Humanities Research Institute



Our programme is the talk of the town

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We organise events throughout the year, ranging from public lectures to small-group research ideas ‘sandpits’.

Our public events are designed to bring humanities research to a wide and varied audience and to highlight its social, cultural, and even political and economic importance. We inaugurated the institute with a debate on 'The Challenge of Change' and each year we invite a distinguished speaker to deliver the NUHRI Annual Lecture.

This year we are proud to be hosting a number of events for the AHRC/British Academy Being Human festival of the humanities. Newcastle Univeristy is a 'hub' for this year's festival so there are plenty of events to choose from (see the listings below for details). Our series is organised around a theme, 'From Source to Sea,' and many of the events are linked to the past, present, and future of the region's rivers.

Other events are commissioned to bring together researchers to focus on particular ideas or problems.

We aim to engage the full community of researchers, including students, early career researchers, and academics of national and international standing, as well as partners from outside universities. 

Our non-academic partners might include:

  • local communities
  • small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • policy-makers
  • independent research organisations
  • research funders

If you have an idea for an event for NUHRI to host or co-organise, contact the institute’s Director, Professor Jennifer Richards.

Upcoming events

  • Lives Spent in Advocacy and Judgement: Forms of Performance

    Date/Time: Monday 9 April, 16:30 - 18:00

    Venue: Room 5.65 (DTC suite), Daysh Building, Newcastle University.

  • Mapping the Musical City

    Date/Time: Friday 2 ad Saturday 3 February 2018

    Venue: London (details below)