The British Academy held its annual awards ceremony on 6 October 2011. Recipients honoured on the night included the three winners of the British Academy President’s Medal in 2011.
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Published in British Academy Review, No. 19 (January 2012).
In November 2011, the British Academy hosted an event to celebrate the 400th anniversary
of the King James Bible. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams FBA, considered
the role that the King James Bible still plays in providing us with a sense of sacred English.
In December 2011, a British Academy Forum discussed the government’s plans to introduce
Individual Electoral Registration in the UK, and to feed in comments and concerns ahead
of the publication of a Bill in early 2012. The British Academy Forum was attended by the
Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, Mark Harper MP, and experts from
academia, the media, the civil service, local government and other public sector organisations. In this article, Professor Ron Johnston FBA and Professor Iain McLean FBA examine what this change in the way we register to vote would mean and, in particular, how it would impact on constituency boundaries and the nature of British representative democracy.
Robert Gleave is Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the Director of the ‘Clerical Authority in Shi’i Islam’ project.