The Human Worlds Festival is the University of Southampton’s annual celebration of Humanities. This year, we explored Sylvia Wynter’s proposition that “humanness is no longer a noun. Being human is a praxis”. Together we explored different ways of examining and practicing our humanness. We also shared examples of how this praxis can change the world for the better.
The 2020 Human Worlds Festival might be over, but if you missed the event itself you can still enjoy many of the featured talks and workshops over on the festival YouTube channel.
From the ‘Being Human as Praxis’ programme of events, you can find links to the recordings for ‘Posthuman Laughter’, ‘Being Human from Aristotle to Deleuze’, and the ‘Computer Generated Novel Workshop’ below. The computer-generated novel produced through this workshop has also now been submitted to NaNoGenMo (link here; novel and code available for download at the bottom of the page). The novel is appropriately entitled The Year 2020: Now Oil the Joints of My Hand at That Moment That There is No Love.
Last but not least, you can find a recording of the ‘Speculative Futures of the Arts and Humanities, in Practice’ Roundtable as part of Hands-on-Humanities Day.
Due to the nature of their content, recordings for ‘A Robot Could Paint That’, ‘The World After’, and ‘Speculative Design and Tech Advocacy’ are sadly not available, but please do get in touch if you have any questions for the event hosts.
Posthuman Laughter: Humour and the Monstrous Automation of the Everyday
The Acvitity of Being Human from Aristotle to Deleuze
Exploring Being Human through Computer Generated Novel Workshop
Speculative Futures of the Arts and Humanities, in Practice