British Academy

The British Academy is an independent national academy of Fellows elected for their eminence in research and publication. It is the UK's expert body that supports and speaks for the humanities and social sciences.

Venue Type:

Association or society

Opening hours

08:00 - 19:00.

Admission charges

There is no entry charge.

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Thinkers for our Time: Sigmund Freud

  • 25 November 2015 6-7:30pm

Chaired by Professor Laura Marcus FBA, University of Oxford

The work of Freud has shaped ideas, discussion and social discourse since the start of the twentieth century. Join us as we revisit his key ideas and the influence they have had on society over the past hundred years. This event is the first in a new series re-thinking the life and works of influential historical figures from across the Academy’s disciplines.


Professor Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London
Dr Ankhi Mukherjee, University of Oxford
Dr Shohini Chaudhuri, University of Essex
Dr Jana Funke, University of Exeter

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Theology and the tragic: a debate revisited

  • 1 December 2015 6-7:15pm

Studies of tragic drama still refer from time to time to the argument that a theological/ religious worldview is inherently anti-tragic. The debate has drawn in figures as diverse as Helen Gardner, George Steiner and Terry Eagleton, as well as theologians like Donald MacKinnon. Recent studies of tragedy have complicated the issue further by questioning essentialist models of tragic drama or narrative, while a growing number of theologians have made use of dramatic categories. This lecture will attempt to see how the discussion has moved on, and how newer accounts of the tragic suggest different theological possibilities.

About the speaker:
Rowan Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012. He is the author of a number of books on the frontiers of
theology, philosophy and literary studies, as well as several volumes of poetry. He is a Fellow of the Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature.

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  • Not suitable for children


Thomas Cromwell re-imagined

  • 3 December 2015 6-7:30pm

Thomas Cromwell remains one of the most controversial characters of the Tudor age. Just as in his own time, he makes enthusiastic friends and bitter enemies. Join author Hilary Mantel, actor Ben Miles, and Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch as they come together to explore and discuss this elusive but important Tudor.


Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch FBA, University of Oxford
Hilary Mantel, author, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
Ben Miles, actor, portrayed Thomas Cromwell in the RSC production of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

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  • Not suitable for children


The Priory Church of the Order of St John
St John's Square


British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace
Greater London




020 7969 5200

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