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Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1500 BC)

3 April 2014

Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age (Image courtesy of Gianluca Miniaci)

An international conference exploring Egyptian material culture will be held at the Institute in September 2014 for which a call for papers is announced with a deadline of 15 May.

The purpose of this conference, being held at the Institute of Archaeology from 18-20 September 2014, is to explore the fertile imaginary world of Middle Bronze Age Egypt through its material culture and the archaeological sources from which such material is recovered. One principal focus will be on figurines in their immediate and wider archaeological context. The conference will also aim to explore other objects that have traditionally been interpreted as tools for the protection of mother and child, all as products of an interwoven world.

The conference is an opportunity to explore how the ancient Egyptians populated their imaginary universe, combining different images, materials, and objects - “Company of Images”.

Key points of discussion will be the following:

  • Iconography
  • Find assemblage
  • Materiality and technology
  • Types of context
  • Rituality and conception

Call for Papers

Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age (Image courtesy of Gianluca Miniaci)

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words for a proposed 15 minute paper with an additional 10-15 minutes allowed for general discussion, along with your name and institution, to companyofimages@gmail.com.

The abstracts should contain the title of the paper, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s). Abstracts will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee, and notification of accepted proposals will be sent out before 15 June 2014.

The conference proceedings will be published in 2015.

For further questions, please contact Gianluca Miniaci at g.miniaci@gmail.com.

The conference is part of the research project EPOCHS - Egyptian Periodisation - Object Categories as Historical Signatures, funded by a Marie Curie - Intra European Fellowship award.

The conference is supported by the European Commission, University College London, University of Pisa, Italian Ministry of Research, and the Friends of the Petrie Museum.