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First World War collaborative workshop

Date: 01/02/2012

The 12 researchers selected to participate in an AHRC/BBC workshop on the First World War were announced today. The AHRC issued a call in December inviting expressions of interest from researchers interested in taking part in an event that will help inform and influence BBC thinking around the coverage of the centenary of the First World War in 2014.

It was the first AHRC call of its kind and a total of 73 expressions of interest were received with 12 researchers selected by the specially convened panel. They are:
Professor Jane Chapman ? University of Lincoln
Dr Ana Carden-Coyne ? University of Manchester 
Professor Mark Connelly ? University of Kent
Dr Santanu Das - Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Rachel Duffett ? University of Essex
Professor Richard Grayson ? Goldsmiths, University of London
Chris Kempshall ? PhD student, University of Sussex
Professor Tim Kendall ? University of Exeter
Matthew Leonard ? PhD student, University of Bristol
Dr Catriona Pennell ? University of Exeter 
Professor William Philpott ? King?s College London 
Dr Jane Potter ? Oxford Brookes University

The researchers represent a broad range of subjects, including archaeology, literature and military, social and cultural history, as well as a mix of researchers at different levels of their careers.

Chair of the peer review panel, Professor Andrew Thompson of the University of Exeter, said: The response of the arts and humanities research community to this call has been tremendous. It demonstrates the appetite that exists within that community for research to be disseminated to as wide an audience as possible but also the immense potential for fresh and creative ideas emanating from the latest research to feed through to our national broadcast media. We congratulate the 12 chosen researchers but also the many others who responded to the call and whose excellent applications made the final panel decision such a difficult one.

The other panellists were: Sophie Duncan (National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement), Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Birmingham) and Roger Smither (Imperial War Museum).

The workshop will take place in London on the 20th Feb.

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