Birmingham Egyptology

Call for Papers: Special Issue II

You can read the first Special Issue published online here: http://birminghamegyptology.co.uk/journal/   

The Birmingham Egyptology Journal is a free online and peer reviewed academic journal. Following the recent release of our Special Issue, we would like to once again announce a Call for Papers for the upcoming Special Issue.

For an upcoming 2nd Special Issue scheduled for early 2021, we are looking for object biographies of ancient Egyptian artefacts held within UK museum collections – whether that be in the Birmingham and Midlands area, or beyond!

We invite submissions of no more than 12,000 words from postgraduates, academics and independent researchers on any ancient Egyptian object(s) of their choice. The deadline to submit is Friday 4th December 2020.

For details of our submission process and guidelines, please visit the Birmingham Egyptology website: https://birminghamegyptology.co.uk/journal/subscriptionguidelines/.

Enquiries and submissions should be forwarded to: submissions.bejournal@gmail.com

Update regarding our Birmingham Egyptology Symposium

Amidst the growing uncertainty and closures of Universities across the UK to tackle the spread of COVID-19, this has naturally led to the postponement or cancellation of events with anticipated large gatherings of the public. The University of Birmingham is now officially working with restricted campus operations until 1st June 2020 at the earliest, though this may be extended depending on how the situation progresses. 

Therefore, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming Symposium.

We are disappointed that we won’t have the chance to run this event as planned, but we hope that the Symposium can be rescheduled in the future and that we can provide further information once the University campus reopens. 

For any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, and we sincerely hope everyone is managing to stay well.

Shabti Translation Project

Students within the College of Arts and Law have been working on the new ‘Shabti Translation Project’, which aims to examine the inscriptions of shabtis currently on loan to the University of Birmingham from the Eton Myers collection, bequeathed to Eton College (see the ‘Virtual Museum’ section for further details of previous research and exhibitions related to this collection).

From a range of over 50 shabti figures, students are working through the inscribed examples to provide further commentary on their text, epigraphy, style, and further connect this to what is known about the object’s archaeological context and provenance.

The project has begun a range of interesting examples, including a high-quality shabti of the female figure Tayuheret from the 21st Dynasty (ECM 397), a shabti with an unusual pose and dressed in the clothes of daily life (ECM 383), and finally a broken shabti of unknown date or provenance (ECM 158).

ECM 397, on loan to the University of Birmingham from Eton College.
ECM 383, on loan to the University of Birmingham from Eton College.
ECM 158, on loan to the University of Birmingham from Eton College.

As our work continues, we hope to share our progress through this site and through the Eton Myers collection database. Any students within UoB who are interested in joining us and working with these ancient objects, get in touch!

For any who wish to enquire about the Eton Myers collection or to arrange a visit to the collection, please contact the Collections Assistant Jennifer Turner.

Opportunity for PGR students within the College of Arts and Law – Technical Drawing Classes, Eton Myers Collection

A very exciting and unique opportunity is available for PGR students within the College of Arts and Law!

Using the ancient Egyptian pottery from the Eton Myers Collection, on loan to the University of Birmingham from Eton College, doctoral candidate Yannis Nakas (an experienced archaeologist, digital surveyor and illustrator who has worked on projects in the Aegean) will be offering classes in technical drawing. This will include gaining experience of using equipment to accurately sketch objects and record measurements, and working with unique ancient objects.

Classes will take places on Friday afternoons from 2pm-4pm in the Eton Myers collection, held at Selly Oak’s Orchard Learning Resource Centre, from 21st February to 20th March. If you are looking to develop skills in drawing ancient objects, then this is the opportunity for you.

Spaces are limited to 10-15 students, so please sign up if you are interested by emailing Collections Assistant Jennifer Turner by no later than Friday 7th February.

Confirmation of whether you have been given a place in the class will be sent no later than Wednesday 12th February. Any questions, please also contact Jennifer. We look forward to running this amazing free course!”

Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: Call for Papers 2020

Birmingham Egyptology are pleased to announce that the 7th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium will be held at the University of Birmingham on Friday 29th May 2020. 

The theme will be ‘Biography in ancient Egypt’.

We invite abstract submissions from postgraduates and independent researchers pertaining to the individual’s interpretation of the above theme, which can include, but is not limited to: Egyptian language, architecture and landscape, religion, art, archaeology, self-presentation, works of fiction or historical accounts, epigraphy, and reception of ancient Egypt. Presentations may take the form of a 20-minute paper AND/OR an A0 research poster.

For any applicants (particularly international) unable to attend the Symposium in person, we are willing to arrange video presentations (e.g. a recorded talk or audio recorded over PowerPoint) to accompany posters or as a stand-alone presentation.

Abstracts (maximum of 300 words) must be submitted by 30th March 2020 to: submissions.bejournal@gmail.com Confirmation of the decision will be emailed by 6th April. Following the Symposium, presenters will be invited to submit their papers or posters as articles to be considered for publication in the Birmingham Egyptology Journal.

NB Presenters must make their own arrangements for transportation of posters, when applicable.

Further information about the event will be shared via our website: www.birminghamegyptology.co.uk. For any queries or to sign up to our mailing list, please contact us at the above email address.

Birmingham Egyptology Journal: Call for Papers

The Birmingham Egyptology Journal is a free online and peer-reviewed academic journal. For an upcoming Special Issue scheduled for early 2020, we are looking for object biographies of ancient Egyptian artefacts held within UK museum collections – whether that be in the Birmingham and Midlands area, or beyond!

We invite submissions of no more than 12,000 words from postgraduates, academics and independent researchers on any ancient Egyptian object(s) of their choice. The deadline to submit is Friday 20th December 2019.

