New Chapters in the History of Egyptology
Lecture by Dr. Vanessa Davies, Bryn Mawr College
- 5:00 pm Illinois
- The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago LaSalle Banks Room
Previously undiscovered conversations shed new light on the history of Egyptology. Vanessa Davies's work has uncovered a dynamic set of interactions that will change how we understand Egyptology. Scholars of African descent, far from being outsiders to the field in its infancy, engaged with prominent white university Egyptologists. These interesting and important episodes have been overlooked by traditional histories. Rediscovering them is critical in helping us understand the formation of the university discipline. This talk will explore two conversations.
W. E. B. Du Bois engaged with a prominent archaeologist on matters related to public education. Pauline Hopkins placed the reality of the racial discrimination of her day against the backdrop of ancient Sudan. Understanding these authors’ treatments of ancient Egypt and ancient Sudan gives us a richer perspective on the history of the discipline of Egyptology