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08 October 2019

Being Human – A festival of the humanities

Zaiba Hakim

Celebrating the impact and relevance of the humanities on society.

Being Human – A festival of the humanities
Being Human – A festival of the humanities

We’re delighted to announce this year for the first time, the Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) has been awarded joint hub status with Queen Mary University of London for the 2019 Being Human festival. The 2019 Being Human programme reveals this year’s main theme is Discoveries & Secrets  and begins on 14 November 2019. 

During the festival, AHRI academics will open their research to a number of different audiences with events across London. The AHRI will host five events, which will showcase the interdisciplinary and socially engaged research carried out across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s and beyond. All activities part of the hub will follow the hub theme, This Time its Personal, bringing humanities research to life through creative engagement activities.

The hub programme will include the following activities, held at both King’s College London and externally:

Alongside this, Queen Mary University of London will host an additional six events as a joint collaborative venture between King’s and Queen Mary.


The collaboration with Queen Mary and Being Human offers an exciting new opportunity for King's to share some of its socially engaged research."

Professor Anna Reading, Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London is delighted to be involved with this valuable collaborative endeavour. We truly believe that the disciplines we study and teach have never been more relevant to modern life, and ‘Being Human’ is a wonderful way to celebrate the humanities.

Professor Marion Thain, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

About Being Human

The Being Human Festival is the UK’s only festival of the humanities. It is led by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. The festival is held in November each year, bringing together universities, museums, galleries and libraries to stage stimulating and engaging activities that make research accessible and strengthen the relevance of the humanities to local and international issues.

The Being Human Festival takes place from 14 to 23 November 2019. 

For further information about the festival, please visit and follow the latest news on Twitter @KingsAHRI and @QMUL

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