Online masterclass 2 – Audiences and partnerships

Online masterclass 2 – Audiences and partnerships

Thursday 9 July | 2pm – 3.30pm | Free | Booking required

This Being Human masterclass on ‘Audiences and Partnerships’ will involve both workshop activities and flash talks that will explore the best ways to engage with local communities and organisations. Covering important topics such as access and inclusion (including timely discussions around digital inequalities), the workshop will explore how to tailor events to the needs and interests of specific audiences and community partners. Organisers from last year’s festival will also give flash talks that provide helpful insights and tips from their public engagement events, which included work with community groups, local councils and cultural and art organisations.

The session is aimed primarily at this year’s Being Human festival organisers (and those still thinking of getting involved), as well as those interested in public engagement in the humanities. Throughout there will be opportunities for everyone to discuss co-production and place-based engagement in this time of social distancing. Attendees will also be emailed a masterclass pack full of helpful information and toolkits for working with community partners and focusing on your intended audience.

Workshop leaders and speakers:

  • Professor Sarah Churchwell is the director of the Being Human festival. A prominent advocate for literature and the humanities, Sarah appears regularly in the media and writes for both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Dr Michael Eades is manager and curator of the Being Human festival. He also runs numerous public engagement initiatives such as ‘Bloomsbury Festival in a Box’ which engaged socially isolated people with dementia.
  • Dr Bob Nicholson from Edge Hill University ran a series of popular events entitled ‘We Are Not Amused!’ which explored the topic of Victorian humour. He worked with comedians and in partnership with the arts venue the Atkinson to bring together he’s successful programme.
  • Dr Heather Richardson from the Open University created a bespoke event for local audiences called ‘Stitches and Stories’. While creating a patchwork quilt together, attendees discussed the patchwork of neighbourhoods and communities that make up Belfast.
  • Dr María Soledad Montañez from the Institute of Modern Languages Research worked closely with community groups in south London to create her 2019 festival event ‘Cartoneras in London’. Together they explored alternative forms of community engagement, activism and social change by making cartoneras (cardboard publishing).

Joining the event:

This event is free, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual meet-up being circulated via email to registered attendees. The masterclass will begin at 2pm, but you will be able to join the event’s online waiting room from 1:30pm.


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This event is part of a series of Being Human festival online masterclasses exploring public engagement with research. Click here to find out more and book on to other masterclasses in the series.

Take a look at our planning toolkit on working with partners.

Image: Cartoneras in London © Angeles Rodenas