British Academy Review 9
Everybody Counts but Not Everybody Understands Numbers
Professor Brian Butterworth FBA delivered the annual Joint British Academy/British Psychological Society lecture on 16 November 2004. In this edited extract, he describes the unrecognised handicap of dyscalculia.
Islam in Europe: Culture War or Religious Toleration?
Jytte Klausen, is a Professor Professor at Brandeis University. Her book, ‘The Islamic Challenge: Politics and Religion in Western Europe’, is published in English by Oxford University Press. Professor Klausen held a British Academy Visiting Professorship at Nuffield College, Oxford in autumn 2004.
Culture and Identity Politics
Professor Adam Kuper FBA discusses the history of ideas about culture, and their significance in debates about identity in Europe today.
Ancient Pottery on the Web
Professor Donna Kurtz, Beazley Archivist and Professor of Classical Art at the University of Oxford, describes the digitisation of Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, the oldest research project of the Union Académique Internationale.
In brief (BAR 9)
Short notices on: British Academy Book Prize 2004; Medals and Prizes 2005; ‘That full complement of riches’: the contributions of the arts, humanities and social sciences to the nation’s wealth; E-resources for research in the humanities and social sciences.
The Contribution of Scholarship to Good Government
Richard Wilson (Lord Wilson of Dinton), Secretary of the Cabinet from 1998 to 2002, and now Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, looks at three recent British Academy publications that contribute to current debates on good government.
History and the Pensions Crisis
In June 2005 a conference was held at the British Academy bringing together leading experts from a number of countries to discuss the current pensions crisis in the UK, and to consider the way forward. Dr Hugh Pemberton, one of the convenors of the conference, reflects on the nature of …
'The Age of Ivory': The Nimrud Project
The British School of Archaeology in Iraq has published five volumes in the ‘Ivories from Nimrud’ series, together with a scanned archive of these ivories. Two more volumes are in preparation, as is a computer database. Dr Georgina Herrmann FBA, Director of the Project, recounts some of the history of …
English Episcopal Acta (BAR article)
In 2005 the Academy published the 30th in its ambitious series of volumes containing the texts of all English episcopal acta to survive for the period between the Norman Conquest and the emergence of bishops’ registers during the course of the thirteenth century. Professor Barrie Dobson FBA, current Chairman of …
Soldiers of Democracy: The Great War and African American Culture
Dr Mark Whalan is Lecturer in American Literature and Culture at the University of Exeter. In the article below, he discusses African American soldiers’ experience of the Great War and the New Negro Renaissance.
Encountering the 'true dream' in Islam: a Journey to Turkey and Pakistan
Dr Iain R Edgar, University of Durham, recounts his findings from a research trip undertaken in 2005 to investigate the significance of dreams in a sample of Islamic cultures.
From Lucy to Language: The Archaeology of the Social Brain (BAR)
In 2003 the British Academy selected ‘Lucy to Language’ as its Centenary Research Project. Professor Robin Dunbar FBA, Co-Director of the Project, reports on the first phase of the research programme to unpack what it means to be human.