Streaming the Past is a Science Communciation Project by Leiden University and the VALUE Foundation. Funded by a Science Communication grant from the Dutch Science Organisation (NWO), a team of three students from Leiden University is streaming (historical) videogames, discussing their content and exploring the opportunities of Twitch as a platform for science communication. The students are supported by a group of Leiden University scholars and science communication experts, as well as members from the VALUE Foundation.

The team is streaming three times a week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), alongside one or two streams by the VALUE Foundation. In addition, there is a bi-weekly vodcast called ‘This Week’s Past’, where Angus ‘Doc Random’ Mol and Aris ‘Ymir’ Politopoulos are discussing news about the past, often joined by interesting guests. Follow our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for weekly schedule updates!

Meet the team!

Three student-assistents from Leiden University will do the brunt of the streaming. Get to know them below!

Eva ‘evaporaptor’ Kruijt (24) (@evaporaptor) is a student of the ResMA Arts, Literature and Media at Leiden University. Her hobbies include sport climbing and all manner of board/video games, and her research focuses on cultural studies, game studies and feminist theory. Her streams will revolve around the historical tales that are most often told, to find out to what extent these are historically accurate and to discuss what is missing from them. She starts with a series on pirates, Streaming on the Seven Seas, which you can see on Fridays at 14:00!

Sophie ‘sp_ace’ Paauw (21) is an Archaeology student from Leiden University. She interests herself in Maritime Archaeology and video games (of course). She’ll be Streaming the Past in her series Stealthing Through History, where she’ll play through all (!) Assassin’s Creed game in chronological order! Her voyage starts with Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, every Wednesday at 14:00 CEST!

Nina ‘shibby’ Beik (22) (@nina_beik) is a third-year Security Studies student at the faculty of Governance and Global Affairs in The Hague. Her interests lie in the intersection between society, security, and the digital. Aside from that, she, of course, loves history and gaming. In Indie Histories, Nina will be looking at the indie gems of the gaming world to counter all that AAA show of force we see all the time.