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CfP – Tea with the Sphinx

April 4, 2016


23-24 September 2016
University of Birmingham, UK

Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798 sparked what has come to be known as ‘Egyptomania’, an intense fascination for ancient Egypt that permeated the cultural imagination in the nascent nineteenth century and beyond. Since this moment, across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, subsequent ‘waves’ of Egyptomania have seen the history and iconography of this ancient civilisation drawn upon for all varieties of purposes. ‘Tea with the Sphinx’ encourages discussions of ancient Egypt as imagined by ‘Western civilisation’ from Napoleon’s invasion until the millennium. From the Parisian graveyards decorated with winged solar discs to tales of mummies’ curses appearing in periodicals and newspapers, strip-teases of the fin de siècle to the Hollywood blockbusters of the twentieth century, the organisers invite abstracts for papers on any aspect of ancient Egypt in the modern cultural imagination.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Factual or fictional literature
  • Travel writing and illustration
  • Memoir
  • Journalism
  • Art
  • Architecture and landscapes
  • Theatre
  • Material culture
  • Popular culture, film, TV, music, fashion
  • Representations of Egyptology
  • Religion, spiritualism and occultism

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers along with a CV to by 31 May 2016.


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