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October 21, 2014
Amara has sent us notice of two very exciting events:
1.Book Launch: Histories of Egyptology – Interdisciplinary Measures
Tuesday 28 October 5.30-7.30pm
Interested in histories of archaeology, Egyptology, colonialism, museology, archives and related disciplines? Join us for informal drinks in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology to celebrate the new Routledge volume Histories of Egyptology: Interdisciplinary Measures. Meet the editor, . William Carruthers, and other contributors, explore some of the archival materials held in the Petrie Museum, and network with colleagues interested in excavating archives.  
Histories of Egyptology are increasingly of interest: to Egyptologists, archaeologists, historians, and others. Yet, particularly as Egypt undergoes a contested process of political redefinition, how do we write these histories, and what (or who) are they for? This volume addresses a variety of important themes: the historical involvement of Egyptology with the political sphere, the manner in which the discipline stakes out its professional territory, the ways in which practitioners represent Egyptological knowledge, and the relationship of this knowledge to the public sphere. Histories of Egyptology provides the basis to understand how Egyptologists constructed their discipline. Yet the volume also demonstrates how they construct ancient Egypt, and how that construction interacts with much wider concerns: of society, and of the making of the modern world.
2. Excavating Egypt in the 1930s: Film Screening and Talk

Michael McCluskey (UCL English)

Thursday 20 November 2014

Room G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 6-8pm

All welcome, please reserve a free ticket at Eventbrite:

 The excavation team at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt shot over three hours of film footage from 1930-1933.  These images of Egypt help us think about amateur film as social practice and cultural artefact.  They include leisure activities, street scenes of Cairo, and a crucial moment in the excavation season rarely captured in motion: the division of antiquities.

See more footage from the Egypt Exploration Society’s Lucy Gura Archive that has never been seen before in public… at least, not since the 1930s. 

This event will launch a new collaborative project: Filming Antiquity.

Filming Antiquity is funded by a UCL CHIRP Small Grants Award. 

For more information and details, visit

Follow us on Twitter @FilmAntiquity


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