Being Human Festival

November 2023

Discover how the humanities help us find inspiration, purpose and meaning in an ever-changing world.

The Faculty of Arts is delighted to once again deliver a series of illuminating activities as an international hub of the UK’s Being Human Festival.

Visionary research is produced from evidence and intuition, inspiration and logic. This year, the festival showcases ‘rhyme and reason’, two sides of the same coin working together in synergy.

Check back here soon for the full 2023 festival program!

Festival program

Acknowledgment of Country

The Being Human Festival and the Faculty of Arts respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land upon which the University of Melbourne's campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people, the Yorta Yorta people, and the Dja Dja Wurrung people. They have been custodians of this land for thousands of years; we pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Hear from the Festival Director

What are the humanities, and why do they matter? What does it mean to be human? Director of the Being Human Festival, Professor Sarah Churchwell, explains.

Being Human Festival

About the Being Human Festival

The Being Human Festival is the first and only national festival of the humanities in the UK. Founded in 2014, the Festival demonstrates the breadth, diversity and vitality of the humanities, and that research in the humanities is vital for the cultural, intellectual, political and social life. It is a successful large-scale, national public engagement festival taking academic research out into all corners of the community providing refreshing new perspectives on research. It is supported by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

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