The Martin Wight Memorial Trust
Martin Wight was a seminal figure in the development
of international relations theory in Britain and an influential
historian of the political civilisation of Europe. He was Reader
in International Relations at the London School of Economics and
Political Science (LSE), 1949-62, and Professor of History at the
University of Sussex, 1962-72. Soon after his sudden death on 15
July 1972, at the age of 58, a number of his friends and associates
decided to commemorate his name by establishing an endowment for
an annual lecture, to be given in successive years at Sussex University,
the LSE and the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham
House) - the three institutions with which Wight was most closely
connected during the last quarter of a century of his working life.
A trust fund was set up and the many contributions
generously given enabled the series of Martin Wight Memorial Lectures
to be launched. The subject of the annual lecture was to relate
so far as possible to humanist scholarship and to reflect the breadth
of Martin Wight's interest in history and international relations.
Sir Herbert Butterfield gave the first lecture at Sussex University
on 23 April 1975, and lectures have been given annually since then.
The financial affairs of the Trust are administered
by the Charities Aid Foundation and a committee of scheme trustees
decides whom to invite to give the annual lecture. The website has
been set up in order to make the text of the lectures and a bibliography
of works of and on Martin Wight available to a wider audience, and
to promote forthcoming lectures.
The winners of the 2012 Martin Wight Essay Prize are:
- Jared Skinner, London School of Economics and Political Science: 'Burton's Law: media effects, general elections, and presidential decisions'
- Rhyannon Bartlett-Imadegawa, University of Sussex: 'The changing (self-)image of the Japanese Emperor Hirohito after 1945'