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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


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)

Wednesday 29 April 2015
What Happens When No-one Wins?
Panel Discussion, 6-7.30pm
(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)

Monday 25 May 2015
Why Are We Waiting?
The British Academy Platform at Hay, 11.30am
(venue: Hay Festival)

Monday 25 May 2015
Sex and the West
The British Academy Lecture at Hay, 5.30pm
(venue: Hay Festival) 


June 2015


June 2015
Digital Democracy
Panel Discussion
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.

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)