Five books for your seasonal break

The winter holidays are the perfect time to discover a new novel – whether that's to help you get into the holiday spirit, or perhaps to whisk you away from it! We asked five of our 2019 New Generation Thinkers to share their favourite holiday reads, and our Thinkers did not disappoint: with recommendations ranging … Continue reading Five books for your seasonal break

Illuminating the ordinary: exploring the work of George Eliot

In the bicentenary year of writer George Eliot, Professor Ruth Livesey, AHRC Leadership Fellow 2019-20 Provincialism: Literature & Cultural Politics, explores how Eliot was shaped by the education and experience she received while living in the Midlands, and how she believed 'art had a responsibility to show a provincial life could be just as full … Continue reading Illuminating the ordinary: exploring the work of George Eliot

100 Novels That Shaped Our World

With the BBC having recently unveiled its list of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World picked by a panel of experts, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and 2017 New Generation Thinker, Dr Emma Butcher, discusses the challenges of producing such a list and why she believes this selection has given us something new to think about, … Continue reading 100 Novels That Shaped Our World

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: British residents remember November 1989

The past week has seen commemorations marking the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall and in our latest blog post, Dr Grace Huxford, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Bristol and AHRC Leadership (Early Career) Fellow, 'British Military Bases in Germany: Living with the Cold War and its Legacies, 1945-2000' shares the … Continue reading The Fall of the Berlin Wall: British residents remember November 1989

Exploring the unique sound world of the UK’s rarest species

Mark Ferguson, a wildlife sound recordist, composer and doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, recently recorded the great yellow bumblebee in its natural habitat, which was then aired on BBC Radio 4. Mark talks us through his work as a sound recordist and his ongoing search for the great yellow bumblebee. I record wildlife … Continue reading Exploring the unique sound world of the UK’s rarest species

The realities of domestic worker activism and the fight for truth and justice

In our latest blog post, Dr Ella Parry-Davies, an AHRC and BBC New Generation Thinker and a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, shines a light on domestic worker activism and some of the associated stereotypes. If you survey some of the most widely read … Continue reading The realities of domestic worker activism and the fight for truth and justice

Is AI the future of language learning?

As we mark the European Day of Languages, Professor Matthew Reynolds from AHRC’s Creative Multilingualism project reflects on artificial intelligence (AI) in the world of languages and the valuable role of arts and humanities researchers. What do language-learning and literary research have to do with artificial intelligence? A workshop at Pittsburgh University, organised by Professor … Continue reading Is AI the future of language learning?