School of Humanities

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

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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.

Hidden from History: The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals talk

Holocaust Memorial Day is being marked with a talk by a University of Brighton student on the thousands of homosexuals murdered by the Nazis.

“Trojan Horse” free theatre trip: Islamophobia in Britain today

In November, the Humanities programme organised a free trip for students to the Battersea Arts Centre in London to see the play Trojan Horse.

Ghost stories, feminism and epistemic injustice

Humanities lecturer Dr Vicky Margree’s new book on women’s ghost stories has just been published.

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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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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.

Has the future been cancelled?

Something ended around 2016 as Trump, Brexit and Corbyn became central topics of everyday political discourse.

Earthling Ed to speak at Humanities Society Special

Ed Winters, otherwise known as Earthling Ed, vegan educator and entrepreneur will be speaking on The Ostrich Effect: Hiding the Truth about the Impacts of our Food Choices this Wednesday.

Lecturers examine the cost of NATO intervention

How best to protect civilians from mass atrocities? This is the question asked by Humanities lecturers Robin Dunford and Michael Neu in a new article.

Artificial wombs, feminism and the abortion debate

Would the development of artificial wombs be a good or bad thing for feminism? How might artificial wombs change the debate on abortion?

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Student view: How my student ambassador role aids my studies

Hannah Francis (front row, third from left)  is about to start her third year as a student on the History, Literature and Culture degree.

Humanities programme score high in NSS

Of the four degrees from the programme which featured in the 2019 National Student Survey, all have received Overall Satisfaction rates of at least 94%, with two courses achieving the outstanding result of 100%.

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Join the Humanities Society seminar series

The Humanities Society fortnightly seminar series will kick off again in October.

Decolonizing History

How should we remember the past? This has always been a hotly contested question, with massive political implications.

Project documents refugee crisis on Chios

School of Humanities lecturer Dr Eugene Michail is documenting the histories of those involved in the recent ‘refugee crisis’ on the Greek island of Chios.

PhD student wins scholarship for work on the politics of war commemorations

A PhD student has been awarded a prestigious scholarship for her research into the politics of the centenary commemorations of the First World War.

Hums professor probes fairness of England’s 1966 World Cup victory

Latest research by Professor Alan Tomlinson, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Leisure Studies, suggests England’s 1966 World Cup victory received a helping hand from FIFA president Sir Stanley Rous.

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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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