Lecturer named as future BBC broadcaster

Lecturer named as future BBC broadcaster

A Catz English lecturer has been announced as a future radio and television broadcaster. Dr Eleanor Lybeck, who teaches first-year undergraduates in English and is covering for Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr while she serves as Acting Director of TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), was named as one of ten of this year’s New Generation Thinkers by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3. This means that she’ll be presenting her research in a number of radio and television broadcasts over the coming year.

Eleanor’s research focuses on the history and practice of popular performance from the early 19th century. Her New Generation Thinkers programmes will showcase her research into the biography of her great-grandfather, the comedian and patter baritone Albert James. Elsewhere, she has traced how the circus has been a theme running through Irish culture. Her new project will explore how contemporary political rhetoric has, since Margaret Thatcher’s premiership, appealed to voters through literary and cultural allusion.

New Generation Thinkers was launched in 2010 and invites applications from academics at an early stage of their career who are passionate about communicating modern scholarship to a wider audience. Eleanor was one of hundreds of academics from across the country, but was shortlisted because she was able to demonstrate a passion and ability for communicating her research to a wider audience.