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.
27 Apr 2023 - Cardiff
Early Irish Learning and Society
Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards will investigate why Ireland produced an exceptional number of scholars and range of written texts between the 6th and 9th centuries, asserting that this is a crucial topic for historians, not just of Ireland, but also of Celtic Britain as well as Anglo-Saxon England and the Carolingian …
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 …