Professor Lynda Nead elected to prestigious British Academy fellowship

Professor Nead is among 76 distinguished scholars to be elected to the fellowship, having been chosen in recognition of her work on the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British visual culture.

Professor Lynda Nead, Pevsner Chair of History of Art at Birkbeck, has been made a Fellow of the prestigious British Academy for the humanities and social sciences.

Professor Nead is among 76 distinguished scholars to be elected to the fellowship, having been chosen in recognition of her work on the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British visual culture.

She said:I am very pleased and honoured to be elected to the British Academy. History of Art at Birkbeck has been a supportive and stimulating environment for my work and the College’s interdisciplinary focus has been especially important. My thanks to all those academic colleagues in the School of Arts and beyond for many years of discussion, debate and collaboration.”

The British Academy is a community of over 1400 of the leading minds that make up the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. Current Fellows include the classicist Dame Mary Beard, the historian Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Baroness Onora O’Neill, while previous Fellows include Sir Winston Churchill, C.S Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.

This year marks the largest ever cohort of new Fellows elected to the British Academy for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences.

Professor Sir David Cannadine, President of the British Academy, said: “I am delighted to welcome this year’s exceptionally talented new Fellows to the Academy. Including historians and economists, neuroscientists and legal theorists, they bring a vast range of expertise, insights and experience to our most distinguished fellowship.

“The election of the largest cohort of Fellows in our history means the British Academy is better placed than ever to help tackle the challenges we all face today. Whether it’s social integration or the ageing society, the future of democracy or climate change, Brexit or the rise of artificial intelligence, the insights of the humanities and social sciences are essential as we navigate our way through an uncertain present into what we hope will be an exciting future.

“I extend to all of our new Fellows my heartiest congratulations and I look forward to working closely with them to build on the Academy’s reputation and achievements.”

BIRKBECK’S ACADEMICS AND THE BRITISH ACADEMY

Other Birkbeck academics to have been elected Fellows of the British Academy in previous years include: