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BBC Radio New Generation Thinkers

The AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2014.

Up to sixty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops and, of these up to ten will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers. They will benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 and a chance to regularly appear on air.

BBC Radio 3 and its programmes Free Thinking (opens in new window) (previously known as Night Waves), the Verb, the Essay and the Sunday Feature have provided a platform for debate and commentary from scholars across the world. You could now join them on air. The New Generation Thinkers scheme also works with BBC TV Arts who will be looking to develop New Generation Thinkers and their ideas into arts television.

Applicants do not have to be funded by the AHRC to apply; the scheme is open to all early career researchers based in a UK Research Organisation. We also encourage those people who have previously applied unsuccessfully to the scheme, even if they made it to the workshop.

We welcome applications from researchers working in all areas of the arts and humanities. This year we are extending the call for researchers who work in areas of social sciences and medical science whose work intersects with the arts and humanities. There are a series of interfaces, and many areas of common ground between. This can be seen in both cross-council programmes, Connected Communities and Life Long Health and Wellbeing.

More information can be found here.


Workshop: Digital Humanities, crowd sourcing and travel writing

Digital humanities, crowd sourcing, and travel writing: Anna Maria Falconbridge’s diary (1794)’, with Professor Deidre Coleman (University of Melbourne and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Warwick) on

Tuesday 21st January 2014 at the University of Warwick.  

Professor Coleman has written extensively on travel writing, antislavery and Sierra Leone (e.g. Romantic Colonization and British Anti-Slavery, CUP, 2005). She is currently working on a biography of the naturalist Henry Smeathman.

Studying subjects in the arts and humanities can be a solitary pursuit.  With this workshop we want to try out a new way of collaborating using online technology and crowd sourcing. We hope to open debates, and to pool and generate knowledge on – in this case – late eighteenth-century West Africa, the history of slavery and anti-slavery, gender, race, travel writing, colonialism and West African history.

This three-hour workshop (12-3 pm) will be open to all postgraduate students, post-docs, and senior researchers, in History, English and other related subjects, from the University of Warwick and elsewhere. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The event will take place at the seminar room of the IAS, Milburn House (building 43 on the map http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/maps/campusmap/).

In preparation for the workshop, participants are encouraged to read and comment on Falconbridge’s Two Voyages (approximately 50,000 words or 94 pages). A website will give access to an online version of the text, where digital tools can be used to add comments, links and references, or simply to ask questions. Your annotations – and those of all the other participants – will appear on a single electronic version of the text between now and the workshop, thus enabling us to create a collaboratively marked-up version in advance.  The aim of this exercise is to identify themes for discussion at the workshop and also to explore digital ‘crowd sourcing’ as a method in humanities research.

We know that not everyone will be able to attend January’s workshop, but we would still encourage you to participate virtually by annotating the on-line text in advance.  Your comments and questions will help shape the workshop.

To attend the workshop and get access to the online material, please contact Hanna Hodacs (h.hodacs@warwick.ac.uk) or David Lambert (d.lambert@warwick.ac.uk).

We look forward to hearing from you and to participating with you in what should be an exciting collaborative experiment.