News from Bergen

It has been a couple of days since Henriette returned to Bergen. The main reasons for that was the honouring of her supervisor, Randi Haaland, with the title of professor emeritus at the University of Bergen.


In a fine ceremony, words of praise were heard and all agreed that even such words cannot be enough to describe the achievements of an academic carrier as rich as the one of Randi.

Through her role as emeritus at the UiB, Randi will continue being active in supervising important doctoral theses in African archaeology, among which the latest is that as co-supervisor of Mahmoud Suliman Bashir, dear friend and colleague from Sudan. Mahmoud completed his Master thesis in archaeology at the University of Bergen in 2006, and his recent appearance in the TV-series Lost Kingdoms of Africa have made him a celebrity in Bergen under the nickname “the Iron Man” due to his study of iron objects.

Hordamuseet, Stend 2005

Mahmoud came to Bergen for the Summer School as well as for discussing with Randi Haaland the details of his newly started Ph.D. thesis. In a report from the webpage of UiB, he informs about the plans of the government of Northern Sudan to build seven more dams in the country and calls for action against the plans and in protection of the cultural heritage.

Good luck with both Mahmoud!

However, the return to the north was not only festive and dynamic.

Unfortunately, it also had causes for mourning. For one of the most important scholars of the use of Greek language in Late Antique and Medieval Nubia, Tomas Hägg, passed away on the 11th of August…

Various articles of Hägg are very often referred to by students of the ancient and medieval texts from Nubia. He gained a place among the leading figures of Nubian Studies by editing the proceedings of the Nubian Studies conference in Uppsala. Through the editing of the Fontes Historiae Nubiorum (along with Eide, Pierce and Török), Hägg offered one of the most valuable resources for the study of the history of the Middle Nile Valley.

His early death is undoubtedly a great loss.

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