About us

Who are we?

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is a national festival promoting public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

In 2018 Being Human festival features hundreds of free activities in towns and cities across the UK, alongside a series of international activities. Our events explore big questions, big debates and innovative ideas focused around the theme of ‘Origins and Endings’.

The 2018 festival will take place 15-24 November.


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How are we run?

Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy. This partnership draws together the three major bodies dedicated to supporting and promoting humanities research in the UK and internationally.

Festival team

Professor Sarah Churchwell – Festival Director
Dr Michael Eades – Festival Curator and Manager
Dr Amanda Phipps – Public Engagement Officer

Georgia Reeves – Convocation Trust Festival Intern

The festival is also overseen by a steering committee comprising of representatives from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

Contact the team

Festival evaluations

Being Human 2017: Summary | Evaluation
Being Human 2016 evaluation
Being Human 2015 evaluation
Being Human 2014 evaluation