Being Human A festival of the Humanities

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Being Human: Visions and Divisions (Roundtable Discussion sponsored by IASH, Wednesday 19th November, 18.00 – 19.15) Martin Hall, New College, Mound Place, The University of Edinburgh, EH1 2LX Competing visions for all those living in Scotland and in the UK have emerged over the last weeks and months. For some the debates have been divisive and for others creative and empowering. Beneath the surface lie questions about what shapes our identity. In this public roundtable discussion of Being Human chaired by Allan Little (BBC) four leading scholars discuss how spaces, places, histories and genes shape our self understanding, evolving personalities and social interactions. Drawing on a range of concrete case studies participants will consider how the the genes we inherit, the histories we participate in, the buildings we inhabit and the spaces we move through contribute to our interpretations of the past, experiences of the present and hopes for the future. By bringing together a cultural historian (Joanna Bourke); a genetic psychologist (Tim Bates); a physical geographer (Matthew Bampton) and an academic Architect (Suzanne Ewing), this interdisciplinary panel will delve into what forms us into the way that we are, what makes us different as well as more or less cooperative, and what are the implications for living together on this group of Islands off the North Western coast of Continental Europe. (This event is part of the UK’s first Humanities Festival,
Period19 Nov 2014
Event typeSeminar
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom