Main content

Introducing the New Generation Thinkers 2018

From piracy to vegetarianism, George Orwell to surrogacy, Newton's alchemy to C18 fitness fads. Hear from the 10 academics chosen to turn their research into radio this year.

The 10 academics chosen to turn their research into radio. This year's specialisms include explorations into 18th-century masculinity and the medical history of George Orwell, early 20th-century vegetarianism in Britain, and how the Ottoman Empire dealt with piracy. Others in the new intake are exploring more contemporary issues, such as the way globalisation is impacting how films are made around the world, or how the ethics of commercial surrogacy in India can be understood.

The New Generation Thinkers is an annual competition run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In this event, recorded with an audience at Sage Gateshead, the 2018 selection make their first public appearance together. Hosted by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough of Durham University a New Generation Thinker class of 2013.

Dr Ben Anderson Lecturer in Twentieth-Century European History, School of Humanities, Keele University.
Dr Gulzaar Barn Lecturer in philosophy at the University of Birmingham, where she is also a member of the Centre for Global Ethics.
Dr Daisy Black Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Wolverhampton, who also works as a freelance theatre director, storyteller, writer and arts advisor
Dr Dafydd Mills Daniel McDonald Departmental Lecturer in Christian Ethics and Lecturer in Theology Jesus College, University of Oxford
Dr Des Fitzgerald a sociologist working at Cardiff university, where he teaches courses on the sociology of science and the sociology of health and illness
Dr Sarah Goldsmith Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Centre for Urban History and School of History, University of Leicester
Dr Lisa J Mullen Steven Isenberg Junior Research Fellow Worcester College, University of Oxford is writing a book on the novels & journalism of George Orwell
Dr Elsa Richardson Chancellor's Fellow Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare Strathclyde University, Glasgow
Dr Iain Smith King's College London His research investigates the impact of globalisation on popular films made around the world.
Dr Michael Talbot Lecturer in the History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Middle East Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences, University of Greenwich

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Available now

45 minutes

The 2018 New Generation Thinkers line up ...

The 2018 New Generation Thinkers line up ...

From left to right:

Lisa Mullen; Michael Talbot; Des Fitzgerald; Ben Anderson; Iain Smith; Sarah Goldsmith; Daisy Black; Elsa Richardson; Dafydd Daniel; Gulzaar Barn

Broadcast

Featured in...

Free Thinking Festival 2018

Free Thinking Festival 2018

Leading thinkers come together to debate and share new ideas, music and performance.

Should we stop having children?

Should we stop having children?

With global population on the rise, could having kids be your biggest moral mistake?

Are we more lonely than our ancestors?

Are we more lonely than our ancestors?

Professor Barbara Taylor explores the history of solitude. Have we always been in crisis?

Seven life lessons from a modern-day hermit

Seven life lessons from a modern-day hermit

Could more of us benefit from a healthy dose of solitude?

The Arts & Ideas Podcast

The Arts & Ideas Podcast

You can download all the past episodes of Radio 3's Free Thinking

Click to listen to discussions, talks and music as the Free Thinking Festival 2019 Gets Emotional

Click to listen to discussions, talks and music as the Free Thinking Festival 2019 Gets Emotional

Angry politics, what we can’t say, being diplomatic, weeping, emotion in music, film & TV

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE programmes from the Free Thinking Festival 2018: The One & the Many

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE programmes from the Free Thinking Festival 2018: The One & the Many

We examine the fast-changing relationship between the individual & the crowd

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE all programmes, images, clips & features from 2017's festival

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE all programmes, images, clips & features from 2017's festival

Free Thinking Festival 2017: The Speed of Life