Mark your calendars: 2016 marks the third year of the University of Southampton Humanities‘ Human Worlds Festival. Following the success of The Sea and Me (2014) and Religion and Me (2015), we are pleased to announce that this year’s festival, which will run November 17th-25th, will be themed Hope and Fear in the Humanities, and will be our biggest yet! This year’s festival is supported by the Public Engagement with Research Unit and the Faculty of Humanities.
So be sure to join us for a series of free events that will cover the full range of experiences of hope and fear. Explore these emotions and much, much more in this diverse series of events, many of which are family friendly! Events include (click highlighted to learn more):
- Festival launch event: Election Night USA! The US elections – do they bring out feelings of hope… or fear? Join us on November 8th to follow the election footage live and learn more about #obamalegacy.
- Lecture: Being Human in an Age of Intelligent Machines by Prof John Wyatt on research in robotics and artificial intelligence and the implication of nearly-human machines on being human. Event in association with Christians in Science.
- Hands-On Humanities Day on Saturday, November 19th, is an interactive, family-friendly FULL FREE DAY of activities, talks, exhibitions and more! Featuring Is Plastic Fantastic?, Intercultural Café, LifeLab, Become a Cave Artist, Southampton Storyteller Suzanne Houston, Queering narratives: How to make a documentary, Build-A-Burial Workshop, games and more. Visit the Hands-On Humanities page for more details!!! Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hands-on-humanities-day-tickets-28392490704
- Meet the Author: Carol Burns ‘Hope and Fear in ‘The Missing Woman.’ Listen to award-winning author Carole Burns read from her book of short stories, followed by a Q&A session. Nov 22nd, 6:15-7:15.
- Hope and Fear for New Human Life is a panel discussion led by researchers across the Humanities disciplines, and is aimed at young parents- bring your babies! Nov 23rd, 13:00-16:00, Freemantle and Shirley Community Centre.
- A Night on Campus will be held on the Avenue Campus on the evening of Friday, Nov 25th. This final festival event will feature a screening of a “Night at the Museum” [PG, 1hr 48min] complete with an introductory talk from a zooarchaeologist (children must be accompanied by an adult). Later in the evening the film “Le Salaire de la Peur” (Wages of Fear) [NR, 2hr 11m] will be screened, with an introductory talk from Prof Lucy Mazdon, Head of Film. Other highlights of the evening include the ever-popular Astrodome- book now– places fill up fast!
- Researchers’ Café. Listen, sip and discuss. This Human Worlds Festival edition of Researchers’ Café will feature Humanities researchers from Philosophy, History and Film. Mettricks Old Town, Nov 25th, 6:30-8pm
Stay tuned for updates and announcements! Links for booking your spot at each of our free events will be found on the events pages or by visiting our Event Booking: Quick Links page.