Amy is a cultural geographer, curator, writer, and film-maker. As a curator she works frequently on the production of immersive and live cinema and exhibition events provoking and changing the public conversation around ideas of space, geography, nature, and nonhuman others. She has two degrees in English literature from Oxford, a PhD in Geography from RHUL (on poetry, ecology, and British landscape politics), and was an Environmental Humanities postdoc at the University of Leeds' English department, during which time she was selected by the AHRC for their Natural History Museum event and national shortlist of fifteen early career researchers doing the most inspiring work in arts-science collaboration. She is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the Geography department at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she works at the Centre for the GeoHumanities and teaches on geography, narrative, and cultural imaginations of nature (including experimental approaches to nature documentaries and dark ecologies). Amy is also a live performer, often writing with and collaborating with musicians, including a stint as the band Plague Dogs.
Amy is currently working on a fellowship considering the ethical, political, philosophical, and ecological implications of the question 'what is a forest?'. Ranging from the analysis of 17th century dictionaries to contemporary science fiction cinema, this research follows the long line of "semantic horror" in the woods, beginning with Dante: 'Ah me, how hard a thing it was to say / What was this forest savage'. This is not just about the conflicts and contradictions in the ways in which we have defined the forest, but also the ways in which it might be redefined, whether in speculative fiction or in contemporary cultural ecologies. See Leverhulme profile page here.
The GeoHumanities is an umbrella term that has emerged internationally over the last two/three years to signal the growing interdisciplinary engagement between Geography and arts and humanities disciplines. It has been driven by recent developments in theory (e.g. the ‘spatial’ and ‘mobilities’ turns; the idea of the Anthropocene), politics (e.g. the increasing urgency of environmental issues, or questions of territory, borders and displacement), data (e.g. the embrace of geo-coded data and Geographic Information Systems [GIS]), and practice (e.g. the Public GeoHumanities, cultural ecologies, site specific performance art, or the creative use of locative media). However, the GeoHumanities also stem from a much longer intellectual history, being rooted in the pre-disciplinary origins of Geography and its ‘earth writing’. For more information on GeoHumanities activities, including our upcoming events, art commissions, and discussions, please see the GeoHumanities Forum.
Amy edits the GeoHumanities Forum (email her with any news or to propose a blog post), and is an executive committee member for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. She ran the White Rose project Hearts of Oak: Caring for British Woodlands, founded the cultural geography cinema PASSENGERFILMS, and has twice won the top annual award from the BFFS for innovative educational cinema programming.
Twitter link: @amycutler1985