Matthew Fackrell

Laidlaw Undergraduate Research Scholar, Durham University

About Matthew Fackrell

Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate; from Bristol, UK. I am completing a research project on narrative transmission and reproduction, looking at how oral accounts of geological events are passed down accurately over generations. By understanding how narratives are constructed I am keen to explore interdisciplinary approaches, particularly between Anthropology, Linguistics, Computer-Human Interaction, and Cognition. Other interests include literature, art and photography, architecture, astronomy, and outdoor pursuits.

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Undergraduate Leadership & Research Scholar


Durham University

Research Topic

Anthropology Earth Sciences & Geography Linguistics Society & Culture Technology

Area of Expertise

Humanities Social Sciences

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Proposal Anthropology Geology Leadership

Whispers from the Past: Research into the Accurate Communication of Oral Narratives

Recent research has indicated that geological events from 10,000+ years can be recorded by oral narratives - without writing systems - and passed down accurately through time. This project aims to identify how such narratives are constructed, and where they may be applied to an urban, digital world.

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Arts & Humanities Social Sciences Research

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Durham University

Recent Comments

May 01, 2020
Replying to Emma Franck-Gwinnell

Hi Matthew,

I think this is such a fascinating topic, with really interesting implications for some of the stories and myths that are so familiar to us today. I'm really looking forward to reading more about your research as it develops!

Thank you!

Yes, I'm not sure to what extent it can be covered this summer, but the implications/application for some of the research published previously have been very interesting. 

Apr 20, 2020
Replying to Nikol Chen

What a fascinating research proposal, Matthew! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to your final report :)

Thank you! I'm looking forward to completing it

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