Since 1998, the British Academy has awarded small research grants to support a project in Jordan, conducted jointly by Dr Robert Bewley and Professor David Kennedy: they describe their work here. Also, at a conference held at the Academy in May 2001, the Academy launched its report on aerial archaeology: …
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.
Migration in the Crusades to the Medieval Middle East
Dr Piers D Mitchell and Dr Andrew R Millard describe the first surprising results from their research into the migration patterns of Europeans taking part in the Crusades. Their project illustrates the significant role scientific archaeology can play in supplementing knowledge based on the historical record.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
The current research of Dr Rachel Beckles Willson is concerned with examining western classical music in the Middle East. As one element in her programme, she spent time with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said. In this article, she considers the impact of the founders’ …
The First English Bible: A Lost Opportunity
The medieval English Church prohibited the use of the translation of the Bible made in Wyclif’s time. Traditionally, the Wycliffite Bible has been understood as a reformist document, but Dr Mary Dove argues that, contrary to received opinion, the readership was prodominantly devout and orthodox. She sets out the evidence …
Captivated by Africa's Geography: James McQueen, Thomas Fowell Buxton and the Abolition of Slavery
Dr David Lambert, Reader in Historical Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, tells the story of an unlikely alliance in British efforts to stem the sources of the slave trade in Africa, and describes how geographical knowledge – derived from displaced slaves themselves – contributed to abolitionist endeavours.
Dr Will Rea, of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds paints a picture of Ibadan, sketching the history and describing the unique characteristics of the city, that gave rise in the 1960s to the remarkable ‘Ibadan renaissance’ of writers and …
Progress in Understanding 'Tone Deafness'
Karen Wise, Professor John Sloboda FBA, and Professor Isabelle Peretz describe recent research into the condition of tone deafness, or ‘congenital amusia’, and consider the phenomenon of those who are not apparently tone deaf but who classify themselves as such.
Word Comprehension in Younger and Older Adults: When is a Difference a Deficit?
Dr Meredith Shafto is engaged on a long-term project to understand the cognitive changes that happen as we age. In this article, she describes her current work on language comprehension.
Psalms for King James: Jean Servin's Music for George Buchanan’s Latin Psalm Paraphrases (1579)
February 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the French composer Jean Servin. In the 1570s, Servin was a refugee from the Wars of Religion in France: Professor James Porter describes his visit to the court of King James VI of Scotland in search of patronage.