Activity Callout: Being Human Festival (Deadline: March 20)

BEING HUMAN FESTIVAL 2017 (17-25 November 2017)

The call for participation in Being Human 2017 is now open.  The application form can be found at

Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Held in November, the festival brings together universities, Independent Research Organisations (IRO) and community and commercial partners to stage activities that make leading research in the humanities accessible to non-academic audiences. The festival is a celebration of the humanities, highlighting research in this area in fun, hands-on, immersive ways to demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives.

The theme for the 2017 national Being Human festival is ‘Lost and Found’. Applicants are invited to respond creatively and in ways that probe the rich intellectual possibilities of the theme. Possible areas of inquiry include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Exploration and discovery (in fact and fiction)
  • Lost and found ideas, doctrines, emotions
  • Lost and found cities and civilisations
  • Lost and found languages and cultures
  • Lost and found heritage, histories, artefacts
  • Lost and found identities
  • Lost and found spaces
  • Maps, labyrinths, mazes

There are three ways to participate:

  • Small Award up to a maximum value of £2,000.  There is no demand management this year, however it is noted that multiple funding applications from the same institution are less likely to be successful.  Applications seeking additional funding to underwrite an already planned activity are also unlikely to be successful. Match funding or in-kind contributions to defray the costs will also be looked on favourably.

Deadline Monday 10th April 2017 (5 pm)

 Hub Award up to a maximum value of £5,000.  Hub HEIs will be required to commit support by means of additional funding and in-kind support, to at least match the value of the sum awarded.  Hubs are expected to play a proactive role in raising the national profile of the festival and may be asked to take part in national campaigns and collaborative projects to help promote the festival.

Deadline Monday 10th April 2017 (5 pm)

 Unfunded activities can be proposed for inclusion in the online and print programmes and will be promoted by the festival.

Deadline Monday 13th June 2017 (5 pm)

Please let Sheena Robertson know of any intended applications by 5 pm on Monday 20th March 2017.  There is no institutional selection however we need to ensure that any multiple requests for Small Awards are distinctive and complementary, and that we co-ordinate any interest in a Hub Award.

Sheena Robertson
Research Support Partner, College of Arts and Law
Room 354 Arts building, College of Arts and Law
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
Tel: 0121 414 7173



Being Human festival – UoB callout now open (Deadline April 11th, 10am)

Dear all,
Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, returns between 17th and 25th November 2016 with a programme of activities themed around ‘Hope and Fear’.  Areas of inquiry include (but are not limited to):
·        Aging, health and wellbeing
·        Climate change and the environment
·        Endangered or new languages
·        Human rights
·        Human migration/population changes
·        New technologies
·        Terrorism and radicalisation
·        Urbanism (past and present), Smart Cities
·        Utopias and dystopias (cultural, social, political)
The University of Birmingham will be centrally coordinating its submission into this year’s programme by bidding to be a ‘Festival Hub’. This requires a minimum of five and a maximum of ten events to take place as part of a thematically cohesive programme.
A callout is now open for expressions of interest from UoB academics or postgraduates interested in delivering an event within the UoB Festival Hub whose programme will be submitted for consideration from Being Human.  The Expression of Interest form can be downloaded here and call details are here;  the internal deadline is Monday 11th April at 10 am and EOIs should be returned to
If you have any questions, please contact Public Engagement with Research Officer, Caroline Gillett:

Being Human Festival: the UK’s first national festival of the humanities

Being Human is the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.

Between 15 and 23 November 2014, the festival will engage people across the UK with innovative research.

The festival will highlight the ways in which humanities research can:

  • inspire and enrich our everyday lives
  • help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world
  • provide world class knowledge that is vibrant, vital, and accessible to all

Over 35 research institutions from across the UK are set to participate in the 2014 festival, including researchers at the University of Birmingham.

For a list of local (West Midlands) free events visit THIS PAGE.

Being Human festival (National Festival for the Humanities)

The call for participation in the Being Human festival (National Festival for the Humanities) is now out at

Application forms for locally held events need to be completed and sent to Rosemary Lambeth at by 20th June.