Lectures 2020–21

Please note that the lectures of the Johnson Society winter lectures programme, as well as the annual lecture and the AGM, will take place online via Zoom. Instructions for the use of Zoom can be found here.

If you wish to make a donation for attending a Zoom lecture or event, please see the lecture donation page here.


Winter Lectures

Sunday, 31 January 2021 (Zoom lecture), 2.30pm (London time)

Frans De Bruyn: ‘Samuel Johnson on the Value of Commerce: Economics and Morality in the Context of Empire and the Slave Trade’

Sunday, 14 February 2021 (Zoom lecture), 2.30pm (London time)

Paul Myles: ‘Thomas Paine’


Annual Lecture

Tuesday, 2 March 2021 (Zoom lecture), 7.30pm (London time)

Kate Chisholm and Michael Bundock: ‘A “Neutral Being Between the Sexes”: Debating Johnson’s Feminism’



Wednesday, 17 March 2021 (Zoom event), 7.30pm (London time)

After the AGM business:

Philip Modiano: ‘The Reverend J. L Petit (1801–68): Artist and Leading Opponent of the Gothic Revival’


Johnson Birthday Weekend

Friday, 17 – Monday, 20 September 2021

The President Elect, Posy Simmonds – cartoonist, writer and illustrator – will be installed at the Johnson Supper on Saturday, 18 September


A list of recent events may be found here, while images and videos of past events may be viewed in the Events Gallery.