About

Human Worlds is the University’s Humanities-based festival. It is a free series of events for members of the public, including families, to explore the humanities and beyond. Most of the events will take place at Avenue Campus, which is the home of the Faculty of Humanities, including disciplines such as Archaeology, English, Film, History, Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy. This year’s festival is supported by the Public Engagement with Research Unit and the Faculty of Humanities.

This is the fourth year there has been a Humanities-based festival. In 2017 Human Worlds is echoing the national Being Human Festival theme of “lost and found”, after previous events on Hope and Fear (2016), Religion and Me (2015) and The Sea and Me (2014).

Last year’s events included:

Tuesday 8th November – Election Night USA! Presidential Legacies 
10pm until late!
Come and join us at Avenue Campus for an evening of talks, discussions, live polling from the audience, and watching the coverage of the US election. Book your free ticket online now!

Thursday 17th November- Being Human in an Age of Intelligent Machines7:30-9pm.
Prof John Wyatt will discuss the implications for being human, particularly sociality and religion, in light of advancements in increasingly life-like robotics and artificial intelligence.

Saturday 19th November – Hands-on Humanities Day
10.30-16.30 Download FLYER and PROGRAMME!
Come along to this interactive hands-on day at Avenue Campus exploring the humanities. Great for all the family. There will be plenty of things to do, plus some talks and exhibitions too.

Tuesday 22nd November- Hope and Fear in ‘The Missing Woman’
Meet the Author: Carole Burns. 6:15-7:15
Award-winning author Carole Burns will read from her newest book, ‘The Missing Woman and Other Short Stories.’ Following her reading, she will host a Q&A session.

Wednesday 23rd November – Hope and Fear for New Human Life
13.00-15.00
Everyone is welcome to this session looking at pregnancy and parenthood. This baby and toddler-friendly event is being held at Freemantle Community Centre, with toys and baby-changing facilities available.

Friday 25th November – A Night on Campus
18.00 – 22.00
Join us for film screenings of a Night in a Museum complete with an introductory talk from a zooarchaeologist (children must be accompanied by an adult), and a screening of le Salaire de la Peur and an introductory talk from Prof Lucy Mazdon, Head of Film.

Friday, 25th November. Researchers’ Cafe. 6:30-8:00pm
Listen, sip, discuss. Learn about new subjects in a relaxed environment and meet new people.

For queries, please contact festival@soton.ac.uk