On 10-11 February 2018 the British Academy, in collaboration with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, hosted an early career workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the broad theme of violence. The workshop brought together approximately 50 early career researchers from the UK and the USA from across the humanities and the social sciences, with expertise ranging from archaeology to international law to clinical psychology.
The programme included three sessions, on Commemoration and Memory, Dignity and Violence, and Language and Violence. The sessions were led by Professor Charles Tripp FBA, Dr Eleanor Davey (University of Manchester) and Dr Charlotta Salmi (Queen Mary University of London). The discussion throughout the workshop was dynamic and broad-ranging, encouraging participants to consider ways in which their different areas of research could complement each other, and drawing out commonalities in approaches to the study of violence across disciplines.
A key objective for the workshop was to encourage the building of new links among early career researchers across the Atlantic, to which end some seed funding was made available for participants to bid for by proposing a collaborative project. The response from participants in this process was overwhelming, and the British Academy looks forward to seeing how the collaborations it will be able to fund develop.
The American Philosophical Society also offered participants the opportunity to submit proposals for a special edition of its Proceedings journal, based on ideas brought up over the course of the discussions.
The British Academy would like to thank everyone involved in the workshop for their enthusiasm and commitment to the interdisciplinary nature of the discussions, which made the workshop such a success.