12-1.30pm (Brazil) / 3-4.30pm (UK) / 5-6.30pm (Egypt)

Language offers us a way into the ancient conception of home and the degree to which they view new environments positively or negatively and as similar or different. People have the option of applying either their own words or local ones to the environments in which they find themselves. Can we trace multiple perceptions of ‘home’ through language? This seminar explores the words used to describe the house, the concept of home and the range of loan words adopted by Egyptians associated with their living experience.


Gaëlle Chantrain
Yale University

Gaëlle Chantrain is a postdoctoral associate and lecturer in Egyptology at the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization of Yale University and Post- doctoral researcher in absentia at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS). She did her master at the University of Liege (Belgium), where she was also collaborator in the Ramses Project. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Louvain (Belgium), with a research fellowship from FNRS. During her Ph.D., she worked as an invited research associate at the Humboldt University in Berlin and then obtained a postdoc at the Czech Institute of Egyptology of the Charles University in Prague. Her work lays at the intersection between Egyptology and linguistics. Her main research interests are Egyptian philology, lexical semantics, classifiers studies, cognitive linguistics and semantic typology. She is also very interested in the development of digital humanities and is involved in several collaborative projects both in Egyptology and linguistics.

Marwan Kilani
Freie University, Berlin

Marwan Kilani studied in Switzerland (Bachelor degree in Egyptology, archaeology and languages of the Mediterranean at the Universities of Neuchâtel and Geneva) and in the UK (MPhil in Egyptology at the University of Oxford). He obtained his PhD in 2017 from the University of Oxford with a thesis on the role, evolution and interactions of the city of Byblos during the Late Bronze Age. He then held a PostDoc position at the Charles University in Prague within the frame of the Early Postdoc. Mobility fellowship granted by the Swiss National Science Foundation, with a project on social networks and sociocultural spaces in Northern Levant in the Amarna period. He is currently a PostDoc researcher at the Freie University in Berlin, with a project aiming at reassessing Levantine loanwords in Late Egyptian. His work focuses on two main research interests: the study of cultural interactions and contact areas between ancient societies in the Ancient Near East, and the linguistics and the study of languages of the region, with particular attention to issues of historical phonology and vocalisation  as well as borrowings, loanwords, substrates, and linguistic interactions.

Julien Cooper
United International College-Beijing Normal University

Julien Cooper is an Egyptologist at United International College-Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai. He obtained a PhD from Macquarie University, Sydney and has been employed in postdoctoral roles at Oxford and Yale universities. His research interests are primarily devoted to ancient Sudan and Nubia as well as the frontiers of ancient Egypt. His publications also cover diverse topics related to Ancient Egyptian language such as epigraphy, language contact, and onomastics.  Julien has participated on fieldwork projects with the Sudan Archaeological Research Society (UK) in Sudan for four years and for the past two years has directed the Atbai Survey project in the Eastern Desert of Sudan.

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