Archimedes and Company
Dr William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, discusses the project to retrieve the unique classical texts in the ‘Archimedes Palimpsest’ – a manuscript that contains treasures undiscovered for centuries.
Should We Notice Researchers Outside the University?
Ruth Finnegan FBA is Emeritus Professor and Visiting Research Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University. Her edited volume ‘Participating in the Knowledge Society: Researchers Beyond the University Walls’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2005.
The British Academy's Africa Panel (BAR)
Professor Robin Law, Chairman of the Africa Panel, describes the establishment and current work of the Panel.
Peer Review: the Challenges for the Humanities and Social Sciences. A British Academy Review (BAR)
Professor Albert Weale FBA, Chairman of the British Academy’s Peer Review Working Group, reports on the main findings and recommendations of the Review.
Welcome to the Software-Sorted Society
Professor Stephen Graham, of Durham University, analyses the extent to which society has become subject to visible and invisible surveillance, tracking, and sorting technologies. He draws attention to the radical and divisive social consequences of ‘software-sorting’ and calls for public regulation of the systems that are coming to pervade so …
Moral Panics: Then and Now
In 1972, Professor Stanley Cohen FBA published his seminal work ‘Folk Devils and Moral Panics’. On 9 March 2007, Professor Cohen was joined at the British Academy by Professor David Garland, and Professor Stuart Hall FBA, in an evening meeting to reflect on what has happened to the notion of …
Professor Marian Hobson FBA reports on the various activities the Academy is undertaking to draw attention to the crisis in language learning.
Coercion and Consent in Nazi Germany (BAR)
Professor Richard J. Evans FBA delivered the Raleigh Lecture on History in 2006. In it, he reviewed the evidence for the degree to which ordinary Germans exercised freedom of choice in backing Hitler’s regime. In this edited extract, he illustrates the extent and range of legal measures used to control …
Cabinets and the Bomb
In March 2007 a group of historians working on British nuclear and defence policy met at the British Academy alongside some of the former officials and ministers involved in the original decision-making processes, to reflect upon the handling of British nuclear defence policy in the post-war period. In front of …
Martin Buber: Philosopher of Dialogue and of the Resolution of Conflict
Professor W. John Morgan discusses the life and thought of Martin Buber, and asks whether his concepts of dialogue can help today in efforts to resolve conflicts in the Middle East, and between other communities in dispute.
The Royal African Company of England in West Africa 1681-1699
Professor Robin Law FBA has recently completed a three-volume edition of correspondence relating to the English in West Africa during the last two decades of the 17th century. Although the period covered by this correspondence is brief, it was one of great historical significance. Below, Professor Law illustrates the scope …
The Frontiers of the Ottoman World: Fortifications, Trade, Pilgrimage and Slavery
In February 2007 a multidisciplinary international workshop took place at the British Academy, organised by the Academy-sponsored overseas schools and institutes that support research on aspects of Ottoman history and archaeology. The workshop brought together archaeologists and historians to consider the results of British research on the Ottomans in a …