Knowledge Frontiers Symposia

A series of symposia supporting the development of the next generation of talent within the social sciences and the humanities, and promoting interdisciplinary and international research collaboration.
Knowledge Frontiers

The aim of this series of activities is to enhance the skills and capabilities of early career researchers in the UK and overseas, and to encourage them to develop new international links and research partnerships. The symposia seek to bring cross-regional and multi-disciplinary insights to bear on issues of research and global significance, and provide opportunities for the creation of new networks and long-term collaborations.

Upcoming symposia

UK-Poland Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on ‘Just Transitions’, Warsaw, November/December 2021 (a partnership with the Polish Academy of Sciences)

Postponed symposia

UK-Sweden Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on ‘Natures, Cultures, Communities’, Stockholm, 24-25 February 2021 (a partnership with the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities) (postponed)

UK-Eastern Africa Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on 'Truth, Justice and Peace', Nairobi, 27-29 March 2020 (a partnership with the British Institute in Eastern Africa) (postponed)

UK-Italy Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on ‘Inequalities’, Rome, 7-8 October 2020 (a partnership with the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei) (postponed)

Past symposia

UK-Canada Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on ‘Security’, virtual events, 1-17 December 2020 (a partnership with CIFAR)

UK-Netherlands Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on ‘The Anthropocene’, virtual events, 17-26 November 2020 (a partnership with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences) 

UK-Brazil Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on 'Urban Violence', Rio de Janeiro, 6-8 March 2020 (a partnership with the Brazilian Academy of Sciences)

UK-Ireland Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on 'Natures, Cultures and Communities', Dublin, 31 January – 1 February 2020 (a partnership with the Royal Irish Academy)

UK-Levant (al-Mashriq) Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on 'Belonging', Amman, 26-28 January 2020 (a partnership with the Council for British Research in the Levant) 

UK-Australia Knowledge Frontiers Forum on ‘The Future’, Brisbane, 11-12 November 2019 (a partnership with the Australian Academy of the Humanities)

UK-China Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on 'Cities in Literary Imagination', Shanghai, 27-28 September 2019 (a partnership with the UK-China Humanities Alliance)

UK-Germany Frontiers of Humanities Symposium on ‘Rupture’, Lübeck, 2-4 May 2019 (a partnership with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) 

UK-South Africa Early Career Knowledge Symposium on ‘Urban Lives’, Gauteng, 21-23 February 2019 (a partnership with the Academy of Science of South Africa)

UK-India Early Career Knowledge Symposium on ‘Violence and Democracy’, New Delhi, 29-30 November 2018 (a partnership with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies)

UK-US Early Career Knowledge Symposium on ‘Violence’, Cambridge (Massachusetts), 10-11 February 2018 (a partnership with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society)

Contact details


Phone: 020 7967 5267


Violence and Democracy

The British Academy

A collection of papers from the UK-India Early Career Knowledge Symposium, held in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Memories of Violence

The British Academy

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