QMUL celebrates the humanities with festival of events

From philosophy in pubs, history in coffeehouses, classics on social media and language lessons on street corners – Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is set to host a programme of events for the Being Human festival of the humanities.

11 November 2015

The poster for 'Dark Cities', one of the festival's events
The poster for 'Dark Cities', one of the festival's events

Being Human is the UK's only national festival of the humanities and the programme of activities between November 12 – 22 all fall under the theme of 'Humans of east London'.

Two main strands of storytelling and medical humanities will be explored including ‘Living through Stories’ which will look at how research uses and deciphers methods of storytelling, while ‘Building People for the Future’ will explore the nature of aging and how it links with medical innovation.

Professor Peter McOwan, Vice-Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise at QMUL, said: “Being Human demonstrates the strength and diversity of the humanities, and how they can help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

“Our events and activities span across the humanities and medical humanities and will give audiences a chance to experience subjects as diverse as mental health and Vietnamese culture, poetry and film, as well as having the chance to immerse yourself in research, contributing to research studies through interactive activities and exploring how stories from research affect you.”

Also included in the festival is a lecture on medicine and innovation in the First World War, illustrated talks celebrating ageing film stars, a screening of the science fiction movie ‘Dark City’ matched with a talk from an active Geography researcher, the three day international Globe Road Poetry Festival and how the arts can help with healing wounds of the past.

Click here for the full programme.