Video Interviews

In these videos, staff from the University of Gloucestershire discuss how their research explores what it means to be human.

Prof. John Hughes

Prof.Melanie Ilic

Dr Roy Jackson

Dr Lania Knight

Dr William Large

Dr Jonathan Marshall

Dr Pekka Pitkanen

Dr Arran Stibbe

Dr David Webster



The following are publications by members of the Being Human Research Centre:

Beyer, Charlotte (2013) “There’s nothing people won’t do to one another, if the circumstances are right”: Male Rape and the Politics of Representation in John Harvey’s Police Procedural Easy Meat. Clues: A Journal of Detection, 31 (2). pp. 102-111.

Beyer, Charlotte (2012) Representations of Ageing and Black British Identity in Andrea Levy’s Every Light in the House Burnin’and Joan Riley’s Waiting in the Twilight. Entertext, 9. pp. 105-121.

Beyer, Charlotte (2012) Religion and Spirituality in Willa Cather’s Journalism. Nineteenth-Century Prose, 39 (1-2). pp. 455-480.

Beyer, Charlotte “A Pimple of So-Called Civilisation”: Annie Cossins’ Australian True Crime Story of Convicts and Baby-Farmers. In: Captivating Criminality: Crime Fiction, Traditions and Transgressions, 25-27 June 2015, Bath Spa University.

Esler, Philip F (2004) The early Christian world. Routledge, London ; New York.

Esler, Philip F, ed. (1998) Christianity for the Twenty First Century. T & T Clark, Edinburgh.

France, Angela (2014) Gender Disparity in Poetry Publishing: it’s about more than the numbers. Litro.

Hughes, John D (2004) Music as a Link to the Transcendent. In: Thomas Hardy: Bloom’s Major Poets. Bloom’s Major Poets . Chelsea House Publishers, New York, pp. 67-68.

Hughes, John D (2014) “A strange respect for the individual”: Gilles Deleuze and Hardy the Novelist. In: Understanding Deleuze, Understanding Modernism. Bloomsbury Publishing, London, pp. 135-150.

Ilic, Melanie J and Attwood, L. and Reid, S E (2004) Women in the Krushchev Era. Palgrave.

Ilic, Melanie J (1999) Women Workers in the Soviet Interwar Economy: From ‘Protection’ to ‘Equality’. Macmillan

Ilic, Melanie J and Leinarte, Dalia (2015) The Soviet Past in the Post-Socialist Present: Methodology and Ethics in Russian, Baltic and Central European Oral History and Memory Studies. Routledge Approaches to History, 14 . Taylor & Francis, London

Jackson, Roy (2014) What is Islamic Philosophy? Routledge, Abingdon.

Jackson, Roy (2011) Overcoming Physicophobia – Forests as the Sacred Source of Our Human Origins. In: New Perspectives on People and Forests. Springer, pp. 29-38.

Jackson, Roy (2011) Mawdudi, Purdah and and Status of Women in Islam. In: Islam and the Veil: Theoretical and Regional Contexts. Continuum, London, pp. 36-47.

Johnstone, Michael (2011) Peace, Love & Petrol Bombs. A K Press.

Large, William (2008) Time and Money: Philosophy of Religion and the Critique of Capital. Journal for Culture and Religious Theory, 8 (3). pp. 50-66.

Large, William and Iyer, Lars (2015) Remembering the impossible possibility: Kierkegaard and human capital. Journal for Cultural Research, 19 (4). pp. 407-420.

McConville, J Gordon (2013) Does Violence Come with the Territory? An Exploration of Peace and Violence in the Old Testament. In: Encountering Violence in the Bible. Bible in the Modern World, 55 . Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield, pp. 194-206.

McConville, J Gordon (2013) Forgiveness as Private and Public Act: a Reading of the Biblical Joseph Narrative. Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 75 (4). pp. 635-648.

McConville, J Gordon (2011) Happiness in the Psalms. In: The Spirit That Inspires: Perspectives on Biblical Spirituality. Acta Theologica Supplementum (15). University of the Free State, pp. 81-100.

Morrisroe, Vicky L (2013) Sanguinary Amusement: E.A. Freeman, the Comparative Method and Victorian Theories of Race. Modern Intellectual History, 10 (1). pp. 27-56.

O’Connell, Christian (2015) Blues, How Do You Do? Paul Oliver and the Transatlantic Story of the Blues. University of Michigan Press, Michigan USA.

Randall, Martin C (2011) 9/11 and the Literature of Terror. Edinburgh University Press Ltd, Edinburgh.

Raphael, Melissa R (2003) The Female Face of God in Auschwitz: A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust. Routledge.

Raphael, Melissa R (2015) Antidotes to Captivation and Spell-Bound Forgetting: The Counter-Idolatrous Figure of the Human in Modern Jewish Theology and Art. In: Ethics of In-Visibility. Imago Dei, Memory, and Human Dignity in Jewish and Christian Thought. Religion in Philosophy and Theology, 77 (289). Mohr-Siebeck, Tübingen, pp. 101-117.

Saguaro, Shelley (2006) Garden Plots: The Politics and Poetics of Gardens. Ashgate.

Stibbe, Arran (2004) Environmental Education Across Cultures: Beyond the Discourse of Shallow Environmentalism. Language and Intercultural Communication, 4 (4). pp. 242-260.

Stibbe, Arran (2007) Haiku and Beyond: Language, Ecology, and Reconnection with the Natural World. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 20 (2). pp. 101-112.

Stibbe, Arran (2012) Animals erased : discourse, ecology, and reconnection with the natural world. Wesleyan University Press,, Middletown, Conn.

Stibbe, Arran (2003) As Charming as a Pig: The Discursive Construction of the Relationship Between Pigs and Humans. Society & Animals, 11 (4). pp. 375-392.

Stibbe, Arran (2015) Ecolinguistics: Language, Ecology and the Stories We Live By. Routledge.

Stibbe, Arran (2004) Health and the Social Construction of Masculinity in Men’s Health Magazine. Men and Masculinities, 7 (1). pp. 31-51.

Webster, David R (2012) Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy. Zero, Winchester.

Webster, David R (2009) Death and Religion. In: Death and Dying: A Reader. SAGE Publications, London, pp. 42-47.

Other publications relevant to the theme of Being Human

Changeux, J. P., Ric\ur, P. and DeBevoise, M. B. (2000) What makes us think?: a neuroscientist and a philosopher argue about ethics, human nature, and the brain. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Frankl, V. E. and Frankl, V. E. F. d.-c. t. e. (2004) Man’s search for meaning: the classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust. London: Rider.

Pasternak, C. A. (2007) What makes us human? Oxford: Oneworld.

Peterson, A. L. (2001) Being human: ethics, environment, and our place in the world. Berkeley, Calif.; London: University of California Press.

Ramachandran, V. S. (2011) The tell-tale brain: unlocking the mystery of human nature. London: William Heinemann.

Ridley, M. (2004) Nature via nurture: genes, experience and what makes us human. London: HarperPerennial.

Shipman, P. (2011) The animal connection: a new perspective on what makes us human. 1st ed. edn. New York; London: W.W. Norton.

Wrangham, R. W. (2009) Catching fire: how cooking made us human. New York: Basic Books.