USP to host symposium on Egyptology

An international meeting at the University of São Paulo (USP) from September 9 to 11 will cover Ancient Egypt studies. Lectures will be given by researchers from Brazil, Argentina and the United Kingdom.

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São Paulo – The University of São Paulo (USP) is hosting from September 9 to 11 the 1st International Egyptology Symposium, at the Nicolau Sevcenko Auditorium at the School of Philosophy, Language and Human Sciences (FFLCH), in São Paulo. Scholars on the subject from across Brazil and elsewhere, including researchers from universities in the United Kingdom and Argentina.

The event will be themed Ancient Egypt in space and time according to material and written sources. For the keynote conference, María Violeta Pereyra of the University of Buenos Aires will discuss Egyptology in Latin America and the challenges of the 21st century. She holds a doctorate degree and leads Argentinian archaeological excavations in Luxor, Egypt.

María will go over the advent of Egyptology as a field of study in the 19th century, following a French expedition to the Valley of the Nile; its spread in Europe; and its arrival in Latin America during the early 20th century. Contact between researchers from around the world will also be addressed by the researcher, according to a summary of her lecture released by the USP. María will also speak on other occasions throughout the symposium.

Subjects covered will include the study of diets in Ancient Egypt, by Brazil’s Cintia Gama Rolland, who holds a doctorate in Ancient Egyptian Religion from École Pratique des Hautes Études at Paris’ Sorbonne, and Egyptian mummy studies in Brazilian collections, with Centro Universitário Campos de Andrade (Uniandrade) archaeologist and professor Moacir Elias Santos.

In addition to scholars from several USP Schools, the symposium will feature professors from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (Ufes), Federal University of Amazonas (Ufam), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Uninter, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (URFN), the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC), the University of the Joinville Region (Univille) and the University of Campinas (Unicamp).

Also slated to speak are professors from: Federal University of Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM), Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Centro Universitário FMU, Londrina State University (UEL), Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and Santo Amaro University (Unisa). Non-local institutions will also include Universidad de La Plata, Argentina, and Oxford and Cambridge universities, in the UK.

Anyone can register; the cost is BRL 15, and participants will get a certificate at the end of the event. Prior registration is required (see information and link below). The Symposium will run from early morning to late afternoon on all three days.

Quick facts

1st USP International Egyptology Symposium
September 9-11
Nicolau Sevcenko Auditorium – FFLCH – University of São Paulo
Avenida Prof. Lineu Prestes, 338 – Butantã, São Paulo – São Paulo
Find out more: egiptologiausp@gmail.com
Register here

Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

Khaled Desouki/AFP

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