Edge Hill University is taking part in this year’s Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities, with a series of events supporting the themes around hope and fear.

In its third year, the festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our daily lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world. This nationwide project aims to engage the public with the latest research taking place across the humanities.

Dr Elena Boschi, Lecturer Film and Television Studies is presenting Screening Interrupted: Africa is a Woman’s Name in collaboration with Africa in Motion Film Festival and Glasgow Women’s Library. The screening, on the opening day of the festival, is a documentary about three powerful women working to create change in their environments, and will be followed by discussion and reflection.

Deconstructing Gender will address the critical issue of gender and gender fluidity, incorporating Deconstructing Zoe which is a film showing the intimate portrait of a transgender actor which was researched, produced and directed by Rosa Fong, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Edge Hill.Print

This event will be presented by Edge Hill’s Media department with the support of the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), and will be held in the Arts Centre.

Edge Hill’s final instalment will be led by Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards, Reader in English Literature, and Dr Jenny Barrett, Reader in Film Studies and Popular Culture. Their event, Contrasts: Hopes and Fears, will take place at Scarisbrick Hall School and College, and will analyse the film The Woman in Black to uncover who the story is actually about.

Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. It will run nationally from 17th – 25th November and will feature engaging activities for all ages.