The Annual British Academy/LHRI Lectures

Each autumn the LHRI in association with the British Academy invites one of the speakers in the Academy's London-based public lecture series to give their lecture again before an audience at the University of Leeds.  The three LHRI/British Academy Lectures in the series so far are:

British Academy lecture

Prof. Tiffany Stern (Oxford), "The Two Hours' Traffic of Our Stage: Time for Shakespeare"

24 November 2014

When the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet announces that the performance will last two hours, what does Shakespeare mean? Professor Tiffany Stern asks how time was understood in an age of sandglasses, sundials and inaccurate clockwork. Considering the sound and the look of the instruments of time, Professor Stern asks about Shakespeare’s works ranging from the practical to the editorial and to the analytical. How long did Shakespeare’s plays take to perform? Why are Shakespearean characters associated with ways of measuring time? What textual cruxes in Shakespeare’s plays relate to timepieces? And what did terms like an hour, a minute, or a second actually convey to a Shakespearean audience?

About the Speaker:

Tiffany Stern is Professor of Early Modern Drama at the University of Oxford. Her books include Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan (2000), Making Shakespeare (2004), Shakespeare in Parts (2007) and Documents of Performance in Early Modern England (2009). She has edited a number of plays and written over forty articles and chapters on 16th, 17th and 18th century literature.

Prof. Hugh Haughton (York), "Poetry and Rivers"

21 November 2013

Professor Hugh Haughton looks at how poets from Spenser to Heaney, Hughes and Alice Oswald have used rivers in their work.  This lecture was first given during the British Academy Literature Week 2013.

About the Speaker:

Born in Cork in the Republic of Ireland, Professor Haughton studied at Cambridge and Oxford Universities before joining the staff at York.

Professor Haughton's main interests lie in twentieth-century Irish literature, modern poetry and poetics in the UK, US and Ireland; psychoanalysis and literature; and the literature of nonsense.  He has recently written an introduction to one of the New Penguin Freud volumes on The Uncanny, edited an anthology of Poetry of the Second World War and completed a book-length study of the contemporary Irish poet Derek Mahon. He is also interested in autobiography and life-writing: John Clare and Romantic poetry; US poetry and fiction; and issues around poetry, cultural exchange and translation.

Prof. Judith M. Brown (Oxford), "The Making and Breaking of States: The End of Empire in India Revisited"

05 December 2012

Recent events in the Arab world have sharpened and widened public interest in the way states can be broken and made - often very publicly and dramatically given the role of the modern media. Since the end of the Second World War the world has seen three great waves of state-breaking and state-making: the end of European empires; the collapse of the Soviet Union; and the contemporary "Arab Spring". By revisiting perhaps the greatest "imperial ending", the end of British imperial rule in India in 1947, we can investigate issues which may prove helpful in probing the dynamics of other phases of turbulence in the structures and nature of states.

About the Speaker:

The Revd Professor Judith Brown was born in India (1944) and educated in England. As an academic, specialising in South Asia and wider aspects of imperial history, she taught as a Fellow of Girton College, in Manchester University, and then in Oxford, as Beit Professor of Commonwealth History and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College (1990-2011). Most of her writing has been on modern Indian politics (with biographical studies of Gandhi and of Nehru), the South Asian diaspora, and more generally on the British empire. She trained for ordination (2009) at Cuddesdon and helps in a west Oxford parish and in Balliol chapel