by guestbloggerDr Barnaby Dicker (Visiting Tutor in Critical and Historical Studies) and Dr Marquard Smith (Research Leader and Head of Doctoral Studies) of School of Humanities, Royal College of Art, London write about their innovative Being Human festival project.
#PotW: The United Nations and End of Empire: Revisiting the Role of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld – 8 September
Dag Hammarskjöld left a lasting imprint on the United Nations and on approaches to global policy issues. This Colloquium will assess his legacy and will explore his role vis-à-vis the global South and decolonization, especially on the African continent. Continue reading →
In this guest blog Sophie Duncan, Deputy Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, reflects on public engagement in the humanities, and on the Being Human festival as a ‘renaissance’ in this area. The post also offers some practical ‘how-to’ tips on public engagement activity. The Being Human festival is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
The value of the humanities
The Being Human festival promises to be a key focal point for a renaissance in public engagement with the humanities. How so? It goes without saying that humanities researchers engage with the public in a variety of ways, and many do it rather well. However Professor Barry Smith suggests that despite this, there is very little public understanding of the value and nature of humanities research. Continue reading →
In a major piece of research facilitation, IES Associate Fellow Dr Karen Attar is editing the third edition of the Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for CILIP’s Rare Books and Special Collections Group. In this second post (the first can be found here) Dr Attar discusses the elusiveness of finding the right organisations to bring the Directory up to date. Continue reading →
Based at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Professor Simon Eliot and Dr Henry Irving are leading research into the communications history of the Ministry of Information. Their post reflects on how this research has shaped their contributions to the Being Human festival programme, and of the importance of public engagement with humanities research. Continue reading →