History, religion and robots – DMU experts ignite Leicester at humanities festival


The hidden history of the streets of Leicester, the role of religion in the city and the fate of humans in an AI future will all be explored by De Montfort University (DMU) experts in a festival national.

Being Human is the only festival dedicated to the humanities in the UK, with a busy and varied program of events taking place across the country, highlighting new thinking on literature and history, languages ​​and philosophy , art history and the classics, among other areas.

Over 230 events will take place across the country, including over 30 in the East Midlands, between 10 and 19 November.

In Leicester, three key events are organized and moderated by DMU experts.

Each lunch hour, during the 10 days of the event, Professor Christine White, Associate Dean of Arts, Design and Humanities at DMU, ​​will host city ​​tales, a free walking tour that will uncover the history and stories of the streets of Leicester, looking at their past, present and future.

Professor White will look at how people have used streets like Church Gate, Gallowtree Gate and Granby Street, and how they might do so in the future.

The walk will start each day at 12:30 p.m. at Beta X on Church Gate and end at the station at 1:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, November 15, Professor Liz Tingle will moderate a discussion on the role of prophecy and revelation in our religious experiences, and the influences they have on our relationships with the community around us.

Spiritual breakthrough in multi-denominational Leicester will take place at 6pm at St Philip’s Church, Evington Road, Leicester and will involve panel discussions and panel discussions, examining a long tradition of people of faith ‘speaking out’, inspired by religious revelations to try to change the city around them.

While on Thursday, November 17, English-language lecturer Dr. Keith Scott will moderate a two-part debate asking what will be the role of humans in an AI-dominated world.

Being? Human? – Spirits, meat and machines, takes place at the Phoenix Arts Center, in two sessions. The first, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., is a workshop-debate where guests will reflect and debate on the possible forms of the future, whether utopian or nightmarish.

The second, from 7 to 9 p.m., is a formal debate, asking guests to reflect on what the future of humanity might be like in a world of pervasive technology and AI.

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2022

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