School of Humanities

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

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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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Why choose a Humanities degree?

At Brighton we offer six Humanities degrees – using disciplines including philosophy, history, politics, cultural studies, and literary studies – but what does ‘Humanities’ really mean and why choose to study them?

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“I never thought public speaking with confidence like this would have been one of the course outcomes”

Mel Parks, who graduated in 2018, tells us about the confidence the MA has given her in her own work and as a means to inspire others. 

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Humanities student praised by Obama has London show

Final-year History, Literature and Culture BA(Hons) student Layla Andrews showcases her newest work at the Oxo Tower from 26 February. The exhibition is called Feast And Famine and aims to highlight “elitism and opportunity” within the art world. In 2017, Layla painted a picture of Obama for which he sent her a letter of thanks….

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Come to a free literary salon event!

Join high-profile writers including Paris Lees, Araminta Hall and Wendy Hall as they share anecdotes and advice at the University’s new literary salon series (1, 11, 25 March and 29 April).

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Shulamith Firestone: xenofeminist before her time?

Xenofeminism affirms the potential of technology to open up a radical future – and Humanities lecturer Vicky Margree’s recent article in The Mantle asks whether the controversial 70s feminist was ahead of her time.

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“My tutors were excellent role models who helped to shape my own teaching”

Thinking of choosing a Humanities degree? Meet graduate Rosa Legano Bell, now working as head of history and associate assistant headteacher at a London school.

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Students vs professors in Radio 4 quiz

Humanities staff member Jon Watson is one of three University of Brighton lecturers pitting their wits against students in Radio 4 quiz The 3rd Degree on Thursday 31 January – come and watch the recording at the Sallis Benney Theatre.

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World experts on populism and democracy to gather in Brighton

World-leading academics from 43 countries will come together at the University of Brighton later this month (23-29 Jan) for the landmark Radical Futures conference which looks at the rise of populism and the future of democracy.

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Humanities lecturers publish article on black resistance and white entitlement

Read an abstract from Cathy Bergin and Anita Rupprecht’s piece ‘Reparative Histories: tracing narratives of black resistance and white entitlement’ in the Race & Class journal. 

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MA Creative Writing student shortlisted for creative writing award

Dawn Hart’s short story has been nominated for a creative writing award which raises money for charity.

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Brighton academic to write British Council history

History of Art and Design academic Annebella Pollen has won a competitive commission to write a popular history of the British Council’s Visual Arts Department and Collection.

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Careers fair: Weds 7 Nov

Come along to the university’s careers fair at the Amex football stadium by our Falmer campus. Download the app for the guide to what’s happening on the day.

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The CogLit Project launches with talk at Falmer

On 31 of October, Linguistics expert Dr Patricia Kolaiti discusses ‘Literature and art as a cognitive object: towards a novel mentalistic theory of literature and art’ in Checkland Building, Falmer, 1-2.30pm.

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Are you a Brighton Freshtival pass holder?

On Friday 28 September, the Radio 1 Rave Lounge is coming to Brighton featuring Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Danny Howard and special guest. Book your ticket now!

Got a question for Akala?

For our flagship Black History Month event on 22 Oct, rapper, author, poet and political activist, Akala, is joining us – and we want YOU to ask the questions.

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Join leading writers and publishers at our Creative Writing MA event

On Wednesday 25 April (10am – 12pm) join Araminta Hall, David Headley, Candida Lacey and Erinna Metley for a free event on our Falmer campus.

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Humanities event: 22 March, 6pm

All are welcome at this celebratory event marking new and recent book publications by staff.

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Post-graduate open evening: 28 Feb

Despite the snowy weather, our open evening at Falmer for MAs in creative writing, languages and linguistics is going ahead as planned.

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Follow Linguistics on Facebook

Our Linguistics subject area has an active online community, run by expert in the subject Tim Wharton. 

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Annebella Pollen on ‘vinegar valentines’

The Academic Programme Leader for our History of Art and Design subject area is quoted in the Boston Globe on the less sugary valentines that were popular between 1840 and 1930.

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Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics events 2018

CAPPE run seminars throughout the year on deeply thought-provoking subjects, featuring fascinating guest speakers from across UK and international academia. View this year’s events.

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New MA for aspiring curators

The University of Brighton is launching its Curating Collections and Heritage MA for 2018, in partnership with the Royal Pavilion & Museums.

Elina Ivanov commended for her ‘West Coast Ophelia’ dissertation

Fashion and Dress History grad Elina is announced as a runner-up in the Association for Art History’s Dissertation Prize 2017.

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