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


September 2015


Tuesday 8 September 2015
Kanraxël: The Confluence of Agnack 
Film Screening & Discussion, 6-7.30pm 
(venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace) 

Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 September 2015 
African Multilingualism: motivations, modalities, movement and meaning
British Academy Conference, 9.30am – 5pm
(venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 10 September 2015
Painting in Britain, 1500-1630
Panel Discussion, 7-8.30pm
(venue: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place)

Wednesday 16 September 2015
Does the European Union Need Britain? – Does Britain Need the European Union? 
Anglo-German Foundation Lecture, by Professor Dame Helen Wallace FBA, 6pm
(venue: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin)

Wednesday 16 September 2015
Getting ahead of the curve: How to stop playing catch up on Scotland
Inaugural Lecture, by Alun Evans, 6pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 17 September 2015
Keeping a spotless mind: The neuroscience of motivated forgetting
Joint British Academy/British Psychological Society Lecture, by Dr Michael Anderson, 6pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Tuesday 22 September 2015
Energy and the environment: What's the challenge?
British Academy Debates, 6.30-8pm
(venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace) 

Thursday 24 September 2015
Picture in focus: Sir Henry Unton 
Gallery Tour, 7.30pm
(venue: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place)  

Wednesday 30 September 2015
Transatlantic Barthes
In Conversation, 6-7.30pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace) 


October 2015


Thursday 1 October 2015
State, society and economy: Perspectives on African constitutions
Maccabaean Lecture in Jurisprudence, by Professor Yash Ghai FBA, 6pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 1 & Friday 2 October 2015
Interdisciplinary Barthes
British Academy Conference, 9.30am – 5pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Wednesday 7 October 2015
Economic impossibilities for our grandchildren?
Keynes Lecture in Economics, by Professor Kevin ORourke FBA, 6pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Wednesday 14 October 2015
Energy and ethics: What are the costs to future generations in an unequal world? 
British Academy Debates, 6-7.30pm
(venue: ALEX Design Centre, Swansea) 

Thursday 15 October 2015
Water, water everywhere — even at Petra
Albert Reckitt Archaeological Lecture, by Professor Susan Alcock, 6pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Wednesday 21 October 2015
In conversation with Richard Leakey
In Conversation, 6.30-8pm
(venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace)


November 2015


Wednesday 4 November
More liveable, less polluted - how can we change the rapidly growing cities of the world? 
British Academy Debates, 6-7.30pm 
(venue: Surgeons' Hall, Nicolson St, Edinburgh. Midlothian, EH8 9DW)

Wednesday 4 November 2015
Classics?
Isaiah Berlin Lecture, by Professor Mary Beard OBE FBA, 6pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 19 November 2015
Language in Italy in the 21st Century
Italian Symposium, 10.00am – 6.15pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Tuesday 24 November 2015
Future energy provision - who has the power?
British Academy Debates, 6.30-8pm
(venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace) 

Wednesday 25 November 2015
At home with Freud
Talk and Tour, 1-2.30pm
(venue: Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens)

Wednesday 25 November 2015
Thinkers for our time: Sigmund Freud
Panel Discussion, 6-7.30pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace) 


December 2015


Tuesday 1 December 2015
Theology and the tragic: A debate revisited
Lecture in Religious Studies, by The Rt Revd & Rt Hon the Lord Williams of Oystermouth FBA, 6pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace)

Thursday 3 December 2015
Thomas Cromwell re-imagined
Panel Discussion, 6-7.30pm
(venue: Priory Church of the Order of St John, St John's Square, London, EC1V 4JL)