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Dates and Times

07 March 2024
12:30 - 13:30


Building: 1
Room: 21
Other: 2A21


Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (CCCR), Faculty of Arts and Design


Dr. Andrew Sneddon


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Culture and Creativity seminar – Prehistoric Joy: Using Archaeology to Write a Personal Memoir about Family Violence

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Sneddon

Date\Time: Thursday 7March 2024, 12:30-13:30

Location: Building 1 Level A Room 1A21, University of Canberra (; 

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Dr. Andrew Sneddon spent a career writing about other people – by delving into their archaeology, assessing the significance of their heritage places – before he turned his hand to writing about himself. Was it liberating? At first it felt that way. In his memoir (Prehistoric Joy), about growing up in a family beset by domestic violence and alcoholism, Andrew found himself writing in a new language where he was the boss, telling his story, in his own way, instead of having to accommodate a ‘multivocal past’ and competing academic opinions about how things should be interpreted. But during the editing process, and since Prehistoric Joy’s publication, he has entered a world of difficult conversations, where he has learned that his personal story intertwines with those of others and that no story is univocal. Andrew will talk about his memoir and the writing experience, drawing on his career as an archaeologist, while describing how it is that storytelling is at the heart of everything, that it has consequences, and carries with it responsibilities.

Anyone is welcome!