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Leiden Symposium: Qasr Ibrim, between Egypt and Africa: a case study of cultural exchange

Event Info

Host: The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO)
Type: Education - Lecture

Time and Place

Start Time: Friday, 11th December 2009, 9:00 am
End Time: Saturday, 12th December 2009, 5:00 am
Location: National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)
City/Town: Leiden, The Netherlands
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Contact Details

Email: c.van.zoest@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Link: http://www.nino-leiden.nl/calendar.aspx?id=31


Speakers include: W.Y. Adams, N.K. Adams, H. Barnard, T. Derda, J.H.F. Dijkstra, W. Godlewski, J.L. Hagen, J. Hallof, G. Khan, A. Łajtar, J.D. Ray, P.J. Rose and G. Ruffini.

*The precise schedule and timings are still to be confirmed, however participants are advised that lectures will begin promptly on Friday morning and end on Saturday afternooon / early evening. There is no entry fee but those who are interested in attending should contact Mrs. Carolien van Zoest: c.van.zoest@hum.leidenuniv.nl

For thousands of years the natural citadel of Qasr Ibrim in northern Nubia occupied a strategic position, dominating all contacts (commercial, military and cultural) between Egypt and the Middle-Nile region (the present-day Sudan). As an administrative, religious and military centre it flourished under Pharaonic, Kushite, Meroitic and Nobadian rule, with frequent interludes (Roman, Blemmye, and Muslim Egyptian), ending as a forgotten outpost of the Ottoman Empire.

A great deal of material left by these various peoples was brought to light during excavations undertaken by the EES from 1963 onwards. As more and more of this material is being published, the moment has come for a critical overview of the work. This conference is intended to be a first step towards a synthetic study of Qasr Ibrim's role in the history of North-Eastern Africa. The meeting will focus on the role of Ibrim as an intermediary between North and South, and the profound cultural and religious transformations that marked the region throughout its long history.

On the Friday evening a public lecture on '5000 years of cultural continuity and change in Nubia' will be given by Professor W. Y. Adams in the shade of the rescued Nubian temple of Taffeh, at the National Museum of Antiquities.

This event is organized by the Department of Egyptology of Leiden University and the Netherlands Institute for the Near East, Leiden. Joost Hagen (Leiden University) and Jacques van der Vliet (Leiden University/Radboud University Nijmegen), assisted by Carolien van Zoest (NINO) are responsible for the scientific element of the programme. The symposium is supported by the National Museum of Antiquities (RMO) and various other sponsors. The papers will be published by the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO).

PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE: http://www.nino-leiden.nl/doc/QI09_program.pdf

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