"Travelling among rocks and water" (rocks on the River Kelvin by the Glasgow Arboretum) © Minna Törmä 2021


Thursday 22 July 10:30 – 19:30

Imagining the Future of Travel (with reference to the Past)

Travel has not always been as easy and comfortable as we know it and international travel is one of the problems facing us in this ecological crisis. This series of online discussions will consider travel critically, aesthetically and creatively, examining how people historically and geographically have satisfied their thirst to visit distant landscapes old and new. In addition, taking its cue from David Lowenthal’s book The Past is a Foreign Country, some presentations take us on a tour to our local histories showing what we can find when looking deeper into our past. 

Session | 10:30 – 12:00
Alternative ways of travelling 

  • Dr Minna Törmä: Travelling in a Chinese painting 
  • Dr Nathan Woolley: Travel by the book: Following a journey along the Yangtze in the late 12th century
  • Dr Saeko Yazaki: Urbanising pilgrimage: Incomparable Mount Fuji and its mini replicas, Fujizuka

Session 2 | 13:00 – 14:30
Staying local 

  • Dr Steven Timoney: Staying local: Experiencing local landscapes and the potential of hidden stories
  • TBC
  • Ruth Leach, The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery: Taking visitors with us: How Old Ways New Roads became an online journey through Scotland

Session 3 | 18:00 – 19:30
Artists staying at home 

  • Marie-Claire Cameron: Travelling to the past: Excavating the empty croft 
  • In Conversation: Marie-Claire Cameron in discussion with Marnie Keltie and Ishbel Murray on how artistic practice can explore and make visible our past

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Imagining the Future of Travel