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Proposals for British Academy events

The British Academy operates a varied programme of events, for a range of audiences. It welcomes proposals for the following types of events:

  1. Public events communicating humanities and social sciences scholarship
  2. British Academy Conferences
  3. British Academy Debates

1. Public events communicating humanities and social sciences scholarship

Such events should seek to communicate new research and perspectives to non-specialist audiences, and to demonstrate the value of humanities and social sciences scholarship. Of particular interest are events that draw on more than one of the humanities and social sciences disciplines represented by the Academy.

The principal vehicles are the Panel Discussion and the 'In Conversation' event.


2. British Academy Conferences

Such events, held over one or two days, should seek to be pivotal events, of lasting academic significance in their field. Proposals of an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary nature are especially appropriate, and suggestions for subjects with policy implications are welcomed. The deadline for submission of proposals for the calendar year 2016 is 27 February 2015.

Proposal procedure


3. British Academy Debates

The British Academy Debates started in spring 2014 as a new series of flagship public events, building on the publication of Prospering Wisely and tackling major challenges of our time. Previous series have covered Ageing (spring 2014) and Immigration (autumn 2014). Future series planned include Well-being (spring 2015), Energy & the Environment (autumn 2015) and Faith (spring 2016).

The Academy is currently planning future series, and welcomes proposals from Fellows of the British Academy for autumn 2016 and spring 2017 Debates. You can download the guidance notes and a proposal form but you are strongly advised to discuss your proposal in advance with Naomi Gibson, Head of Public Events (n.gibson@britac.ac.uk, 020 7969 5264). The deadline for submission of proposals for the 2016/17 academic year is 16 January 2015.


Additional notes:

The Academy has a full programme of academic lectures, given in established series. The giving of an Academy lecture is by invitation only. The Academy does not seek proposals for further lectures, either as one-offs or as new series.

Funding for academic workshops convened to advance specific research objectives is available through the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme.

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