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Being Human: How Hidden Narratives Challenge Authority

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Photograph by Sam Lucas

This one-day mini conference was 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 included two keynote speakers, nine short presentations from researchers and opportunities for questions.

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


The Philosophy at Play Conference, 11 and 12 April 2017


This conference explored philosophy and play from different angles and builds bridges between philosophers, play scholars and practitioners.


Being Human: Perspectives from Biosemiotics and Ecolinguistics.


The first Being Human Research Centre 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.

Understanding and Communicating Leadership in Uncertain and Complex Times

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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.




Black History Month


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.