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The Future in and of Humanities: Rhyme Meets Reason?

Free Online Event
Thursday 16th November 2023
18:00–19:15 GMT | 19:00–20:15 CET | 13:00–14:15 EST

How are the Humanities important in the future, how can they contribute to the challenges the future will bring, and in what ways can we study the future itself via humanities subjects? This wide-ranging and thought-provoking session will examine how rhyme and reason might meet as we navigate manifold future challenges.  

Our esteemed panelists will address a range of subjects in response to this dichotomy, to include digital storytelling and AI-proof narrative skill sets, nihilism and tech, the role that the humanities can play in addressing future global challenges, and how literary speculations about the future compare to other methodologies.

This live event is free to attend and includes time for Q&As at the end. Part of the 2023 Being Human Festival.


Chair and Speakers


  • Professor Christopher Hamilton, King's College London, UK


  • Professor Katy Shaw, Northumbria University, UK and Director of the UKRI/AHRC Creative Communities programme

  • Dr. Nolen Gertz, University of Twente, The Netherlands

  • Professor Margaret Topping, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

  • Professor Max Saunders, University of Birmingham, UK

Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Taking place annually at venues across the UK, it highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.