Final Friday: Fantastic events & Festival send off

Happy Friday, festival friends! This is it- the FINAL day of the 2016 Human Worlds Festival. And we’re going out with a bang, so be sure not to miss us!

Tonight we have not one, but TWO events for you!

A Night on Campus is our send-off event. Join us tonight on the Avenue Campus (MAP) for an evening of fun events. We will be screening two films, and the Astrodome mobile planetarium will also be joining us.

Here are the details on A Night on Campus events:

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Film Night at the Museum (PG), starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams will begin at 6:30pm, at the Avenue Campus, Bldg 65, Lecture Theatre A.

This screening is totally free, families welcome. Bring your own popcorn and snacks!

Register your free place at

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Le Salaire de la Peur (PG) is classic vintage French cinema. Join us for this free screening at 7:30pm at the Avenue Campus, Bldg 65, Lecture Theatre C.

Again- completely free, and bring your own nibbles and refreshments.
Register your place at


Astrodome is running three 35 minute sessions at the Avenue Campus as part of A Night on Campus. These run at 5:45, 6:45, and 7:45- unfortunately, these are SOLD OUT!!! One ticket is still available for the 6:45 session, so if you want to come, hop on it fast!!

Also happening tonight: Researchers’ Café!

 Researchers’ Café is happening from 6:30pm at Mettricks Old Town and will feature talks from Humanities researchers- grab a coffee or tea on us, learn some new things, meet some new people!

 Check out the flyer below to learn more about the Humanities speakers taking part in this special Human Worlds Festival edition, with topics surrounding Hope and Fear- this year’s festival theme.

See you tonight! Don’t forget to bring your ticket(s), printed or on your phone, to A Night on Campus. Booking not required for Researchers Café- just turn up!

Today’s Event: Hope and Fear for New Human Life

By Andrés Nieto Porras from Palma de Mallorca, España - Líneas de unas horas de vida, CC BY-SA 2.0,
By Andrés Nieto Porras from Palma de Mallorca, España – Líneas de unas horas de vida, CC BY-SA 2.0,

This afternoon (13:00-15:00), join our four Humanities researchers as they discuss the issues of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. These issues are often surrounded by hope and by fear- fear that something will go wrong during pregnancy and birth, fears of mothers and fathers that they are not doing a good job, fear from society as a whole that parents will not do a good job.  These hopes and fears may lead us to make mistakes in our assessment of risks or our judgments of parental behaviour. Considering their portrayal in literature, media and social media, this session explores how we think about these issues. Guided by researchers from Philosophy, English and Film, this is sure to be a fascinating event.

Parents are welcome to attend with infants and small children- toys, a changing room and refreshments will be provided. Older children are welcome to come along as well; however, please note that the discussion will include visual depictions of birth, breastfeeding etc…

This event is FREE and open to public. Register your place online or at the door.

Learn more about the event on its full events page.

Event tonight- Meet the Author: Carole Burns. Hope and Fear in ‘The Missing Woman’

As Storm Angus brings heavy rains and winds and travel delays, stay warm and dry at the Avenue Campus tonight at our Meet the Author event. Carole Burns will be reading from her book ‘The Missing Woman and Other Short Stories’ at 6:15pm in room 1097 of the Parkes Building (65). Following her reading, Carole will take questions from the audience. (See the FLYER ).

The Missing Woman event
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This event is free to attend and open to the public- register your place online.

About the book:

The stories in The Missing Woman circle around women who are either literally missing – a mother in rehab, a daughter never born – or who are missing some metaphorical piece of themselves.

A father tries to convince his uncompromising, anorexic daughter to want to live, a single woman lures men to her bed only to abandon them, and a marriage is shaken by a search party for a woman who’s disappeared.

Here is a short story excerpt from “My Life in Dog Years”

“As I drive up, Jessica is talking to friends so she hasn’t noticed the time. They’re all wearing little round sunglasses like John Lennon’s, though they don’t know that. She gets in the car then stares at me, slides her glasses down her nose to look.
“Ma,” she asks, “what are you wearing?”
I forgot to change out of Mike’s old shirt. It’s even uglier now that I look at it – it’s not only faded, but got splotched with dark brown from some chemical when I wore it cleaning.
“It’s my ironing shirt,” I say.
“You know,” she says, returning her glasses to their proper place on her nose, “maybe you should try wearing one of the shirts you ironed.”

More about this event: event page.

Booking link

About Carole Burns: 

Burns’ collection, The Missing Woman and Other Stories, was published by the UK-based Parthian Books. A journalist as well as a fiction writer, Burns reviews books and interviews authors for The Washington Post. Recent authors interviewed include Hilary Mantel, Margaret Atwood and Colm Tóibín. Her book Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between, published by W.W. Norton in 2008, was based on interviews with forty-three writers including A.S. Byatt, Martin Amis, Andrea Levy , Joyce Carol Oates, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Walter Mosley, Jhumpa Lahiri and Tobias Wolff. She is head of creative writing at the University of Southampton in the UK, and lives in Cardiff, Wales.

Bittersweet Monday. Event recap and the week ahead.

It’s a bittersweet Monday for the Human Worlds Festival Team, as we head into our final week of events. We’re sad that this year’s festival is coming to an end soon, but we’re also very excited about the events still to come! More on those after we discuss another event that made us happy- Hands-On Humanities Day, which took place last Saturday!

The day started early as the Public Engagement with Research Unit and Humanities teams, along with our ever-capable student ambassadors, transformed the Avenue Campus into a wonderland of all kinds of events for guests both young and old. We had around 30(!) different events and activities, ranging from games and hands-on activities to lectures, art exhibitions, culture and conversations groups, educational stalls and even a performance by the SUSO orchestra!

Southampton University Symphony Orchestra warms up for their musical workshop.
Visual artist Julia Barton discusses her Littoral Art Project exhibition NEOTerra.
PhD student Bethan Linscott covered in the ochres used in Palaeolithic cave painting. From activity ‘Become a Cave Artist’.

Throughout the day, a sea of guests flooded the halls of the Avenue Campus, exploring all that the Humanities had to offer- every department in the faculty had something to offer. The student and university group events were fab- as usual, archaeology events were jam packed! We also had guest events from outside the university, including Fidel the Musical (, documentarian Amy Ashenden (London Evening Standard), storyteller Suzanne Houston (, and some members of the Is Plastic Fantastic? team, including Dr Erik Van Sebille (Imperial College) and Visual Artist Julia Barton (

We had a fantastic day, and we hope you did, too! Thank you for coming, and we’d love to know what you think! If you’d like to share your feedback with us, please fill out this short survey– your thoughts will help us to improve future events like this.

Here’s what’s coming up this week; we hope to see you there! Visit our Event booking quick links page to make registering your free place a snap!