The British Academy Summer Showcase 2023: call for proposals

We are delighted to announce the call for applications for the British Academy Summer Showcase 2023.

Taking place from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 June 2023, the festival engages a diverse and wide-ranging audience with the research that is shaping our world.

Due to a major redesign of our building at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace – to provide new, flexible and state-of-the-art event spaces, due to open in 2024 – our 2023 Showcase will be different to previous years. Instead of exhibits, we will host a programme of engaging events, workshops and participatory activities, drawing from academic research and designed for a range of audiences.

We are looking for creative proposals from researchers funded by the British Academy (or the British International Research Institutes) who are passionate about their work and excited to share it with a range of audiences, including the general public and school students aged 14+.

Please read our Guidelines for Applicants carefully before completing your application.  

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a range of events, activities and workshops from across the SHAPE disciplines (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy / Environment), featuring researchers who can communicate their specialist knowledge in ways that will be appealing and engaging.

For example:

  • A topic for an engaging panel discussion or debate (plus suggestions of speakers)
  • A 10-minute ‘pop-up’ talk in various parts of the programme
  • An interactive workshop with adults or a group of school students
  • A performance (i.e. a musical presentation, theatrical performance, a performance narrated by a researcher)
  • An interactive presentation
  • A walking tour or mobile event which explores Carlton House Terrace or its surrounding area
  • A screening
  • A research activity which could take place throughout the duration of the Showcase, and an event revealing its findings

Why should you apply?  

  • Share your research with a diverse range of audiences, including younger audiences and lifelong learners. An invited audience on Thursday 15 June will include policymakers, funders, senior staff working for cultural organisations, politicians, senior government figures and press.
  • Inspire the next generation. In 2022, over 340 school children attended, and 44.6% of public visitors were under 35. The Showcase is therefore ideal for reaching a younger audience.
  • Raise your profile. The Showcase will be promoted widely through digital channels and in the media, reaching thousands of people.
  • Get public opinions. Find out what people think about your research and gain valuable feedback to inform future projects. We also share with you the results of our public evaluation, making it easy to see your impact.
  • Get lasting benefits. Build on your experience to develop your own public engagement activity in the future; participation is a great opportunity for impact case studies, job applications and funding applications.
  • Our help at every stage. Using our experience, we support and advise you from start to finish, from planning and bringing your activity to life, to logistics and AV support.

Event dates: Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 June 2023

Scheme opens date:
1 November 2022
Deadline date: 13 December 2022, 17:00 GMT
Contact details: [email protected]

Apply now

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