Cairo fellow and workshops
From early 2016 Melanie Pitkin joined the EES staff for three-months as ‘Cairo Fellow’, working with the Fieldwork and Engagement Manager, Essam Nagy, in organizing a series of workshops offering research and professional skills for Egyptologists and archaeologists, the ‘familiarisation’ tour for UK-based students (see here), and to assist with the regular programme of activities in Egypt.
Melanie Pitkin during the first workshop, at Karnak
The workshops were aimed at enhancing the professional skills of Egyptian Egyptologists and archaeologists, in research methodologies, abstract writing, conference presentations, publications and museum practice.The ‘main event’ organized by Melanie during her time in Cairo was the ‘Professional Skills for Egyptology’ workshop hosted at the Greek Campus in Cairo.The event was attended by over 150 scholars from across Egypt, many of whom work in museums, archaeology, archives and universities and are completing research in various aspects of Egyptology. Workshop presentations were delivered on key topics such as archive and eldwork research, the construction and organisation of data, and preparing research for publication and dissemination.The day provided an excellent opportunity to discuss with colleagues across Egypt and to share experiences – particularly during networking sessions arranged throughout the event. A fuller report is available here.
Students at the Greek Campus
Melanie wrote a short article about her work which appeared in issue 16 of the Society's Newsletter (pp. 6-7, here), and shared her experiences throughout her time in Cairo via a blog, and produced a full report at the conclusion of her work which is available here.