UCL Institute of Archaeology student awarded Public Engagement funding
12 October 2020
Institute research student Amanda Ford Spora has been awarded funding from the UCL Engagement Train and Engage scheme for her project Co-producing a Manga_Zine with teens using digital replicas of ancient objects.
Train and Engage is a training and funding programme for UCL postgraduate research students who are looking to connect their work with public groups.
Amanda completed this UCL Public Engagement flagship training course last academic year and despite the challenging circumstances successfully bid for, and was awarded, funding for her project which will both impact communities external to UCL and internally.
Amanda's project will be a collaboration with a group of teen participants (aged 13-15 years), who will engage with digital replicas of objects from ancient Sudan and Egypt, as well as artistic pieces created by focus group participants previously, with the purpose of exploring the creation of Manga cartoons as a commentary about ‘authenticity’ of ancient artefacts and the impact of the past in the present.
According to Dominic Galliano, Head of UCL Public Engagement:
“We are very excited to be supporting Amanda and are looking forward to seeing how their project evolves. An element of the Train and Engage funding is that we work closely with all our awardees over the course of the project lifecycle to help them realise the project and to better share the learning from these often experimental approaches to public engagement."