Being Human

Being Human Festival: Myth, Dream, Love

14-23 November 2019

The University of Sheffield presents an exploration of myths, dreams and love through a programme of immersive events, projections, theatre, food, music and talks.

These events are part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November.

Entry is free.

Bolsover CastleBolsover, the Cavendishes and Ben Jonson

Tuesday 19 November, 1.00-2.00pm

Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QY

Led by Dr Tom Rutter

A lunchtime talk by Dr Rutter, Senior Lecturer, Shakespeare & Renaissance Drama, discussing Bolsover Castle’s murals in relation to the poetry and drama of Ben Jonson, who counted the Castle’s owner William Cavendish among his patrons.

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Illustration

Music and the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

Thursday 21 November, 1.00-2.00pm

Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QY

Led by Dr Tim Shephard

A lunchtime talk by Dr Shephard, Lecturer in Musicology, exploring the music of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and its historic and cultural contexts.

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Dream

Dreaming in Renaissance Italy

Thursday 21 November, 6.30-8.00pm

Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY

Led by Dr Erin Maglaque and Otis Mensah

Dr Erin Maglaque, Lecturer in Early Modern European History explores the meanings of dreams in the Renaissance: from dream literature, to daydreamers, to the import of dreams in everyday life. Otis Mensah, Poet Laureate of Sheffield, performs a poem taking themes from Dr Maglaque’s research.

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Selkie artwork

The Secrets of the Selkies

Friday 22 November, 7.00-8.30pm

Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY

Led by Dr Fay Hield

Join award-winning folk singer and ethnomusicologist, Dr Fay Hield and guests for a spoken word, visual and song-based show to explore responses to the tale of the selkie – creatures of human/seal form who get trapped on land and navigate human relationships.

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Cherub

Moving Heaven and Earth

Saturday 23 November, 10.00am; 12.30pm; 2.00pm

Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY

Led by Professor Angie Hobbs and Dr Crosby Stevens

Gather around a banqueting table for an immersive experience re-creating the sights, sounds and tastes of a royal Jacobean theatrical extravaganza. Research on themes of earthly and heavenly love in Platonic and Neoplatonic philosophy by Prof. Hobbs sheds light on Dr. Stevens’ findings on the iconography of Bolsover Castle’s paintings in the Heaven and Elysium Closets.

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Venetian mask

Family Activities with Ignite Imaginations

Saturday 23 November, 10.00am-3.00pm (drop in)

Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY

Behind the Mask:

Family mask-making craft workshop based on the Moving Heaven and Earth event.

Draw your Dreams:

Arts and craft activities for children and families to spark ideas on how the self is replicated in dreams.

No need to book.

For queries regarding access, please contact us at engage@sheffield.ac.uk / 0114 222 0563

For more information about Being Human festival, visit beinghumanfestival.org.

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