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British Academy Fellowships

Posted on 30/07/2012

Two King's academics have been elected to the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding research.

Professor Richard Dyer, Department of Film Studies (pictured left), and Professor Martin Stokes, Music, are two of 38 elected Fellows of the British Academy, the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences, established in 1902 by Royal Charter. The rigorous electoral process means only one or two academics a year are elected in most fields, even though there may be several hundred scholars active in the field in question.

Professor Richard Dyer

Professor Dyer researches entertainment and representation and the relations between them, as well as music, film, Italian cinema and gay/lesbian/queer cultures.

He said: 'I am of course very honoured to be chosen by a body beyond my own discipline and also pleased that they have honoured someone coming not only from Film Studies but also from cultural and lesbian and gay studies.' Professor Dyer also praised the 'wonderfully supportive and stimulating context' of his colleagues at King’s.

Also among this year’s Fellows is Martin Stokes (pictured below), who will join King’s in September as Professor in the Anthropology of Music and who will succeed King's John Deathridge as King Edward Professor of Music in January 2013.Professor Stokes, who teaches and researches in ethnomusicology, said: 'It's a real honour to be elected to the British Academy and I'm delighted, as well as being humbled by the company I will be keeping. One of the British Academy's important functions in this country, and beyond, has been promoting and publicly articulating the values of research in the humanities and social sciences. The importance of this increases constantly and at the present moment it can hardly be overstated.'

Professor Martin Stokes

He added: 'I'm looking forward to playing a part, both in the Academy, and in my new role as King Edward Professor of Music at King's in 2013.'

The British Academy is composed of more than 900 distinguished scholars, counting the likes of Karl Popper and C. S. Lewis among its roll call of past Fellows. The British Academy supports researchers, promotes interdisciplinary and international collaboration and contributes to public policy and debate.

Sir Adam Roberts, President of the Academy, said: ‘Our Fellows play a vital role in sustaining the Academy’s activities - from identifying excellence to be supported by research awards, to contributing to policy reports and speaking at the Academy’s public events. Their presence in the Academy will help it to sustain its support for research across the humanities and social sciences and to inspire public interest in these disciplines.’

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