The British Academy takes historic Lectures programme around the UK for the first time since 1908

21 Feb 2022

The British Academy has today announced that for the first time ever it will hold its flagship series of Lectures at universities around the UK.

Running since 1908 and delivered by the most distinguished academics in the UK and beyond, the British Academy’s lecture programme showcases the best scholarship in the SHAPE disciplines (the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy).

But for the first time, the Academy will hold the majority of this year’s lectures at universities outside of London. The decision is part of a move by the historic body to expand its presence across the UK and follows the recent launch of regional networks for early-career researchers in the Midlands and the South West. It coincides with the Academy’s 120th anniversary.

There will be ten lectures in Spring 2022 examining themes including the UK after Brexit, cultural rights in conflict-affected zones, and the economic and structural inequalities between Africa and rest of the world. The mixture of in-person, online and hybrid events will offer students, scholars and the wider public a chance to learn about the latest research and expand their networks.

Professor Rana Mitter, the British Academy’s Vice-president of Public Engagement, said:

“Engaging with the public and making sure that we showcase voices from all around our nation are key priorities for the British Academy. That’s why we are so pleased to hold so many of our prestigious lectures outside London for the first time in our history, so that we can reach new audiences and grow our networks across the country. We want to demonstrate the social, cultural and economic value of the SHAPE subjects (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy). From global inequality and its effects in Africa to the life experiences of Generation X, this year’s lectures will cover a wide range of compelling subjects and will be essential for anyone who wants to better understand our past, present and future.”

The full list of lectures for Spring 2022 is:

Further lectures and locations will be announced before the Autumn.

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