Tara Copplestone studies Archaeogaming; a combination of archaeology, computer science and game studies. Her research explores how the process of creating video games can challenge our way of thinking about and communicating the past. “Unconventional research often has a hard time fitting into the traditional work-flow and publication process in academia” she says. Despite the unique challenges of her research, Tara is moving ahead with her doctoral studies and wants to encourage other researchers to do the same:
“…whenever you find barriers or hurdles to your work it is important to ask why they exist - sometimes there is a good foundation and this should be respected, but more often than not the answer is ‘that's the way it has always been’.”
Her research has seen her conducting embedded research across the scope of video game production, interviewing gamers to understand how playing is shaping and challenging their views of the past, working on critical assessments of video games for heritage settings and, most recently, taking the dive into creating video games herself as part of a reflexive investigation into the role of media in archaeology. You can check out some of Tara’s Archaeogaming work on her website.
Tara Jane Copplestone is a doctoral researcher at University of York and Aarhus University. She is highlighted as a notable early career researcher at this year’s Wiley Humanities Festival.
Visit the Wiley Humanities Festival site on Thursday, September 7th and Friday, September 8th 2017 to discover more from notable early career scholars and learn about the publishing process from distinguished Wiley journal editors. Participants are also encouraged to sign up for the free Humanities Publishing 101, (September 7 at 10am EST/3pm GMT) which aims to help early career researchers navigate the unwritten rules of publishing in the Humanities.