Britain, Germany and Social Europe, 1973-2020
In the inaugural Anglo-German Foundation Lecture delivered at the British Academy on 25 January 2011, Sir Tony Atkinson FBA considered the evolution of social policy in Europe, and its impact on inequality, poverty, social exclusion and well-being. In this extract, he discusses the development of new means to assess well-being …
The medieval Welsh poetry associated with Owain Glyndwr
The 2010 Sir John Rhys Memorial Lecture formed part of the British Academy’s ‘Medieval Week’, hosted by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In this extract, Professor Gruffydd Aled Williams starts by describing how two medieval Welsh poets celebrated Owain Glyndwr’s less peaceful visit to Scotland.
Propaganda in the Mongol 'World History'
The 2010 Aspects of Art Lecture formed part of the British Academy’s ‘Medieval Week’, hosted by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Professor Robert Hillenbrand FBA discussed an extraordinary medieval manuscript held in Edinburgh University Library.
Medieval British philosophers
The British Academy series ‘Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi’ (‘Medieval British Authors’) is making available texts and translations that demonstrate Britain’s rich medieval philosophical heritage. The series Director, Professor John Marenbon FBA, explains why it is so important that such works should be edited and published today.
Lost in translation: 'Language matters more and more'
Article about the British Academy’s Position Statement ‘Language matters more and more’ (launched 9 February 2011).
The value of area studies
On 10 November 2010, the British Academy’s International Engagement Day considered ‘The Role of Area Studies in Higher Education’. Liz Lightfoot gives a flavour of the discussion.
Conflict resolution and reconciliation: An Irish perspective
On 31 January 2011, the British Academy hosted a panel discussion on ‘Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation’. Dáithí O’Ceallaigh, former Ambassador of Ireland to London, was one of the civil servants, from both Britain and Ireland, who worked over a period of more than 30 years to resolve the conflict in …
The recession and stress at work
Professor Tarani Chandola, the author of a recent British Academy Policy Centre report, describes how stress at work has increased during the recession.
The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Modern University
Rt Hon. David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, gave a speech at the British Academy on 1 March 2011. The Minister was introduced by Professor Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy.
Personifications of Old Age in medieval poetry: Charles d'Orléans
In his Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture, Professor Ad Putter explored the personifications of Old Age in the poetry of Charles d’Orléans and William Langland. In this edited extract, he discusses the portrayal of Old Age as an opponent in a tennis match.
British Academy President's Medal (BAR 17)
The British Academy President’s Medal was unveiled for the first time at the Academy’s annual awards ceremony on 25 November 2010.
The coalition starts its white-knuckle ride
On 7 December 2010, a British Academy Forum debated the ‘Implications of the present coalition for British politics’. One of the participants, Martin Kettle, of the ‘Guardian’, reflects on the forces that brought together – and still hold together – the coalition government.