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The School of Humanities at Brighton seeks to examine the world that human beings have created for themselves.

Graduates 2021: Leonie Houching: History of Art and Design

It was important to me to focus my research on something that felt close to me personally.

Graduates 2021: Rachel Ng: Fashion and Dress History

Brighton has been the perfect place to study because of the creative and accepting lifestyle here. I love being by the sea and the connections to London are perfect.

Graduates 2021: Brigita Litvinovic: History of Art and Design

This experience made me more independent, mature and confident!

Graduates 2021: Kay Lawrance: Fashion and Dress History

My dissertation title is Office to Sofa, Workwear to Loungewear: Dressing for Success and Lockdown.  

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Creative Writing MA graduate part of Brighton Festival’s Lemn Sissay installation

Graduate Harry Hillery has three pieces of work featured in Brighton’s Stories with Lemn Sissay, which sees the poet and Festival’s Guest Director reading a selection of stories submitted during this art installation in Pavilion Gardens.

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Join us for our summer open days

Get to know us at our summer online open days – from wherever you happen to be.

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Follow our Humanities courses on Instagram

The feed for our literature, creative writing, linguistics, language, history of art and design, history, philosophy and politics.

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Meet the staff: Cathy Bergin

Dr Cathy Bergin is principal lecturer and leader of the History, Literature and Culture degree on the Humanities Programme.

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Lecturer Vicky Margree in conversation about radical feminist Shulamith Firestone

Humanities lecturer Victoria Margree (author of a book on Firestone) and Claus Halberg (University of Bergen’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Research) discuss the Canadian-American radical feminist, writer and activist in this film.

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Creative Writing students produce writing for sold-out Brighton Festival show

Students from the University of Brighton’s Creative Writing BA(Hons), MA and PhD programme are part of theatre performance Tenebrae: Lessons Learnt in Darkness on 22 May.

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Lecturer Anita Rupprecht discusses transatlantic slave trade on Open City podcast

In the wake of the BLM protests, podcast series Slavery and the City looks at what it means for Britain to reckon with the history of the transatlantic slave trade – and Humanities lecturer Anita has contributed to the second episode on London’s Guildhall and the slave ship, Zong massacre.

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“I am fascinated by international relations and global politics and how it directly impacts people’s lives in ways that may not be immediately apparent”

Dr Becca Searle and Dr Heba Youssef teach on our new politics degrees – here we find out a bit more about what made them want to specialise in this fascinating subject and how they teach politics at Brighton.

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Brighton launches five new politics degrees for 2022

You can now apply for our new courses in Politics BA(Hons), Politics and Social Change BA(Hons), Environmental Politics BA(Hons), Politics and International Relations BA(Hons) and Sex and Politics BA(Hons).

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Humanities lecturer Dr Deborah Madden leads census project to be featured on BBC 3 podcast

The collaborative project (Census 2021: Using historical census data to highlight changing patterns in health, disability, housing, employment and identity) will use the upcoming census for creative learning sessions with under-represented local groups.

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International Women’s Day: A Conversation with Angela Saini on 10 March, 12noon

Students and staff are invited to this free event hosted by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex which sees award-winning science journalist and author of ‘Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong’ and ‘Superior: the Return of Race Science’ speaking to our staff and students. Book your place now.

Fashion History lecturer speaks on theatre costumes on Radio 3

Listen to Dr Veronica Isaac, dress historian and lecturer speak about 19th and 20th century theatre costumes on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking episode on Fashion Stories in Museums.

The Coast is Queer literature festival returns

The LGBTQ+ literature festival returns from 5-7 of February with input and support from University of Brighton.

Dr Jonathan Watson interviewed about Presidential Inauguration

Tune in to Heart FM this afternoon at 4pm to hear Jonathan, senior lecturer in Critical History and Contemporary History speak about the Inauguration of new President Biden.

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Creative Writing MA students release collective anthology

 I Object, an anthology of short stories, poetry and novellas exploring commonplace objects and transforming them into vehicles for nostalgic exploration, notions of loss, hope and discovery, is the first release from digital publishing house Glitch.

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Conference | Democracy and Populism: Equality, Truth and Disagreement In The Age of Covid

The University of Brighton’s Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics is running this online event which starts today (18-23 January).

