The Egypt Exploration Society Congress

The Egypt Exploration Society Congress (formerly the British Egyptology Congress) provides a platform for international researchers to present their ongoing projects and discoveries to a broad audience of peers and the interested public through presentations or posters.

Presentations can be given by scholars at all levels of their career including independent researchers with no current affiliation. Presenters do not need to be British or be based in Britain to present.

The Congress is held by the Egypt Exploration Society every two years in collaboration with a British host institution. Applications to host EESCon will be advertised on the EES website in the intervening years immediately following a Congress.

In 2022, the sixth EES Congress will be hosted by Swansea University and the Egypt Centre (hence the choice of banner image). It is currently expected that the Congress will be held across a mix of online and hybrid events in September 2022.

The EES Congress provides a platform for researchers to present their ongoing projects and discoveries to a broad audience of peers and the interested public through presentations or posters.

The Congress is held by the Egypt Exploration Society every two years in collaboration with a British host institution. In 2022, the Sixth EES Congress will be hosted by the Egypt Centre and Swansea University. The Congress will be held across online events throughout September and will culminate in an in-person / hybrid weekend on Saturday 1st-Sunday 2nd October 2022. Details of the event can be found using the 'Book' links below. 

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The EESCon6 Online Panels are free to attend, but if you can support the Egypt Exploration Society by making a donation then we would be very grateful.

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Download the abstracts here.

Online Programme

Over 30 scholars representing institutions across the world will present their research in 9 separate lunchtime webinars on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout September. They will cover a range of topics including health and the human body, objects and the lived experience, text and literature, religion, social expression, archaeology, and more.

Each online Congress panel takes the form of a separate event allowing you to register for those panels that you wish to attend, whether online or hybrid. Register in advance for the online panels by clicking below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the panel(s) you have chosen to attend. Our panels have a limited attendance capacity, so please only sign up if you’re confident that you can attend. We recommend that you join our online events using a PC or laptop.

Speakers will have to transition with each other during the event and are presenting from across the world. Internet connections may be temperamental, so we ask for your patience with any technical problems that we may encounter. 

All times are provided for the UK (UTC+1) – please check your time zone before registering. We also recommend that you read the following guidance on attending EES online events before attending your chosen panel(s).

Please note that the times are subject to last-minute changes and cancellations, so we recommend that registrants attend the full panel and arrive ten minutes prior to the first paper starting to ensure you have access. 

Book Online Panels

Thursday 1st September, 13:00: Keynote Lecture and Poster Presentations

The Egypt Exploration Society and the Egypt Centre 
Ken Griffin (The Egypt Centre, Swansea University) 

Poster Presentations
Read the full abstracts and download the posters here

Tuesday 6th  September, 13:00: Health and the Human Body

How the very latest scientific investigations of teeth are able to shed new perspectives on ancient Egyptian culture 
Roger Forshaw (Manchester University)

Critical review of evidence for population history in ancient Egypt: from morphometrics to aDNA
Sonia Zakrzewski (University of Southampton) and Shomarka Keita (Smithsonian Institution)

Conspicuous Consumption: Tuberculosis, Health, and the History of Egyptology 
Kathleen Sheppard (Missouri University)

Thursday 8th September, 13:00: Excavating the Storeroom

Investigation of three linen amulets from the University of Aberdeen Museums collection (Scotland)
Marion Devigne (University of Aberdeen)

Joining pieces of the past together: Connections among fragments of a Twenty-first Dynasty coffin at São Paulo and Swansea
Cássio de Araújo Duarte (Independent Researcher)

Religious Beliefs and Funerary Practices in Ptolemaic Egypt: Examining the Papyrus Collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Chana Algarvio (University of Toronto)

'Who is afraid of …?’—A spell against the evil eye (papyrus BM EA 10563)
Susanne Beck (University of Tübingen)

Tuesday 13th September, 13:00: Objects and the Lived Experience

Jar handle sealing in the Levant and Egypt: A diachronic perspective on administration and cultural exchange over four millennia
Tatjana Beuthe (University of Bern)

Row, row, row your bed? The bed and the solar barque
Manon Schutz (University of Oxford, University of Trier)

Shedding Light on Egyptian Mirrors
Elizabeth Thomas (University of Liverpool)

Thursday 15th September, 13:00: Text, Literature, and Religion (1)

An insight into the conceptualization of fire in ancient Egyptian texts
Jessica Knebel (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz)

‘The Souls and Shadows Receive Him. The Firmament approaches the Netherworld’: Sunshades, Feathers, and the Doors of Heaven
Mennah Aly (Helwan University) and Henry Bohun (Lampeter University)

The Teaching of Khety in Context: A Study of the Colophon of P. Turin CGT 54019
Judith Jurjens (Leiden University)

Tuesday 20th September, 13:00: Text, Literature, and Religion (2)

The Pyramid Texts and other ritual corpora in Temples of Millions of Years
Linda Chapon (Paul Valéry University, Montpellier 3)

What is a demon and what is not: the problem of syncretism in ancient Egyptian demonology
Gabriele Conte (University of Pisa)

In the (solar) eye of the storm: weather and myth in the Shipwrecked Sailor
Caitlin Jensen (University of Oxford)

Rest(rictions) and Relaxation: Selectional Restrictions on Egyptian and Greek Future Constructions
Rachael McLaughlin (University of Liverpool)

Thursday 22nd September, 13:00: Personal and International Social Expression

A Change in Female Status: What Happened to their Titles?
Lisa Sabbahy (The American University in Cairo)

