In a month from now, the 13th International Conference for Nubian Studies will have become history. Approaching its opening date on the 1st of September at Neuchatel, Switzerland, various signs tell us that all the Nubiological world is getting ready for the big quadrennial venue. Without going into the details of how each one prepares for one’s own presentation, the eagerness or the stress this causes, the questions about the content and the context, the feelings for meeting friends and colleagues, let us refer today to a couple of things that have happened in the internet world and that are related in one form or the other with the Nubian conference:
1. First, the International Society for Nubian Studies (ISNS) has moved since February its web page to a wordpress platform and the new internet space has been used for announcements regarding practicalities ahead of the venue. We hope to read the views of the ISNS about the proceedings themselves during and after the conference. In the same page one will be finding presentations of interesting Nubiological projects, like the Mahas Survey project or the Italian archaeological expedition to Eastern Sudan:
2. The Honorary Secretary of the ISNS is Julie Anderson who works as curator in the British Museum (BM). Julie offered us the first post on Medieval Nubia in the BM blog after a couple of posts on Kushite topics (mainly from the Amara East project) and a couple more on Christian Egypt (in my opinion, there stands out the post about Wine and Monks). Earlier of course, there had appeared in various news feeds the spectacular discovery by conservators of the BM of a tattoo on the still soft skin of the inner thigh of a mummy of a woman from the Fourth Cataract region with a very fine monogram of the name Michael, surely referring to the Archangel, one of the most venerated figures of the Christian religion for the faithful Nubians during the medieval era. The new post by Julie Anderson is somehow inspired by this discovery and its display in the latest exhibition at the British Museum, Ancient Lives, New Discoveries. And it is at the same time informative for the non-initiated in medieval Nubian studies.
3. It was from Julie Anderson that all the participants of the London Conference for Nubian Studies of 2010 received the information that the Proceedings were published by Peeters and that soon the offprints will be sent and there will be possibility to order the complete volume. We are therefore glad to be able to share with you today a PDF of our contribution on Sai Island from the London conference:
This year there will be no presentation about medieval Sai, since very little was done on the island by us, but surely others will speak about the antiquities of the island, and lots of interesting things will be worth reporting. Unless something exceptional comes up, see you at and from Neuchâtel!