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? See how she shows us to [re]connect with the past to embrace today!
Watch Vana’s talk, titled “3 lies and 1 truth about the past”.