NASTA conference – 29 April 2021

NASTA: Narrative and Storytelling in Archaeology

Date: 29 April 2021

Location: Online

Credits: 1 ECT

The first NASTA conference will be hosted by graduate students from ACASA at the University of Amsterdam. The one-day conference will explore the role of narrative and storytelling in archaeology. Storytelling is sometimes seen as being controversial in scientific publishing, but it is also increasingly seen as an important way to present archaeological research and to convey information to non-specialist audiences. In this era of fake news where expert knowledge is often challenged or misappropriated we therefore invite contributors to consider the relationships between narratives, nations, knowledge, and (fake) news. What is the best way to give voice to our discoveries, and how can different forms of narrative shape understandings of the past in the present. 

Call for Papers:

We are looking for papers that deal with questions such as: 

· How can we best communicate different narratives about archaeological sites or discoveries to non-professional audiences? 

· What is the best way to frame new narratives in an accessible way? 

· What are the advantages of storytelling in our academic output? 

· How should we deal with contested narratives (that border on alternative or pseudo-archaeology) without resorting to the harmful dichotomy of US versus Them? 

· How do we (re)present the past? 

If you would like to contribute a paper dealing with these questions, or similar topics based on the conference theme, we highly encourage archaeology students as well as students from other disciplines to apply! 

The conference will be held online, and we anticipate that there we will be a maximum of 12 speakers. Individual speakers will be allowed 15 minutes to present their paper .

Please send your abstract (max. 250 words) before 10 March 2021 to

For more information see:

Credits: ARCHON members can receive 1 ECT for attending the conference and handing in a reflection report afterwards. ARCHON members can also receive 1 ECT for presenting at the conference, by handing in their (powerpoint)presentation.

Registration: Please send an email to and let the organisation know that you are an ARCHON member if you want to obtain credits.