Amany Soliman's lecture 21 June at Leiden University
Dr Amany Soliman, our postdoctoral fellow for the ERC project “Rethinking Disability” (led by professor Monika Baar of Leiden University), will present a lecture coming Thursday.
A word from our Director
Dear friends of the NVIC
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability: The MENA Region in the Modern Period
Cairo 25-26 November 2018
NVIC Internship September 2018
The Netherlands-Flemish Institute is offering an internship in Cairo from September 2018 onwards. If you are interested please apply before July 15, 2018. (See the details in Dutch only)
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Our students at the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo
On a thursdaymorning our students were guided around a new exhibition in the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo. This exhibition displayed photographs and documents from the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century Western Arabian Peninsula.
Our new intern: Luca Bruls
Luca Bruls is currently doing an internship at NVIC. Besides that she works on an ethnographic account of the museum of Islamic art in Cairo. Read more…
A word from Lara Weiss: visit to Saqqara
This week Dr. Lara Weiss (of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden), who together with Dr Christian Greco (of the Museo Egizio in Turin) heads the project "The Walking Dead: The Making of a Cultural Geography in Saqqara", was visited by the NVIC team. During the visit she introduced them to the Leiden-Turin excavations. Former director of this mission, professor Maarten Raven, also gave our NVIC team a tour of the site. The following explains about the current project:
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.