Centre for Studies in Literature

Being Human 2016: A Festival of the Humanities

19th - 25th November 2016



The University of Portsmouth is proud to participate in the 2016 'Being Human' Festival of the Humanities. Join us for a series of exciting, interdisciplinary, free events discussing this year's Festival theme 'Hope & Fear' through our focus on Science Fiction and its importance for society in the past, present and future. 

Proto-Science Fiction and Victorian Steampunk Event

Saturday, 19th November 2016, 3pm onwards: Talk by Dr Karl Bell, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Portmouth, ‘Proto-Science Fiction and Victorian Street Ballads’. Exhibition, talks and vignettes by the British Steam Punk Society. Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. 

HG Wells and Modern Hopes and Fears

Monday, 21st November 2016, 3.30 pm: A series of talks by Dr Christine Berberich, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Portsmouth on ‘HG Wells, the Father of Science Fiction’ and Dr Patricia Pulham, Reader in Victorian Literature, University of Portsmout on ‘Modern Utopias: H.G. Wells and Vernon Lee’. Portsmouth Central Library. 

Creating Modern Utopias

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 4pm: Dr Alison Habens, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Portsmouth: Creative Writing & Science Fiction Workshop. Portsmouth Central Library.

Friday, 25th November 2016, 3.30pm: Dr Christine Berberich, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Portsmouth: ‘Public Book Group on The Time Machine.’ Portsmouth Central Library.