The Faculty of Arts is proud to be the first Australian international hub of the Being Human festival.
Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, the Being Human Festival is the first and only national festival of the humanities in the UK.
The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne is delighted to become the first Australian international hub of the Being Human Festival and so share the challenge of encouraging creative debate and discussion on ‘Origins and Endings’ in 2018.
Arts at Melbourne has a proud history of supporting the humanities and a commitment to innovative research, teaching and outreach. The humanities are disciplines that sit at the heart of our University but also connect us to our broader communities as we recognise the society-wide impulse to celebrate and debate what it means to be human.
Imagination and creativity, critical thinking and intellectual rigour, persuasive argument and concern for others, ‘response-ability’, flexibility and reflexivity are what we prize in our students and what we aim to prompt in those who attend our events.
Sharing the vision of Being Human, we look forward to engaging the Australian public in questions of origins and endings that we see as entirely fitting to a nation of migrants that has also the longest continuous living culture in the world.
Exploring this year’s theme 'Origins and Endings', we’re hosting a series of events to coincide with the UK festival from 15 - 24 November.
Bound for Botany Bay: Singing Australia’s Convict History
6.30pm–7.30pm | Friday, 16 November 2018
A trip through Australia’s early penal history through song, beginning with execution ballads from Britain and Ireland, followed by songs about transportation to Botany Bay and Van Diemen’s Land, and ending with convict ballads composed here in Melbourne.
Origin Myths of the University, Melbourne and Rome: A Walking Tour
2.00pm–3.30pm | Saturday, 17 November 2018
Part walking tour, part conversation over coffee, this unique exploration of the University of Melbourne’s beautiful Parkville campus will offer insight into the hidden stories behind the origins of its most significant architectural features.
Melbourne Classics Quiz
6.30pm–8.30pm | Monday, 19 November 2018
Friends, Romans, Melburnians – lend us your minds! The Department of Classics and Archaeology and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne invite you to a Quiz Evening on Monday 19 November from 6.30pm at University House.
Narrating (Un)Belonging from Origins to Endings: A Shared Meal
6.30pm–9.30pm | Friday, 23 November 2018
A facilitated dinner exploring departure, journey and arrival, where migrants and refugees will share their stories of migration, multiculturalism and identity over a shared meal from Free to Feed.