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Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.

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Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.

    New Thinking: Wordsworth

    New Thinking: Wordsworth

    April 7th 1770 was the day William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumbria. As we prepare to mark this anniversary, poet and New Generation Thinker Sarah Jackson is joined by Sally Bushell, Professor of Romantic and Victorian Literature, and Simon Bainbridge, Professor of Romantic Studies – Co-Directors of The Wordsworth Centre for the Study of Poetry at the University of Lancaster to discuss new insights into Wordsworth's writing.

    Sally Bushell has edited The Cambridge Companion to ‘Lyrical Ballads’ . You can find more about her research project here https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/chronotopic-cartographies/
    Simon Bainbridge is the author of Mountaineering and British Romanticism

    The conversation was recorded with an audience at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama at the University of Manchester. It's part of a series of discussions focusing on new academic research in UK universities produced in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation.
    You can find more episodes in the collection on the Free Thinking programme website called New Research and uploaded into the BBC Arts & Ideas podcast feed as episodes called New Thinking.

    Producer: Karl Bos

    You may also like to check out BBC Radio 3's Sunday Feature exploring Wordsworth https://www.bbc.com/programmes/m000h020

    • 43 min
    The Declaration Of Arbroath

    The Declaration Of Arbroath

    Anne McElvoy and guests discuss the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath and Scottish politics today. She is joined by Kylie Murray, New Generation Thinker and Fellow in Early Scottish Literature at Cambridge University; Robert Crawford, poet and Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at the University of St Andrews; John Lloyd, journalist and author of new book, Should Auld Aquaintance Be Forgot -The Great Mistake of Scottish Independence; and by Richard Finlay, Professor of Scottish History at the University of Strathclyde.

    Producer: Emma Wallace

    • 43 min
    How do we build a new masculinity ?

    How do we build a new masculinity ?

    Artist and photographer Sunil Gupta, authors CN Lester (Trans Like Me) and Tom Shakespeare (The Sexual Politics of Disability), and Barbican curator Alona Pardo join Matthew Sweet in a discussion prompted by the Barbican exhibition called Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography to debate whether the old construct of masculinity in our culture is broken? As new ideas and thinking enter the debate, what is essential and what we can do away with as we look to build a new masculinity?

    Producer: Caitlin Benedict
    Web image credits: Sunil Gupta, Untitled 22 from the series Christopher Street, 1976. Courtesy the artist and Hales Gallery. © Sunil Gupta. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019

    You can find other Free Thinking discussions looking at identity
    The Changing Image of Masculinity discussed by JJ Bola, Derek Owusu & Ben Lerner https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b0mx
    Beards, Listening, Masculinity https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0833ypd
    Jordan B Peterson https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b3fk63
    Can there be multiple versions of me https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09wvlxs TV presenter and campaigner June Sarpong, performer Emma Frankland, GP and author Gavin Francis and philosopher Julian Baggini discuss the changing self with Anne McElvoy
    Weimar and the subversion of cabaret culture https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b7r7

    • 44 min
    What's so great about EM Forster

    What's so great about EM Forster

    Deborah Levy and Laurence Scott talk to Shahidha Bari about the writer's work from his earliest novel Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) to his Essay Aspects of the Novel (1927). Recorded in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature at the British Library.


    Producer: Torquil MacLeod

    Laurence Scott is the author of The Four-Dimensional Human and Picnic, Comma, Lightning. He presented a Radio 3 Sunday Feature about Merchant Ivory which includes interviews about their film adpatations of EM Forster's work https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04003kn
    Deborah Levy is the author of novels including Hot Milk, Swimming Home and The Man Who Saw Everything

    Find more programmes about literature in this Free Thinking Prose and Poetry playlist on our website https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047v6vh
    You'll find Deborah Levy on Writing and Frankness, Wilfred Owen Poetry and Peace, winners of the RSL Ondaatje Prize debating place all recorded with the Royal Society of Literature at the British Library.
    Our Landmarks collection includes programmes about George Eliot, James Joyce, George Orwell and many other writers
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01jwn44

    • 58 min
    Future Thinking

    Future Thinking

    Mark Honigsbaum historian of epidemics, literary scholars Lisa Mullen & Sarah Dillon, UNESCO's Riel Miller & philosopher Rupert Read talk with Matthew Sweet. If uncertainty is a feature of our situation at the moment, it's the stock in trade of people who try to think about the future.

    Riel Miller is an economist at UNESCO, who works on future literacy.
    Rupert Read is an environmental campaigner with Extinction Rebellion and is speaking here in a personal capacity.
    Sarah Dillon is New Generation Thinker and editor of a new book AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking about Intelligent Machines
    Lisa Mullen is a New Generation Thinker and author of Mid Century Gothic
    Mark Honigsbaum is the author of The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris.

    Producer: Luke Mulhall

    In the Free Thinking archives:
    New Generation Thinker Sarah Dillon’s Essay on is science fiction is sexist https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g2wkp
    A discussion about Zamyatin’s novel We https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03f8bqz
    A discussion with Naomi Alderman, Roger Luckhurst and Alessandro Vincentelli on science fiction & space travel https://www.bbc.com/programmes/b04ps158
    Matthew Sweet explores psychohistory and Isaac Asimov and guiding the future https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000d84g
    Naomi Alderman is in conversation with Margaret Atwood https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07xhzy8
    Ursula Le Guin's The Word for World is Forest https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b6yb37
    and a New Thinking podcast made with the AHRC in which Hetta Howes talks sci fi with Caroline Edwards and Amy Butt https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p086zq4g

    • 40 min
    Contagion and Viruses

    Contagion and Viruses

    Matthew Sweet investigates viruses and how they could disrupt our understanding of the nature of organisms, and looks at what history can teach us about the current pandemic. With philosopher John Dupré, historian Mark Honigsbaum, New Generation Thinker Lisa Mullen and artist Matt Adams who works with Blast Theory.

    Mark Honigsbaum is the author of The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris.
    Lisa Mullen has written Mid-Century Gothic: The Uncanny Objects of Modernity in British Literature and Culture after the Second World War.
    Professor John Dupré is director of the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, and professor of philosophy at the University of Exeter.
    You can find about Matt Adams' work at https://www.blasttheory.co.uk/

    Producer: Luke Mulhall

    Check out our podcast episode New Thinking: Science Fiction Hetta Howes discusses how science fiction extends beyond literature with Caroline Edwards and Amy Butt https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p086zq4g

    You might also like this Sunday feature looking at the idea of the grid https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08v8qn4 and this Sunday Feature about the idea of Apocalypse How https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b088j46v from the Radio 3 programme archives.

    • 40 min

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