'It really changed my life completely': Thirty years of British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Five personal accounts of this ‘early career’ support.
Mobilising the law: Environmental NGOs in court
Dr Lisa Vanhala was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow 2010-2012 at the University of Oxford and at University College London. She is now Lecturer in Politics at the Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy, University College London. Her research on legal mobilisation in the UK was published …
Hearing Colours and Tasting Words: The Psychology of Synaesthesia
Dr Julia Simner, University of Edinburgh, works in the field of experimental psychology. During her British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001–2004) she looked at how people processed the meaning of words from their preceding context. Her current research interests include the condition of synaesthesia – a joining together of sensations which …
The Rise of Islamic Radicalism in Tanzania
From 1998 to 2005, Dr Felicitas Becker conducted hundreds of interviews in Tanzania, both to discover why and how many people had converted to Islam and to investigate why these Muslim congregations have produced Islamic radicals. This edited extract from her book, ‘Becoming Muslim in Mainland Tanzania, 1890–2000’, gives an …
The Effect of Taxes and Bans on Passive Smoking
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.)
'Levelled by booksellers': Sir Walter Scott, Robert Cadell, and the Economic Crash of 1825-1826
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.)
A history of early modern Catholicism in a single object: John Hay's manuscript Apologia (c.1598)
Dr Jan Machielsen is currently Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern European History at New College, Oxford. He was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow from January 2012 to September 2013. His British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monograph – Martin Delrio: Demonology and Scholarship in the Counter-Reformation – was published in February 2015. …
Reflections on building an inclusive higher education system in Myanmar
Dr Mandy Sadan is a former British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, and is now Reader in the History of South East Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monograph, 'Being and Becoming Kachin: Histories Beyond the State in the Borderworlds …
Hazard-human interaction in the Gobi Desert
Dr Troy Sternberg held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2010-2013. He is a researcher in the School of Geography at the University of Oxford.
How do different kinds of societies cause and mitigate environmental change? The case of the lost woodlands of ancient Nasca
Article by Dr David Beresford-Jones, Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. He was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow from 2005 to 2008. His book ‘The Lost Woodlands of Ancient Nasca: A Case-Study in Ecological and Cultural Collapse’ was published in June 2011 as a British …
The mystery of ancient Cypriot clay balls
Dr Philippa Steele is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge. In May 2014, she delivered the Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford, on ‘Society and Writing in Ancient Cyprus’.