Being Human 2016 print programme

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Being Human 2016 print programme

This year’s print programme is being distributed far and wide across the country. If you haven’t been able to get your hands on one, you can view and download it here.


A message from our director

It is hard to believe that the Being Human festival is only in its third year, given its firm roots in the cultural and intellectual landscape. Perhaps because it is such a natural, and necessary, endeavour it feels as if it has always been with us.

I am delighted to be taking over as festival director this year, celebrating the rich, inventive, creative contributions that humanities researchers make to collective knowledge. For the first time the festival has a theme: ‘Hope & Fear’. This couldn’t be more apt for a year that has seen some profound challenges to the fabric of the human world that we all share. Many of these challenges are reflected in our programme, from debates on the impact of Brexit to arts and humanities responses to climate change to a series of activities exploring (and challenging) cultural responses to migration and refugees.

There are some other firsts for Being Human this year. In Liverpool, we are delighted to feature our first preview event in collaboration with BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking. We are also very excited about the scale of our first official closing event, a ‘FRIGHTFriday’ spectacular in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. As if that wasn’t enough, the festival is also becoming truly international this year with our first event in Paris.

There’s a huge amount to choose from, with activities in towns and cities right across the UK (and beyond). Look out for our seven festival hubs in Dundee, Exeter, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Nottingham and Swansea.

The Being Human team is incredibly proud of the programme. Once again, this year’s festival demonstrates the essential role that humanities research can, and does, play in shaping the world we live in. A big thank you to all those who have organised events and to our partners and sponsors: the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

See you at the festival!

Professor Sarah Churchwell
Being Human festival director