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New Generation Thinkers present at Latitude

Date: 16/07/2014

In its ninth year Latitude, the annual music festival, will be hosting BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council's 2014 New Generation Thinkers. The News Generation Thinkers were announced earlier this year after a nationwide search to find scholars who could turn their work into radio broadcasts.

Rana Mitter, presenter of BBC Radio 3's arts and ideas programme Free Thinking, will be introducing four of the New Generation Thinkers. They are Preti Taneja from Cambridge University, Naomi Paxton from the University of Manchester, Tom Charlton from the University of Stirling and Tiffany Watt-Smith from Queen Mary, University of London. They'll be presenting ideas such as: looking back at press censorship from Leveson to the seventeenth century; rewriting King Lear in contemporary India; YAWNING: Are humans a copying machine?; and the links between acting and the campaign for the women's vote. The event will be on Friday 18 July at 4:50pm in the Literary Arena.

For enquiries regarding BBC Radio 3 and the AHRC respectively please contact:

Maddie Castell, BBC: 07753 309065 Madeleine.Castell@bbc.co.uk

Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 07825 609 382 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Latitude 2013 image owned by Danny North (opens in new window)
  • New Generation Thinkers was launched in November 2010 at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas. The New Generation Thinkers scheme invites applications from academics at an early stage of their career who are passionate about communicating modern scholarship to a wider audience. Since 2010, 30 academics from across the UK have presented documentaries on Radio 3, taken part in discussion programmes and made taster films for BBC Arts Online. Listeners can hear contributions from previous New Generation Thinkers on Radio 3's Free Thinking programme and via the Free Thinking website (opens in new window).
  • Radio 3 broadcasts classical music, jazz, world music, arts and over 25 new drama programmes a year. As the home of classical music, Radio 3 features more live classical music programming than any other and is the home of the BBC Proms, broadcasting every Prom live and over 600 complete concerts a year. The station is the most significant commissioner of new musical works in the country and is committed to supporting new talent, from composers to writers and new young performers, through schemes such as New Generation Artists and of course, New Generation Thinkers.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.www.ahrc.ac.uk

BBC Arts

  • There is more arts on the BBC than ever before across TV, radio and online. BBC Arts is giving the British public a front row seat at some of the most exciting cultural events across the UK- offering the audience access, nationally and globally, to the greatest writers, performers and thinkers in a way that no one else can.
  • BBC Arts Online (opens in new window) captures the best arts programming across the BBC and is an open space for arts journalism, comment, opinion and debate. Recent arts highlights on television include The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain (BBC Four), The Story of Women and Art (BBC Two), imagine... (BBC One) and the recent launch of BBC Arts at... (BBC Two). 
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