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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Dr. Vanessa Davies
Institutional Grants and Compliance, Bryn Mawr College

“Egyptology’s Diverse History”

Classroom 1
3:30 PM

The university discipline of Egyptology has a strikingly diverse history, although it is not widely known among Egyptologists. The way that the history is currently transmitted, we encounter only the usual names: Sir John Gardner Wilkinson and George Rawlinson as early historians, the archaeologist Flinders Petrie, and James Henry Breasted and George Reisner, the first professors of Egyptology in American universities. What has been overlooked is the engagement of intellectuals of color in North America with the university discipline of Egyptology.

Prior to 1900, intellectuals such as Frederick Douglass and David Walker argued against racist, exclusionary views and used ancient Egyptian and Nubian cultures to argue for the humanity of black people at a time when others argued that Africa and people of African descent had no history. At the turn of the 20th century, when the young university discipline of Egyptology began to gain traction in the US, it provided additional evidence for history in Africa.

This talk will discuss conversations that took place between 1900 and 1925 involving white Egyptologists who held university posts and scholars and writers of African descent in America. Those scholars of color uplifted people of African descent and countered attempts to dehumanize them. Their responses to Egyptology and to Egyptologists were quite varied. Although some were uninterested in connections with ancient Egyptian culture, others marshalled scholarly evidence of the glorious past of the Nile River Valley to construct an African history that would inspire black people in the Americas to understand their existence as valuable.  

Vanessa Davies is the author of Peace in Ancient Egypt. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Egyptian Epigraphy and Palaeography and the principal investigator on a project publishing material from Naga ed-Deir. This talk derives from her book project on the contributions of scholars of African descent to the discipline of Egyptology, 1900–1925.


Special Evening Weekday Lecture!!  
Thursday, March 19, 2020
2020 Korysn Lecture

Dr. Kara Cooney
Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art & Architecture/Chair, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA
“Evidence for Coffin Reuse in the 21st Dynasty Coffins of the Royal Cache Deir el Bahari 320”
Rainey Auditorium
6:30 PM

2020 ARCE-PA Mini-Symposium
Saturday, April 18, 2020 
“The Significance of Abydos from the Predynastic to the New Kingdom”
Rainey Auditorium
1 PM- 6 PM

*Dr. Josef Wegner
Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Assistant Curator, Egyptian Section, UPenn Museum;
Director, Senwosret Complex at South Abydos Expedition

*Dr. Deb Vischak
Assistant Professor, Ancient Egyptian Art History and Archaeology, Princeton University;
Co-Director, North Abydos Expedition

*Dr. Steve Harvey
Director, Ahmose and Tetisheri Project at Abydos

Special ARCE-PA Mini-Symposium Pricing:
$25:  General admission
$20: Penn Museum members
$15: Museum staff / Penn faculty
$10: ARCE members / Student w/ID


Saturday, May 9, 2020
Dr. Jane Hill
Assistant Professor, Rowan University
“Primordial Gods of Upper Egypt: Local Cult in Egypt’s Predynastic Period”
Classroom 2
3:30 PM

June 13, 2020
Annual Meet-Up at the Museum for ARCE-PA Members

Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum

Walters Art Museum

More information will be updated closer to the event date.
* Entrance fees for most lectures are $10 for the general public, $7 for Penn Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12 (unless otherwise stated).

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