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British Academy Virtual Summer Showcase Featuring University of Reading researchers Yasmine Shamma and Vaibhav Singh

The British Academy Virtual Summer Showcase will take place on Friday 19 June and Saturday 20 June.

Featuring live and pre-recorded talks, performances and demonstrations, our Summer Showcase brings the best new humanities and social sciences research to life for audiences at home.

A 10-Minute Talk from Professor Sir David Cannadine, President of the British Academy, will launch the festival at 11:00. Ready-to-watch content from our Fellows and funded researchers will be available to view from 11:10 and do keep an eye out for other live content throughout the day.

Most Friday content will be hosted on the British Academy’s YouTube channel, with videos added on Friday 19 June. Saturday’s content will be added on Saturday.

Dr Yasmine Shamma (English Literature)

Last year, the UN Refugee Agency revealed that the number of people fleeing violence was the highest recorded since World War II. Many have found their temporary shelter has become a more permanent home, with ongoing conflict preventing their return. Reflecting on what ‘home’ looks like for those forcibly displaced for years Yasmine Shamma shares poetry that has inspired her while interviewing refugees.

Venue: The British Academy on YouTube (the link will be added on 19 June)
Free, no booking required

Dr Vaibhav Singh (Typography)

Have you ever wondered why we use a ‘keyboard’ for typing? What do typewriters without a keyboard look like? Vaibhav Singh takes us on a tour of his collection of vintage typewriters, exploring how we have thought about text and technology, how the keyboard we use today has been one of many alternatives and how the processes and tools for writing have been adapted, modified and challenged.

Venue: The British Academy on YouTube (the link will be added on 20 June)

All content is free. Most events require no booking, apart from two, Culture in crisis? and the Digital dinner party, which will be hosted on Zoom Webinar. Booking links for these two events can be found below.

If you have any questions about the British Academy Virtual Summer Showcase please refer to our Public Events FAQs. If your question is not answered, please email events@thebritishacademy.ac.uk.

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19 June 2020 @ 8:00 am
20 June 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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