Dr Jessica Bain hosting two events at Being Human Festival

Posted by ah463 at Nov 10, 2015 08:55 AM |
Dr Jessica Bain of the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester is to host two events as part of this year’s Being Human Festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

This week, Dr Jessica Bain will host “The Sewing Bee: Unpicking Contemporary Sewing Cultures”, two interactive events which will showcase her research on the contemporary revival of home dressmaking in Britain. The events combine two hands-on ‘sewing bees’ (one at Sew Over It in London, and the other at The Sewing Café in Hinckley) with a research workshop. Participants will hear a short presentation from Dr Bain about her current research on the Great British sewing revival, then the group will ‘stitch and bitch’: to talk and sew together, and to reflect on their feelings, memories, motivations and experiences of sewing.

Dr Bain said: “Home sewing has had a real revival in Britain in recent years – we can look to the success of the popular BBC2 show ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’, as evidence of this. But it provokes questions - why, at a time when buying clothes has never been cheaper, are people choosing to take up sewing? Does it tap into a need to make and create instead of just consume? What personal politics might motivate people to take up sewing? These exciting events will explore how humanities research can help answer these questions and consider the cultural significance of such movements”.

Now in its second year, Being Human is supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy (BA) with support from the Wellcome Trust. Forty-one grants have been awarded to universities and cultural organisations across the UK to participate in the 11 days of Being Human. The Festival aims to bring together researchers and local communities to engage with the humanities, and will inform, extend and ignite contemporary thinking and imagination around the humanities. During the inaugural festival in 2014 over 60 universities and cultural organisations organised over 160 free events sharing the best and most challenging thinking in the humanities with audiences across the country. Extending beyond face-to-face interactions in the UK, the festival crossed borders on the web, reaching more than 2.2 million across Twitter and website visitors from around the globe. The 2015 festival programme promises to be exciting, entertaining and thought-provoking, with something for everyone in our diverse communities. More information about Being Human events can be found at the Festival website: http://beinghumanfestival.org/events/

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