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Dr Karen Exell

Karen Exell

Lecturer in Museum Studies
Tel: +974 4457 8698

Dr Karen Exell is Lecturer in Museum Studies at UCL Qatar. She lectures specifically on the theory and philosophy pf museums, and issues of museology in non-western contexts. Her research interests include museums and the creation of knowledge in relation to heritage and identity, the social and cultural meaning and impact of museums in the GCC, and collecting practices in the region. She is currently developing a project to evaluate the impact of the rapid development of museums in the GCC on local cultural identities, and is writing a monograph on recent museum development in the GCC. Her past work has focussed on the perception and reception of ancient Egypt in Museums in the UK.

Dr Exell holds a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Durham, a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of St Andrews, and a BA in Egyptology from the University of Oxford. She been employed for over 15 years in museums and heritage in the United Kingdom and Egypt before moving to Qatar in 2011. She has worked predominantly in university museums, curating ancient Egypt and associated collections at the University of Manchester and University of Durham, as well as teaching Museology, Egyptology and Archaeology.

Selected Publications

Exell, K. 2014 (in press) Desiring the Past and Reimagining the Present: Contemporary Collecting in Qatar. Museums and Society.

Exell, K. 2014. Lost in Translation: Private Collections in Qatar. In Collecting the Arabian Peninsula. Edited by Pamela Erskine-Loftus. Edinburgh and Boston: MuseumsEtc. Pp. 258-294.

Exell, K. and T. Rico (eds) 2014 (in press) Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Exell, K. 2014. Collecting an Alternative World: The Shiekh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum in Qatar, in Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, pp. 51-70.

Exell, K. 2014 (in press). Covering the Mummies at the Manchester Museum: a discussion of individual agendas within the human remains debate. In Dealing with the Dead: Mortuary Archaeology and Contemporary Society, edited by Howard Williams and Melanie Giles. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Exell, K. and T. Rico. 2013. ‘There is no heritage in Qatar’: Orientalism, Colonialism and other Problematic Histories. World Archaeology, Dec 2013. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/vMrSiBzvU2mdJWMYTFM6/full

Exell, K. 2013. ‘Ritual and Performance in Ramesside Egypt’ in Egypt: Ancient Histories and Modern Archaeologies. Edited by R.J. Dann and K. Exell. New York: Cambria Press, pp. 101-132.

Exell, K. and R.J. Dann (eds) 2013. Egypt: Ancient Histories and Modern Archaeologies. New York: Cambria Press.

Exell, K. 2013. Domination and Desire: The Paradox of Egyptian Mummies in Museums. In Objects and Materials. A Routledge Companion. Edited by Penelope Harvey. London: Routledge.

Exell, K. 2013 . Engaging with Egypt: Community Consultation and the Redevelopment of the Ancient Egypt Galleries at The Manchester Museum. In Museums and Communities. Edited by Viv Golding and Wayne Modest. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 130-142.

Exell, K. 2012. Teaching as Learning: UCL Qatar’s museum studies Masters programme in Qatar one year on. In Reimagining Museums: Practice in the Arabian Peninsula. Edited by Pamela Erskine-Loftus. Edinburgh and Boston: MuseumsEtc.

Exell, K. 2012. Egyptology. In The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Archaeology. Edited by Neil Asher-Silberman (editor-in-chief). Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

Exell, K. (ed.) 2010. Egypt in its African Context. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Exell, K. 2010. ‘The Stela of Dedu’ in Treasures of the Oriental Museum. Edited by C. Barclay, R. Grocke and H. Armstrong. Durham University/London: Third Millennium Publishing, pp. 128-129.

Exell, K. 2009. Soldiers, Sailors and Sandalmakers. A Social Reading of Ramesside Period Votive Stelae. London: Golden House Publications.

Exell, K. 2008. ‘Ancestor Bust’ in UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, edited by Willeke Wendrich. Los Angeles: http://repositories.cdlib.org/nelc/uee/1031 

Exell, K. and C. Naunton. 2007. ‘Administration’ in The Egyptian World, edited by Toby Wilkinson. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 91-104.

Exell, K. 2006. ‘The Tomb Scribe, Ramose, and the cult of the king: a social and historical reading of some private votive stelae from Deir el Medina in the reign of Ramesses II’, in Proceedings of Current Research in Egyptology V. Edited by R.J. Dann. Oxford: Oxbow Press, pp. 51-67.