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.
17 Oct 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.
9 Nov 2023 - Coventry
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.
14 Nov 2023 - Belfast
The Meaning of Brexit and the Future of the Union
In this lecture, Professor David Reynolds explores some of the unresolved issues surrounding Brexit and reflects on the future of the European Union.