Weekly news roundup

Weekly news roundup

The days are flying by as we count down to what is promising to be one of the most exciting, creative, engaging and, in the best possible sense, mind-bending weeks of humanities activities ever staged!

This week kicked off with new writing on the Being Human blog. Conor Gearty, professor of human rights law at the London School of Economics and Fellow of the British Academy, provided a personal reflection on a career spent studying, communicating and practicing in the humanities. ‘The scholar is able’, he notes, ‘to wander outside the rulebook altogether’. This is exactly what we want to encourage during the nine-day festival.

With the starting post in sight, researchers across the country are preparing to step outside their academic comfort zones to launch their Being Human projects. Researchers at Durham University have been inviting people to Living Poets: A New Approach to Ancient Poetry, to explore the portraits of ancient and modern artists in the historic Bishop Cosin’s Library and view ‘On Seeing the Author’, an exhibition of new photography by Julian Germain, tweeted about their work on dementia and ‘Being Human in King Lear’. The University of York announced that the Young Archaeologist Clubs’ ‘Tactile Mapping Project’ will be taking part in ‘Within the Walls’ – a week of activities taking place across this historic city.

There are also new things happening at the festival hub. Guardian columnist and author Zoe Williams and Professor Jeremy Gilbert from the University of East London, have agreed to lead ‘Speaker’s Corner’ debates during the ‘Being Human in a Digital Age’ day of activities taking place on 15 November. And watch out next week for a flurry of poetic activity (with a twist) and prizes via @BeingHumanFest, as staff at Being Human HQ celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet and literary giant.

Just another week of Being Human….

Michael Eades,

Festival Curator