7 Mar 2020 15:00 - 17:00 Room SG1, Alison Richard Building 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT


Science meets humanities in this seminar exploring the notion of ‘travelling companions’. This seminar is held in conjunction with the exhibition Travelling Companions (2 March – 10 April 2020) at the Alison Richard Building.
We invite you to join an interdisciplinary panel to discuss how familiar objects can act as emotional and intellectual travelling companions, both in actual time and as remembered (internalised) objects, their function and the stories they tell changing over the course of a lifetime. From a personal belonging charged with significance to a star guiding you across the globe, join us to investigate this theme.

Doors open at 14:00 to view the exhibition, tea and coffee will be provided.

Seminar Format: Dr Spankie will introduce the theme and then each speaker to talk briefly about their ’travelling companion’ in life. Afterwards, we will open up the discussion to the panel and audience.

Panel Members:

Ro Spankie, Curator and Chair
Ro is a designer, teacher and researcher and a Principal Lecturer at the University of Westminster. She is author of ‘An Anecdotal Guide to Sigmund Freud’s Desk’ (Freud Museum London).

Fay Ballard
Fay makes drawings, recent exhibitions include ‘Breathe’ Freud Museum London and ‘Transylvanian Florilegium’, National Gallery, Bucharest, Romania. Visiting Artist Hammersmith Hospital 2017 & 2018, she sits on Arts & Health Committee, Imperial Health Charity for NHS.

Judy Goldhill
Judy is a photographer, maker of films and artists’ books and artist in residence at the Physics and Astronomy Department, University College London. Recent exhibitions include ‘Breathe’ Freud Museum London 2018, and Raki’a screened at the Venice Biennale as part of the Alive in The Universe project, 2019.

Sarah Pickman
BA Anthropology, University of Chicago and MA Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center, USA. Sarah is currently researching material culture of exploration and travel based at Yale University.

Revd Dr Ayla Lepine
Anglican priest, London. Her work explores theology and arts in Britain 19th century to present. MA and PhD Courtauld Institute of Art; postdoctoral fellowships Courtauld and Yale; Lecturer and Fellow in Art History, University of Essex 2014-18. Published widely including Architectural History and British Art Studies; co-edited books include Architecture and Religious Communities 1860-1970: Building the Kingdom (Routledge, 2018).

Robert Hewison
Cultural Historian

Ana Araujo
Architect, teacher and researcher at the Architectural Association, she completed her PhD at UCL in 2009 and is interested in the relationship between architecture and psychoanalysis.  Ana is currently working on a book on the American designer Florence Knoll.

Stephen M. Pompea
Observatory Scientist, NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, Tucson Arizona. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Leiden and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona.

Benjamin Weil
PhD candidate researching blood donor activism surrounding the exclusion of men who have sex with men (MSM) from blood donation at University College London. Interests include; Science and Technology Studies; Queer Studies; Queer Science and Technology Studies; HIV/AIDS; Risk; Sex and Porn Studies; Citizenship Studies; Affect/Emotions; Social Movements.

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