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From Archives to Arch-lives

Start Date: October 13, 2019
End Date: October 15, 2019
Venue: Moataz al-Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo Campus

Archives are no longer the exclusive domain for historians. More than ever, archives and special collections increasingly wield power over the shape and direction of historical scholarship, collective memory, and national identity. The notions of archives, history, memory, identity and power are interlinked, with archives taking a prominent and controlling role that directs how we remember and how we, and others, see ourselves.

On the occasion of The American University in Cairo’s 100th anniversary, the Academy of Liberal Arts, Department of Rhetoric and Composition and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL) solicits paper proposals from librarians, archivists, curators, faculty, collectors, writers, independent scholars, and graduate students for its conference – From Archives to Arch-Lives. We also encourage proposals for slideshows, video presentations, panels, and roundtables organized around common themes. Proposals on digital humanities and other forms of digital scholarship and data-driven projects are also welcome.

For more information about the conference, click here.

Women in Ancient Egypt: Current Research and Historical Trends

Start Date: October 31, 2019
End Date: November 2, 2019
Venue: AUC, Tahrir Square Campus

The Egyptology Unit at The American University in Cairo is organizing an international conference on Women in Ancient Egypt from the Early Dynastic through the Coptic Period.

Speakers will discuss topics relating to women and law, the portrayal of women in literature, and women’s cultic participation and access to power. Case studies highlighting individual women whose involvement in business or the public sphere in ancient Egypt and informing our understanding of the historical periods and cultural milieu in which these women lived will also be presented. Conference themes will emphasize patterns of continuity and change, issues in studying women, the nature of the evidence, and, more generally, the social and cultural history of Egyptian Women.

Preliminary program and abstracts may be found on the conference website.