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Being Human festival 2022: call for applications now live!

We wanted to let you know that the call for applications to be part of Being Human festival 2022 is now live! This year’s national festival of the humanities will take place 10–19 November, and our theme is ‘Breakthroughs’ — you can read more about it on our blog: https://beinghumanfestival.org/news/breakthroughs.

What we’re looking for

A celebration of humanities research through public engagement, Being Human is a place-based festival that emphasises interaction and working with communities outside academia and those less typically engaged with humanities research. Whether digital, hybrid, or in-person, we are on the look out for innovative, participatory, and creative activities that foster genuine, two-way connections with people not usually engaged with academic research. Events should take place off-campus and be designed to facilitate mutual learning between researchers and publics. Read more about our work and priorities here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/about-us/our-work.

Pathways

There are four ways to get involved in the festival: 

  1. Small Awards: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities (deadline: 5pm, Friday 29 April)
  2. Hub Awards: apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000–£5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a Festival Hub (deadline: 5pm, Friday 29 April)
  3. Open Call: organise an activity that does not require funding from us (deadline: 5pm, Friday 24 June)
  4. Being Human Cafés: a simple ‘off-the-shelf’ format for an activity that does not require funding from us (deadline: 5pm, Friday 26 August)

Further details, and answers to some frequently asked questions are available on our website: https://beinghumanfestival.org/get-involved/.

Resources

We have a range of toolkits and case studies available on our website, which we encourage prospective applicants to refer to before applying. We have just published a new toolkit on online engagement, too! https://beinghumanfestival.org/resources.

Applying to Being Human 2022 webinar

You can find out more about applying to the festival at our webinar ‘Applying to Being Human 2022’ taking place on Wednesday 16 March, 11:00–12:00. Find out more and sign up here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/get-involved/applying-being-human-2022.

Posted on behalf of Rose de Lara, Communications Officer, Being Human festival.

Being Human festival launch 2021 with Lemn Sissay: 9 November 2021

Showcasing snippets from this year’s nationwide celebration of the humanities themed around ‘Renewal’ (11–20 November), we will be previewing a festival programme that showcases the best in the latest humanities research, exploring everything from COP26 in Glasgow to Caribbean kitchens in Lincoln.

Hosted by the Being Human festival director Professor Sarah Churchwell, we are also delighted to be joined by special guest Lemn Sissay OBE, who will share a few thoughts on the importance of the humanities. Tune in for a taster of this year’s festival and bring along a drink to toast to its success!

Find out more and book here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/events/being-human-festival-launch-lemn-sissay.

You can also now browse the full line-up of this year’s festival events here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/festival-events.

Being Human Cafés call – Being Human festival 2021

We are currently looking for humanities researchers to hold Being Human Cafés as part of this year’s Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities taking place 11-20 November.

Being Human Cafés are based on the idea that you can engage with some fascinating new ideas and research in the humanities in the time that it takes to have a cup of tea. Find out more here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/get-involved/. If you’re stuck for an idea but would like to take part, we encourage you to use this year’s festival theme of ‘Renewal’ as a starting point!

We would particularly love to hear from people in the East of England, Northern Ireland, Wales, the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber.

Here are just a few reasons to get involved with the festival and hold a café:

  • Participate in a national campaign to champion and celebrate research and the humanities
  • Try out public engagement if you haven’t before
  • Develop skills in event planning
  • Use it as a catalyst to get a project up and running which might not happen otherwise
  • Engage with a new audience and get refreshing new perspectives on research
  • Get public engagement advice and support
  • Work with new cultural partners or develop an existing relationship
  • Make contacts and start collaborations with other researchers nationally
  • Raise visibility of your research nationally and within your own institution

We’ll be reviewing Being Human Café applications on a rolling basis right up to the deadline of Friday 27 August, so there is plenty of time left to apply.

