Prizing the past for the present and the future (BAR)
On 1 June 2011, Professor David Lowenthal FBA and Sir Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust, discussed why stewarding the past benefits the present and the future, and how we can protect, enliven, and enhance our heritage.
Thoughtfulness and the Rule of Law
Text of British Academy Law Lecture, by Professor Jeremy Waldron FBA, read 1 February 2011.
Marina Warner has always been interested in the ways the borders between real and imaginary worlds have been breached and blurred. On 11 May 2011, she discussed how the impalpable has been seen or embodied in different eras, cultures and art forms. The following is an edited extract from her …
Language diversity, endangerment, and public awareness
Text of the British Academy Lecture, delivered by Professor David Crystal FBA, on 23 February 2011.
Tackling tipping points
Professor Tim O’Riordan FBA and Professor Tim Lenton explain the importance of ‘tipping points’ in understanding convulsive change in the world, and offer a manifesto for creating ‘benign’ tipping points to prepare us for future shocks. The British Academy and Royal Society seminar on ‘Tipping Points’ was held at the …
New light on ancient medicine (BAR)
Vivian Nutton is Emeritus Professor of the History of Medicine at University College London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. An event on ‘New light on ancient medicine’ was held on 17 May 2011.
Motivation and global justice: Philosophy and practice
Dr Kerri Woods is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of York.
How do different kinds of societies cause and mitigate environmental change? The case of the lost woodlands of ancient Nasca
Article by Dr David Beresford-Jones, Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. He was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow from 2005 to 2008. His book ‘The Lost Woodlands of Ancient Nasca: A Case-Study in Ecological and Cultural Collapse’ was published in June 2011 as a British …