current research

prehistoric cultural studies

My current research project explores activations of the prehistoric past in the popular imagination.

From trends in leisure, diet and fitness to philosophies of education and childcare, from ideas about sustainable living and post-growth economics to the findings of genetic science, prehistory has become a significant reference point in contemporary culture.

The imaginative resources of prehistory are providing diverse clues about how to live a better, healthier or happier life.

This project explores why prehistory has come to resonate in our current historical moment. It considers the particular ways in which the distant past is accessed and activated, and speculates what these prehistoric engagements can tell us about the human present and its futures.