Posted on behalf of Rose de Lara, Public Engagement Officer: Projects and Communications, University of London

Being Human festival: open call deadline extended to 3 July 2020

The chance to apply for funding may have passed but there is still time to get involved with Being Human festival 2020 (12-22 November)! Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

Through our Open Call we are currently welcoming applications for events and activities that do not require funding from us (e.g. made possible through existing funds or a grant from your institution). To enable as many people as possible to take part we have just extended the deadline for Open Call applications to Friday 3 July.

Participating in the festival is a fantastic way to reach new audiences, form new partnerships and collaborations, champion the importance of research in humanities subjects (including history, languages, classics, art history, literature, philosophy, cultural studies and so on…), and be part of a nationwide celebration exploring this year’s timely festival theme ‘New Worlds’.

Find out more here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/open-call/

We know that thinking about and planning future events is very challenging at the moment, so we have also just shared a piece on our website with some ideas and practical tips about how to think through planning online and socially-distanced engagement events and activities: https://beinghumanfestival.org/festival-planning-covid19/

Posted on behalf of Rose de Lara, Communications Officer, Being Human team

 

Being Human festival 2020: call for applications now open

The Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, will return Thursday 12 – Sunday 22 November 2020 with the theme ‘New Worlds’. Being Human is a national free festival geared towards public engagement with humanities research. The call for applications for 2020 is now live!

New Worlds

Entering a new decade offers an opportunity to think about the types of ‘new world’ that we want to inhabit. Global issues such as the climate emergency, migration, ageing populations, the rise of political populism, the fragmentation of long-held political identities, automation and changes to the world of work are likely to dominate the news agenda. As we reach the milestone of 2020, often used in science fiction as a setting for imagined futures, we might be asking ‘what happened to the future we were promised?’; ‘what new futures can we, and should we, imagine?’. How can humanities research help us to imagine futures, learn from the past, and engage with the ‘new worlds’ already out there on our doorsteps?

Echoing previous festival themes, ‘New Worlds’ also conjures ideas about how discoveries, developments and research have changed the world around us, in both big and small ways. As ever the overarching aim of the festival is to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences. Read more about the theme here.

Get involved

There are three main pathways to taking part in the festival:

  • Open Call: organise an activity that does not require funding.
  • Small Awards: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities.
  • Hub Awards: apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000 – £5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival Hub. (Only a small number of these awards are made every year)

Further details, and answers to some frequently asked questions are available on our website here. Do check this year’s criteria even if you have applied before!

The hashtag for this year’s festival is #BeingHuman2020.

Posted on behalf of The Being Human festival team

Being Human Festival – 14-23 November 2019

Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. The festival is running 14-23 November 2019 and number of events are taking place across Greater Manchester including:

Discovering Emigrant Children

This event offers the unique chance to learn about the 90,000 orphaned British children who forcibly emigrated from the North-West of the UK to Canada between the 1860s and 1920s. See: https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/discovering-emigrant-children-21-11/

Discovering Caribbean Family Memories

Manchester is home to a vibrant and diverse Caribbean community and during this workshop you can discover and become the keeper of your Caribbean family memories. See: https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/discovering-caribbean-family-memories

Music and Migration

Underlining the theme of Bengali folk music and its significance for the Bangladeshi (and Bengali) migrant diasporic population, two events showcase the rich heritage of these traditions for younger generations of Bangladeshis. For the exhibition see: https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/music-and-migration-exhibition/ and for the singing competition see: https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/music-and-migration-singing-competition/

Find more about other Being Human Festival events and activities: https://beinghumanfestival.org/events/

Being Human Creative Workshop – 15 November 2019

Being Human Creative Workshop, 15 November, Manchester Central Library, 2-4.30

How do you create a story about your family? How do you write your past? This participatory and creative workshop will encourage participants to think carefully about how they might try to ‘tell’ their family’s story through words, images and performance. Come along and unlock new ways of writing, investigating, and retelling your family’s story. Suitable for writers, family historians, and all those interested in telling their stories!

