Birmingham Egyptology

Forum report available: games and board games

The Forum sessions are not all fun and games – we aim to engage in enlightening and analytical discussion. However, the atmosphere of the Forum is intended to remain informal, and what better way to do so than to discuss games and board games in Egypt and further afield?

 

The Forum report summarising the discussion can now be found on our website: http://birminghamegyptology.co.uk/forum/last-session/ (it will be moved to ‘Previous Sessions’ section in a few weeks’ time).
We even managed to fit in a couple of rounds of Senet, albeit with a less beautiful board and gaming pieces than some which have been discovered!

Forum members playing Senet

Objects Come to Life: new Virtual Museum Exhibition

On Friday 28th October, the exhibition ‘Objects Come to Life’ officially opened in the Orchard Learning Resource Centre, Selly Oak. The exhibition of objects from the Eton Myers Collection, on loan to the University of Birmingham from Eton College, was curated by PG curator Stephanie Boonstra, with the participation of students, staff and alumni. The exhibition will be available to view until late Summer 2017 – please contact Stephanie at S.L.Boonstra@bham.ac.uk if you are interested in a viewing (must be arranged in advance).

The physical exhibits are accompanied by a ‘Virtual Exhibition’, which can be found on our website alongside previous exhibitions: http://birminghamegyptology.co.uk/virtual-museum/
Thanks go to all contributors for their work in highlighting this delightful, yet fairly unknown, collection.

 

Forum: Time and kingship – summary available

What is time? This was the question posed to Birmingham Egyptology members at the start of the Forum session on the 14th October. Steven Gregory presented some of his current research into Dt and nHH time and its relationship to kingship. The presentation and the ensuing discussion were complex and thought-provoking, and at times rather difficult to express in words. Nevertheless, some words offering a brief introduction to the research presented is now available: http://birminghamegyptology.co.uk/forum/last-session/

 

 

Symposium 2017: Call for Papers

The 4th annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium will be held at the University of Birmingham on Friday 17th February 2017. The theme will be ‘Digging into ancient Egypt’. Of course, there are many more ways of digging than with a spade, and the organising committee invite papers from postgraduate students and independent researchers pertaining to their individual interpretations of this theme.

 

The full call for papers can be viewed from the following link: call-for-papers-2017

Forum report available: Gender and sexuality

The Forum report on last week’s session is available now at birminghamegyptology.co.uk/forum/last-session/

The theme was very broad and there was much we could not cover. If you would like to see another session looking at a particular aspect of gender and sexuality in Egypt in more detail, or if you have another idea for a Forum session, please contact us (enquiries@birminghamegyptology.co.uk).

Forum sessions autumn 2016

The dates for the forthcoming Forum sessions are now in the calendar. Details of each event will be added as the programme is finalised.

We look forward to seeing old friends and welcome newcomers – all welcome!

Tea with the sphinx conference – registration open

Registration for ‘Tea with the Sphinx’ is now open.

The conference, which will be held at the University of Birmingham on 23rd – 24th September 2016, focusses on ‘discussions of ancient Egypt as imagined by ‘Western civilisation’ from Napoleon’s invasion until the millennium. From the Parisian graveyards decorated with winged solar discs to tales of mummies’ curses appearing in periodicals and newspapers, strip-teases of the fin de siècle to the Hollywood blockbusters of the twentieth century’.
Tea with the sphinx

 

You may access information about the conference at: https://teawiththesphinx.wordpress.com/cfp/

Updated publication on 18th & 19th Dynasty graffiti

Abercrombie Press have announced the recent publication of the second edition of Dr Hana Navratilova’s Visitors’ Graffiti of Dynasties 18 and 19 in Abusir and Northern Saqqara (see attached advert, with the TOC).

This revised work presents a greatly expanded catalogue of texts to the one published in the original edition (together with more generous commentaries). It also includes substantial new chapters on:

Graffiti Writing;
Epigraphy & Formulae;
Contextual Studies;
The Representation of Kings in the Graffiti of Abusir and Northern Saqqara;
Surveys of the Graffiti of Giza, Southern Saqqara, Dahshur and Maidum.

 

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Exhibition review: ‘Beyond Beauty’ at Two Temple Place

‘Beyond Beauty’ is a temporary exhibition at Two Temple Place, London, closing on 24th April 2016, which brings together objects from seven regional collections from the UK. It explores the concept of beauty in ancient Egypt and its importance for both life and death.

To read the review of the exhibition by Eleanor Simmance, please click here (PDF).

 

New book release: Scanning the Pharaohs

The American University in Cairo Press has announced the release of a book by Zahi Hawass and Sahar Saleem under the title: ‘Scanning the Pharaohs: CT imaging of the New Kingdom Royal Mummies’.

 

The publishers have kindly forwarded a ‘review kit’ which includes a table of contents, introduction, and other relevant details regarding the book. The kit can be accessed via the following link:

Scanning the Pharaohs Review Kit

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