Debt Bondage in Late Period Egypt (8th–5th Century BC)
Ella Karev (University of Chicago)

Music in Ancient Egypt and its link with Greece
Felipe Aguirre (University of the Balearic Islands)

Tuesday 27th September, 13:00: Fieldwork Reports

Preliminary results from the 2022 excavations in the zone 5 Old Kingdom cemetery in Zawyet Sultan
Bart Vanthuyne (University of Cologne; KU Leuven)

The Story of Sobek of Kheny – An analysis of the relief fragments of the destroyed Cultic Temple of Sobek at the quarry site of Gebel el Silsila, which recent research reveals was an important cultic centre for the crocodile god.
Joanne Derbyshire (University of Manchester)

The Re-Discovered Tomb of Usermontu (TT 382): new archaeological investigations at Qurnet Marei/Western Thebes
El Sayed Mamdouh Soliman (University of Basel; Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)

The Abusir embalming deposit of Wahibre-mery-Neith
Ladislav Bareš, Květa Smoláriková and Jiří Janák (Czech Institute of Egyptology)

Thursday 29th September, 13:00: Forgetting and Remembering

Thutmose II: Re-evaluating the evidence for an elusive king of the early Eighteenth Dynasty
Trent Hugler (Macquarie University)

‘The wise man builds his house upon the ?’: Examining the factors that influenced the choice and use of landscape for the ascetic life in Egypt from the 4th-7th centuries.
James Taylor (Independent scholar)

Tut on Tour: 60-years of Demand Creation through Exhibition
Summer Austin (University College London)

Hybrid Programme

The Sixth EES Congress will culminate in an in-person / hybrid weekend on Saturday 1st-Sunday 2nd October 2022. 15 presentations focusing on a range of research from material culture through to human-divine bodies will take place from 12:00 on Saturday through to 13:30 on Sunday. This provides the opportunity to physically attend the Congress, but the event will still be available to watch via Zoom for anyone unable to travel to Swansea in person. 

Please click the link below to find out more about the EESCon6 Hybrid Weekend and to book your attendance in-person or online.

Book Hybrid Weekend

Saturday 1st October, 12:00-19:00: Day One

12:00–12:15 – Opening Remarks

12:15–13:00 – Keynote Lecture

Welsh Egyptology: The Dragon Roars
Alan Lloyd (Swansea University)

13:00–13:30 – Break

13:30–15:30 – Material Culture (I)

Pottery and Ritual in the tomb of Weni the Elder
Christian Knoblauch (Swansea University)

Will the Real Naqada please step forward! Contextualising the finds from the Naqada Region within Swansea’s Egypt Centre Collection
Ken Griffin (The Egypt Centre, Swansea University), Joris van Wetering (Independent Scholar), and Joanne Rowland (University of Edinburgh)

A Wellcome Reunion: a set of wooden funerary figures from the dispersed Wellcome collection
Sam Powell (University of Birmingham)

Artefact and Art: Ancient Egyptian museum objects and modern artistic interpretations as impact of Egyptian heritage on the modern world
Katharina Zinn (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

15:30–16:00 – Break

16:00–17:30 – Material Culture (II)

Authenticating Lizard-Shaped Predynastic Palette Manchester Museum 5474
Matt Szafran (Independent Scholar)

Digging in the Irish Archives – Egyptian Collections and Connections
Emmet Jackson (Cardiff University)

Putting ancient Egyptian plaster in its place. Definitions, development and terminology from the Old Kingdom to the Roman Period
Caterina Zaggia, Julia Dawson, Helen Strudwick, Marcos Martinon-Torres, and Matthew Collins (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University)

17:30–19:00 – Reception

Sunday 2nd October, 09:00-13:30: Day Two

09:00–11:00 – Human-Divine Bodies

A Body in Balance? Historically Contextualising Ancient Egyptian Perspectives of Inner-bodily Sicknesses
Jonny Russell (Leiden University)

A musicological reading of a ‘Spell to obtain a good singing voice’
Robert Girling (University of Liverpool)

The Role and Use of Divine Nursing Scenes in Decorative Programs: Analyzing the Contexts of the Divine Nursing Motif
Cannon Fairbairn (University of Birmingham)

Masculinities, Hierarchy, and Representations of the Blind Harper in Ancient Egypt
Kelly-Anne Diamond (Villanova University)

11:00–11:30 – Break

11:30–13:00 – First Millennium BCE

In the Realm of Osiris: Latest update on the Osiris-Ptah neb-ankh Research Project at Karnak
Essam Nagy (The Egypt Exploration Society)

The organisation of faience production: from the state-control to independent workshops
Urška Furlan (Swansea University)

A priestly family in Memphis in the reign of Darius I and before
John Rogers (Swansea University)

13:00–13:30 – Closing remarks

Social Sessions

During the Congress, there will be two virtual social sessions: an Egyptological Quiz and a Virtual Tour of the Egypt Centre, as well as a reception and in-person tour of the collection on Saturday 1st October.

Book Virtual Social Sessions

Friday 23rd September, 19:00: Virtual Quiz

Join the EESCon6 organisers at the Egypt Centre for our quiz celebrating the EES Congress 2022.

Friday 30th September, 17:00: Virtual Tour

Join the Egypt Centre Curator Ken Griffin for a virtual tour of the collection.

Organising partners

The Egypt Exploration Society is delighted to be partnering with the Egypt Centre and Swansea University who will be hosting the Sixth EES Congress. If you are interested in hosting the Seventh EES Congress in 2024 then please email the EES at [email protected] for further details of how to bid.