The Being Human Research Centre brings arts, humanities and media academics together to conduct research on what being human has meant across the sweep of human history, what it means in the current conditions of the world, and what it will mean in the future.

The key focus is on stories and narratives embedded in oral and written texts including historical records, literature, religious and philosophical works, films, the media, video games, poems and digital texts. It is through shared cultural narratives that ideas of what it means to be human emerge, are challenged, and change.

Dominant cultural stories need to be considered critically and questioned in the light of both the changing conditions of the world and the other available stories of what it means to be human. Arts, humanities and media subjects offer the tools for detailed critical analysis of cultural texts, as well as the creativity to produce new texts which tell new stories about what it means to be human.

The main aims of the Centre are:

  • to explore what it means to be human in the changing conditions of the world
  • to offer a creative context for rigorous new research
  • to mentor staff and facilitate research outputs and impact
  • to support and encourage internal and external funding bids
  • to forge productive collaborations with other Research Centres and other Universities