British Academy Review 12
Mexico City's Metro (a voyage to the end of the squeeze)
Mexico City is a city of contrasts, of change and tradition, which has long captured the imagination of chroniclers and poets alike. The British Academy and the Mexican Embassy to the UK organised an event to celebrate this diversity, tracing the history of the city from its pre-Columbian origins to …
Lessons from the Aberfan disaster and its aftermath
At the Annual General Meeting in July 2008, 49 distinguished scholars were elected to be Fellows of the British Academy; and on 22 September, a ceremony was held at the Academy to admit them to the Fellowship. Five of the new Fellows were invited to speak about their work and …
Punching Our Weight: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Public Policy Making (BAR)
In September 2008 the British Academy published the latest in its series of reports which seek to inform public debate on topics of current interest. The report, ‘Punching our Weight: the humanities and social sciences in public policy making’, addresses the question of how policy makers can maximise the untapped …
Shoes and social fabrics: Exploring the Journeys and Life-worlds of a Pair of Flip-flops
In 2007, Professor Caroline Knowles received a British Academy Small Research Grant to explore an innovative means of compiling raw information about the world’s complex interactions. Here she gives a taste of the project that took her from China to Ethiopia. The photographs are by her collaborator, Michael Tan.
Not the Incas? Weaving Archaeology and Language into a Single New Prehistory
In September 2008, the British Academy sponsored a unique gathering of world specialists in the prehistory of the Andes. Dr Paul Heggarty and Dr David Beresford-Jones, the convenors and specialists respectively in the linguistics and archaeology of the region, discuss this test-case in how to converge the divergent perspectives of …
Trust in Public Life (BAR)
On 10 November 2008, the British Academy hosted a panel discussion, chaired by Professor Peter Hennessy FBA, to consider whether public trust in our major public institutions has fallen as much as is widely suggested. The panellists were Baroness Onora O’Neill (President of the British Academy), Richard Wilson (former Cabinet …
In brief (BAR 12)
Short notices on: Evolving Societies 2008; Giuseppe Mazzini and the Globalisation of Democratic Nationalism.
Georgia, the 'Man in the Leopard's Skin': The Past, Present and Future of Georgia's Middle Eastern Communities
In May 2008, Professor Harry Norris visited Georgia to study the current situation of non-European communities in the country. Here he provides some historical and cultural background to this politically and ethnically complex part of the world.
Empire beyond the Imperial Domain: British Colonial Encounters in Cuba
Dr Jorge L. Giovannetti held a British Academy Visiting Fellowship at the Caribbean Studies Centre, London Metropolitan University in 2006, and has subsequently completed a history of British Caribbean migrants in Cuba. Here he discusses an archive of correspondence that reveals British Imperial attitudes to race.
Latin America, the Caribbean, and the British Academy
Professor Linda Newson FBA, Chairman of the British Academy’s Area Panel for Latin America and the Caribbean, describes how the Academy supports research on – and with – this dynamic part of the world.
The Good Friday Agreement, Ten Years On
On 5 November 2008, the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University hosted a panel discussion, in partnership with the British Academy. The panel brought together key players who had brokered the 1998 Agreement, with others who are currently involved in the long-term process of cementing peace by facilitating reconciliation. …