10 February 2022

Winter Lecture: Which Egypt? Egypt and its Dispersed Heritage

Explore Egypt and its Dispersed Heritage in this online Winter Lecture.

Ever wondered how many Egypts there are out there? There is the Egypt imagined in museums, the one ending with the Byzantine period that we read about it in Egyptology books, the eternal Egypt in official tourism campaigns, the one full of monuments void of people captured by Victorian and modern travellers, and the distorted Egypt in Western coverage of Middle Eastern news.

So, which and whose Egypt are we referring to when confronting archaeology’s colonial practices and its legacies?

In this talk Heba Abd el Gawad will be reflecting on UCL’s AHRC funded Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage project journey so far.  Through the project’s outputs, she will share with us the challenges and opportunities, and the different Egypts they have encountered and learnt from.

Speaker: Heba Abd el Gawad is an Egyptian Egyptologist and the project researcher for the AHRC funded project: ‘Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt’ at the Institute of Archaeology, University College of London. This project is aimed at amplifying the voice, visibility, and validity of modern Egyptian communities in UK museums.

She has previously led various curatorial roles in the UK including co-curating Two Temple Place’s 2016 Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt exhibition, project curator of the British Museum’s Asyut Project, and more recently has guest curated Listen to her! Turning up the Volume on Egypt’s Ordinary Women exhibition at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. She specialises in the history of Egyptian archaeology focusing on the past and present Egyptian perceptions and representations of the collection and distribution of archaeological finds from Egypt to the world.

How to take part

This Winter Lecture will be delivered online via Zoom.

Details of how to join each session will be sent to you along with a reminder about your booking the day of the lecture. You will also receive a confirmation email once you have registered.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly.

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Additional information

About the Winter Lectures

Bristol Museums have delivered a Winter Lecture Series between October and April every year since 1948. Past speakers have included many of the leading experts of their time and some famous faces.

Today, the Winter Lectures are sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives and are free and open to all. Lectures are all connected in some way to Bristol Museum’s amazing collections and cover a range of subjects including geology, natural history, archaeology, art and world cultures.