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LSE academic named BBC New Generation Thinker

kissane 480Dr Christopher Kissane is one of ten winners of the New Generation Thinkers Scheme by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the BBC.

The 10 New Generation Thinkers winners are the culmination of a nationwide search for the brightest academic minds with the potential to turn their ideas into fascinating broadcasts.

As Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers, the winners will develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops. The winners will also have the chance to regularly appear on air.

On receiving the award, Dr Kissane said: “I'm delighted to have been chosen as one of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers for 2016-17, and am looking forward to sharing my research with a wider audience. 

"Already it has been great to meet so many other young scholars conducting interesting research, and to learn from people at the BBC about making our work more accessible.”

Dr Kissane is based in LSE's Department of Economic History. His research focuses on food in early modern Europe, exploring wider culture and society through the of study of food, from Spanish Inquisition investigations of dietary habits to the symbolism of sausages in the Swiss Reformation. He has also worked on the history of citizenship in Europe, and on the history of Irish emigration.

Dr Kissane’s first book, Food, Religion, & Communities in Early Modern Europe is under contract with Bloomsbury. 

An interview with Dr Kissane alongside each of the 10 New Generation Thinkers 2016 can be heard on BBC IPlayer Radio 3 from 33m 45s.