Humanities

News and events from the University of Brighton's Humanities programme areas

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About us

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

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English @ Brighton on Instagram

If you’re a Brighton student, or are thinking about choosing one of our English courses, check out the Instagram account.

Listen to staff and students on Spotify

Another chance to listen to our staff and students on our Humanities programme speak on a variety of subjects on our podcast series.

Lecturer’s revealing book about Britain’s historic nudist movement

The eye-opening history of naturism in 20th century Britain is the subject of a new book by Fashion and Design History lecturer Dr Annebella Pollen.

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Come to a talk from Professor Tony Booth on Islamic Philosophy on 18 November, 6.30pm

Come to the Humanities Society event at the University of Brighton’s Edward Street to hear this University of Sussex professor discuss Islamic philosophy. This is a drop in society – you can sit back, listen and relax, or ask questions and debate! Everyone is welcome.

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University of Brighton to host public talk over contested Cecil Rhodes statue

Book your place for this online public talk (12 November, 2-4pm), co-chaired by politics lecturer Dr Heba Youssef and anthropology and psychology academic Dr Nichola Khan, which will explore the turbulent debates over the statue of Rhodes at Oxford University. 

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Creative Writing MA grad launches Brighton Aids Memorial Exhibition

While studying Creative Writing at the University of Brighton, Harry Hillery worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust as part of the Communities of Practice module, where they became artist-in-residence and started archiving stories.

Fashion History graduate awarded for work on Wild West women’s fashion

Olivia Terry has won two major awards for essays based on her recent graduate dissertation on the Fashion and Dress History degree at University of Brighton.

Fashion and design history lecturer teams up for lockdown photo project

Dr Annebella Pollen has teamed up with Historic England to explore pictures taken by the public during the first 2020 lockdown.

New book examines link between Russian Revolution and anti-colonialisms

Humanities lecturer Dr Christian Høgsbjerg has co-edited a new book exploring the implications that the Russian Revolution had on racism and how it inspired many black radicals internationally.

Student experiences of the Census project

Students taking part in the Census project, a collaborative project using historical census data to highlight changing patterns in health, disability, housing, employment and identity) have spoken about their experiences.

Historian awarded Scholarship Research Scheme

School of Humanities and Social Sciences historian, Deborah Madden, has been awarded Santander Scholarships Research for the Global Challenges Undergraduate Research Scheme (URS).

Graduates 2021: Leah Squires: MA Creative Writing

I feel proud of what I’ve achieved during my time at the University of Brighton, particularly in light of the lockdown limitations.

Graduates 2021: Marianne Lemond: MA Creative Writing

The positive feedback from the MA tutors has given me more confidence in my ability, whilst their constructive criticism has helped me to become a better writer.

Graduates 2021: Joseph Lee: Creative Writing

Perhaps the biggest thing I’ve learnt is the confidence to stand up and say ‘I am a writer’. Small words with huge potential.

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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