The value of history and archaeology is not just knowledge about the past through written and material tracks. It’s also a great source for empathy and understanding for other human beings. In a society facing major changes, Vana Orfanou argues that using knowledge about the past in the right way can be a sustainable way to create a more empathic society now and in the future.

“I argue that the past is most useful to us today because it offers a great mental exercise of relating to people that are not our friends and family, of embracing cultural diversity through the only form of time-travel available to us today.”

Vana Orfanou holds a PhD in Archaeological Science from UCL, London. She has worked as a researcher at the Louvre Museum, Aarhus University and from September onwards at UCD in Dublin. She has worked with a range of past cultures including the Vikings, Romans, Greeks and Persians.

Want to hear Vana talk about how learning about the past can make us more empathetic today for a more inclusive society that is more equipped at embracing change which is all around us? Vana will be speaking at TEDxAarhus 2019 on October 5. Come and see how she shows us to [re]connect with the past to embrace today!

Tickets go on sale August 1.