British Academy President's Medal (BAR 19)
The British Academy held its annual awards ceremony on 6 October 2011. Recipients honoured on the night included the three winners of the British Academy President’s Medal in 2011.
Free will and modern science (BAR)
The British Academy has just published a volume of papers, ‘Free Will and Modern Science’, illustrating the present state of the debate about whether humans have free will. The volume’s editor, Professor Richard Swinburne FBA, discusses some of the issues.
The future of social sciences and humanities in Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 will be the EU’s new programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020, bringing together all EU research and innovation funding under a common strategic framework, with a proposed budget of 80 million Euro. At an event held at the British Academy on 10 November 2011, …
End of empire and the English novel (BAR)
On 2 November 2011 contributors to the volume ‘End of Empire and the English Novel since 1945’ explored the history of post-war England through their readings of a range of writers and genres. Professor Susheila Nasta, a respondent in the discussion, raised the question of why there still remains an …
How to train a mulla: Seminaries in Shi'ite Islam
Robert Gleave is Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the Director of the ‘Clerical Authority in Shi’i Islam’ project.
Mark Blackburn (1953-2011) and the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles
The British Academy’s annual awards ceremony in October 2011 marked the fact that the Derek Allen Prize for Numismatics had been awarded to Dr Mark Blackburn – who had sadly died just the month before. Professor Simon Keynes FBA describes the singular contribution Mark had made to one of the …
Re-imagining policing post-austerity
Andrew Millie is Professor of Criminology, Edge Hill University, and Dr Karen Bullock is a Lecturer in Criminology, University of Surrey. A conference on ‘Policing in a time of contraction and constraint: Re-imagining the role and function of contemporary policing’ was held at the British Academy on 27 September 2011.
Al-Qaeda since 9/11
Dr Alia Brahimi is a Research Fellow in the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. This article is an updated version of Dr Brahimi’s remarks for a symposium on ‘9/11: Ten Years On’, hosted by the British Academy on 2 September 2011.
The heritages of the modern Greeks
Peter Mackridge is Professor Emeritus of Modern Greek at the University of Oxford and a visiting professor at King’s College London. This was one of three lectures given at the British Academy on 18-20 October 2011 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the British School at Athens.
Mr Gladstone, Carlton House Terrace and the mind of a statesman
This special lecture was delivered at the British Academy on 15 March 2011, in the new Wolfson Auditorium, to mark the Academy’s extension into 11 Carlton House Terrace.
What should the word of God sound like?
In November 2011, the British Academy hosted an event to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams FBA, considered the role that the King James Bible still plays in providing us with a sense of sacred English.
Individual electoral registration and the future of representative democracy
In December 2011, a British Academy Forum discussed the government’s plans to introduce Individual Electoral Registration in the UK, and to feed in comments and concerns ahead of the publication of a Bill in early 2012. The British Academy Forum was attended by the Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, …