Notes by Sir Tony Wrigley, President of the British Academy, for the July-December 2000 issue of the [British Academy] Review.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in Review, July-December 2000.
Professor Tim Unwin, Head of the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been undertaking research on rural change in central and eastern Europe since the early 1990s. Struck by the diversity of images appearing on the banknotes of the countries that he visited, and the very different ways in which these appeared to represent their emergent national identities, he was determined to examine the artistic and political processes involved in their creation. Research grants from the British Academy have enabled this initial fascination to be turned into a detailed banknote database, as well as an absorbing account of the very varied processes that led to their creation.
On 14–15 September 2000 the British Academy organized a conference on how Economic and Monetary Union is affecting European states. The conference covered epistemological and methodological problems in studying these effects. It also considered ‘top-down’ effects from the EU level, how different states responded to EMU and sought to reshape its development, and sectoral effects on labour markets, welfare states and financial market regulation. Professor Kenneth Dyson FBA, the organizer of the conference, reflects on some of the issues.
As part of the Academy’s outreach activities, a report examining the relationship between science and the media was launched at a seminar held at the British Academy on 12 September 2000. An invited panel responded to a presentation given by the author of the report, Professor Ian Hargreaves. The event aimed to highlight the important contribution social science has towards bridging the gulf of understanding between the public, media and science. Professor Hargreaves describes some main issues that were discussed at the event.