Trinity Junior Research Fellow Alexandra Reza has been named a BBC ‘New Generation Thinker’ in a prestigious public engagement scheme for researchers.
She is one of ten researchers from across the UK to be selected for the 2020 scheme by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The scheme, which this year marks its tenth anniversary, aims to bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through media, by making programmes for BBC radio and television.
The awards are given to researchers who show an outstanding passion for communicating their work and a skill for making complex areas of study engaging, accessible, and enlightening. New Generation Thinkers alumni have gone on to become prominent public figures in their field as well as the face of major documentaries, TV series, and regular figures in public debate.
Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the AHRC, said: ‘Since 2010 the New Generation Thinkers scheme has developed ten groups of academics to bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through media and public engagement.
‘Now, more than ever, we need to share the rich and diverse array of research in the world of arts and humanities with the public and open the window to a world of research that will amaze and engage.’
Throughout the year, the new cohort will work with BBC producers to develop their ideas to showcase a vibrant mix of research from across the arts and humanities that will capture the public imagination. New Generation Thinkers also play an important role in the AHRC’s academic community, leading the way for other researchers and inspiring other arts and humanities researchers to get into public engagement.
Dr Reza’s work focuses on the links between culture, politics and decolonisation by looking at writing, film and radio in French, Portuguese and English. She has looked at literary journals published by African writers in Paris and Lisbon, at modernism in Nigerian literature, and at film-making and theatre in Guinea, West Africa, in the 1960s, when politicians like Mandela, Guevara and Nrkumah came to the capital city, Conakry.
Posted: 26 March 2020