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The Walking Dead II: The Making of a Cultural Geography

Sunday 29 September 2019 - Tuesday 1 October 2019
Ministry of Antiquities



Sunday 29 September 2019: Religious Practices

09:30–10:00 Doors open

Welcome and Opening Address by H.E. Ambassador Maged Mosleh, Head of International Organisations, Ministry of  Antiquities

Opening Address by H.E. Laurens Westhoff, Ambassador of the Netherlands in the Arab Republic of Egypt

10:15–10:30 Introduction by Dr. Lara Weiss, Principal Investigator, The Walking Dead Project
10:30–11:25 Session 1 - Chair: Lara Weiss
10:30–11:15 John Baines (University of Oxford) – How to take the dead to the cemetery and keep them from walking where they are not  welcome

Discussion (Chair: Lara Weiss)

11:25–11:45 Coffee Break
11:45-13:30 Session 2 – Chair: Nico Staring
11:45–12:30 Elizabeth Frood (University of Oxford) – The greatest dead inhabit temple complexes and walk among structures and  between  complexes
12:30–    13:15 Chiara Salvador (University of Oxford) – ‘Socializing’ the sacred space: an analysis of graffiti and appeals to the living as social acts in Karnak. 
13:15– 13:25 Discussion (Chair: Nico Staring)
13:30–  15:00 Lunch (at own expense)
15:00-16:45 Session 3 – Chair: Huw Twiston Davies

Janne Arp (Georg–August Universität, Göttingen) – Figurations in the study of Egyptian religion: the case of Amarna


Lara Weiss (Leiden University/Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) – Reconsidering the Gift

16:30–16:45 Questions & final discussion: Religious Practices
(Chair: Huw Twiston Davies)

Monday 30 September 2019: Transmission

09:2511:40 Session 1 – Chair: Huw Twiston Davies
09:25–09:30  Opening by Huw Twiston Davies
09:30–10:15 Gabriele Pieke (Reiss–Engelhorn–Museen, Mannheim) Remembering forward – on the transmission of pictorial  representations in non–royal tomb decoration up to the New Kingdom
10:15–11:00 Joachim Quack (University of Heidelberg) – Establishing communication channels: remarks on the transmission of the  Ritual of Opening the Mouth as a (not only) funerary text
11:00–11:10 Discussion (Chair: Huw Twiston Davies)
11:10–11:30 Coffee Break
11:3013:10 Session 2 – Chair: John Baines
11:30–12:15 Dimitri Laboury (University of Liège) – Image transmission and artistic creation in a cultural geography perspective

Ramadan Hussein (University of Tübingen)– Coping with a tradition: three Saite text compositions from Saqqara

13:00–13:10 Discussion (Chair: John Baines)
13:10–15:00 Lunch (at own expense)
15:00-17:00 Session 3 – Chair: Ramadan Hussein

Huw Twiston Davies (Leiden University) – The Book of the Dead at Saqqara in the New Kingdom: ambiguities, exceptions,  and living religion


Keynote by Prof. Dr. Ola El–Aguizy – The newly discovered tomb of the army General Iwrkhy

16:30–16:40 Questions & final Discussion: Transmission (Chair: Ramadan Hussein)

Tuesday 1 October: Landscape

09:2511:25   Session 1 – Chair: Nico Staring
09:25–09:30    Opening by Nico Staring
09:30–10:30 Keynote by Prof. Dr. Hassan Selim – The mud seal of king Den from the tomb of Hemaka (Cairo Museum JE 70100)
10:30–11:15 Hana Navratilova (University of Reading) – Pyramid life in secondary epigraphy – cultural biography and regimes of  historicity
11:15–11:25 Discussion (Chair: Nico Staring)
11:25–11:45 Coffee break
11:45-13:25 Session 2 – Chair: Faiza Haikal

Henning Franzmeier (Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum Hildesheim) – Living, dying and getting buried in Pi–Ramesse:  utilizing limited space in the Nile Delta


Kevin Cahail (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) – Between town and temple:  exploring the influences of royal, religious and social institutions on funerary landscape at South Abydos during the New  Kingdom

13:15–13:25 Discussion (Chair: Faiza Haikal)
13:25–15:00 Lunch Break at own expense
13:25-17:15 Session 3 – Chair: Tarek Tawfik

Andreas Effland (University of Hamburg) – Reinventing resurrection: early Ramesside ‘renaissance’ at Abydos

15:45–16:30 Nico Staring (Leiden University) – Biography of a necropolis: Saqqara in the Eighteenth Dynasty
16:30–16:40 Discussion & Final Discussion Landscape (Chairs: Nico Staring, Huw Twiston Davies, and Lara Weiss)
16:40–17:00 Coffee break
17:00-18:00 Session 4 – Chair: Tarek Tawfik
17:00–18:00 Keynote by Prof. Dr. Faiza Haikal – The flying dead
(introduced by Tarek Tawfik)

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