British Academy Review 22
The immediacy of a remote past: The afterlife of Widukind in the Third Reich
Dr Peter Lambert and Professor Björn Weiler – both of the Department of History & Welsh History at Aberystwyth University – were joint organisers of the British Academy Conference on ‘Uses of the Past in Past Societies: A Global Perspective’, held at the British Academy on 11-12 June 2013. The …
'Ending the party': A practitioner's perspective of fiscal squeeze
At an event held at the British Academy on 9 July 2013, Rachel Lomax recalled past examples of fiscal squeeze and compared them with current circumstances – in conversation with Professor Tony Travers. This is an edited version of the conversation, which ranged from the IMF crisis of 1976 to …
'All the world's knowledge'
The text of Jane C Ginsburg’s British Academy Law Lecture – ‘From Hypatia to Victor Hugo to Larry and Sergey: “All the world’s knowledge” and universal authors’ rights’ – was one of the first articles posted to the new online open-access Journal of the British Academy, in July 2013. The …
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The roots of Christian fundamentalism in American Protestantism
On 27 February 2013, the British Academy held a conference on ‘What is Fundamentalism – and What Threats does it Pose to Today’s World?’ The event was convened at the suggestion of James Dunn, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity Emeritus at the University of Durham, and a Fellow of the British …
Constituting the Arab uprisings
Dr Mattia Toaldo is a Research Fellow at the British School at Rome. In May 2013, a conference was held at the British Academy on ‘Constitutionalism and the Arab Uprisings: Politics and Law in a New Middle East’. The conference was jointly organised by the British School at Rome, the …
Income from work: The food-population-resource crisis in 'the short Africa'
Michael Lipton is Professor of Economics, in the Poverty Research Unit, University of Sussex, and a Fellow of the British Academy. This article is based on an address given by Professor Lipton on receiving the Leontief Prize, at the Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, on 3 April 2012.
Future Earth: A science agenda for sustainability and human prosperity
On 21 June 2013, the British Academy and the Royal Society co-hosted a UK ‘town hall’ meeting at which researchers and a range of stakeholders were able to discover more about the new ‘Future Earth’ initiative, which is being led by the International Council for Science (ICSU).
The Grenada intervention: 30 years later
Dr Gary Williams, of the University of Essex, was awarded a British Academy Small Research Grant in 2006 to research into ‘US-Grenadian relations 1979-83: revolution and intervention in the backyard’.
Ever looser Union: The future of the UK
Richard Wyn Jones is Director of the Wales Governance Centre and Professor of Welsh Politics at Cardiff University. On 31 May 2013, he participated in a conference held at the British Academy on ‘Welsh Devolution in Perspective’. It looked at the historical and social ties between Wales, the rest of …
The British Academy 2009-2013: reflections
In these extracts from his address to the Annual General Meeting on 18 July 2013, the outgoing President of the British Academy, Professor Sir Adam Roberts, reflects on how the Academy has made progress on the objectives that he set for it four years ago.