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Tina Paphitis

Tina Paphitis is a guest researcher at the School of Global Studies (SGS) during the autumn semester 2018. She completed her PhD at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Archaeology, in which she examined the folklore of archaeological sites and the importance of folklore in the practice of archaeology: interpretively, in public engagement, and in the understanding of heritage.

Her broader interests are in the intersections of folklore and archaeology in medieval to contemporary Britain and Scandinavia, and in public archaeology through ethnographic archaeologies. Within these fields, she explores in particular historical consciousness, archaeological representation, and nation-building and other political and cultural phenomena.

She has worked as a researcher on a number of field and public engagement projects, and is the co-founder and organiser of the ‘Popular Antiquities: Folklore & Archaeology’ conference series (UCL, in collaboration with the Folklore Society).

Tina Paphitis stay as a Guest Researcher at SGS is sponsored by the Centre for Critical Heritage, which is based jointly at UCL and the University of Gothenburg.

While at SGS, she will be developing an approach to the reception and reinvention of the past, employing folklore as the representational genre. She will explore how such folklore, as a participatory heritage practice, is subsumed/exploited within broader identity politics, and how the representation of the past as expressed through folklore has found (re)iterations in knowledge production and meaning-making processes within academic archaeological and cultural heritage studies discourse.

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