British Academy Review 24
The British Academy on Ageing
In February–April 2014, the British Academy held its first series of ‘British Academy Debates’, on the subject of Ageing. The three Debates were held in London, Sheffield and Edinburgh. This article reproduces the first part of the British Academy’s booklet on Ageing.
Gertrude Bell and Iraq: A life and legacy (BAR)
In September 2013, the British Academy and the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial) held a conference on ‘Gertrude Bell and Iraq – A Life and Legacy’. This article by Dr Paul Collins, a Council Member of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, draws …
A presumption against imprisonment (BAR)
On 3 July 2014, the British Academy launched a report entitled ‘A Presumption Against Imprisonment: Social Order and Social Values’. This article is taken from the report’s Foreword, written by the Rt Hon. the Lord Woolf. Harry Woolf was formerly Lord Chief Justice of England, and is an Honorary Fellow …
10 quick questions about processing speed
The third in the series of British Academy Debates on Ageing – ‘The Best Years of Our Lives? Body, Brain and Well-being’ – was held in Edinburgh. On 30 April 2014, as a satellite event, the British Academy held a small expert workshop entitled ‘Is the World Too Fast When …
Global power, influence and perception in the 21st century
The concept of soft power – coined by Joseph Nye, a Fellow of the British Academy – is today a subject of considerable debate, as governments at home and abroad seek to exploit their ‘soft power assets’ in furthering their foreign policy objectives. In March 2014, the British Academy published …
The making of modern slavery: Whose interests are served by the new abolitionism?
Julia O’Connell Davidson, Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham, was one of the convenors of a British Academy Conference on ‘Slaveries Old and New: The Meaning of Freedom’, held on 27-28 March 2014.
Lady Ridley's Hospital for Officers at 10 Carlton House Terrace
During 2014, the British Academy is holding a number of events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The building that the Academy now occupies played its own significant part in the history of the War – as revealed here by the Academy’s archivist, Karen …
Why English isn’t enough: Debating language education and policy
Professor Nigel Vincent FBA has just completed his term as the British Academy’s Vice-President for Research and Higher Education Policy. A major aspect of his four years of office has been the development of a programme targeting deficits in both Languages and Quantitative Skills in UK education and research. On …
Small doors on the Viking age: The Anglo-Saxon coins in Norway project
Dr Elina Screen here discusses her work on the ‘Anglo-Saxon Coins in Norway’ project – a collaboration between the British Academy’s ‘Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles’ (SCBI) research project and the Norwegian partner museums. Her research has led to two illustrated catalogues in the SCBI series on ‘Norwegian …
Chris Wickham: interview
This is the latest in a series of interviews with Fellows of the British Academy, showing leading humanities and social sciences academics at work.
British Academy Review, Issue 24, Summer 2014
Includes: Defining a thousand years of medieval British writing. Also: Growing older, slowing down? Abolishing modern slavery. The importance of soft power. A 250-year-old cache of unopened letters. A First World War hospital for officers.