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Emma West

This week BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) announced the finalists for its yearly New Generation Thinkers scheme, which gives arts and humanities researchers the chance to turn their research into programmes for BBC radio.

Following the success of Dr Fariha Shaikh, one of 2021’s New Generation Thinkers, EDACS’s Dr Emma West has been announced as a finalist for this year’s scheme. Dr West is pitching a programme based on research from her Revolutionary Red Tape project, which explores how memorial halls built in the wake of the First World War turned profound loss into a gift for future generations. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, can such spaces provide a template for reconciling our own communal sense of grief, anger and loss? 

Dr West said: ‘I’m delighted to have been made a finalist for this year’s New Generation Thinkers scheme. I love sharing my research with the public so I can’t wait to work with the BBC and AHRC to develop my programme ideas. The programme I’ve pitched is a very personal one, which combines my own family and community history with bigger questions about memorialisation and government policy.’

Following workshops in January 2022, the BBC and AHRC will chose 10 finalists to become the next New Generation Thinkers.