Being Human festival 2020: call for applications now open

As former Being Human festival participants, the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries from the University of Portsmouth has been invited to make applications to be part of the 2020 festival. This year’s only national festival of the humanities has the theme ‘New Worlds’ and will run Thursday 12 – Sunday 22 November 2020 See the full brief below:


New Worlds

Entering a new decade offers an opportunity to think about the types of ‘new world’ that we want to inhabit. Global issues such as the climate emergency, migration, ageing populations, the rise of political populism, the fragmentation of long-held political identities, automation and changes to the world of work are likely to dominate the news agenda. As we reach the milestone of 2020, often used in science fiction as a setting for imagined futures, we might be asking ‘what happened to the future we were promised?’; ‘what new futures can we, and should we, imagine?’. How can humanities research help us to imagine futures, learn from the past, and engage with the ‘new worlds’ already out there on our doorsteps.


Echoing previous festival themes, ‘New Worlds’ also conjures ideas about how discoveries, developments and research have changed the world around us, in both big and small ways. As ever the overarching aim of the festival is to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences.


Get involved

There are three main pathways to taking part in the festival:

  1. ‘Open Call’: organise an activity that does not require funding.
  2. Small Awards’: apply to Being Human for funding of up to £2,000 to enable activities.
  3. ‘Hub Awards’: apply for a larger institutional grant of £2,000- £5,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival Hub.

Further details and answers to some frequently asked questions are available on the festival’s website here. They advise checking this year’s criteria even if you have applied before.

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