New Big Idea Podcast online

The fourth Big Idea Podcast is now available for download via iTunes U.

This month’s discussion takes the concept of ‘icons’ as its starting point. What are they, how important are they and how do iconic ideas take root?

An eclectic array of topics are examined, debated and questioned: how has Hollywood’s portrayal of the ancient world influenced our understanding of history? How have theological discussions between Muslims and Christians developed and shaped society? And in what way did ideas of ‘liberty’ develop in Glasgow, New York and Cork in the early modern age?


Joining Ranald Leask on this month’s show are: Professor Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies in the School of Divinity; Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology; and Dr Andrew Wells, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow studying Early Modern Intellectual and Cultural History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

The Big Idea

Every month the Big Idea podcast assembles the University’s best and brightest academics to discuss their research, debate contemporary events, and bring their expertise to bear on topical issues.

You can listen to the previous three podcasts, which looked at Scottish independence, ideas on image and perception and the different ways we tell stories, online now.