School of Humanities

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

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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.

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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Think Humanities courses aren’t vocational enough? British Academy report says otherwise

Qualified for the Future (May 2020) demonstrates the tangible benefits of skills developed in the arts, humanities and social sciences to the UK workforce, economy and society, not only now but in the future.

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English Language and Media graduate Munroe Bergdorf signs major book deal

Bloomsbury has won an 11-way auction to publish the first book by the model, activist and writer who studied English Language and Media at Brighton.

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Live Q&A with BAME creatives hosted by English students gets over 2.4k views

Usually at the end of their practice module students host an event of presentations, speakers and networking – but this year due to COVID19, they hosted a successful online event which included a Facebook Q&A with black, Asian and minority ethnic creatives.

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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 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 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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Creative Writing MA graduate publishes second novel

Patricia Osborne is a novelist, poet, and short story writer who graduated from the University of Brighton in 2019 and is just about to publish her second novel, The Coal Miner’s Son.

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Interview with lecturer Christian Høgsbjerg about his Haitian Revolutionary Studies

Christian teaches history and politics in our Humanities department and is co-author of the book Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions – read his recent interview with The Public Archive.

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Got questions before you start at Brighton?

We have put together the most frequently asked questions from our recent School of Humanities online Q&A.

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Join our School of Humanities online Q&A event: Thurs 30 April, 1-3pm

Got any questions about studying the Humanities at Brighton? If you’re an applicant or thinking of applying then sign up for our online chat with lecturers from English, philosophy, politics, globalisation, history and history of art and design.

History of art and design staff talk you through our undergraduate courses

Lecturers from our history of art programme explain the different degrees in these short presentations.

English staff talk you through our undergraduate courses

Lecturers from our literature, language, linguistics and creative writing programme explain the different degrees in these short presentations.

Humanities staff talk you through our undergraduate courses

Lecturers from our Humanities programme explain the six different degrees in these short presentations.

Language Attitudes, National Identity and Migration in Catalonia by Mandie Iveson

English language lecturer wins award for book

Mandie Iveson’s book Language Attitudes, National Identity and Migration in Catalonia has won the prestigious Premi Crítica Serra d’Or award.

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Free lecture: From Disobedient Objects to the Museum of Neoliberalism

Hear Dr Gavin Grindon from the University of Essex speak at our Pavilion Parade building on Wednesday 12 February, 1.30 – 2.30pm.

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Humanities lecturers invited to discuss the topic of ‘peace’ at LSE

This week Michael Neu and Robin Dunford spoke at the London School of Economics’ Philosophy Forum as part of a panel discussing the topic of ‘peace’.

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Creative Writing lecturer celebrates debut novel

The Nacullians by Craig Jordan-Baker is a dark comedy that charts the tensions and traumas of one family and their relationship with the city they inhabit and is published in May this year.

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English Lit student praised in Brighton Poetry Festival competition

Congratulations to Hazel Rogers whose poem Train Writing was runner up in the student category.

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Come to Brighton Election Question Time!

On 5 December (6pm) join Caroline Lucas (Green MP, Brighton Pavilion), Joe Miller Conservative Candidate, Brighton Kemptown), Adam Imanpour (Labour Candidate, Brighton Pavilion) and Beatrice Bass (Liberal Democrat, Hove and Portslade) at Moulsecoomb Campus for a question time debate in the lead up to the General Election.

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Creative Writing tutor is Costa Prize nominee

Dr John McCullough, lecturer on the University of Brighton’s Creative Writing MA, has had his new book Reckless Paper Birds shortlisted for the 2019 Costa Poetry Awards.

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Slam victory for students

University of Brighton creative writing and English literature students showcased their wondrous wordplay by triumphing over University of Sussex students in a festival poetry ‘slam’.

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Student view: creative writing workshops

“Any writer knows that the most painful, but most rewarding part of writing is getting feedback. So, despite how terrifying it may sound, this process is unavoidable if you are doing a Creative Writing degree. But that’s not necessary a bad thing…” Chloe, English Literature and Creative Writing student.

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John Bercow at the University of Brighton: “We degrade parliament at our peril”

Just before he stepped down as Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP launched an impassioned defence of the parliamentary system in a guest lecture.

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Student Liam Wall on the latest Humanities Society events

Second year Critical History student Liam gives an insight into the kinds of events you can attend as a student on the Humanities programme.

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Dr Jess Moriarty podcast

Listen to creative writing lecturer Jess discuss encouraging students to use their own life stories in their writing, working for the SU in her younger years, The Big Read, and her emotional moment with Munroe Bergdorf at this summer’s graduation ceremony.

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Poetry competition!

You have until October 20th to submit your entry for the Brighton Poetry Festival’s annual competition. Don’t miss this great event featuring poets including Hollie McNish and Hammer & Tongue.

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Humanities lecturer curates exhibition taking a new look at Picasso’s Guernica

Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece of 1937 is seen anew in a multi-art form exhibition curated by a University of Brighton Humanities lecturer Dr Nicola Ashmore.

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“She helped me to develop the skills that I now use every day within my activism, my writing and beyond”

Model, activist and social campaigner Munroe Bergdorf told the University of Brighton graduation audience today how lecturer Dr Jessica Moriarty “saved her life.”

Extraordinary and Everyday Utopias: Shaping Shared Futures

Imagining better futures

The University of Brighton’s Creative Futures theme is to host a one-day symposium based around visions of a utopian future.

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Lecturer’s libretto returns to the stage

An opera featuring a libretto written by University of Brighton lecturer Eleanor Knight is to be performed in London in August.

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“My time studying at Brighton has been a life-turning experience”

As part of her studies in MA Creative Writing, Elizabeth Eaton worked as writer in residence at a primary school, going on to edit an anthology of stories written by children to raise money for Samara’s Aid which works with Syrian refugees.

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How can we protect heritage sites?

The University of Brighton welcomed academics from across the world to a research workshop based around safeguarding cultural heritage.

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MA Globalisation: Politics, Conflict and Human Rights research newsletter

March 2019 has been a busy and productive month for the course team – we have been working on research projects on topics that feature heavily in our teaching.

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Why study Literature?

Honorary Fellow of the School of Humanities, Richard Jacobs, has 40 years experience of teaching literature, so The English Association invited him to write about why it’s such an important subject to study . Read the article here.

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