Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. A celebration of humanities research through public engagement, it is led by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, the UK’s national centre for the pursuit, support and promotion of research in the humanities, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
For three years now, the Institute has supported the Festival in extending its work in making research in the humanities accessible to non-specialist audiences beyond the UK, demonstrating its huge importance of a Humanities-based education and research aroudn the world.
This evening of short talks will take you from the mixed-language newspapers of late 19th-century Algeria to book shops in Morocco, from French Resistance poets to British music magazines. It will explore the roles that print and book-making played for pioneers of different persuasions, uncovering some of the ways that books and the press have given form to worlds in the making. What examples did ‘new-world’ publications draw on? What readerships did they imagine? How do these ‘new imprints’ tie new worlds to older histories or imagined futures? These are some of the questions that the turn to print opens up on the cusp of a reordering of the world.