Thank you

The Being Human Festival at the University of Southampton has come to an end- for now! We will be back next year, bigger and better than ever. Keep an eye on this site to find out more details as they come, and to learn what next year’s theme will be!

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all of those who have supported the festival. Foremost, thanks to all who have attended our events. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and learned new things. Thank you to all of the media and administrative support, without whom things wouldn’t have run so smoothly, and to our student volunteers for being such great help. Finally, a giant thanks to all of the events collaborators and contributors for your talks, discussions, workshops and activities that made the festival so fantastic. (See a list of contributors below).

See you next year!

Best wishes,

The Being Human Festival at the University of Southampton Committee

Festival Organisers:

  • Dr William Davies, Archaeology
  • Dr Sonia Zakrzewski, Archaeology

Festival Events Coordinators:

  • Matthew Harrison, Archaeology
  • Kristen Heasley, Archaeology

University of Southampton Lifelong Learning Administrativ:

  • Steph Henshall
  • Nicola Milsom


  • Prof Oren Ben-Dor, School of Law, University of Southampton
  • Dr Louis Bayman, Film, University of Southampton
  • Dr Lisa Bernasek, Modern Languages, University of Southampton
  • Dr Andrew Birley, Vindolanda Trust
  • Prof Peter Clarke, History, University of Southampton
  • Dr William Davies, Archaeology, University of Southampton
  • Dr Jonathan Dawson, Medicine, University of Southampton
  • Holly Dunbar, History, University of Southampton
  • Prof Keith Fox, Biological Sciences, University of Southampton
  • Dr Alison Gascoigne, Archaeology, University of Southampton
  • Prof Ian Haynes, Newcastle University
  • Dr Zena Kamash, Royal Holloway
  • Dougie Killock, Pre-Construct Archaeology
  • Prof Ros King, English, University of Southampton
  • Prof Tony Kushner, History and the Parkes Institute
  • Dr Jonathan W Leader, Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences
  • Dr Marianne O’Doherty, English, University of Southampton
  • Prof Kendrick Oliver, History, University of Southampton
  • Rodrigo Ortiz-Vazquez, Archaeology, University of Southampton
  • Dr John Pearce, King’s College London
  • Dr Louise Revell, Archaeology, University of Southampton
  • Muazzam Sharif, English, University of Southampton
  • Prof Barry Sloan, English, University of Southampton
  • Dr Alexander Smith, University of Reading
  • Prof Meric Srokosz, National Oceanography Centre
  • Dr Michael Williams, Film, University of Southampton
  • Tony Wilmott, English Heritage

Session Leaders:

Being Human Festival Volunteers:

  • Fatima Zahra Ahmed Sid, Modern Languages
  • Haziqah Binti Aris, Modern Languages
  • Amira Benabdelkader, Modern Languages
  • Hannadi Khadawardi, Modern Languages
  • Meera Shirodkar, Film
  • Izabela Tow, History

Festival Wrap Up- last event TONIGHT!

Tonight is the FINAL festival event! Join us at 6pm on the Avenue Campus, Building 65, in Lecture Theatre B for a talk by Oren Ben-Dor, Professor of Law and Philosophy, entitled, “Spirituality without Religion?”

All are welcome to come to this free talk, so be sure to book your place. Learn more about the talk below or on our events page. Also, click here for a detailed map of how to find us. Free parking is available in the main Avenue Campus lot.


Being Human Fair- a full day of free fun events for everyone

The main event of the Being Human Festival at the University of Southampton is the Being Human Fair. It’s a free event with talks, activities, workshops and discussions, running from 10-4pm on Sunday the 22nd at the Avenue Campus.

Basically, it’s going to be amazing. There will be something for everyone, and many events are all-ages, so bring your family! Book your free tickets now!


Sneak peek: Learn about the prehistoric origins of religion, spaceflight as religious experience, and the Gods and Idols of Hollywood. Have fun creating puppets at the Mexican cartonería craft workshop, recreate cave art, make a pop-up Stonehenge, and join in at the Build-A-Burial workshop! Are you animated?- find out how Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio, and Wall-E can teach us about being human.

To learn more about all of the Being Human Fair events, just visit our events page.




Welcome to Week Three!!!

Hello, everybody! Welcome to Week Three of Being Human: Religion and Me at the University of Southampton. Week Three events also overlap with the national Being Human Festival of the humanities which runs November 12th through 22nd.

Here in Southampton, we have a LOT of events this week- check it out! To learn more about all, just have a browse through our events pages. All are welcome to attend these events.Week Three