Forthcoming British Academy Events

February events

The Production and Circulation of Printed Books in the Occident and Orient from the Accession of theTang Dynasty (c.618) to the First Industrial Revolution
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 February 2013, 9.15am – 5.30pm
This conference aims to open the conversation between economic historians and historians of the book and stimulate publications and research in a truly global history of knowledge formation from the Tang Dynasty to the Industrial Revolution. It will provide a timely opportunity and forum for reviewing the debate on economic divergence between Occident and Orient after more than twelve years of debate and feed suggestions into the now rapidly growing field of global history. As an interdisciplinary conference linked to more than three decades of widespread research on the history of the book, it should interest scholars in the fields of history, economics, law, sociology, religious and area studies, and education as well as scholars in libraries and museums concerned with the storage and preservation of knowledge in book form.
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FREE but registration required
The 2013 Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology

Media Partner: Current World Archaeology

Levantine Epigraphy and History in the Achaemenid Period given by Professor André Lemaire, École Pratique des Hautes Études

Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 February 2013
6 – 7.15pm, each followed by a reception

The Achaemenid period in the Levant is generally considered an obscure part of history. However, since 1980, epigraphic discoveries and research have thrown new light on this period.  A variety of aspects will be presented across three evening lectures on this subject.

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FREE. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The Appeal of Islamic Fundamentalism
The 2013 British Academy Lecture given by Professor Michael Cook FBA, Princeton University
Tuesday 26 February 2013, 6 – 7.15pm followed by a reception

Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 5AG
There is nothing exceptional about religion playing a role in politics, but among the major religions of the world today none plays a more salient role than Islam. Particularly conspicuous is the contribution of trends of thought that we loosely refer to as ‘Islamic Fundamentalism’. What is it about the combination of the Islamic heritage and the state of the contemporary world that makes Islamic Fundamentalism so attractive and Islam so politically salient?
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FREE. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.
What is Fundamentalism – and what threats does it pose to today’s world?

Wednesday 27 February 2013, 9.30am – 4.45pm

This conference is in three parts. The first session will explore the definitions and origins of Fundamentalism, including a look at its roots in American Protestantism and an examination of what constitutes the Fundamentalist mindset.
The second session will look in more detail at different kinds of Fundamentalism – through the eyes of experts on Islamic, Jewish and Hindu religious and cultural traditions.
The final session will ask what the conditions are which are producing or reproducing Fundamentalism in today’s world, and whether dialogue is possible with Fundamentalists.  It will include present and historical perspectives on non-religious ideologies and on Scientific Fundamentalism as well as the rising political influence of Fundamentalism in countries including the USA, Israel and Pakistan.
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FREE but registration required


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