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Welcome to NASTA 2021!

The first NASTA conference will be hosted by graduate students from ACASA at the University of Amsterdam on 29 April 2021. The one-day conference will explore the role of narrative and storytelling in archaeology.

Humans have an intrinsic need for storytelling. If we need stories, then what are the most important stories to tell? They’re the stories of us. Yet, we are often too focused on academic output. Storytelling doesn’t always equal fiction; it means adjusting our style of writing and communication, rather than the content. Stories have power: they’re political and evocative, just like archaeology, and it’s our responsibility as archaeologists to learn how to engage (with) the general public, outside our academic circles. We could write popular science books, create video games, publish children’s books, and so on. We can and should tell stories.
 
NASTA aims to provide a space to discuss narrative and storytelling in archaeology through a one-day virtual conference that focuses on how we can think about our knowledge, and how we can communicate this to our audiences.
 
The conference will be hosted online, but we are working hard to ensure a proper conference feel from the comfort of your own home! With invited speakers, parallel sessions, and different opportunities to have discussions both in text and on camera, it promises to be an exciting day!

Meet our Organising Committee!

Iris Korver

Iris Korver is a postgraduate student in the program Heritage, Memory and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. Her thesis focuses on iron waste material in the Pontine Plain in Pre-Roman Italy; however, her interests go beyond Italy and as such, she has excavated in Greece, Turkey and the Netherlands. Iris joined the organising committee of NASTA 2021 due to her experience in the different countries and how they subsequently deal in conveying archaeological narratives.

Morgan Schelvis

Morgan Schelvis is a postgraduate student of Heritage, Memory, and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the material culture of The Netherlands (1600-1850), particularly on the materiality of Dutch tavern culture and the social impact of public drinking spaces. Morgan joined the organising committee of NASTA 2021 because she is interested in how storytelling can positively influence academic writing, how fringe archaeology develops (and spreads) and how understanding this process can help archaeologists reach the public more effectively

Sam Miske

Sam Miske is studying Heritage, Memory, and Archaeology on a
postgraduate level at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses
on colonial heritage, social and cultural history, and critical theory.
Sam is co-organising NASTA 2021 as he is interested in the
epistemological questions underlying the practice of storytelling and in
the politics of archaeological narratives.

Dr. Aris Politopoulos

Aris is a lecturer for the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Leiden University Center for Arts in Society working on the Past-at-Play Lab project. His research focuses on ancient Near Eastern empires, the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean, the archaeology of Play, and the archaeological study of video games. He is also a co-founding member of the VALUE Foundation and has published extensively on the topic of video games and archaeology.

Dr. James Symonds

James is the Professor of Historical Archaeology (North of the Alps) at the University of Amsterdam. He coordinates the ACASA RMA in Heritage, Memory, and Archaeology, and enjoys teaching archaeological theory and promoting contemporary archaeology. James has not been out of the house much recently and joined the organizing committee of NASTA 2021 because he likes a good story and thought it might lead to free drinks.

Iris Korver

Iris Korver is a postgraduate student in the program Heritage, Memory and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. Her thesis focuses on iron waste material in the Pontine Plain in Pre-Roman Italy; however, her interests go beyond Italy and as such, she has excavated in Greece, Turkey and the Netherlands. Iris joined the organising committee of NASTA 2021 due to her experience in the different countries and how they subsequently deal in conveying archaeological narratives.

Morgan Schelvis

Morgan Schelvis is a postgraduate student of Heritage, Memory, and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the material culture of The Netherlands (1600-1850), particularly on the materiality of Dutch tavern culture and the social impact of public drinking spaces. Morgan joined the organising committee of NASTA 2021 because she is interested in how storytelling can positively influence academic writing, how fringe archaeology develops (and spreads) and how understanding this process can help archaeologists reach the public more effectively.

Sam Miske

Sam Miske is studying Heritage, Memory, and Archaeology on a postgraduate level at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on colonial heritage, social and cultural history, and critical theory. Sam is co-organising NASTA 2021 as he is interested in the epistemological questions underlying the practice of storytelling and in the politics of archaeological narratives.

Dr. Aris Politopoulos

Aris is a lecturer for the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Leiden University Center for Arts in Society working on the Past-at-Play Lab project. His research focuses on ancient Near Eastern empires, the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean, the archaeology of Play, and the archaeological study of video games. He is also a co-founding member of the VALUE Foundation and has published extensively on the topic of video games and archaeology.

Dr. James Symonds

James is the Professor of Historical Archaeology (North of the Alps) at the University of Amsterdam. He coordinates the ACASA RMA in Heritage, Memory, and Archaeology, and enjoys teaching archaeological theory and promoting contemporary archaeology. James has not been out of the house much recently and joined the organizing committee of NASTA 2021 because he likes a good story and thought it might lead to free drinks.