The Department of Archaeology, Durham University is running a 1-week short course in Ancient Egypt, 12th August – 16th August 2019.
Durham University is offering a week-long summer school with
a focus on discovering how to explore Ancient Egypt and its
people. Through practical hands-on sessions with archival
records and ancient Egyptian objects hosted at Durham
University’s libraries and museums we will untangle the many
past and present stories woven within ancient Egypt’s material
culture. From the hopes and fears of the ancient Egyptian women
and men who lived by its Nile valley, the 19th century Egyptian
workers and archaeologists, European excavators and collectors
to the modern Egyptians reviving ancient Egypt daily, the course
will help you trace ancient Egypt’s full story.
You will also gain an insight on the latest methods and resources used by
archaeologists and Egyptologists today to document and decipher
its monuments and literature and record its landscape through
satellite imagery. The course will be culminate in a final
discussion session attempting to answer today’s most pressing
question: Who owns ancient Egypt?
We aim to find a way to understand Ancient Egypt as well as
those who have studied it and those who revive it every day
and to discover something about ourselves in the process.
Who is the course aimed at?
All people are welcome from within or outside archaeology and Egyptology, and those in retirement looking to continue/pursue their interests. International applicants are very welcome.
Applicants need to be 18 years of age or over.
What will the course cover?
The course will cover:
-The history and culture of Ancient Egypt;
-The history of the recording and discovery of archaeological material
-The history of ancient Egyptian collections in the UK
-Introduction to modern Egyptian history
-Basic principles and application of Egyptian language and hieroglyphic script;
-Everyday problems and possible solutions in Ancient Egypt;
-Religious life and the afterlife;
-Current work and research on Egypt;
-Modern relationships with Ancient Egypt and stakeholders in the Egyptian past.
The course will consist of a combination of lectures, seminar-type discussions (where you have the chance to offer your own opinions), object-handling sessions in the Oriental Museum, document and rare book study from the University Library and Palace Green archives and tea-breaks/receptions/lunch breaks where you can talk to the course presenters face-to-face.
Language of the course
The course will be taught in English by:
-Ms Heba abd el Gawad. Heba Abd el-Gawad is an Egyptian Egyptologist finishing her PhD at Durham University (UK) funded by Egypt’s Helwan University. She has taught various ancient Egyptian courses in Egypt and UK. She also led various curatorial roles in the UK including co-curating Two Temple Place’s 2016 Beyond Beauty: Transforming the body in ancient Egypt exhibition, project curator of the British Museum’s Asyut Project and more recently has guest curated Listen to her! Turning up the Volume on Egypt’s Ordinary Women at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. She specialises in ancient Egypt’s multicultural history, the history of Egyptian archaeology with particular focus on the British collection and distribution of finds between 1880-1980 and the history of ancient Egyptian collections in the UK.
-Dr Penelope Wilson
-Dr Elena Tiribilli
-Ms Rachel Barclay
The final session will be a “Who owns Ancient Egypt?” panel discussion engaging with recent debates on culture ownership, the ethics and controversies of displaying ancient Egypt in Western museums with award-winning journalist, writer, TV and radio broadcaster Samira Ahmed.
-Samira Ahmed presents Front Row on Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC1 and the News Channel. She’s an honorary fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford and a visiting professor of journalism at Kingston University and on the advisory board of the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Previously at Channel 4 News, her documentaries explore the intersection of culture, science, politics and social change. They include The Victorian Queens of Ancient Egypt for Radio 3 about Victorian women from Northern towns involved in the development of Egyptology museum collections.
Applicants should have a good command of English to get the most out of the course.
Brief course timetable
Teaching will begin on Monday 12th August at 10.00 am in a lecture room near the Department of Archaeology, Durham University (CG60). Teaching will take place from Monday to Friday, beginning at 9.30 am and ending by 5.00 pm. Before and after the course we are happy to suggest places to visit in and around Durham, which is an excellent centre for many museums and archaeological sites in Northumberland, Yorkshire and Scotland.
What is the cost of the course?
The basic fee for the 5 day course is £400. This covers all tuition and teaching materials, entry to the Oriental Museum, teas/coffees throughout the course, a start-of-course welcome reception (12th August), an end-of-course social event (16th August), and an informal attendance certificate. Participants must provide their own lunches.