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Public engagement in the humanities

Master public engagement 

Are you a humanities researcher looking to get involved in public engagement? Then listen to a podcast from Routledge and Being Human for advice on:

  • How can you establish yourself as a public voice?
  • How do you make your research interesting to non-academic audiences?
  • Where should you start when organizing an event to share your research with the public?

The podcast features interviews from public engagement experts Sarah Churchwell and Nigel Warburton, and humanities researchers who have organized events.

What is public engagement?

Public engagement is about telling the story of your research in a way that engages a non-specialist audience. It’s a way of showing the value of what you do to those outside academia, and increasing the real-world impact of your research.

Some disciplines are thought to be naturally harder to communicate than others however. As Alun Evans, Chief Executive of the British Academy, commented:

We […] face the challenge of talking about subjects that may be challenging to communicate, especially those without the “visuals” and experiments of their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) counterparts.

So what steps can you take to master public engagement if you’re a researcher working in a non-science discipline? We teamed up with Being Human to help shed light on this.

About the Being Human Festival  

Being Human is a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. It’s led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

This year we supported the Being Human Masterclass, a hands-on training day on all things public engagement. We worked with the Being Human team to gather top tips shared during the day into a bite-size podcast on public engagement for humanities researchers.

Listen to the podcast. Become a public engagement master.