The British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding 2021
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The British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding celebrates the best works of non-fiction that have contributed to public understanding of world cultures.
This year’s shortlist introduces readers to four books on urgent and globally significant topics: racism in America (approached through the example of the writer James Baldwin); the role of the modern colonial nation-state in the creation of ‘permanent minorities’ around the world; the legacies of revolution and empire when viewed from the ‘small seas’ of the global South; and life in the ‘blighted post-human’ landscapes of a deteriorated planet.
Chair of the judges Patrick Wright said of the shortlist, ‘Through meticulous research and compelling argument each writer shortlisted for this important prize casts new light on a globally significant problem … In different ways, the books all speak directly to the urgent challenges of the times in which we live.’
Join the four shortlisted authors for a live online event on Wednesday 13 October – tickets are free and can be booked via the British Academy.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday 26 October.