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School of Advanced Study, University of London

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The School of Advanced Study, based in the University of London’s iconic Senate House in the heart of the global city of London, serves as the coordinating hub for the Being Human festival, the School’s flagship public engagement initiative.

A number of activities responding to the festival’s Lost and Found theme will be hosted in Senate House, including a residency by Queerseum, a grassroots initiative campaigning for a permanent home for queer voices lost and found to history. We will also host visits from the Migration Museum, From Syria with Love, and from Ruth Barnett, one of the original passengers on the Kindertransport, the rescue effort that brought nearly 10,000 refugee Jewish children to Britain from Nazi Germany in 1938 and 1939.

Our programme will also feature lunchtime talks, workshops, performances, and drop-in sessions from some of the School of Advanced Study researchers working in Senate House—from philosophical sensory experiments to 3D printing of lost classical temples.

Upcoming Events

November 2018

Beautiful Confusion in Senate House

November 15 - November 23
Senate House, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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Beautiful Confusion Collective are a female-led performance group who specialize in exploring movement, gender, power and the built environment through site-responsive interventions. During the festival they will undertake a mini-residency in Charles Holden’s art-deco masterpiece, Senate House, University of London – exploring the histories and contemporary uses of this building through dance, movement and documentation. Buildings have form and they have stories. They have power structures and they have politics. Moving through space means engaging with these issues – either…

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Weaving Women’s Stories

November 16, 7:30 pm - November 17, 7:30 pm
St Margaret’s House, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green
London, E2 9PL United Kingdom
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Explore the connections between storytelling and textile-making in women’s lives from ancient Greece to modern London. On Friday come along and enjoy the stories of our craftivist foremothers in artefacts and poetry from the past; hear the voices of these 'subversive stitchers' with an evening performance from By Jove Theatre, introduced by experts on ancient craft. Then on Saturday try your hand at spinning wool into yarn, or at weaving on a replica loom; and make artefacts – from clay…

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Stories from El Salvador

November 17, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Seven Sisters indoor market, 231-243 High Rd
London, London N15 5BT United Kingdom
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Free

El Salvador made history in 2017 by becoming the first country in the world to ban metal mining. At this afternoon of Spanish-language storytelling and Salvadoran food tasting you can learn more about the origins and development of this decade-long struggle. You’ll hear narrated and recorded testimonies from individuals directly affected by the process. Hosted by the Seven Sisters indoor market, the event will also raise awareness of the UK Latin Village’s own struggles to preserve the area’s Latin American…

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Clay, Marble and Pixels: The City

November 19, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
IHR Research Training Room, Senate House, N318, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
London, United Kingdom
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Free

This interactive event will focus on the earliest cities. It will begin with a short introductory talk illustrating the layout of those very ancient places and what this might tell us about the people that lived there. There will then be a hands-on session in which you will be taught the basic principles of 3D modelling, using the free and user-friendly software Sketchup. Taking inspiration from the talk and from additional iconographic material, you will be invited to combine simple…

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Clay, Marble and Pixels: The House

November 21, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
IHR Research Training Room, Senate House, N318, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
London, United Kingdom
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This interactive event will focus on the materiality of domestic spaces in Roman times. It will begin with a short introductory talk illustrating the shape and organisation of Roman villas and what this might tell us about the people that lived there. There will then be a hands-on session in which you will be walked through the use of the most popular features of the free and user-friendly 3D software Sketchup. Taking inspiration from the talk and from additional iconographic…

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Post Truth Politics in the Pub

November 21, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Marquis Cornwallis, 31 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury
London, WC1N 1AP United Kingdom
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Free

We allegedly live in a ‘post-truth’ world in which facts have ceased to matter. Our political culture is increasingly characterised by appeals to emotion, disconnected from the details of policy and and fact. Can we make progress in the current crisis over truth? This event invites you to tackle these important questions at the pub, where people often talk about politics over a pint. The event will involve short presentations and discussion about the role of truth in politics, fake…

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Journeys Through Print

November 22, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St Bride Library, 14 Bride Lane
London, EC4Y 8EQ United Kingdom
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Blending history and mobile technology, 'Journeys Through Print' takes participants on a self-guided tour of London’s traditional printing district, introducing listeners to historic printers and publishers. Incorporating St Paul’s—where Shakespeare’s plays were bought and sold, the grandeur of Stationers’ Hall, and St Bride’s Library—now home to the UK’s preeminent printing and typography library, this event will uncover London’s important role in the history of printing. The event will also include the opportunity to print from one of the historic presses…

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