SOAS University of London

British Academy honours Timon Screech for outstanding research

24 July 2018
Timon Screech

JRC scholar Timon Screech has been elected Fellow of the British Academy for 2018/19.

The British Academy is the UK’s national body which champions and supports the humanities and social sciences, and elects outstanding UK-based scholars each year. Its purpose is to inspire, recognise and support excellence and high achievement in the humanities and social sciences throughout the UK and internationally. 52 Fellows were elected from UK universities this year, with a further 20 -- Corresponding Fellows -- elected from universities in the US, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Italy and France.

Professor Screech’s research looks at the art and culture of early-modern (Edo Period) Japan, the role of the English and Dutch East India Companies in cultural exchange with Japan, the royal iconography of the shoguns and the history of popular culture and sexuality in East Asia. His major study of the arts of the early-modern period, Obtaining Images, Art, Production and Display in Edo Japan, was published in 2012.

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.”