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 This is explored at the example of unpublished headrests from the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum, Merthyr Tydfil, by looking on the intersection of bodies with the material that also could be interpreted as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