The British Academy Lectures
Delivered by the most outstanding academics in the UK and beyond, the British Academy’s flagship lecture programme showcases the very best scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Held at the British Academy and across the UK, these landmark occasions offer students, scholars and specialists a chance to expand their networks and learn about the latest developments in their field.
Around 10-12 British Academy Lectures take place each year. Information on future lectures is available. A record of most past lectures, including recordings and published texts, is also available. Many are given in named series – usually associated with endowments received by the Academy.
Lecture partners for 2021-23:
- Cardiff University
- Coventry University
- Newcastle University
- Queen’s University Belfast
- Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow
- University of Bristol
- University of East Anglia
- University of Leeds
- University of Leicester
- University of Manchester
- University of Portsmouth
Listings of lectures
Details of the British Academy's lecture series, including links to text, audio and video records of past lectures.
20 Feb 2023 - London
New Music and the Heterogenous Sound Ideal
In this lecture, Professor George Lewis FBA will take direction from the work of African-American composer Olly Wilson (1937-2018) to explore the ‘heterogeneous sound ideal’- a conceptual approach that has been observed across many areas of Afrodiasporic sonic and visual artmaking.
23 Feb 2023 - Coventry
Why the Art of the African Diaspora is for Everyone
In this lecture, Booker Prize Winner and Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University Bernardine Evaristo explores some of the most exciting visual artists working in the world today, and how their boundless creativity has the potential to enrich the soul and stimulate the imagination of all people.
16 Mar 2023 - Newcastle
"One is not born, but becomes, a genius": another Simone de Beauvoir
In this lecture, Dr Kate Kirkpatrick presents an alternate reading of Simone de Beauvoir's seminal text The Second Sex, seen by many as the bible of second-wave feminism.
22 Mar 2023 - Glasgow
Why have the British never understood Ireland or Northern Ireland?
In this lecture Professor Bew proposes that the key problem in Britain’s relations with Ireland lies with British self-image, and an obsession with preserving the dignity of that self-image – whether reformist or reactionary – rather than face the objective reality of Irish conditions.
2 May 2023 - Manchester
'The Elephant in the Room': Understanding Corruption in Roman Egypt
This lecture explores what papyri tell us of the daily experiences of the inhabitants of Roman Egypt who were at the mercy of corrupt officials and abusive representatives of the state. It asks what form corruption took in the province, what societal factors encouraged it, how private individuals coped, and …