2013 Festival Theme

The theme for the 2013 Arts and Humanities Festival is:


What does it mean to be human?

The arts and humanities have grappled with this question for centuries and sought to explore the notion of the human through different cultural forms. Writers, artists, philosophers, classicists, theologians, historians have all sought insight through studying the lives of our ancestors, exploring the mind, the self and society, or trying to encapsulate the human disposition.

The concept of what it means to be human is facing challenges as never before. Medical advances threaten to blur the distinction between man and machine, the diversity of human culture risks being eroded through globalization and the role of religion in contemporary life is brought into question.

In the face of socio-political changes and seismic shifts in the higher education landscape, the arts and humanities are increasingly required to demonstrate their own relevance. Where can they be more relevant than in understanding and articulating what it means to be human in the face of these challenges?

The Arts & Humanities Festival 2013 will bring together King’s researchers, artists and scholarsfor a vibrant mix of performances, lectures, discussions and exhibits, running for two weeks from the 11 to the 25 October 2013.


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