The new Fellows, Professor Ingrid De Smet, French and Neo-Latin Studies, Professor Anne Fuchs, German Studies and Professor Neil Lazarus, English, were welcomed into the Fellowship by President of the British Academy, Professor Lord Nicholas Stern of Brentford.
Lord Stern said: “Our Fellows are elected from across the UK for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences. Together they represent an unrivalled reserve of expertise and knowledge.”
The academics will now play a vital role in the work of the Academy, encouraging younger researchers, engaging in public discussion of the great issues and ideas of our and other times, contributing to policy reports and publications, and helping to select researchers and research projects for funding support.
Professor Ingrid De Smet commented: "It is an honour and a very humbling experience to be elected. I look forward to working with an institution that promotes world-class research, and especially to be of service, nationally and internationally, to the study of Early Modern languages and literatures."
Professor Anne Fuchs said: "I am delighted by my election to the British Academy and look forward to making a contribution to the life of the Academy, boosting the interests of Modern Languages."
Professor Neil Lazarus added: “These are very testing times for literary studies and for academic freedom more generally. I'm very happy to have been elected to the British Academy, and hope that, as a fellow, I'll be able to contribute to defending the autonomy of the humanities.”
A full list of the new British Academy Fellows and their institutions appears here
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17 July 2014