InENPWW Research Seminar, Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Canceled due to illness. This seminar will be rescheduled for a later date.

Sleeping hard? The sensual body, practicalities, and religious connotations of ancient Egyptian headrests

Dr. Katharina Zinn (University of Wales: Trinity Saint David)

Taking inspiration from Latour’s actants (2005), Barad’s agential realism (2007) and Bennett’s thing power (2010)—relating the potential of agency to materials and objects in human lives—the presented case study contributes to a discussion of the physical relationship of material objects and the human body through the lens of the New Materialisms, focusing on states when materiality seeps deliberately and dangerously into immateriality. This is explored at the example of unpublished headrests from the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum, Merthyr Tydfil, by looking on the intersection of bodies with the material that also could be interpreted as inter-material communication. Impressions of fabric on their wooden surface are presumably the imprint of bedding intended to ensure comfortable sleep, telling us about the sensual experience using these artefacts. The contact between skin and rough wood needed to be alleviated.

Location: Faraday Building, Lecture Room C, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus

Time: Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 4.00–6.00 pm.

(Free entry; all welcome! The presentation will be given in English.)

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Friends of the Egypt Centre – Public Lecture: 7 June 2017

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

From Kings’ Valley to Kings College: The Makings of a Modern Mummy

 Dr. Stephen Buckley; Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Professor Joann Fletcher; Honorary Visiting Professor, University of York

Price: gratis for members; £3 for non-members, yearly membership from £10
Location: Fulton A Lecture Theatre, Swansea University (Singleton Park Campus)
Time: Wednesday, 17 May 2017; doors open at 6.30pm with the lecture starting at 7.00 pm

Friends of the Egypt Centre – Public Lecture: 17 May 2017

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Exhibiting Ancient Egypt: The Annual Exhibitions of British Archaeological Societies 1884–1939

Alice Williams, University of Oxford

Between 1884 and 1939 the Egypt Exploration Fund (later Society) and the British School of Archaeology in Egypt held a series of annual exhibitions in London to showcase the finds of each archaeological season. These popular pop-up exhibitions drew large crowds of visitors from across British society, keen to see artefacts excavated just weeks before, and to hear about the new theories and adventures of high-profile archaeologists like William Flinders Petrie and John Pendlebury. Using material from the archives of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Egypt Exploration Society, this talk by Alice Williams will explore this exhibitionary practice in greater detail, examining what it would have been like to visit these displays and the crucial role they played in constructing a public image of ancient Egypt and Egyptian archaeology.

Price: gratis for members; £3 for non-members, yearly membership from £10
Location: Fulton House Lecture Room 2, Swansea University (Singleton Park Campus)
Time: Wednesday, 17 May 2017; doors open at 6.30pm with the lecture starting at 7.00 pm

InEPWW Study Day: Bird Art in Middle Kingdom Tombs

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The InEPWW (Interpreting Egypt’s Past in Wales and the World) research centre wishes to invite you to a special Study Day on Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 1:00–5:00 pm.

InEPWW Study Day: Bird Art in Middle Kingdom Tombs

John Wyatt (Independent researcher)

The second “golden age of tomb art” in ancient Egypt occurred at the beginning of the Middle Kingdom, and was no longer centred around Memphis, but further south in Middle Egypt. Bird scenes were very much part of that art. This Study Day will examine, inter alia, what prompted this southern movement; the types of tomb in which bird art became most prominent; the different categories of depiction and the reasons for them; what those scenes add to our knowledge of society, daily living and the environment at that time; and, lastly, in an Egyptological—not ornithological—context, what and why particular species may have been included.

John Wyatt is a specialist in African birds and mammals, and formerly a deputy director at the British Trust for Ornithology. Trained as an anthropologist and ethnographer, he is the world’s only ornithologist working full time on the birds of ancient Egypt.

Location: SURF Room, Fulton House, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus

Time: Wednesday, 5 April 2017; 1:00–5:00 pm

To help us plan for room size and amounts of sustenance required, we ask that you please RSVP by booking a free ticket through EventBrite. Thank you!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/study-day-bird-art-in-ancient-egyptian-middle-kingdom-tombs-tickets-33039703643

(Free entry; all welcome! The lecture will be in English.)

InENPWW Research Seminar, Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A pharaoh at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac: Discourses on art in ancient Egypt and contemporary west Africa

Prof. Martin Stringer (Swansea University)

At a recent exhibition in the Quai Branley – Jacques Chirac Museum in Paris, the curators chose to add a small figure of an Egyptian pharaoh among a selection of objects from the Dogon people from Mali in West Africa. The catalogue also referred to the possible connections between ancient Egypt and the Dogon people. This paper will review the genealogy of this relationship, looking back at the way scholars of the past have tried to make the links, and the purposes for which they did this, before coming back to ask why the link is still be suggested at a major Western museum in the twenty-first century.

Location: Faraday Building, Lecture Room C, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus
Time: Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 4.00–6.00 pm.

(Free entry; all welcome! The talk will be presented in English.)

Friends of the Egypt Centre – Public Lecture

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

The ‘Mummy Pits’ of Ancient Egypt: The Long-Kept Secret of Early Travellers

Tess Barber, Cardiff University 

A little over a century ago, burials known simply as ‘mummy pits’ were a common and characteristic feature of Egypt’s burial landscape. These ‘pits’ contained mass burials of mummies piled-up in such great numbers, that it is surprising that they now appear to have disappeared from the archaeological record.

Price: gratis for members; £3 for non-members , yearly membership from £10
Location: Fulton House Lecture Room 2, Swansea University (Singleton Park Campus)
Time: Doors open at 6.30pm with the lecture starting at 7.00 pm

InENPWW Research Seminar, 7 March 2017

Priestesses of the Old Kingdom

Izold Guegan (Swansea University & Université Paris-Sorbonne [Paris IV])

The Old Kingdom is a fundamental period in Egyptian history since it saw the establishment of a powerful centralised state, as well as the implementation of the great institutions of ancient Egypt. It is also during this period that we first notice the emergence of women within the priesthood. The period is characterised by the diversity of the religious officiants, especially concerning women, who obviously took part in a large variety of religious activities. However, if their titles, as well as the names of their clergies, are often known, the way women have impacted the religious sphere remains obscure and we can still wonder if it is possible to trace a form of religious practice that is exclusively feminine during the Old Kingdom.
Location: Faraday Building, Lecture Room C, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus
Time: Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 4.00–6.00 pm.

(Free entry; all welcome! The lecture will be in English.)

Interpreting Egypt’s Past in Wales and the World