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


May 2015


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) 

Tuesday 26 May 2015
Live Debate: Keep it in the Ground
(venue: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9GU) 
Panel Discussion, 7-8.30 pm


June 2015


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

Monday 1 June 2015
UK General Election 2015: 3 Weeks On
Panel Discussion, 6-7.30pm
(venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace) 

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, 6.30-8pm
(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, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR)

Tuesday 7 July 2015
Britain's First Big Data Election? The Nature and Implications of Big Data Politics
(venue:  Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX) 

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)