Humanities

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

Online enrolment is now open!

If you are starting here this September, you can now enrol online. It couldn’t be easier.

Starting your course in 2021

We know you’re going to have a brilliant time here. There’s a lot to think about before starting university so we have put together some information you will find useful before you arrive and for your first few weeks at uni, to get your student life off to the best possible start.

Everything you need to know about Clearing

If you thought you knew where you were headed but you’re considering a change of direction, Clearing 2021 is the moment for you to take another look at your plans before you decide.

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.

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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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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.

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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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).

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.

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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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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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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Meet the staff: Robin Dunford

Dr Robin Dunford is course course leader for the MA in Globalisation: Politics, Conflict and Human Rights, and teach on Global Politics, Human Rights, Humanitarian Intervention, Development and Peacebuilding.

My Clearing journey: Humanities graduate Olivia Weatherill

“I’d known I’d wanted to go to university very early on as a teenager.”

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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.

Keep moving forward – Clearing 2020

If you thought you knew where you were headed but you’re considering a change of direction, Clearing 2020 is the moment for you to take another look at your plans before you decide.

Decolonising the Curriculum Issue 3

A new issue of Decolonising the Curriculum, teaching and learning about race equality, is out now. Content is written by University of Brighton staff, students and alumni.

Meet the staff: Rebecca Searle

Dr Rebecca Searle is Principal Lecturer on BA (Hons) War, Conflict and Modernity.

Why do I want to decolonise our curriculum?

I have just handed in my dissertation to complete my BA in English Literature.

Meet the staff: Stephen Maddison

Professor Stephen Maddison is head of the School of Humanities.

Meet the staff: Jon Watson

Dr Jon Watson is senior lecturer, co-lead of the Critical History degree.

Podcast: PPE course leader Clare Woodford

Hear Clare talk about the undergraduate and postgraduate philosophy and politics courses and discusses some of the issues in politics today.

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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.

Apply now for new £2,500 international scholarships

For academic year 2020-21 we’re launching international scholarships available to new full-time international students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught degrees holding an offer.

Careers advice from Head of Employability Clare Dawson.

Clare gives expert advice on employability, CVs, placements, dealing with knock-backs and how to ease the pressure of choosing your career path.

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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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