Cultural Exchanges in Ancient Egypt conference marks launch of new research cluster

Egypt played a central part in the ancient world, yet research and university courses have traditionally focused on Greece and Rome. This first-ever international meeting on ancient Egypt at Kent will mark the launch of a new interdisciplinary research cluster on Egyptian civilisation and will contribute significantly to enhancing research and teaching relating to ancient Egypt at the University of Kent.

The Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies will be hosting a conference entitled ‘Cultural Exchanges in Ancient Egypt’ to be held online on 10 – 11 June 2020.

The central idea of the conference is that ancient Egyptian culture was constantly being influenced and shaped by complex cultural exchanges with Near Eastern, African and Mediterranean civilisations. Such influences transformed Egypt but also allowed Egyptian culture to spread well beyond its geographical boundaries. This conference will discuss both the causes and the effects of cultural exchanges in Egypt from the Dynastic Period to Late Antiquity. Exchange occurred through trade but also through wars and invasions. Some were drastic whilst others were more subtle; all provide rich opportunities for fruitful investigation.

Each period of Egyptian history demonstrates cultural exchanges with foreign civilisations that result in changes in language, literature, economy, religion, art and architecture caused by such external influences. Bringing together scholars from different disciplines will be key to appreciating the complexity of such exchanges. This conference, therefore, intends to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion that encompasses both written and archaeological sources.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr Jennifer Cromwell (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Dr Mohamed Kenawi (School of Archaeology, University of Oxford)
  • Dr Katalin Kóthay (Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest)
  • Dr Csaba La’da (University of Kent)
  • Dr Ada Nifosi (University of Kent)
  • Professor Bernard Palme (University of Vienna)
  • Dr April Pudsey (Manchester Metropolitan Museum)
  • Professor Joachim Quack (University of Heidelberg)
  • Professor Stephen Quirke (UCL)
  • Dr Jo Stoner (University of Kent)
  • Professor Ellen Swift (University of Kent)
  • Professor John Tait (UCL)
  • Dr Stéphanie Wackenier (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Dr Matthijs Wibier (University of Kent)

All are welcome to attend this free online event. The full conference programme and registration details are available online.

For further information, please contact Dr Ada Nifosi at

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