British Academy Review 12
De-centring our Gaze: The Urban Slums of Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia
Enormous political, economic, social and cultural changes are currently having an impact on the entire region of Latin America. Dr Jeremy Lester has been studying the new configurations of social and political protagonists, and here describes some emerging challenges to the traditional order.
British Academy Review, Issue 12, January 2009
The two leading articles in this issue address topics of current public interest – trust in our public institutions and reconciliation of long-term conflicts. This issue also has a strong international flavour. Articles reveal both the impact of globalisation at the local level, and how local situations can defy simple …
Psalms for King James: Jean Servin's Music for George Buchanan’s Latin Psalm Paraphrases (1579)
February 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the French composer Jean Servin. In the 1570s, Servin was a refugee from the Wars of Religion in France: Professor James Porter describes his visit to the court of King James VI of Scotland in search of patronage.
Lessons from the Icelandic Bond Market
In December 2004, Francis Breedon was awarded a British Academy Small Research Grant for a project to study a unique set of bond prices and yields for the Icelandic government bond market, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Iceland.
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 …
Leopold Schweich and his Family
Though established by Royal Charter in 1902, the fledgling British Academy had no financial resources beyond the subscriptions of its first Fellows: a bid to the Treasury for ‘assistance from public funds’ was rebuffed in 1904. To remedy the situation, the Secretary of the Academy, Israel Gollancz, turned to a …
Endangered whales, endangered humans: Wildlife management in the Canadian Arctic
Dr Martina Tyrrell reveals the tensions that exist when conservation policies conflict with traditional ways of life on Hudson Bay. Dr Tyrrell was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow 2005–2008. She gave a presentation on her research at the 2008 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium.