AHRC Exploratory Grant awarded to Dr Aileen Fyfe
April 1, 2013 1 Comment
Dr Aileen Fyfe, and her collaborators at Aberystwyth and Queen Mary, have been awarded an AHRC Exploratory Grant, under the new ‘Care for the Future’ theme. The £28,000 grant will allow them to research and recreate a Victorian popular science entertainment for public performance. The show will be performed in Manchester in July, and in Newcastle in September (with other dates perhaps to follow!).
The process of recreating the show will enable the team to learn more about the cultural and material resources that went into the performance of Victorian popular science, and about the networks of practices and technologies within which it was embedded. The public performances will be opportunities to engage modern audiences with questions about science, technology and imagined futures. By reconstructing the technologies through which the Victorians imagined their future, the team will encourage their audiences to reflect on the practices and technologies through which we engage with possible futures now.
Aileen Fyfe is Principal Investigator on the project; the co-investigators are Professor Iwan Rhys Morus (History, Aberystwyth) and Dr Katy Price (English, Queen Mary). They will be working closely with Tim Cockerill (part of Sideshow Illusions), an experienced fire-eater, electrical showman and flea wrangler, who specialises in recreating historic science acts.