The AHRC and BBC New Generation Thinkers have been announced today, and we are delighted that the list includes Dr Eleanor Lybeck, who researches the history of performance from the turn of the nineteenth century. Eleanor's research includes the story of her own great-grandfather, a celebrated stage clown of his time who joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and performed around the world with them.
The New Generation Thinkers are ten academics at the start of their careers, whose research has the potential to be shared with the public through broadcasts. Previously the scheme has been run by the AHRC and BBC Radio 3; this year, some of the selected academics will be given the opportunity to present a TV programme on their research on BBC 4.
Further details of the scheme, and of all this year's New Generation Thinkers can be found on the AHRC website.
New Generation Thinkers was launched in November 2010 at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas. Since 2010, 70 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.