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 twelfth Science in Culture Theme Ignite Speaker is:

AMY CUTLER, Royal Holloway, University of London, ‘Curating Forests: Social and Environmental Memory’

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

An art-science exhibition exploring the divisions between social and environmental memory, with specimens, book works, and installations.

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

Ideas about working conceptually with the public space of the archive or the exhibition to generate  and challenge models of academic criticality. The talk will raise discussions about the cultural capacities of the academic, about processes of large scale art-science collaboration, and about the complexity of the relations between analytical and curatorial work.

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

By completing a PhD in Cultural Geography, itself a cross-over discipline between the social sciences and the arts and humanities.

Tell us a bit about your academic background.

I’m a postdoctoral research fellow in the New Humanities at the University of Leeds, working in their new research strand on Environmental Humanities. I’m also an Ambassador for Public Engagement with the NCCPE and I work as an independent curator and public event programmer. I run the cinema PASSENGERFILMS, which has twice in a row received the national award from the British Federation of Film Societies for its work film programming alongside talks on academic research. My background includes a PhD in Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a BA and MSt in English Literature from the University of Oxford.

Blog/ main academic website: www.amycutler.wordpress.com

Twitter handle: @amycutler1985

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