President's Notes (BAR 4)
Notes by Sir Tony Wrigley, President of the British Academy, for the July-December 2000 issue of the [British Academy] Review.
Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire (BAR)
An international colloquium held at the Academy at the end of September 2000 commemorated a remarkable academic enterprise lasting over fifty years, and recognised over thirty years of direct Academy support. Professor Averil Cameron FBA, Chairman of the PBE Project Committee, reflects on the past and recent achievements of prosopographical …
White Masculinity: Jan Smuts, Race and the South African War (BAR)
In his lifetime, Jan Christiaan Smuts (1870–1950) was not only widely recognised as an exceptional scholar, soldier and scientist, but was also South Africa’s outstanding white statesman. For all his international achievements, however, he was incapable of anything but the rankest opportunism in relation to South Africa’s racial problems. In …
Beowulf and Perception (BAR)
Professor Michael Lapidge FBA delivered the Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture at the British Academy on 12 December 2000. His theme was the narrative and intellectual sophistication of the Beowulf poet, and in this extract he introduces one of the elements in his argument.
Nicopolis ad Istrum
Dr Andrew Poulter, of the University of Nottingham is the British Director of a joint British-Bulgarian project at the site of Nicopolis. He describes the recent investigations and considers their significance for understanding the development of city life in late antiquity.
Science, Society and the Media
As part of the Academy’s outreach activities, a report examining the relationship between science and the media was launched at a seminar held at the British Academy on 12 September 2000. An invited panel responded to a presentation given by the author of the report, Professor Ian Hargreaves. The event …
A Social Scientist's Sojourn in Beijing: Retrospective Reflections
Professor J.E.S. Hayward FBA, Chairman of the Academy’s China Panel, reflects on a stimulating conference held in November 2000 under the aegis of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
European States and the Euro
On 14–15 September 2000 the British Academy organized a conference on how Economic and Monetary Union is affecting European states. The conference covered epistemological and methodological problems in studying these effects. It also considered ‘top-down’ effects from the EU level, how different states responded to EMU and sought to reshape …
Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World (BAR)
A joint discussion meeting took place under the auspices of the Academy and the Royal Society, at the Society’s premises, on 6–7 December 2000. Dr Alan Bowman FBA, co-organiser of the event with Professor Mike Brady FRS, describes the event, and Dr Hugh Denard highlights recent work on imaging Pompey’s …
Other People (BAR)
On 7 November 2000 Professor Amartya Sen FBA delivered the fourth Annual British Academy Lecture. In this extract, Professor Sen considers various aspects of identity.
Banknotes and National Identity in Central and Eastern Europe
Professor Tim Unwin, Head of the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been undertaking research on rural change in central and eastern Europe since the early 1990s. Struck by the diversity of images appearing on the banknotes of the countries that he visited, and the very …