Appointment Dates: January 19, 2022 to July 18, 2022
Antonio J. Morales received his PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania on December 2013. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Heidelberg Universität in 2013-2014 and lectured in the Institute of Egyptology at Freie Universität Berlin between 2014 and 2017 until he was appointed as Ramón y Cajal Fellow at the University of Alcalá (UAH, Madrid). He is currently Assistant Professor of Egyptology at this institution and the director of the University of Alcalá archaeological expedition to Egypt.
His areas of expertise are history, religion, language, and literature in Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt. His current work focuses on the political conditions and social and cultural transformations experienced in Egypt during the so-called First Intermediate Period and early Middle Kingdom.
As a visiting professor, he is committed to explore the origins of the classical period in ancient Egyptian history, the Middle Kingdom, and to identify the major cultural, social, and ideological elements that contributed to the reconfiguration of the state and society after a period of political fragmentation, economic crisis, and social reaction. Dr Morales is particularly interested on the cultural and ideological roots of the period, which further study should identify through the rich variety of regional traditions regarding beliefs, practices, and social organization. Regarding this academic interest, he is currently the director of the project “The Middle Kingdom Theban Project: social change, cultural innovation, political struggle, and state reformation in First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom Egypt”, funded by the National Research Agency, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (PID2020-114188GB-100). He has received several academic awards for his work in the field of Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies, including the William Penn Fellowship (UPenn 2002), Henri Frankfort Scholarship (London 2011), Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (Oxford 2011), and Louis J. Kolb Society Fellowship (UPenn 2012).
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