We’re delighted to introduce the 15 Early Career Researchers who have been selected to present their cutting edge research at the AHRC Science in Culture Theme Ignite event on 26th March 2014. The event will be held at the Natural History Museum and limited tickets are still available.

The fifth Science in Culture Theme Ignite Speaker is:

ROSE FERRABY, University of Exeter, ‘Stone Exposures’

FerrabyIn the spirit of Ignite can you describe your topic in 140 characters?

In stone, we can trace human narratives through time and across landscapes; glimpses waiting to be drawn out, recorded and retold.

What would you like people to take away from your Ignite talk?

My talk will give people a brief view of people and landscape through the lens of stone; a way of looking which I hope they can take back out into the world. I would also like to show how important it is to try to narrate our work in different ways so that we can celebrate and enjoy the process of sharing these ideas and stories, allowing people to feel part of the work. More generally, I hope that my work might encourage others to follow their curiosity regardless of apparent disciplinary ‘boundaries’.

How did you get involved in interdisciplinary research across Sciences and Arts and Humanities?

My work has become a mixture of all my interests, so it evolved naturally across many different disciplines, and I have been lucky enough to have been supported and encouraged in my approach.

 Tell us a bit about your academic background.

I began my academic career studying Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, where I developed a passion for thinking about the past from a landscape perspective. From there, I worked at the British School at Rome as a Research Assistant in Archaeology. It was during my time there that I began to think about how ideas in archaeology are visualized, and as a result I went on to do an AHRC funded MFA in Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. I discovered that many of my archaeological ideas could be thought through and opened up through the process of drawing and printmaking – building layers up to think about how we take them down. My PhD (also AHRC funded) based in Geography, is now drawing together many of these threads, and how images and illustration can be used to explore and communicate them. This interdisciplinary way of working has been encouraged by many people across disciplines over the years, and also by the AHRC, without which I could not have continued forging this path.


My Flickr site for my photographs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53424155@N02/

The Jurassic Coast PhD studentship blog: http://jurassicresearch.wordpress.com/

A film of Rose Ferraby’s presentation at the AHRC Science in Culture Theme Ignite event is available here.