Michael Silk, Professor of Classical and Comparative Literature, at King's College London, has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.
The British Academy, established by Royal Charter in 1902, champions and supports the humanities and social sciences. It aims to inspire, recognise and support excellence and high achievement across the UK and internationally.
Each year, the British Academy elects to its Fellowship up to 38 outstanding UK-based scholars, who have achieved distinction in any branch of the humanities and social sciences. The prime criterion for election is academic distinction as reflected in scholarly research activity and publication. Only one or two scholars a year are elected in most fields.
The Academy has over 900 Fellows, encompassing psychologists, economists, historians, lawyers, theologians, criminologists and many others. Their expertise can shed light on major topical issues, ranging from climate change to radical extremism.
Professor Silk joined the Classics Department at King’s as a Lecturer in 1970. He became Reader in 1985 and Professor of Greek Language and Literature in 1991, a position he held until 2006. Since 2006 he has been Professor of Classical and Comparative Literature, teaching within the thriving new Comparative Literature programme. Between 2000 and 2003 he had a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, and between 2003 and 2007 spent half his time as Visiting Professor of Greek and Comparative Literature at Boston University in the USA.
Honoured to be elected to the Fellowship, Professor Silk said, 'I feel it a kind of vindication of the intellectual and academic open-endedness that has always been at the heart of my efforts within Classics – to relate classical literature to literature as a whole – and which is currently reflected, at King’s, in my position within the Comparative Literature programme.'
Professor Silk joins an illustrious group of 17 King’s academics who are BA Fellows.
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