Laura Ursprung Nerling

Lecturer


Laura Ursprung Nerling

Lecturer


Laura Ursprung Nerling was the recipient of the Doreen Canaday Spizter Fellowship in 2019 from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Her current research explores the connection (or lack thereof) between personhood and the larnax in the Minoan Pre- and Protopalatial periods. She has worked for the Gournia Excavation Project since 2012 and is currently in the process of completing two chapters for their multi-volume excavation report. She has presented at numerous conferences including the annual American Institute of Archaeology conference and also at several lecture series such as the Μελη Lecture Series in Athens, Greece.

Laura’s research focuses on the fields of Minoan mortuary traditions, specifically the objects associated with the burial assemblages, the theoretical application of personhood and individualism in the ancient world, and the socio-political connotations that can be explained when evaluating objects of the past. As a substantial secondary interest, she also examines how countries in the modern era adopted the art, architecture, and cultures of ancient Greece to form national identities and compete with each other across Europe.

Laura will be completing her PhD at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Art History and Archaeology in 2021, and she received her MA in Visual Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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