British Academy Events – June and July

June

Global power, influence and perception in the 21st Century
Tuesday 24 June 2014, 6pm-7.30pm

Join Karl W. Eikenberry (former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General), Professor Sir Adam Roberts (Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford) and Sir Martin Davidson (Chief Executive of the British Council) as they explore what soft power is and its significance and dilemmas today. The event will be chaired by Bridget Kendall, BBC Diplomatic Correspondent.

Admission to this event is free but you need to register and book online.

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 July

Rival Jihads: Islam and the Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1918
Tuesday 8 July 2014, 6pm-7.15pm

In this lecture, Dr Eugene Rogan will look at how Islam had more impact on European policies than on the loyalties of the Muslim peoples caught up in the First World War.

FREE. Registration is not required. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Shell Shock and the Emotional History of the First World War
Wednesday 9 July 2014, 6pm-7.30pm

This lecture will look at shell shock as a new category of emotional response to the terrors of modern war, arising not from individual war experience, but from the monstrous character of the war itself. Professor Winter will contend that the number of men suffering from psychological disabilities after the First World War has been significantly underestimated.

FREE. Registration is not required. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Are drugs the answer to learning a language?
Thursday 10 July 2014, 6.30pm-8.15pm

Scientists have discovered that drugs previously used to treat mood disorders can dramatically enhance your capacity to learn. If you could take a pill to boost your ability to learn a language, what are the moral, practical, social and medical implications? Join our panel, chaired by Guardian journalist Alok Jha, as they look at the research behind the claims, talk through the consequences of this potential new era for language learning and ask your opinions.

Admission to this event is free but you need to register and book online.

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War: An Emotional History
Thursday 10 & Friday 11 July 2014, 9.30am-5pm

This two-day conference seeks to explore the degree to which war impacted upon the emotional world of those who lived through times of conflict, and to consider how individuals in a range of different national contexts have responded to war from the medieval to the modern period.

Admission to this event is free but you need to register and book online.

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