners

November 12 - November 22
Online: Swansea University, Singleton Park
Swansea, SA2 8PP United Kingdom

This in an online event. 'The Dawn of the New Era' is the slogan on the Risca Lodge banner, which was made just before the nationalisation of the coal mining industry in 1947. The image on the banner is a sun rising and reflects the hope for the future. At least 50 miners’ banners are known to have existed in South Wales and many of them are preserved at the South Wales Miners’ Library at Swansea University. Over the years,…

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Rethinking Museums and the Stories They Tell

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

This is an online event. Museums are increasingly being called on to rethink how they display, represent and interpret objects in their care. Throughout the festival we will be posting videos, images, prompts and provocations on our social media channels, forming a critical online heritage tour of The Hunterian Museum. By calling attention to the hidden histories of empire embedded in our collections, we will propose new ways of seeing and understanding museum objects, taking a fuller view of the…

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In Touch: Online Exhibition

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

This is an online event. What can be learnt from the heightened awareness of (and restrictions surrounding) touch which characterised our experience of the COVID-19 pandemic? Might the experiences of Deafblind communities, and those who rely on their sense of touch to navigate the world, aid a shared understanding of this new normal? For Being Human 2020 the University of Glasgow is hosting a special online exhibition, co-developed and curated with the charity Deafblind Scotland, that responds creatively to the…

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Illustrating Anthropology (Liverpool)

November 12 - November 15
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront
Liverpool, North West L3 1BP United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in person event. At this outdoor exhibition explore human lives around the world through comics, drawings, and paintings of anthropological research. From researchers who use illustration as a method to capture their experiences of fieldwork, to those who put pens into the hands of the people they are researching to better understand their world view, this exhibition draws together a wide range of contemporary illustration as research practice. Drawing has long been part of anthropological…

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Coming Together

November 12 - November 22
Online: Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 United Kingdom

This is an online event. Are Southern Europeans nothing more than super-spreaders of COVID-19 in Edinburgh? This online photography exhibition challenges stereotypes that obstruct the contact between Southern Europeans and Scots. It showcases positive examples of their collaboration since 2016, namely also during Brexit and the coronavirus crisis. You are invited to upload relevant comments, stories and photos of your own. A launch event will take place online on Sunday 15 November between 17:30 and 18:30. The organisers will provide…

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Mountains of the Future

November 12 - November 22
Online: The Ruskin, The Ruskin
Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4YH United Kingdom

This is an online event. ‘A stone can be seen a mountain in miniature.’ Journey through the history of high places, and their place in art, science and culture. By thinking through the past, The Ruskin's digital exhibition imagines the future of the world's upland landscapes. As an artist, writer, ecologist and radical thinker, John Ruskin’s art and ideas were grounded in engagement with the landscapes of the U.K. and Europe. For the first time, this digital exhibition brings together…

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Indoors: Experiences of Older People during Lockdown

November 12 - November 22
Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6LS United Kingdom
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This is an online and socially distanced in-person event This photography exhibition narrates the lived realities of coping, connecting and remembering, through the stories and photographs of older East Londoners during lockdown. The exhibition will showcase photographs and interviews, alongside insights from research in social science, ethics and history. It will share the voices, experiences and images of ‘shielded’ communities of older people as they have both struggled with, and adapted to, life under lockdown. Researchers from the Wellcome Centre…

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Life in a Pandemic: The Lothian Diary Project

November 12, 8:00 am - November 22, 5:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Through the Lothians Diary Project, encounter the diversity of lockdown experiences among ordinary residents of Edinburgh and surrounds, preserved in authentic and creative vlogs and audio diaries. Discover the story behind the creation of this collection, with its unique design among global documentation of the pandemic. Find out how the diaries will form part of a Museums oral history archive, and how this data collection method is changing social science in COVID-19. Learn how community…

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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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The Personal is Political is Spiritual

November 14 - November 22
Online: Spike Island Project Space Bristol., Spike Island133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX
Bristol, South West BS1 6UX United Kingdom

This is an online event. Take a look at this curated Instagram gallery programme, marking the forgotten history of Goddess feminism in Britain through one of its key theorists, Monica Sjöö (1938-2005). Diversity will be at the heart of the programme with short interviews with current thinkers and activists from the 70’s and documentation from the Feminist Archive South about the graphic works of Monica. Come and explore archive artefacts that relate to her political campaigning, personal journeys to sacred…

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Making a Home Away From Home

November 14, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Museum of English Rural Life, MERL, University of Reading, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire, Southern England RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in-person event. Come along and explore a replicated United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) tent decorated by a Syrian refugee and discover more about the interior and exterior space. Last year, the UN Refugee Agency revealed that the number of people fleeing violence was the highest recorded since the Second World War. While the need for temporary shelter has never been greater, many refugees find that these settlements are more permanent than originally intended.…

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Illustrating Anthropology (Sheffield)

November 17 - November 21
Bloc Projects, Sheffield, 71 Eyre Lane
Sheffield, S1 4RB United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in person event. At this exhibition explore human lives around the world through comics, drawings, and paintings of anthropological research. From researchers who use illustration as a method to capture their experiences of fieldwork, to those who put pens into the hands of the people they are researching to better understand their world view, this exhibition draws together a wide range of contemporary illustration as research practice. Drawing has long been part of anthropological research…

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The Raissa Page Collection: Life Through a Different Lens

November 18, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: Cinema & Co, 17 Castle Street
Swansea, Wales SA1 1JF United Kingdom

This is an online event. Come and explore Raissa Page’s most thought-provoking images through the eyes of historians, photographers, archivists, and most importantly, your own. Self-taught photographer Raissa Page used documentary photography to capture the lives of marginalised groups at times of social change during the 20th century. She was a founder member of the trailblazing all-female FORMAT Photographic Agency in the 1980s. Her images are of different times and other places, but the themes of feminism, politics, anti-nuclear protest,…

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Capturing Chronic Illness

November 20, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. ME, endometriosis, HIV, depression, transplantation.... How do we see chronic illness, particularly when it is not visible on the body? How are experiences of chronic illness affected by or formed through questions of identity, inequalities and community belonging? How does chronic illness relate to ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, race and age? Photography offers creative possibilities of capturing life with illness(es), including opening up ways of re-imagining how we live with and represent illness. Medical humanities…

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Under the Lens

November 20, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Online and outdoors: TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6GG United Kingdom
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This is an online event and an open-air exhibition (also available online). Whether it’s under the lens of a microscope, camera, or magnifying glass, this event explores how humanities and sciences continue to work together, and how arts still contributes as we move into this new remote and restricted world. In partnership with Fusion Arts, TORCH have collaborated with local schoolchildren to make images of the new world around them on photographic paper out in the open. As prizes are shared with the school…

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