Short notices on: Britain in the 1950s: consensus or conflict?; Reason and identity; The origins of the Arts and Humanities Research Council; Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture from the West Riding of Yorkshire.
On 16 June 2008 the British Academy held a workshop to discuss the significance of the ‘Governance of Britain’ constitutional reform programme introduced by Gordon Brown shortly after becoming Prime Minister, and the associated ‘Constitutional Renewal’ package produced in March 2008. The meeting was all the more timely because Parliament’s …
Professor Graham Rees FBA is Director of ‘The Oxford Francis Bacon’ for which he has edited and translated many of Bacon’s Latin philosophical writings (volumes VI, XI, XII and XIII). Here he describes the attention that editors need to pay to the physical form in which texts survive.
The British Academy publication ‘Imaginative Minds’ offers an engaging and innovative take on the elusive and special human capacity of imagination. The editor, Dr Ilona Roth, has a particular interest in the complex relationship between autism and imagination. People on the autistic spectrum typically have difficulty in imagining what other …
In this extract from one of the 16 obituaries in the latest Biographical Memoirs volume, Professor Peter Hennessy FBA discusses historian Ben Pimlott’s roles as biographer of the Queen and adviser to government.
The concept of ‘toleration’ has been the subject of two meetings organised by the British Academy. Two participants, Dr Jon Parkin and Dr Timothy Stanton, challenge our complacent assumption that increasing toleration is a historical inevitability.
In the last issue [No. 10, 2007], Professor John Kay FBA reported on a British Academy review of the impact that copyright has on research in the humanities and social sciences. Here he brings us up to date with an important collaboration with the Publishers Association which is designed to …
In February 2008, a group of British Academy-sponsored organisations held a conference to consider one of the world’s pressing problems. The conference co-ordinator, Dr Dawn Chatty, describes the background to the event and its conclusions.
The British Academy has published a facsimile of the Winchester Troper, an eleventh-century manuscript held by Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Professor Susan Rankin discusses its origins and explains why it has an iconic status in the history of English music.
Professor Geoffrey Hosking FBA examines the role of trust in our financial systems, and argues that we need a fundamental rethink.
Professor Robin Dunbar FBA gave the 2007 Joint British Academy/British Psychological Society Lecture. He argued that the real difference between humans and the great apes lies in our ability to live in the virtual world of the mind. Story-telling plays an important role in social bonding in all human cultures, …
Jérôme Adda and Francesca Cornaglia discuss a more precise way of measuring the impact of smoking bans on passive smoking, and report some surprising conclusions. (Dr Cornaglia gave a presentation on this topic at the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium in April 2008.)
Dr Ross Alloway recounts a nineteenth-century tale of easy money and reckless speculation. (He gave a presentation on this topic at the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium in April 2008.)
Mr Duncan Robinson, former Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, delivered the 2007 Isaiah Berlin Lecture. In this edited extract he describes some of the challenges that museums face today.
Professor Tim Ingold FBA gave the 2007 Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology. In these edited extracts from his lecture, he reveals the differing views on what anthropology and ethnography are, and recalls some of the heated past debates about these differences.
Professor Peter Marshall FBA, who has just completed a five-year stint in editing the memoirs (extended obituaries) of Fellows of the British Academy, explains their fascination, and reveals some of the highlights in the most recently published volume.