Think Human Festival 2020: A fortnight of free events embracing what it means to be human

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Think Human

Toxic masculinity, the sinister history of Valentine's Day cards, the loss of Arctic ice, and motherhood will all be explored at a festival hosted by Oxford Brookes University in February.

The Think Human Festival delves into what it means to be human in 2020, in a vibrant and topical series of events taking place across the city of Oxford from 1–14 February 2020.

The festival tackles some of the most pressing issues of our time - from masculinity and human rights, to sustainability and migration.

The two week series of events reflects the expertise and creativity of staff and students who are engaged in the humanities and social sciences at Oxford Brookes University. The festival will launch with a unique take on talking books, with the chance to borrow a human ‘book’ in the shape of an academic from Oxford Brookes. Pick any ‘book’ you wish from history and philosophy to politics and culture, and bask in everything your ‘book’ can tell you.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of poet John Clare’s first book, join acclaimed actor Toby Jones for an evening of readings and music.

The Power of Love festival finale on Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, loss, sexuality, exploitation, power and more. The festival also includes a public Photography Competition on the theme of Relationships, which is open to all for entries until 28 February 2020.

Professor Gary Browning Festival Director commented: “In an age of conflict and sharp divisions, the Think Human Festival explores who we are and what makes us, us. It will allow for space to reflect, better collaborate and understand each other. 

 “Let’s open up the thinking about humanity, get inspired, challenge preconceptions and have fun while doing so!  The second Think Human Festival will be guided by a team of seasoned experts - 39 events over 14 days, all for free and all are welcome.” 

Find out more about the full programme of events at Think Human Festival and you can explore the range of courses in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences on the Oxford Brookes University website.