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10-Minute Talks The British Academy

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The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.

    Why politics fails

    Why politics fails

    Sharing insights from his book 'Why Politics Fails', in this 10-Minute Talk Ben Ansell FBA unpacks the challenges of democracy. Given that humans rarely agree, there can be no such thing as the ‘will of the people’ – which is why it’s so difficult to override individual self-interest in favour of our collective interest in resolving some of our most pressing political problems. From the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to Brexit, hear about the importance of losers’ consent and “agreeable” disagreement. 
    Please note, at 3:34 the spelling of the Sejm of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth should be S-E-J-M.
    Speaker: Professor Ben Ansell, Professor of Comparative Democratic Institutions at the University of Oxford, and the BBC's 2023 Reith Lecturer. 
    This podcast is for informative and educational purposes.10-Minute Talks are a series of pre-recorded talks from Fellows of the British Academy, published on YouTube and also available on Apple Podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/10-minute-talks/id1530020476  
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    • 10 min
    What makes us social? Autism, mentalising, and the need for new labels

    What makes us social? Autism, mentalising, and the need for new labels

    How we understand autism has changed greatly over time. In this talk, Uta Frith FBA discusses developments in the scientific study of autism and its re-evaluation from a rarely diagnosed disorder to being conceptualised as a spectrum of neurodiversity. Autism can now be explored in relation to the mentalising system and other internal mechanisms that make us social.  
    Speaker: Professor Uta Frith, developmental psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London
    This video is for informative and educational purposes.
    10-Minute Talks are a series of pre-recorded talks from Fellows of the British Academy, published on YouTube and also available on Apple Podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/10-minute-talks/id1530020476  
    Subtitles, also known as closed captions, are available on our YouTube videos. You can access them by clicking on the 'CC' button or gear icon on the video. The 'CC' button and gear icon are usually located at the bottom of videos.  
    Find out more about the British Academy: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/  
    For future events, visit our website: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/events/  
    Subscribe to our email newsletter: https://email.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/p/6P7Q-5PO/newsletter

    • 11 min
    The Lion of the 17th: the story of Georges Dukson and the Liberation of Paris

    The Lion of the 17th: the story of Georges Dukson and the Liberation of Paris

    Gary Younge Hon FBA explores the French Liberation of 1944 and the story of Georges Dukson, "le Lion du 17ème", a soldier from French Equatorial Africa (now Gabon) who fought for the Free French forces during the liberation of Paris. Almost a million Africans, more than a million African Americans and roughly 16,0000 Caribbeans served in the Allied forces in the Second World War, but – often partly by design – their stories have rarely been heard. From the 'blanchissement' to the allied powers’ denial of the basic civil rights of Black and Brown people, Younge argues that the Second World War cannot be meaningfully understood as one for democracy or freedom.
    Speaker: Professor Gary Younge Hon FBA, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester; Journalist and author 
    This podcast is for informative and educational purposes.
    Image credit: Georges Dukson, a Black soldier, is on the edge of the procession that General Charles de Gaulle is leading down the Champs-Élysées as part of the liberation of Paris. Photo by Serge DE SAZO / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images. 
    10-Minute Talks are a series of pre-recorded talks from Fellows of the British Academy, published on YouTube and also available on Apple Podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/10-minute-talks/id1530020476  
    Additional photos of Georges Dukson described in this talk can be viewed on this blog by Matthew Cobb: https://elevendaysinaugust.com/2013/03/09/georges-dukson-2/ 
    Subtitles, also known as closed captions, are available on our YouTube videos. You can access them by clicking on the 'CC' button or gear icon on the video. The 'CC' button and gear icon are usually located at the bottom of videos.  
    Find out more about the British Academy: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/  
    For future events, visit our website: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/events/  
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    • 14 min
    Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature

    Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature

    In this talk, Ato Quayson shares insights drawn from his book Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature. He argues that disputatiousness is one of the starting points that connects Greek and postcolonial tragedy.

    • 14 min
    Hypermasculine leadership

    Hypermasculine leadership

    In this talk, Georgina Waylen discusses hypermasculine leadership within the context of the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 11 min
    The politics of humiliation

    The politics of humiliation

    The modern history of humiliation is different from the history of public shaming; both share certain features and practices, but differ as to intentions and goals.

    • 11 min

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