British academy

Public Events

Our events are open to all, often free, and offer the chance explore new research that sheds light on a wide range of human and social issues. 

Our accessible talks, panel discussions, debates and other events showcase how the humanities and social sciences underpin the world around us and influence our everyday lives. Our lecture programme has communicated the best scholarship in the humanities and social sciences for over 100 years. And our conferences provide the opportunity for in-depth engagement with leading and emerging scholars.

Events take place both at the British Academy at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, and also at locations around the UK. Most of our events are free to attend, but many require advanced registration. Full details of event venue and registration are provided on each event page.

Upcoming Events


January 2015


Wednesday 14 January 2015
What is Well-being?
The British Academy Debates, 6-7.30pm
(venue: The Lowry, Salford)


February 2015


Tuesday 3 February 2015
Enriching our lives - Why the Humanities and Social Sciences matter now 
Panel Discussion, 6-7.30pm (venue: LSE, London)

Wednesday 4 February 2015
Social and Economic Change and Well-being
The British Academy Debates, 6-7.30pm
(venue: National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff)

Thursday 5 February 2015
'To count for nothing': Poverty beyond the statistics
The British Academy Lecture, by Baroness (Ruth) Lister of Burtersett FBA, 6-7.15pm 
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Wednesday 11 February 2015
Pulp Fiction: The Ancient Greeks and their leisure reading
Panel Discussion, 6-7.30pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Tuesday 17 February 2015
Food globalisation in prehistory
Elsley Zeitlyn Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Culture, by Professor Martin Jones, 6-7.15pm 
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)


March 2015


Tuesday 3 March 2015
Reinventing the Corporation
Sir John Cass’s Foundation Lecture, by Professor Colin Mayer FBA, 6-7.15pm 
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Wednesday 4 March 2015
Well-being and Public Policy
The British Academy Debates, 6-7.30pm
(venue: Senate House, London) 

Thursday 5 March 2015
Tackling the Great Challenges of the 21st Century
In Conversation, 6.30-8pm (venue: The Royal Society, London) 

Thursday 12 March
The Skeleton in the Car Park: Richard III and the legacy of his re-discovery 
Panel Discussion, 6-7.30pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Tuesday 17 March 2015
The four epochs of jury trial in England
British Academy Law Lecture, by Professor John Langbein FBA, 6-7.15pm 
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 26 & Friday 27 March 2015
Aliens, Foreigners & Strangers in Medieval England, c. AD 500-1500
British Academy Conference, 9.30am-5pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 26 March 2015
Medieval Migrants: On the move in Britain after Rome's fall 
Lecture, by Professor Robin Fleming, 6-7.15pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)


April 2015


Thursday 23 April 2015
Natural mysticism: Reggae and Caribbean poetics
Warton Lecture on English Poetry, by Professor Kwame Dawes, 6-7.15pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)


May 2015


Friday 8 May 2015
Observing language change and language processing: Old manuscripts, new brains
Anna Morpurgo Davies Lecture, by Professor Aditi Lahiri FBA, 4.15pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Monday 11 - Sunday 17 May 2015
Other Worlds
British Academy Literature Week 2015

Tuesday 19 May 2015
Anthropology, digital music and the contemporary
Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology, by Professor Georgina Born FBA, 6-7.15pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 May 2015
Splendid Innovations: The development, reception and preservation of screen translation
British Academy Conference, 9.30am-5pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 21 May 2015
Screen Translation and the Benshi Tradition in Japan
Film Screening & Discussion, 6-7.30pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)


June 2015


June 2015
Digital Democracy - information to be announced in January 2015
Panel Discussions

Wednesday 3 June 2015
We don’t torture': Moral resolve and the doctrine of double effect
Philosophical Lecture, by Professor Richard Holton, 6-7.15pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 18 & Friday 19 June 2015
How Terrorist Groups ‘Learn’: Innovation and Adaptation in Political Violence
British Academy Conference, 9.30am-5pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 18 June 2015
Tackling Today's Terrorists: The challenges for national security
In Conversation, 6-7.30pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Wednesday 24 June 2015
Does the European Union Need Britain? – Does Britain Need the European Union?
Anglo German Foundation Lecture, by Professor Dame Helen Wallace FBA,6-7.15pm
(venue: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin)
Please note this lecture has now been postponed to Wednesday 16 September 2015


July 2015


Thursday 2 July 2015
Out of the ashes: Europe’s rebirth after the Second World War, 1945-49
Raleigh Lecture on History, by Professor Sir Ian Kershaw FBA, 6-7.15pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Tuesday 7 July 2015
Who reads Geography or History anymore? The challenge of audience in a digital age
Lecture in Geography, by Professor William Cronon, 6-7.15pm
(venue: The Royal Geographical Society)

Thursday 9 & Friday 10 July 2015
The Race Relations Act @ 50
British Academy Conference, 9.30am-5pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 9 July 2015
Racial Discrimination and Criminal Justice in the EU
Panel Discussion, 6-7.30pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)