The return from Sudan to Bergen did not only demand the adaptation to snow and cold, but also included preparations for both Henriette’s and Alexandos’ contribution to the 7th Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Egyptological Society (NES) that took place today in the Crypt of the Cultural History collections of the University Museum of Bergen.
In 2010, Henriette had already contributed in the symposium that normally follows the Annual General Meeting of NES (for an independent lecture on “The Future of the Nile” see HERE).
Despite the mediocre quality of today’s photo (below), the observant reader will notice specific similarities in her condition ;-)
Henriette’s talk about “The violent establishment of a frontier between the Naqada and the A-Group people” had someone listening very attentively in the audience, since a new member of Nubian Studies in Bergen has just appeared, working on a master thesis concerning A-Group cemeteries in the Nubian landscape under the supervision of Associate Professor at UiB, Nils Anfinset.
Nubian Studies were also the focus of Alexandros’ presentation, who spoke about “New Coptic Texts Found at Qasr el Wizz”. This was the first public lecture on the material from Wizz and the first that he gave in Norwegian!
Right before Alexandros, Christian Bull, gave an enlightening talk about “The term Magic in Roman Thebes” reminding us the variations in the understanding of what was “religious”, “magical”, and “scientific” – especially – in Late Antiquity, while at the same time localizing in the most upstream confines of the Nile – thus from Upper Egypt and beyond, into Nubia – the most pronounced form of religious piety and at the same time of practices of “alterity”, for which in fact Nubians and/or Kushites were very famous (since the Homeric poems already).
The fourth speaker was Anders Bettum from the University of Oslo who presented the topic of his doctoral thesis that has been submitted to the Faculty of Humanities at the UiO. The title is “Faces within Faces – The Symbolic Function of Nested Yellow Coffins in Ancient Egypt” and he managed to summarize the rich material and the profound interpretations in the short time alloted to each speaker.
Actually, Anders also presented to the participants of the symposium another very important project that he is involved in and which brings much wider attention to the discipline(s) that NES is serving: he is the academic responsible for all entries concerning Ancient Egypt in Det Store Norske Leksikon.
Before the opening of the symposium by the President of NES, Reinert Skumsnes, the administrative part of the Annual Meeting had taken place along with the elections. Surely, details will be presented in the webpage of NES shortly.