Being Human Festival at University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth has been selected to be part of Being Human, the UK’s first national festival of the humanities, 15–23 November 2014. 

Free public events will be held at over 60 venues across the UK; in universities, museums, galleries, and cultural and community centres at locations across the UK.  The Being Human festival was launched at the beginning of the year, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy and the School of Advanced Study, University of London.  Funded events will cover topics as diverse as the digital mapping of data on public happiness; public punishment and local memory in the Georgian West Country; the relationship between humour and being human; the contribution of humanities research to modern science; and Punch and Judy’s chocolate cornucopia of human knowledge.  The expanded What’s On for the whole nation is viewable on the website.

The Portsmouth events are led by Dr Deborah Shaw and are a collaboration between the Faculties of Creative and Cultural Industries, and Humanities and Social Sciences. The events are organized around the theme ‘Conflict and Resolution Across Global Cultures’, and draw on the academic expertise within the two Faculties.  The University is collaborating with the Portsmouth Film Society on the film screenings detailed below and all the screening events are supported by Film Hub South East.

The Portsmouth festival follows three central themes: Hunger strikes as a strategy for political protest and their legacy; Algerian identity in a transnational, trans-historical context; and the Greek crisis and its global implications. Highlights include

  • A screening of Hunger (McQueen, 2008), introduced by Graham Spencer (Reader in Politics, Conflict and the Media, University of Portsmouth), and a film reel of high quality images from the Museum of London’s Suffragette collections, followed by a panel discussion with experts on the Northern Ireland Conflict and the Suffragettes. Chaired by Dr Steven O’Brien.
  • Algerian identity in a transnational, trans-historical context will feature A Story of Revolutions, an exhibition by the celebrated artist Patrick Altes, and a screening of the foundational film The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1966), followed by a panel discussion with experts on Algerian history and culture.
  • For the final event, the Greek director Aris Chatzistefanou, will screen his film Fascism Inc. on the rise of Golden Dawn and fascism in Greece. This will be followed by a Q&A with Dr Lydia Papadimitriou of John Moores University, Liverpool

For details of events see CCI’s What’s On and listed below:

17th November, 6.30 – 10.00 pm Screening of Hunger, panel discussion (hunger strikes as a strategy for political protest), and Suffragette Collections film reel,  University of Portsmouth Eldon Building screening theatre, room EW1.11

19th November, 6.30 – 10.00 pm Screening of The Battle of Algiers, and panel discussion, Eldon Building screening theatre EW1.11.

21st November, 7.00 – 10.00 pm  Screening of Fascism Inc. including a Q & A with director, Eldon Building screening theatre EW1.11.

20th October – 26th November, 9am – 5pm, weekdays  A Story of Revolutions, an exhibition by Patrick Altes on display in Eldon Building Space throughout the festival period.

The exhibition is FREE to all.  The screenings are FREE to all students.  The films are being screened by Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) at the University of Portsmouth.  PFS offer memberships and discounts to staff and the general public for attendance at more than one film, visit their website for more information.

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Eventbrite links to films:

Hunger (McQueen, 2008) introduced by Dr Graham Spencer

Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1966) followed by a panel discussion with Patrick Altes, Dr Natalya Vince, Walid Benkhaled, Dr Neelam Srivastava, Prof Martin Evans

Fascism Inc (2014) followed by a Q & A led by Dr Lydia Papadimitriou


PFS Hunger Event on Facebook

PFS The Battle of Algiers on Facebook

PFS Fascism Inc. on Facebook

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