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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