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School of Advanced Study, University of London

The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled resources, facilities and academic opportunities across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. Last year SAS welcomed 892 research fellows and associates, held 1,903 events highlighting the latest research in the humanities, received 25.9 million online visits to its research resources and platforms, and hosted 173,493 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. The School also leads Being Human, the UK’s only
nationwide festival of the humanities. Find out more at sas.ac.uk.

 

November 2020

Being Human festival launch with David Olusoga

November 10, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet St
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. The Being Human team warmly invite you to the first ever virtual festival launch, showcasing snippets from this year’s 'New Worlds'-themed nationwide celebration of the humanities (12–22 November). The launch will be previewing a programme that explores everything from science-fiction futures, to immersive explorations of the past, to the role of the humanities in the present. We will also be joined by festival patron Professor David Olusoga OBE for a thought-provoking talk in conversation with…

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Being Human in Conversation: the American Election

November 12, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet St
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Following what will be one of the most consequential elections of our time, join Being Human festival director Professor Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Bonnie Greer OBE as they discuss the impact of the 2020 American election. Sarah and Bonnie will cover key aspects of the election, including the role of racial politics and Black Lives Matter, gender politics and white suburban women, and the future of the American political system. November’s contest will be…

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Kit de Waal: Novels That Shaped My World

November 16, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet St
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Join 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'. From Black Lives Matter to the #MeToo movement and Extinction Rebellion, we are living in a time when many vocal campaigners demand changes to the way in which society is run. These debates affect the books we read, teach in schools and that get turned into popular dramas. The…

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Being Human in Conversation: Returning to Our Senses

November 18, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet St
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have suddenly found themselves losing their sense of smell. How does the loss of this vital sense affect health, wellbeing and our relationship with the world around us and to others? How does it change us, and how does it feel to recover and to 'return to our senses'? Professor Barry Smith and guests investigate. This event will also include some simple try-at-home sensory experiments that will make you…

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History in the Making: Archiving 2020 for the Future

November 19, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online: Senate House Library, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Come along to this event which is bringing together projects and organisations that have begun work to archive key events in 2020, such as the COVID-19 lockdown and Black Lives Matter. With five flash talks from speakers representing a variety of exciting and interesting projects, this session will showcase responses to the events of 2020. There will also be a Q&A for people to get involved and ask questions about capturing history for the future.…

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History Day 2020

November 19, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Online: Senate House Library, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. A day of online interactive events for history enthusiasts to explore library, museum, archive and history collections across the UK and beyond. Over 50 libraries, museums, archives and history organisations across the UK will come together online to take part in talks and share collections and resources. Come along and join collaborators across the globe to explore new worlds through some of the UK's most treasured collections and how they are capturing history for the…

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Exploring History in the Digital World

November 19, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online: Senate House Library, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Come along to this 'Exploring History in the Digital World' session which will bring together libraries, archives and history organisations to showcase new digital history projects. Listen to talks from libraries and history organisations across the UK and beyond about how engagement has adapted and continued during lockdown. The panel will include: - Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study, chair) - Jonathan Blaney (IHR, British History Online) - Katherine Howells (The National Archives) - Claire…

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New Approaches to Local and Community History

November 19, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online: Senate House Library, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Join history organisations across the UK for a 'show & tell' to discover innovative new projects recording local & community history. Organised in conjunction with the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community, this event will showcase innovative new projects and creative approaches to documenting local and community history. Each contributor will highlight one object which represents some aspect of their local and community history work and practice, inviting the audience to participate…

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