Being Human Festival Open for 2020

The Being Human Festival is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Established in 2014, it is led by the University of London School of Advanced Study in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy. The core aims of the festival are to:

Demonstrate the value of humanities research to society in the UK and globally

Encourage, support and create opportunities for humanities researchers to engage with non-specialist audiences

Embed and join together public engagement activities in the humanities across the higher education (HE) sector

Demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to everyday life.

The 2020 festival will return between 12 and 22 November with a programme of activities themed around ‘New Worlds’.

Applicants are invited to respond creatively and in ways that probe the rich intellectual possibilities of the theme.

There are three possible awards. These are as follows:

1. Open call – Organise an activity that does not require a direct financial contribution from Being Human that will be supported and promoted as part of the programme.

2. Small awards – HEIs and IROs can bid for support of up to £2,000 under this pathway.

3. Hub awards: Universities (not IROs) willing to act as Festival Hubs for Being Human can apply for up to £2,000-£5,000

The deadline for funded awards is 24 April 2020. Applicants applying for unfunded ‘open pathway’ festival activities should submit their applications by 12 June 2020.

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