British Academy Blog http://blog.britac.ac.uk For the Humanities and Social Sciences Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:32:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 Thinkers for our time: Mary Wollstonecraft http://blog.britac.ac.uk/thinkers-for-our-time-mary-wollstonecraft/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:32:32 +0000 http://blog.britac.ac.uk/?p=1294 738px-Mary_Wollstonecraft_by_John_Opie_(c._1797)By Professor Barbara Taylor

Mary Wollstonecraft was a great innovator: someone able to think inventively, to generate new and challenging ideas and express these in ways that made them highly influential in her own day,  and for centuries since. She …

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738px-Mary_Wollstonecraft_by_John_Opie_(c._1797)By Professor Barbara Taylor

Mary Wollstonecraft was a great innovator: someone able to think inventively, to generate new and challenging ideas and express these in ways that made them highly influential in her own day,  and for centuries since. She …

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Gladstone, Liberalism and Music: Political Leadership and Popular Legacy http://blog.britac.ac.uk/gladstone-liberalism-and-music-political-leadership-and-popular-legacy/ Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:00:44 +0000 http://blog.britac.ac.uk/?p=1286 British-Academy-exteriorBy Dr Phyllis Weliver

Arthur Balfour’s baiting of W.E. Gladstone in the House of Commons may be what we most remember about how these two British Prime Ministers interacted. Gladstone, almost forty years older than Balfour, was the epitome of …

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British-Academy-exteriorBy Dr Phyllis Weliver

Arthur Balfour’s baiting of W.E. Gladstone in the House of Commons may be what we most remember about how these two British Prime Ministers interacted. Gladstone, almost forty years older than Balfour, was the epitome of …

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Maths anxiety is creating a shortage of young scientists … here’s a solution http://blog.britac.ac.uk/maths-anxiety-is-creating-a-shortage-of-young-scientists-heres-a-solution/ Tue, 07 Jun 2016 08:38:28 +0000 http://blog.britac.ac.uk/?p=1270 maths-anxietyGijsbert Stoet, University of Glasgow

Does the thought of doing long division, or solving a bit of algebra give you the shivers? You’re likely to have maths anxiety. In our recent research, my colleagues and I found that …

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maths-anxietyGijsbert Stoet, University of Glasgow

Does the thought of doing long division, or solving a bit of algebra give you the shivers? You’re likely to have maths anxiety. In our recent research, my colleagues and I found that …

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Maths Anxiety and The Cognitive Benefits of Language Learning http://blog.britac.ac.uk/maths-anxiety-and-the-cognitive-benefits-of-language-learning/ Tue, 31 May 2016 10:13:35 +0000 http://blog.britac.ac.uk/?p=1257 StampaBy Dr Maria Pampaka, Professor Bencie Woll FBA and Professor Li Wei

The British Academy has recently launched two Special Research Projects on areas of particular interest and relevance to its ongoing work on Languages and Quantitative Skills (L&QS): The

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StampaBy Dr Maria Pampaka, Professor Bencie Woll FBA and Professor Li Wei

The British Academy has recently launched two Special Research Projects on areas of particular interest and relevance to its ongoing work on Languages and Quantitative Skills (L&QS): The

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Distant and Neglected Voices: Outside of Europe… http://blog.britac.ac.uk/distant-and-neglected-voices-outside-of-europe/ Thu, 26 May 2016 14:59:24 +0000 http://blog.britac.ac.uk/?p=1254 Pocahontas_by_Simon_van_de_Passe_1616By Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Dr Helena Sanson

Women’s contribution to language codification across the ages extends well beyond Europe. Since many traditional histories of linguistics focus primarily on the western tradition, the contribution of women outside Europe is even …

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Pocahontas_by_Simon_van_de_Passe_1616By Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Dr Helena Sanson

Women’s contribution to language codification across the ages extends well beyond Europe. Since many traditional histories of linguistics focus primarily on the western tradition, the contribution of women outside Europe is even …

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Distant and Neglected Voices: Europe… http://blog.britac.ac.uk/distant-and-neglected-voices-europe/ Fri, 20 May 2016 15:36:14 +0000 http://blog.britac.ac.uk/?p=1248 Women_in_the_History_of_LinguisticsBy Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Dr Helena Sanson

Where are all the female linguists? If we look at most histories of linguistics, women are either completely absent or relegated to footnotes. Of the 1,500 entries in the first edition of …

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Women_in_the_History_of_LinguisticsBy Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Dr Helena Sanson

Where are all the female linguists? If we look at most histories of linguistics, women are either completely absent or relegated to footnotes. Of the 1,500 entries in the first edition of …

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Julian Bond: a celebration http://blog.britac.ac.uk/julian-bond-a-celebration/ Thu, 19 May 2016 10:00:27 +0000 http://blog.britac.ac.uk/?p=1240 Julian-BondBy Professor Sharon Monteith

Book now to join us at the British Academy to celebrate the life and activism of Julian Bond (1940-2015) on Tuesday 24 May, 6pm, for a free event: Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the

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Julian-BondBy Professor Sharon Monteith

Book now to join us at the British Academy to celebrate the life and activism of Julian Bond (1940-2015) on Tuesday 24 May, 6pm, for a free event: Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the

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Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences http://blog.britac.ac.uk/teaching-excellence-in-the-humanities-and-social-sciences/ Tue, 17 May 2016 13:16:46 +0000 http://blog.britac.ac.uk/?p=1244 excellenceDr Anna Mountford-Zimdars

What does excellence in humanities and social science teaching look like? As academic fields we have become accustomed to the ways in which we capture and celebrate research excellence. However, we do not have the same shared …

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excellenceDr Anna Mountford-Zimdars

What does excellence in humanities and social science teaching look like? As academic fields we have become accustomed to the ways in which we capture and celebrate research excellence. However, we do not have the same shared …

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Storytelling and the evolving historiography of the civil rights movement http://blog.britac.ac.uk/storytelling-and-the-evolving-historiography-of-the-civil-rights-movement/ Wed, 11 May 2016 09:46:49 +0000 http://blog.britac.ac.uk/?p=1235 Eyes_on_a_prize_dvd_coverBy Professor Sharon Monteith

When Barack Obama published Dreams From My Father in 1995, he confided that the Civil Rights Movement seemed to him to exist in “grainy black-and-white” as “a series of images, romantic images, of a past I …

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Eyes_on_a_prize_dvd_coverBy Professor Sharon Monteith

When Barack Obama published Dreams From My Father in 1995, he confided that the Civil Rights Movement seemed to him to exist in “grainy black-and-white” as “a series of images, romantic images, of a past I …

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The representation of history on film and television http://blog.britac.ac.uk/the-representation-of-history-on-film-and-television/ Tue, 10 May 2016 08:50:54 +0000 http://blog.britac.ac.uk/?p=1231 civil-rightsBy Dr Helen Laville

I am currently packing up the office I have occupied for eighteen years in preparation for a move to a new job.  Alongside the accumulated paperwork of my life as a lecturer, I discover all my …

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civil-rightsBy Dr Helen Laville

I am currently packing up the office I have occupied for eighteen years in preparation for a move to a new job.  Alongside the accumulated paperwork of my life as a lecturer, I discover all my …

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