New Generation Thinkers

Group photograph of the New Generation Thinkers, 2012 New Generation Thinkers, 2012
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Each year producers from BBC Radio 3 and BBC Television Arts, together with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, select a group of young academics who have the potential to turn their ground breaking ideas into sensational broadcasting.

This year, hundreds of early-career academics applied for the chance to communicate their ideas to a mass audience, and this year's New Generation Thinkers have already appeared on BBC Radio 3's Night Waves and at the Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at The Sage in Gateshead.

Now each of this year's New Generation Thinkers - whose specialisms range from astronomy to peanut allergy and from medical ethics to law - has been given the chance to make a film expanding on their field of research.

Crime fiction and the underworld

Professor Nandini Das argues that the British taste for crime writing has its roots in a series of wildly popular pamphlets published in the 16th Century, which revealed details of a criminal underworld lurking close to readers' own homes

Professor Nandini Das

Opportunity in Industrial Revolution Britain

Emma Griffin questions assumptions about the Industrial Revolution. Do little-known autobiographies written by workers themselves prove that the Industrial Revolution provided opportunities and liberation?

Emma Griffin

The legal system and rape

Adriana Sinclair questions whether our legal system in its current form offers a true version of justice,

particularly in relation to victims of rape

Adriana Sinclair

Placebos and ethics

Charlotte Blease discusses the ethics of doctors who prescribe placebo medication. Are placebos, when used to treat conditions such as depression, actually as effective as traditional medication?

Charlotte Blease

Freud's Mourning and Melancholia

Timothy Secret considers our common responses to grief, and the influence of Sigmund Freud's controversial essay Mourning and Melancholia

Timothy Secret

Peanut allergy: a modern affliction

Matthew Smith questions the reasons behind the recent rise in peanut allergy. Are Western lifestyles to blame?

Matthew Smith

Developing the gas mask

Professor Martin Goodman discusses the life of pioneering scientist JS Haldane, who in developing the first gas mask placed himself and his family in danger

Professor Martin Goodman

What are stars and planets made of?

Joshua Nall reveals the importance of the spectroscope, which helped to determine, for the first time, what stars and planets were made of.

Joshua Nall

Witches and the law

The image of the witch is a powerful one in British folklore and society. Jonathan Healey considers how the English legal system has historically treated those

suspected of witchcraft

Jonathan Healey

Monuments to history

Sue-Ann Harding urges us to consider how states might use monuments to influence our perceptions of historical events, as she examines a monument to the victims of the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis.

Sue-Ann Harding
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