Being Human in Conversation


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Being Human in Conversation

A series of free, online and year-round events launched in 2020. Throughout the series we’ve welcomed a whole range of fantastic guests all exploring some of the ways in which the humanities help us understand the world around us.


Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events in this series.


Past events

Being Human in Conversation: Renewing and Rebuilding

As we begin to think about renewing and rebuilding in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, how can the humanities help? Hear from four AHRC New Generation Thinkers, Christienna Fryar, Tom Scott-Smith, Darragh McGee and Christine “Xine” Yao, as they discuss the ways in which we can think about ‘renewal’ and the narratives surrounding “building back” following the pandemic. Watch the recording here.

Being Human in Conversation: Returning to Our Senses

Professor Barry Smith, Chris Kelly from @AbScent, the charity for people with smell loss, and Dr Ann-Sophie Barwich investigate and discuss the impact of the Covid-19 on our sense of smell and the ways in which the loss of this vital sense affects our health, wellbeing and relationship with the world around us. Watch the recording here.

Being Human in Conversation with Kit de Waal

Professor Sarah Churchwell in conversation with writer Kit de Waal and Professor Karina van Dalen-Oskam about the benefits of a more diverse, inclusive reading ‘diet’ and research into ‘literariness’. Watch the recording here.

Being Human in Conversation: the American Election

Professor Sarah Churchwell and festival patron Bonnie Greer OBE discuss the impact of the 2020 American election. Watch the recording here.

Being Human festival launch 2020 with David Olusoga

To launch the 2020 festival, festival patron Professor David Olusoga and Professor Sarah Churchwell discuss ‘rewriting’ and reimagining history, the role of public history, and diversity and inclusivity in the humanities. Watch the recording here.

Being Human in Conversation with David Lammy: On Education

For our second ‘Being Human in Conversation’ online event we were joined by Labour MP for Tottenham, David Lammy (live from parliament) in conversation with Professor Nicholas Harrison from King’s College London. Watch the recording here.

Being Human in Conversation: On Politics and Plagues

In May 2020 we held our first online event – a timely discussion of pandemics, politics and literature with Professor Sarah Churchwell, Dr Kate Kirkpatrick and Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge. Watch the recording here.