The British Academy 10-Minute Talks
Virtual British Academy
10-Minute Talks are a new series of pre-recorded talks from Fellows of the British Academy screened each Wednesday, 13:00-13:10, on YouTube. Our speakers will type responses to a selection of audience questions in the YouTube comments section between 13:10 and 13:30 on the day of their talk (questions can be added to the YouTube comments section or sent to the British Academy via email).
8 Jul 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Keeping a diary in 1941
Fiona Stafford discusses a diary kept by a woman in 1941, whose new normal involved rationing, restrictions, isolation and air raids .
1 Jul 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: The life and work of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Isobel Armstrong discusses the life and work of Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861).
24 Jun 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Climate and war
The idea that climate change has caused, and will cause, war is not new. David Livingstone looks back in history, tracing links between earlier writings about climate and violence and contemporary thinking.
20 Jun 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: America first and American fascism
Sarah Churchwell offers a brief history of "America First" and answers the perennial question of American fascism: can it happen here?
19 Jun 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Westminster Abbey – A Church in History
The President of the British Academy, Professor Sir David Cannadine, discusses Westminster Abbey’s unique place in history and its meaning, significance and impact within society both in Britain and beyond.
17 Jun 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Theatre marketing and ballads in the time of Shakespeare
Why are Shakespeare plays filled with songs – not all of them relevant to the story? Tiffany Stern asks whether songs performed in, about or after plays were ‘product placement’ for theatre sales.
3 Jun 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Can watching films be good for us?
Having taken part in a large empirical study of film viewing across the UK in 2011, Ian Christie will identify some of the benefits, including unexpected ones, that we may gain from viewing films.
27 May 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Parenting for a digital future
Sonia Livingstone will offer some evidence-based suggestions to help maximise digital opportunities for children and minimise the risks.
20 May 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Philosophy in prison
Join MM McCabe as she explores how introducing philosophical discussion into prisons may matter.
13 May 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Music and wellbeing
In this talk Tia DeNora considers everyday musical engagement as a way of regulating emotion, holding focus, managing pain and promoting social connection (including the sense of connection).
6 May 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: How disabled people achieve good lives in three African countries
Tom Shakespeare discusses how people with a range of physical and sensory disabilities in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia have achieved educational, employment and family success.
29 Apr 2020
The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: China's good war
Rana Mitter explains what happened during World War II in China and why it matters so much for the politics and society of that country today.