Signup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-history-creative-workshop-tickets-78222263897

2pm-3pm – parallel sessions
1/ Tessa Harris, Beginnings: Beginnings of stories matter because they mark the first boundary of what counts as part of the story and what does not. The beginning is not necessarily the first thing that happened in time, or the earliest moment of action, but the genesis of the story-telling itself and perhaps the reason for telling the story at all. Beginnings are the gateway into your story and are the moment your story separates itself out from all the others.
2/ Reece Williams, family history and creativity session

3.30pm-4.30pm – parallel sessions
1/ Mariah Whelan, Collage: The goal of the session is to use collage-poem writing techniques to build poems that explore the ideas, themes and narratives within the participants’ research. I’d like the researchers to bring a couple of pages of material related to their research. This might be something they’ve written themselves like a summary or notes, or something they’ve found like letters, certificates etc. They should bring photocopies or print outs as we will be cutting them up and using the words to write new poems.
2/ Reece Williams, family history and creativity session

Part of the Being Human Festival: https://beinghumanfestival.org/events/

Being Human Festival Open Call

This is just a quick message to let you know that we are now accepting applications for the Being Human festival ‘Open Call’.

This second wave of applications is all about activities that can run without start-up funding from the festival, but which still fulfil the festival’s key criteria of making research in the humanities accessible, engaging and fun for people across the UK.

This year’s Being Human festival will run 14-23 November 2019. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human Is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, and is one of the largest national platforms for public engagement with humanities research.

This year our festival theme is ‘Discoveries & Secrets’. This could involve anything from art historians uncovering painted-over masterpieces, archaeologists excavating ancient burial sites, historians making discoveries in archives, literary scholars discovering lost texts. More broadly it could include uncovering secret histories, or making new discoveries about seemingly familiar people, places, communities.

Open call

The open call is all about activities that can run using existing funding (e.g. institutional funding, research grants) but which will still benefit from promotion and support as part of the national festival. Examples of activities that often come forward under this pathway include walking tours, ‘café culture’ style activities, pop-ups in museums and galleries, object handling sessions, film screenings…

Further details, and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions are available on our website.

The deadline for applications for funding is 5pm Monday 3 June.

Many of you have been involved in the Being Human festival before and have helped the festival to grow. I hope that you’ll consider taking part again in 2019.

Please do help to spread the word. The hashtag on Twitter is #BeingHuman19

Dr Michael Eades, Manager and Curator – Being Human festival of the humanities

Being Human festival is now inviting applications for 2019!

Being Human festival is now inviting applications for 2019!

See: https://beinghumanfestival.org/apply/

The sixth annual Being Human festival will run 14-23 November 2019. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human Is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, and is one of the largest national platforms for public engagement with humanities research.

This year our festival theme is ‘Discoveries & Secrets’. This could involve anything from art historians uncovering painted-over masterpieces, archaeologists excavating ancient burial sites, historians making discoveries in archives, literary scholars discovering lost texts. More broadly it could include uncovering secret histories, or making new discoveries about seemingly familiar people, places, communities – the possibilities are endless. As ever the overarching aim of the festival is to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences. We are really excited to see what you come up with this year!

There are three main pathways to getting involved:

  1. ‘Small Awards’: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £1,500 to enable activities.
  2. ‘Hub Awards’: apply for a larger grant of £2,000- £4,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a Festival Hub. (Only a small number of these awards are made every year)
  3. ‘Open Call’: organise an activity that does not require funding.

Further details, and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions are available on our website: https://beinghumanfestival.org/apply/

The deadline for applications for funding is 5pm Monday 8 April.

Many of you have been involved in the Being Human festival before and have helped the festival to grow. I hope that you’ll consider getting involved/taking part again in 2019.

Posted on behald of Dr Michael Eades, Manager and Curator – Being Human festival of the humanities
Twitter: #BeingHuman19