AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers
In 2019 I was chosen as one of ten AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers, early career researchers who are given the opportunity to present their research to wider audiences.
The 2019 cohort was launched at the Sage Gateshead Festival on 30th March 2019. Our introductory episode of Free Thinking was broadcast on 25th April 2019 and can be found here.
Links to other programmes I've made as a New Generation Thinker can be found below.
Tudor Virtual Reality
Advances in robotics and virtual reality are giving us ever more 'realistic' ways of representing the world, but the quest for vivid visualisation is thousands of years old. New Generation Thinker Christina Faraday takes us from dinosaurs and the ancient Roman orator Quintilian to Elizabethan art. Although often written off as stiff and artificial, storytelling and vividness were an important part of painting in this period, when art was used to communicate messages at once social, religious and political.
The Tudor Mind
Royal Trumpeter John Blanke's image is on show alongside portraits of the Tudor monarchy in an exhibition opening at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool. Blanke is the only black Tudor for whom we have an identifiable picture, painted on horseback in the royal retinue. New Generation Thinker Christina Faraday has been looking at these and other Tudor artworks. She joins Helen Hackett, author of The Elizabethan Mind, biographer of John Donne, Katherine Rundell, and music historian Eleanor Chan for a discussion chaired by New Generation Thinker John Gallagher.
Matthew Sweet discusses grief and the expression of mourning with guests: Lindsey Buster, an archaeologist whose work reinterprets the way people's relationship with 'stuff' shows up in the archaeological record; Emily MacGregor, a musicologist writing a memoir of the ways her relationship with music changed after her father's death; Christina Faraday, an historian of art who has studied memento mori painting in the early modern period that suggest a different set of attitudes towards death, and Sally Berkovic, who has written about Jewishtraditions surrounding death and mourning.
Grünewald, the Isenheim Altarpiece and Paul Hindemith
In the interval art historian and New Generation Thinker Christina Faraday talks to Martin Handley about the Isenheim Altarpiece (c.1515), a masterpiece of the Northern Renaissance by the painter Matthias Grünewald, which inspired Paul Hindemith to write the symphony Mathis der Maler (1934).
Kindness, Kids in Care and Mechanical Amusements
Rutger Bregman challenges ideas about the selfish gene, and survival of the fittest with stories of human co-operation and kindness as he publishes a book called Human Kind - A Hopeful History. Plus Dr Sylvan Baker on rethinking the way we treat kids in care. And New Generation Thinker Christina Faraday on an anniversary of the fairground.
Mechanical amusements starts at 24:30.
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An Insider's View of War, Minnette de Silva, and Pop-up Anatomy
Ex-marine and journalist Elliot Ackerman talks with Iraq war political advisor Emma Sky. A novel by Shiromi Pinto tracing the life of Sri Lankan architect Minnette de Silva. New Generation Thinker Christina Faraday researches the history of pop-up anatomy books. Rana Mitter presents.
The Joy of Sewing, Poet Fatimah Ashgar and Painting in Miniature
Shahidha Bari talks to Fatimah Asghar about poetry and the Emmy nominated web series Brown Girls, looks at the miniatures of Nicholas Hilliard and the popular history of sewing with Clare Hunter. She is also joined by historians Christina Faraday, who studies art in Tudor and Jacobean England and Jade Halbert, who researches the British Fashion Industry.