Being Human 2017 press breakfast
The breakfast will offer a first look at the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Speakers will be from the universities of Manchester, Nottingham Trent, Westminster, De Montfort and the School of Advanced Study.
They will cover a wide range of festival events – from the causes and consequences of sleep loss to a celebration of teenage identity through the everydayness of shoes and to the rise and fall of British wrestling. We’ll also be joined by researchers who are tapping into black British music and sound system culture. More details below.
The event will be held at The Foundling Museum, offering you a private viewing of ‘Basic Instincts’ the museum’s latest exhibition, which uses the radical paintings of Joseph Highmore to explore Georgian attitudes to love, desire and female respectability.
- Being Human festival director Professor Sarah Churchwell
- Dr Sasha Handley, senior lecturer in early modern history, from University of Manchester, on Sleep: Lost & Found
- Mykaell Riley, director of the Black Music Research Unit at the University of Westminster, on Bass in the Attic
- Dr Naomi Braithwaite, senior lecturer, from Nottingham Trent University, on Shoe and tell: a celebration of teenage identity through footwear
- Dr Claire Warden, reader in drama, from De Montfort University, on British Wrestling: History and Resurgence
- Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, on The Kindertransport: A home lost – a new life found?
The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square
Wednesday 1 November, 9–10.30am (doors open at 8.30am)