the politics of being human

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The politics of being human

Humanitarians, authors, satirists and poets will join the UK’s only national festival of the humanities this November to highlight the astonishing breadth and depth of the UK’s academic research communities through a focus on the politics of being human.

See below for a sample of politically themed events from across the festival programme. Other themes explored include health and wellbeing, science and technology, diversity, and arts and culture.

Radical New Cross: Protest and dissent 1875 – 2015 | London | Thursday 12 November and other dates throughout the festival

From radical parish priests to anti-fascist resistance, New Cross has a long history of radicalism, as will be demonstrated through a series of events, all based on current research projects. Made possible by a collaboration with local community groups, these events are designed to engage the public in an open and collaborative way. Using New Cross as an anchor to explore marginalised histories, groups will be able to start conversations, reveal forgotten histories and demonstrate the relevance of research in the humanities.

Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] at the Working Class Movement Library | Manchester | Thursday 12 November and other dates throughout festival

The Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] will appear as a pop-up in various partnering archive and heritage sites, to host a series of workshops showcasing archives on women’s histories.

Writing human rights | Norwich | Saturday 14 November and other dates throughout the festival

With an eye on contemporary human rights issues, this series of events will focus on the challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees. The programme will centre on how rights have been imagined historically through writing and what we can learn from these in the present day.

LGBTI human rights activism film: No easy walk to freedom | Glasgow | Sunday 15 November

This event begins with a screening of the documentary No Easy Walk to Freedom, which tells the story of the struggle to strike down a section of penal code which criminalises same-sex sexual behaviour in India. Following the screening, there will be a panel of experts including the film’s director.

Survival in solitude | Aberdeen | Monday 16 November

Terry Waite, English humanitarian and author, spent almost five years in total solitary confinement after being captured by Hezbollah. At this event he will discuss how he retained his humanity under such extreme conditions.

Reflections on rebellion. History, myth and the Jacobites | Preston | Tuesday 17 November

Join historians from the University of Central Lancashire for a series of talks, discussions and debates on the history, mythology and legacy of the Jacobite rebellion and the Battle of Preston.

Being Human: voices in the Wiener Library archives | London | Tuesday 17 November

On this tour you will be given the chance to hear donors of material to the Wiener Library collections talk about their own stories as well as explore our remarkable archives, guided by the voices of the people who have helped us to grow them.

Unlocking the archive: politics & public culture | Norwich | Wednesday 18 November

At this workshop, Dr Hugh Doherty and Dr John Alban will explore what the Norfolk archives can tell attendees about Norwich’s role within two enormously significant historical, political and public events that are commemorated this year: the Magna Carta (1215) and the battle of Agincourt (1415).

Counter-terrorism, citizenship and human rights in the UK | Norwich | Wednesday 18 November

Dr Lee Jarvis, a senior lecturer in international security at the University of East Anglia and a member of UEA’s critical global politics research group, will explore how different people across the United Kingdom experience or perceive the impact of counter-terrorism powers.

Gillray’s ghost | London | Thursday 19 November

Martin Rowson, the distinguished British cartoonist, author, satirist and ‘visual journalist’, will be in conversation with historian of satire Dr Paddy Bullard, talking about the impact of graphic satire on British politics, and his own debts to the tradition of the 18th-century graphic artists Rowlandson and Gillray.

The humanity of lawyers | London | Thursday 19 November

This event will explore the role of barristers in representing human life in the courts and the significance of their own character and beliefs with an evening discussion in the Parliament Chamber at Inner Temple.

Ocean hell: the rise and fall of Norfolk Island | Bristol | Thursday 19 November

This event will explore Norfolk Island and western ideas about prisons and prison reform in relation to the use of religion to cure criminal behaviours.

Careful what we wish for? Clashing laws, energy and society | Aberdeen | Friday 20 November

This panel discussion explores hypothetical and real world experiences with representatives from civil society, law and the energy sector, with active contributions from the floor and via social media.

John Lilburne: local boy, leveller, and civil war radical | Newcastle upon Tyne | Sunday 22 November

Come along to this public lecture and hear more about ‘freeborn John’, a local man who helped shape modern ideas about human rights during the English Civil War period.