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Being Human is a festival of humanities celebrated in cities across the UK. This year Being Human runs 15 – 24 November, with a theme of Origins and Endings, which taps into the fundamentals of what it means to be human, from birth to death of what humans create: societies, languages, stores and cultures. The festival highlights the variety of humanity, all of which is right and all of which is different.
Events are held in fun, interactive spaces, three of which sparked our interest around the exploration of gender. The first of these is End of Gender?, by Rob Eagle of the University of the West of England, who explores ‘gender euphoria’ i.e. enjoyment of your gender identity. This is part of a wider question examining the traditional ‘male’ and ‘female’ roles in society and asking if we are moving towards a future where gender no longer matters. End of Gender? allows visitors to pick out a piece of clothing or accessory from a gender fluid person, put on a virtual reality headset to hear stories connected to the artefact
End of Gender? runs 17 – 18 November 11:00 – 17:00 at Bristol’s Watershed.
Staging Suffrage: Queer Feminist Performance allows visitors to meet some of the great women of history through the performed reading of Cicely Hamilton’s 1909 play A Pageant of Great Women. Staging Suffrage: Queer Feminist Performance explores the connections between the fight for suffrage and LGBT+ history as imagined by groundbreaking queer suffrage activists.
Staging Suffrage: Queer Feminist Performance is on 15 November 15:00 – 16:30 at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter – book required.
Beautiful Confusion in Senate House, London is a collection of performances put on throughout the festival by Beautiful Confusion Collective. The Collective specialise in exploring gender and the built environment through site-responsive performances.
Follow the hashtag #BeingHuman18 or visit beinghumanfestival.org for full details on all events and bookings.