Methodologies in Egyptology and Mesopotamian Studies Workshop

Academic Year 2020-2021

Faculty Adviser:
Gojko Barjamovic (NELC), barjamovic@fas.harvard.edu

Graduate Student Coordinators:
Gaia Bencini,
gaia_bencini@g.harvard.edu
Andrew Deloucas, adeloucas@g.harvard.edu
Julia Puglisi, jpuglisi@g.harvard.edu
Taha Yurttaş, tahayurttas@g.harvard.edu

The Methodologies in Egyptology and Mesopotamian Studies (MEMS) workshop has two main goals: (1) to focus on the methodologies that are often applied to the study of ancient Egypt, the Near East, and their neighbors, particularly those methodologies that are cross-disciplinary, trending, and/or aid in the conservation/preservation of threatened ancient heritages; and (2) to foster dialogue between scholars of neighboring fields of the NELC department, especially between Assyriologists and Egyptologists, in addition to scholars of the anthropology and Classics departments, among others. Specifically, these methodologies relate to the disciplines and fields of anthropology, archaeology, conservation/preservation, digital humanities, philology, as well as various scientific and statistical analyses and approaches. By focusing on the application of these methodologies, scholars of neighboring fields can better understand one another, develop collaboration, and generate new approaches for their own research. The 2019–2020 academic year is MEMS’s third consecutive year in existence, and it is co-coordinated by two doctoral students in the NELC department, including Andrew Deloucas (G3, Assyriology) and Julia Puglisi (G4, Egyptology).

Meetings are on select Fridays 12:30-2:30 p.m. over Zoom, and include ample time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Those who are interested in attending should contact me at jpuglisi@g.harvard.edu to be put on the MEMS listserv.

Fall 2020 meetings:

Oct 2 - Julia Puglisi (Egyptology):  "All words and no play: Identifying paronomasia in New Kingdom texts with pattern matching"
Oct 16 - Trey Nation (Assyriology) 
Oct 30 - Jessica Patey (Committee on the Study of Religion)
Nov 13 - Andrew Pottorf (Assyriology)
Dec 4 - Dr. Hendrik Hameeuw (Senior Researcher, KU Leuven, Belgium)