Being human daily
From video games to informal conversations over hot chocolate, the second day of the UK’s first national festival of the humanities continued to explore what it means to be human in a digital age.
Today marked the end of a series of events led by the University of Glasgow. Only Human? brought together established and early-career researchers from film, geography, philosophy and theatre studies for performances, films, installations, audio and guided walks and culture café discussions.
Each of the events, which took place over two days, focused on our interrelations with the ‘more-than-human’ such as water, architecture, islands, pets and gravitational fields. Just one of many events, Game Over? Videogames and Environmental Learning with Conor McKeown, gave attendees a chance to interact with Farmville and Shelter, two popular video games, and make up their own minds about the potential of games to shift our perceptions of the environment.
Meanwhile, amid the hustle and bustle of London’s South Bank crowds, Punch and Judy – Purveyors of Fine Ideas and Complimentary Foodstuffs highlighted informal conversation, humour and confectionary as foundations for meaningful debate, engaging passers-by in playful yet productive dialogues over matters – philosophical, social, political, economic, aesthetic – directly relevant to their lives.
On top of all this, the team behind the AHRC funded Human-Chicken interactions project where at the Vindolanda Trust site, Hadrian’s Wall, for a day of poultry, history and husbandry. The second day of Being Human also saw a fantastic series of events exploring the importance of languages and translation. In Birmingham, a lucky group of fans enjoyed an intimate Translating Voice workshop with leading poet and translator Simon Armitage at the Library of Birmingham, while in Canterbury, the University of Kent welcomed visitors to The Genius of Language, an interactive exhibition with maps, videos, quizzes, and fun activities exploring what makes human language special.
We can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings! Follow @BeingHumanFest for the latest updates.
Being Human Team