Talks this week/ Passengerfilms unveiling
Tomorrow I’ll be back down in London to talk at the public symposium Ignite at the Natural History Museum, which brings together a shortlist of fifteen early career researchers doing inspiring work in arts-science collaboration, in an event put on by the AHRC Science in Culture project – I’m profiled here on the website with some details on my talk. The event is free, but there’s currently a waiting list as it’s pretty much booked up – but it should be really good, with a drinks reception afterwards in the museum, and with the talks including at least one other curator-academic (working on Environmental Science at the British Library): eventbrite link here. While I’m down I’ll also be reading and talking at the series Xing the Line on Friday night (7.30pm, the Apple Tree pub, 45 Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell WC1X 2AE), alongside the poets Robert Kiely and Gilbert Adair.
I haven’t been updating here as much as I should while settling in at Leeds, but a number of events to mention: the POLYply site-specific collaboration, Location Composites, designed by the composer James Saunders, will shortly be uploaded as a sound recording online, so I’ll link to that from here. My next talks to be given will be, respectively, at Framing Nature (a biosemiotics conference in Estonia – please do get in touch with me if you are also attending, as I’m going to navigate plane and hostel bookings soon), and on Monday the 12th May at the public symposium British Waters and Beyond: The Cultural Significance of the Sea Since 1800, at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol in association with their exhibition The Power of the Sea. On the 20th May I’ll be talking on environmental glossaries at Robert Macfarlane’s Modern & Contemporary seminar series in Cambridge – link and details to follow (hoping to tie this in with a visit to the Scott Polar Research Institute, as I’ll then be speaking about a week later at the Arctic Encounters conference at Leeds, on The Postcolonial Arctic).
Finally – some photos today of perhaps the most exciting recent event – the third birthday of my cultural geography cinema PASSENGERFILMS, which is now moving on in the hands of Landscape Surgery post-grad students at Royal Holloway. This tied in with the Principle’s visit to the department at RHUL, so we had a departmental unveiling of our national awards attended by various university people and staff. The most exciting part of this is that these are now up in the immediate foyer in the exhibition cabinet as you come into the Department of Geography – along with a massive new standing poster…