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Loughborough research to feature in the 2022 British Academy Summer Showcase

Research by Loughborough University will feature in this year’s British Academy Summer Showcase, an event designed to celebrate the work of Academy-funded researchers from around the world.

After two years of delivering its annual Showcase online, the national body for the humanities and social sciences will once again throw open the doors at its London home on 17-18 June.

From Loughborough, Dr Siân Adiseshiah, Reader in English and Drama has been selected as an exhibitor for the showcase with partners Dr Amy Culley, from the University of Lincoln, and Dr Jonathon Shears from Keele University.

Titled ‘What does growing older mean to us?’, their exhibit will present everyday experiences of growing older in the early 19th century, while inviting visitors to reflect on their own notions of ageing.

Speaking about the showcase, Dr Adiseshiah said: “I am delighted to be part of this British Academy event and to be able to share my research in older age and literature with visitors to the exhibition.

“Everyone has a story to tell about growing older. Our exhibit shows how this experience was viewed in the past and the ways our own cultural attitudes have been influenced by the stories we have inherited. How might we collectively re-imagine and write new stories of ageing? We want people of all ages to share their own stories about what growing older means to them.”

Professor Julia Black, President of the British Academy, said: “We are thrilled to be opening our doors once again for our first in-person Summer Showcase since 2019. Here, you will meet the world’s brightest minds in linguistics, politics, sociology and more, and explore dynamic exhibits designed to educate, challenge and inspire. Whether it’s the vulnerability of our democracies, the fractures in our societies or the management of our planet, our humanities and social sciences disciplines are vital in tackling the great issues of our time.”

The British Academy Summer Showcase is free to attend, and open to all. It is being held at the Academy’s Grade I listed Georgian terrace home, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, from:

09:00-15:00, 18:00-21:00 Friday 17 June

11:00-17:00 Saturday 18 June

Book at There will also be availability on the day.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 22/91

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It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2022 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022. 

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