Our guest researcher, PhD student Fien De Block
I came to Cairo to delve into the manuscript collection of the Egyptian National Library and Archives (Dār al-Kutub wa-l-wathā’iq al-qawmiyya) for my PhD. I am a PhD researcher at the University of Ghent in Belgium, but the NVIC has become my home office for the next few months. Amidst the never-ending hustle and bustle of the city, my desk at the institute offers just the kind of bubble of peace and quiet I need in order to process my manuscript findings and to plan next day’s treasure hunt for yet another microfilm or manuscript at the National Library. In the institute’s library I found the perfect combination of good books, friendly, enthusiastic people and nice events such as lectures or movie nights. My historical research is focused on astronomical and astrological knowledge practices in the 15th century Mamluk sultanate. Therefore, I am happy to be able to conduct my research in this academic institute, in the middle of what once was the sultanate's capital city.
NVIC in the News
The New York Times published a long article about the DNA investigation that the FBI has done on the mummified head of Djehutinakht from Dayr al-Barsha. Our assistant director for Archaeology and Egyptology, Dr Marleen de Meyer, excavated the room in which the head was found in 2009.
Course: Introduction to Ancient Egypt (7-26 May, 2018)
Do you live in Egypt and have you always wondered about all the pharaonic heritage surrounding you? This spring NVIC organizes a beginner’s level, introductory course in Egyptology. In 6 richly illustrated lessons, the history of ancient Egypt will be brought to life, both chronologically as well as thematically. The development of ancient Egyptian art and architecture will be traced, but attention will also be paid to topics like the origin of writing, daily life, and funerary rituals. Moreover, some of the most recent discoveries in the field will be discussed. Apart from classroom instruction, an excursion to the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square as well as an excursion to Saqqara will allow to bring theory into practice.
NVIC and al-Azhar scholars workshop
On Sunday the 18th of March, a symposium kicked off with the participation of scholars of Islamic studies at al-Azhar University and their counterparts from Dutch universities.
Exhibition opening: Life in Death: The Middle Kingdom at Deir el-Bersha
On Thursday the 15th of March, an exhibition displaying funerary masterpieces of Deir el-bersha was opened at the Egyptian museum on the occasion of 120 years of archaeological research at the site. The exhibit runs until 15 April.
Our students in Alexandria
On the 11th of March, our students of Arabic/Islam and of Middle East studies traveled to Alexandria for their five-day trip to explore this fascinating Mediterranean city.
Exhibition opening: 150 Years of Belgian Royal Visits to Egypt
On the 4th of March 2018, The Belgian Embassy and Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo successfuly opened the photo exhibition of "150 Years of Belgian Royal Visits to Egypt". The exhibition will stay on view till the 27th of April at our NVIC main hall.
Cairo daily life: Personal reflections of Amsterdam University students
Three students of the Arabic/Islamic BA programme seem to enjoy the Arabic class assignments.
End of the MA Egyptology semester
The Cairo semester of MA Archaeology/Egyptology for students from the Netherlands and Flanders has unfortunately come to an end.
NVIC Internship March 2018
The Netherlands-Flemish Institute is offering an internship in Cairo from March 2018 onwards. If you are interested please apply before February 15, 2018. (See the details in Dutch only)