For details of our submission process and guidelines, please see: https://birminghamegyptology.co.uk/journal/subscription-guidelines/.

Enquiries and submissions should be forwarded to either:
editor.bejournal@gmail.com or submissions.bejournal@gmail.com 

Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: Registration Now Open

Please join us for the Sixth Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium, ‘Belief and Identity in the ancient World’ which will be held in the Murray Learning Centre (Room UG10) at the University of Birmingham.

Our free event features a range of presentations from students and academics on ancient Egyptian belief and identity relating to language, art, funerary practices, and both ancient and modern perspectives of Egyptian identity. We are lucky to also have a wide range of speakers from the UK and abroad joining us for this symposium!

Refreshments, lunch and a wine reception will also be provided.

As part of our event, we would like to offer delegates the opportunity to join us for an optional free tour of the Eton Myers collection, on loan from Eton College and currently held within the Orchard Learning Resource Centre, University of Birmingham. This tour will take place on the evening of Thursday 30th May (6pm-7pm). If you would like to attend this in addition to the Symposium, please select the ‘BE Symposium Delegate PLUS Eton Myers tour’ ticket from the options below. We will email you with further details of this tour in due course. 

Our event will be promoted through our website, Facebook and Twitter, but we would be grateful if delegates could share this event with anyone whom you think might be interested in attending. We very much look forward to meeting you at our Symposium!

To register for the event, please do so via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/6th-birmingham-egyptology-symposium-tickets-60863035979

Our provisional programme for the day can be found here:

Further information about travelling to the University can be found below:

TRAINS: The campus has its own train station, ‘University’, with trains going to and from Birmingham New St in the city centre around every 10 minutes. Going from the city, take a train towards Longbridge or Redditch. University is two stops, approximately an 8-minutes journey, and should cost no more than £3.90 for a return ticket.

BUSES: The nearest bus stop to the campus which serves buses to and from the city centre to the University Campus is that at the junction of Bristol Road and Edgbaston Park Road (the South Gate of the University) 
– near the Orange Zone on the campus map. Take the no. 61 or 63 from stop NS3 (on St. Martins Queensway, near New Street station and the Bullring shopping centre). There is major work going on at Bristol Road at the moment, so services X20, X21 or X22 will also take you to the North Gate of the University, which is a short 5 minute walk to the Murray Learning Centre.

PARKING: Some works are currently taking place on campus however new car parking spaces have become available though some areas require a staff or student permit. For the latest up to date information, please visit: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/has/sustainable-travel/car-parking.aspx

Disabled spaces are available next to the ERI Building on Pritchatts Road. Please contact carparking@bham.ac.uk to confirm with the University team if you will need one of these spaces.

A campus map can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/index.aspx

Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: Call for papers – Extension!

We have extended our Call for Papers!

The University of Birmingham is organising the 6th Annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium: ‘Belief and Identity in the Ancient World’, which will take place on Friday 31st May 2019 at the University of Birmingham, UK.

We invite abstract submissions from postgraduates and independent researchers pertaining to the individual’s interpretation of the above theme, which can include, but is not limited to, archaeology, art, language, history, religion, restoration, epigraphy, cultural memory, and modern perspectives of belief and identity. We are also eager to receive contributions from other disciplines and encourage individuals to consider the theme within a broader geographical scope. Presentations may take the form of a 20-minute paper AND/OR an A0 research poster.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words, to be submitted by Friday 5th April 2019 at 5pm to: besymposium2019@gmail.com Confirmation of the decision will be emailed by Monday 15th April.

Following the Symposium, presenters will be invited to submit their papers or posters as articles to be considered for publication in the Birmingham Egyptology Journal.

NB Presenters must make their own arrangements for transportation of posters, when applicable.

Contact us at besymposium2019@gmail.com to register your interest or ask any questions.

Fitzwilliam Museum Colloquium: ‘Reuse, Appropriation and Ownership in ancient Egypt’

Two PGR students from the University of Birmingham recently attended the recent two-day colloquium at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on ‘Reuse, Appropriation and Ownership in ancient Egypt’.


McDonald Institute at the University of Cambridge where the colloquium took place.

The event included talks from a range of international speakers, a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum storerooms to view objects which had potentially been repurposed, and concluded with the Glanville Lecture of 2019 presented by Dr Koen Donker van Heel.

Many of the presentations and subsequent discussions explored issues of reuse, usurpation/appropriation, and reassigning of specific objects from coffins to statues and tomb decoration, and what this meant in terms of ownership, belief, and identity in their ancient contexts. Discussion sessions often came back to complex issues such as terminology and the need to understand reuse as a practice that was not confined to the New Kingdom/Third Intermediate Period era, though much of our attention typically focuses on these periods. Viewing objects in detail such as the Fitzwilliam’s collection of coffins, like that of Nespawershefyt, also enhanced the discussion!

A recent publication on the coffin of Nespawershefyt from the Fitzwilliam Museum

It was a pleasure to attend the colloquium, and we are very thankful to Helen Strudwick and the organisers for providing support for us to be able to attend.

Forum Sessions 2019

The Forum sessions for next term are now scheduled as follows (all sessions take place in the CAHA Museum, Arts 305, on Fridays 5pm-7pm):

25th January: The Graeco Roman Period

8th February: Personal piety in ancient Egypt

22nd February: No session scheduled (Reading Week)

8th March: Prisoners of War in the New Kingdom (Guest Speaker Marta Valerio)

22nd March: Fakes, Forgeries, and Reuse
The final session of the term will be followed by a BE social!

For topics still to be finalised, information will be posted here and sent via email as soon as possible.

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