Scholarship and international relations
The British Academy welcomed the Rt Hon William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to an event on 16 October 2012. Mr Hague spoke to an audience of ambassadors, Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff, and leading academics on the different kinds of expertise necessary to maximise …
How did we become unprepared? Emergency and resilience in an uncertain world
Mark Duffield is Professor Emeritus, Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol. He is currently heading a research project on risk management among aid agencies working in the challenging environments of Southern Sudan and Afghanistan. A panel discussion on ‘How did we become unprepared? Emergency and resilience in an uncertain world’ …
Civil society in Russia: Rural clubs and a 'new popular education'
The article is based on research on Non-formal Education and Civil Society that was supported under a joint agreement between the British Academy and the Russian Academy of Sciences.
British Academy Schools Language Awards 2012 (BAR)
In November 2012, the British Academy held its first Language Week, drawing together a variety of events to explore and champion the learning and use of languages in schools, universities, policy-making and public life. One of the week’s main highlights was the British Academy Schools Language Awards ceremony, where schools …
A registration crisis? History and policy
In October 2012 the British Academy published a volume of essays on ‘Registration and Recognition’, looking at how the individual has been documented in different periods of history and in very different societies across the world. In this extract from their introduction, editors Simon Szreter and Keith Breckenridge consider the …
Historians of science
Since its earliest years, the British Academy has published extended obituaries (memoirs) of deceased Fellows of the British Academy. Collectively the biographical memoirs of the British Academy make up a chapter in the intellectual history of Britain, and are used as a source by biographers and historians. The latest collection …
A failure of faith: Herbert Grierson, Thomas Carlyle, and the British Academy 'Master Mind' Lecture of 1940
David R. Sorensen is Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. He is also one of the senior editors of the Duke-Edinburgh Edition of ‘The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle’. The Carlyle Letters project is a British Academy Research Project.
Research on childhood and play: Drawing on the Opie legacy
Jackie Marsh is Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. ‘Childhoods and Play: An Archive’ was adopted as a British Academy Research Project in 2012.
In this issue (BAR 21)
As usual, this issue contains articles derived from the British Academy’s programmes of events and publications. But the issue concentrates on the Academy’s support for academic research.
Charles Wakefield and the British Academy’s first home
This ‘From the Archive’ article describes the role of Charles Wakefield as a benefactor of the British Academy, in particular in helping the Academy in moving into its first permanent home - in Burlington Gardens - in 1928.
Making a revolutionary generation in Ireland
Roy Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He held a British Academy Wolfson Research Professorship, 2009-2012.
British Academy Small Research Grants: an anniversary worth celebrating
In May 1963, the British Academy’s newly established ‘Research Fund Committee’ awarded the first research grants from the Academy’s new ‘Research Fund’ – financed by a grant from government that had been negotiated a year earlier. In the 50-year history of the Academy’s small-scale research funding, nearly 15,000 awards have …