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The British Academy Lectures

This lecture series was established to mark the British Academy’s move to new headquarters in Carlton House Terrace in 1998. The lecture is intended to promote appreciation of the Academy’s fields of scholarship, in particular on matters of topical debate. The lecture was first delivered in 1998.

Click on the blue links for outputs from the lectures or event information.
(Note: the texts of the 1998-2000 lectures, and those from 2011 onwards are available open access; the texts of the 2001-2010 lectures are not available open access.)


2016  The rise of ‘no religion’ in Britain: The emergence of a new cultural majority, by Linda Woodhead (text | video)

2015  ‘To count for nothing’: Poverty beyond the statistics, by Ruth Lister (text | video)

2013  The Appeal of Islamic Fundamentalism, by Michael Cook (text | video)

2012  Deadly Embrace: War, Distance and Intimacy, by Derek Gregory (audio, plus slides)

2011  Language diversity, endangerment, and public awareness, by David Crystal (text | audio)

2010  The Mixed Constitution: Monarchical and Aristocratic Aspects of Modern Democracy, by Mogens Hansen (text | audio)

2009  Surrealism and its Legacies in Latin America, by Dawn Adès (text | audio, plus slides)

2008  A Genealogy of the Modern State, by Quentin Skinner (text | audio)

2007  The Devil in the Holy Water: Political Libel in Eighteenth-Century France, by Robert Darnton (text)

2006  Kinds of People: Moving Targets, by Ian Hacking (text | draft text)

2005  Becoming Human: the Archaeological Challenge, by Colin Renfrew (text | audio)

2004  What Fates Impose: Facing Up to Uncertainty, by Mervyn King (text | audio)

2003  Revenants and Migrants: Hardy, Butler, Woolf and Sebald, by Gillian Beer (text)

2002  The Quest for the Industrial Revolution, by E A Wrigley (text)

2001  The Life of Learning, by Keith Thomas (text | text extract)

2000  Other People, by Amartya Sen (text)

1999  On the ‘Origins’ of Science, by G E R Lloyd (text)

1998  Is There Always an Underclass? by W G Runciman (text)

1998  Plagiarism, by Christopher Ricks (text)

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