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Newcastle University Visiting Fellow announced as a New Generation Thinker 2017

Dr Chris Bannister has been named as one of this year’s New Generation Thinkers.

Dr Chris Bannister, former undergraduate and Teaching Fellow and current Visiting Fellow at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, has been selected by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to become one of only ten New Generation Thinkers for 2017.

The scheme is a nationwide search for the brightest minds who have the potential to share their cutting-edge academic ideas through radio and television. Chris is currently researching the Latin America activities of the British Ministry of Information (Mol) during the Second World War. His research has also focused on rival propaganda programmes in the Spanish Civil War and  conspiracy theories in 20th century Europe.

He was selected from hundreds of academics at the start of their careers who demonstrated their passion to communicate modern scholarship to a wider audience. After a four-month selection process involving a series of day-long workshops at the BBC in Salford and London, the final ten were chosen by a panel of BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts producers, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The scheme has been a successful first step for many academics, with previous thinkers going on to appear across television and radio.

For the New Generation Thinkers project, Chris, in keeping with his current position as a postdoctoral fellow on the on the Ministry of Information project at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, will be focusing on the unorthodox propaganda techniques of the Ministry of Information in Latin America. 

Dr Bannister, who was announced as one of the winners at BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead, will spend a year working with BBC producers to develop his ideas into broadcasts. Chris himself has said: 'I'm delighted to have been named as a New Generation Thinker. My time at Newcastle, particularly as a teaching fellow, gave me the confidence to present my work to large audiences and I'm excited to share my work with Radio 3's listeners.'


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