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Being Human: How Hidden Narratives Challenge Authority

A liberal and performing arts conference

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Photograph by Sam Lucas

10.00am to 5.00pm, 11th July 2017, at Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire

This one-day mini conference has been organised by postgraduate research students at the University of Gloucestershire in association with the Being Human Research Centre, as part of an initiative to improve the research environment, explore the human condition, and build interdisciplinary links.  The day will include two keynote speakers, nine short presentations from researchers and opportunities for questions.

Refreshments and lunch are included and attendance is free.  More details of the programme will be published as they become available, and we welcome participants from other universities.   Tickets are available from Eventbrite.

The conference is sponsored by the Being Human Research Priority Area at the University of Gloucestershire.


1. The Philosophy at Play Conference, 11 and 12 April 2017


This conference explores philosophy and play from different angles and builds bridges between philosophers, play scholars and practitioners. For more information click here

2. The Being Human Research Centre is hosting a series of talks delivered by the Gloucestershire branch of the Historical Association. For more information click here


Previous Events


Being Human: Perspectives from Biosemiotics and Ecolinguistics. The first Being Human Research Centre symposium was held on 29 June. The symposium explored how being human inevitably involves interconnection with the more-than-human world of animals, plants, rocks, rivers, forests, and the ecosystems that support life. Biosemiotics examines the semiotic systems which exist within the more-than-human world, and ecolinguistics questions the stories we live by from an ecological perspective and contributes to the search for new stories to live by. Click for full programme.


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On 17 November, the English Language course hosted the workshop Understanding and Communicating Leadership in Uncertain and Complex Times, which was led by Charlotte von Bülow, the founder and chief executive of the innovative Crossfields Institute.





In October, Dr Christian O’Connell (History, University of Gloucestershire) joined forces with Gloucestershire County Council and members of the local community to host a series of events to mark Black History Month. University of Gloucestershire hosted guest lectures by dramatist and critic Bonnie Greer OBE and Guardian journalist Gary Younge. Professor Neil Wynn gave a talk to the Cheltenham and Gloucester Historical Association on Marcus Garvey, and Christian led a performance on the ‘discovery of the blues’. Local events also included another HA talk on the Indian Slave Trade, readings by George the Poet, dance performances, film screenings and an art competition.