British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Where ants dig up gold: 'India', selfhood and the myths manufacturing a nation
As India seeks to define its identity in its 70th anniversary, Bihani Sarkar reveals that it has always been the subject of myth-making.
'It really changed my life completely': Thirty years of British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Five personal accounts of this ‘early career’ support.
Human nature in society
Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington argues that lessons from evolution can support academic critique of how society is run.
A passion for war poetry
Philip Lancaster tells how his study of the War Poets has inspired him to compose a new musical work.
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 …