Lectures and Workshops
"'The world must learn what happens here!' Web 2.0 and archaeological
heritage during armed conflict". Paper in the session "Digital
heritage: cross cultural conversations or nationally embedded soliloquies?"
Session organised together with Don Henson, University College London.
19th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
(EAA), 4-8 September 2013, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Diane Scherzler: “Selecting what is important for the reader”:
About appropriations and transformations of archaeology in the mass
media. In: Elisabeth Niklasson and Thomas Meier (eds.): Appropriate
narratives. Archaeologists, publics and stories. Archaeolingua Series
Minor 33, Budapest 2013, 133-143. ISBN:
Diane Scherzler: On humility, power shift and cultural change:
Archaeology on Web 2.0 sites. In: Nina Schücker (ed.): Integrating
Archaeology Science - Wish - Reality. International Conference on
the Social Role, Possibilities and Perspectives of Classical Studies.
Papers held in Frankfurt a. M. on 12-14 June 2012. Roman-Germanic
Commission of the German Archaeological Institute, 2012, 237-240.
Diane Scherzler: A look in the mirror and the perspective of others.
On the portrayal of archaeology in the mass media. In: Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw,
Eleni Stefanou (eds.): From Archaeology to Archaeologies - The "Other"
Past. British Archaeological Reports International Series (BAR-IS)
2409; 2012, 77-85. ISBN 9781407310077.
Archaeological Heritage in Syria
The destruction of heritage in Syria is reported in the international
media. Sources were and are increasingly social media: Tweets, photos
or videos make eyewitness reports available worldwide. Diane Scherzler
produced several stories with the tool "Storify" that
combines linear storytelling with implementing social media:
- Under Threat: Archaeological Heritage in Syria (news
of August 2012)
- Falling Prey to War: Archaeological Heritage in Syria, part 2
(news of September and October 2012)
- Archaeology in times of war: Cultural Heritage in Syria, part
3 (news of October and November
- Disappearing Piece by Piece: Archaeological Heritage in Syria,
part 4 (news of November 2012 until January
Radical islamists severely damaged the UNESCO World Heritage Site
Timbuktu in the past months until the city could be regained on
January 28th. Sources were and are increasingly social media: Tweets,
photos or videos make eyewitness reports available worldwide:
- "Not a single mausoleum will remain in Timbuktu": The Destruction
of Mali's Cultural Cultural Heritage
(A Storify from December 2012)
- "These Manuscripts Are Our Identity": The Salvation of Timbuktu's
(A Storify from February 2013)
In 2012 Diane Scherzler launched a specialised newsletter for Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte e. V. (DGUF; German Society
for Pre- and Protohistory); she is the newsletter's editor. At present
the publication has the widest reach in Germany in comparison to
other archaeological newsletters.