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Creative Writing MA grad is 17th on Amazon hot list

Graduate Suzi Bamblett is in Amazon’s top 20 with a book she started on her MA at Brighton, The Travelling Philanthropist.

Podcast: Victorian invention of Christmas

Dr Charlotte Nicklas, course leader for Fashion and Dress History discusses how the Victorians invented much of the commercialised Christmas.

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English Language and Media graduate launches her calendar of photographs

Charlotte Lillington has been capturing the silent streets during the pandemic and has collated her images in a calendar now for sale.

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Creative Writing MA student launches poetry collection

Darren Beaney’s Honey Dew collection published by Hedgehogpress will launch at Flight of the  Dragonfly Spoken Word zoom event on 8 December.

Engels at 200 – renewed relevance

To mark the bicentenary of the bicentenary of the birth of German philosopher Friedrich Engels this Saturday, Lecturer in Critical History and Politics Dr Christian Høgsbjerg has written a blog about Engels as a revolutionary historian.

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Creative Writing MA graduate recognised in story competition

Emily Jane Bell’s story Chick has been awarded third place in the Chalk Circle Short Story  Competition 2020.

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Creative Writing MA student on her placement in Cyprus

This summer Marina Castledine studied Lefkaritika, traditional Cypriot embroidery art, and wrote about it for her studies, supported by Grampus Heritage and funded by Erasmus. Read her report.

Podcast: humanities lecturers discuss the US election

Robin Dunford, Andy Knott and Jon Watson discuss the national and international dimensions of the recent US presidential election.

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Literature and creative writing lecturers lead online symposium

Dr Kate Aughterson and Dr Jess Moriarty are inviting academics, students, writers, artists and practitioners to the University of Brighton’s Centre for Arts and Wellbeing symposium looking at Maternity and Wellbeing on 13 November.

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Thinking about choosing a history of art and design degree?

Here are a set of short videos by academic staff in the History of Art and Design programme exploring some of the subjects we teach and/or the approaches we use.

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Thinking about choosing an English, linguistics or creative writing degree?

Here are a set of short videos by academic staff who teach literature, language, linguistics and creative writing exploring some of the subjects we teach and/or the approaches we use.

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Thinking about choosing a Humanities degree?

  Here are a set of short videos by academic staff in the Humanities programme exploring some of the subjects we teach and/or the approaches we use.

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Anticipation for Rebecca by Suzi Bamblett

A Creative Writing MA graduate who’s about to publish her debut novel has had an article published on the Daphne du Maurier website, her favourite writer, ahead of the Netflix adaptation of the famous book.

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Did you know our English students can get one-to-one support from professional writers?

This year the University of Brighton has two Royal Literary Fund Fellows, published writers Julia Crouch and Dr Hannah Vincent – students can book sessions to focus on their specific writing needs, from essay planning to structuring an argument, to critical thinking, to rewriting and editing.

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Fresh start for 2021

There’s still time to start a Masters’ with us this academic year – our TESOL MAs and our Language in Context MA all have the option to start in February 2021.

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Podcast: Dr Christian Hogsbjerg on how race and empire impacted on British identity

Historian Dr Christian Hogsbjerg, lecturer in critical history and politics, discusses decolonising the curriculum, Caribbean history, how race and empire impacted on British identity, politics, society and culture – and much more.

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Lecturer’s essay in Turner Prize-winner Lubaina Himid’s exhibition catalogue

Anita Rupprecht has written an article for Himid’s show Memorial to Zong – the piece reflects on two of Himid’s artworks in the context of the relationship between the histories and cultural memories of the transatlantic slave trade.

Exploring claims to Beethoven’s legacy

Humanities researcher Dr Aakanksha Virkar Yates appears on a BBC Radio 3 documentary this Friday 25 September (midday) to discuss Beethoven’s artistic and philosophical legacy and his influence on politics in the early 20th century.

Brighton Philosophy grad becomes leading agency Versa’s first futurist

Tomas Haffenden, described as a strategist and industry thought leader, has been appointed in the new senior role at Australian company Versa – his role will include leveraging emerging technologies, specifically, conversational AI.

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