The Human Library


Thursday 20 November | 6–8pm

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webcropYESIn a digital age, human custodians and communicators of knowledge are more important than ever.

This event will create a ‘human library’ where, instead of taking down books from shelves, visitors are given an opportunity to engage with academics one-to-one.

The event will feature communicators of knowledge from across the School of Advanced Study, its libraries, and its research networks, offering an opportunity for the public to receive a personal 10- minute lecture on some of the leading research in the humanities. The event also features elements of film and animation that will bring the collections housed in Senate House to life.

Come along to borrow some of the following ‘books’ from our living library of the humanities:

Free admission | Booking required

This event is led by: School of Advanced Study


Bee-ing Human


21 November | 11.30am–4.30pm

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photo-02-05-2014-10-54-29On Friday 21st November you can join us at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Russell Square for an afternoon exploring the relationship between the humanities and bees. As well as talks and discussions from our esteemed academics and experts there will also be the chance to learn how to and make candles, visit the three beehives on the roof of the institute and have a chance to taste some delicious London honey and a glass of mead!

How have bees interacted with human culture throughout the ages? Bee-ing Human explores this question through research in the humanities (art history, classics, literature, film and current research on ecological crises), highlighting our often overlooked dependency on these fascinating creatures.

The day of activities features candle-making, honey tasting, and a guided tour of bee hives on the University of London roof. Experts will be on hand to explain the presence of bees in everything from renaissance art to contemporary cinema.

11.15am: Meet at the IALS café

11.30am: Hive visit one

12pm–1pm: Workshop one (candle making/honey tasting)

1pm–1.45pm: Hive visit two


3.30–4.30pm: Panel discussion: Bees in Culture

  • Dr Opi Outhwaite, University of Greenwich: Neither fish, nor fowl? Honeybees in current legal frameworks’
  • Camilla Goddard, University of London Beekeeper – Bee film clips
  • Dr Sally Payen and Jaime Jackson) Bees and Archives: the Outrider Project

4.30pm: Close

Free admission | Booking required

This event is led by: School of Advanced Study

These are just two of many activities during this week’s Being Human Festival which connects cutting edge research in the humanities to issues shaping our everyday lives. For updates on the latest Being Human news follow us on Twitter @BeingHumanFest, on Facebook, and on Pinterest. Don’t forget to sign up to our e-newsletter too!