14 June 2012: Timothy Secret chosen as AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker
Philosophy PhD candidate Timothy Secret is among 10 academics chosen by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3 as a New Generation Thinker 2012.
Timothy is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Philosophy and Art History under the supervision of Dr David McNeill. His research focusses on the act of eulogy and the responsibility of mourning.
The New Generation Thinkers scheme is now in its second year and aims to comunicate modern scholarship to a wider audience. Hundreds of applications were received from early-career academics from across the country and after a six month selection process, the final winners were chosen from a group of over 50 finalists, who participated in a series of day-long workshops at the BBC in Salford and London. The final 10 were chosen by a panel made up of BBC Radio 3 Night Waves producers, BBC Television Arts Executives, and AHRC academics.
Timothy is now part of BBC Radio 3's second generation of resident New Generation Thinkers and will receive mentoring and advice on how to develop ideas into viable programme propositions, as well as spending time shadowing the work of presenters and producers.
The New Generation Thinkers will appear regularly on BBC Radio 3 to discuss their work and the world of ideas, and will also deliver talks at BBC Radio 3's annual Free Thinking Festival of Ideas, which takes place at the Sage in Gateshead in November 2012.
Timothy will make his debut appearance talking about an idea that has inspired his research on BBC Radio 3's arts and ideas programme Night Waves, broadcast on Mondays through to Thursdays from 10.00 to 10.45pm, from Monday 18 June.
Head of the School of Philosophy and Art History Professor Wayne Martin said: "The School is very pleased to hear that Timothy has been selected as a New Generation Thinker. His work uses resources from Levinas and Derrida, as well as from the Hungarian psychoanalytic tradition, to probe the phenomenon of mourning – both for its psychological and ethical significance and for what it tells us about our own condition. He has served very ably as a Graduate student teacher here at Essex, and has a passion not only for his subject, but for communicating it in public settings. We look forward to seeing and hearing the fruits of his collaboration with the BBC."
Broadcasts by Timothy Secret