IEAA Events

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The gallery will be closed until January 2018 for improvements. Check back with us for updated information. 

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IEAA Events - Fall 2017

  • Twelfth Annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture, Dr. Joshua A. Roberson - November 30, 2017  
  • First Annual IEAA Alumni Lecture, Dr. Jane A. Hill - September 28, 2017


The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology, as part of its mandate as a Tennessee Center of Excellence, presents programs and educational events for the public. The IEAA brings world-renowned Egyptologists to the Mid-South for lectures and symposia. In addition, educational events are offered to schoolchildren and their families. Occasionally, the Institute also sponsors educational tours to Egypt.

The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology provides trained graduate student docents for groups wishing a guided tour of the ancient Egyptian and African ethnographic exhibitions in the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. In addition, the Art Museum and the IEAA are sometimes able to provide guided tours of the Contemporary exhibitions at the Art Museum.

To schedule a tour once the museum reopens, contact the Art Museum at 901.678.2224.

Note: All groups are required to contact the Art Museum in advance and are strongly encouraged to schedule a docent-guided tour.


Events for Fall 2017 

Joshua Roberson

The Twelfth Annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture

 "Worlds in Stone: Cosmic Architecture and Decoration of Royal Tombs in New Kingdom Egypt."

A Public Lecture by Dr. Joshua A. Roberson

 November 30, 2017

Joshua A. Roberson, PhD,
is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Memphis. His areas of specialization include Egyptian underworld books, cosmological and mortuary literature, ancient Egyptian language and cryptography, seals and sealing practice, digital epigraphy, and 3D tomb modeling. He teaches ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and language for the Departments of Art and History at Memphis.

Dr. Roberson will present his current research on important changes in the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings during the Egypt's New Kingdom (c. 1540–1080 BCE). Influenced by religious works such as the Books of the Underworld and Sky, the two-dimensional decoration of the tomb symbolized three-dimensional space, oriented around an idealized set of cardinal directions and enclosed within a border of earth and sky. This effectively recreated the realm of the afterlife as miniature worlds in stone, personalized for the benefit of the king.

Dr. Roberson earned his Ph.D. in Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a specialist in Egyptian language and religion. He has worked at numerous archaeological sites in Egypt, and has conducted field research on royal and private tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the el-Asasif necropolis. He is the author of more than two dozen articles, book chapters, and scholarly reviews, as well as two major monographs: The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Earth and The Awakening of Osiris and the Transit of the Solar Barques. His current publication projects include a monographic Lexicon of Ancient Egyptian Cryptography and a new volume of Ramesside Inscriptions

Click here for a printable pdf of the event poster.

This free public event will take place on the campus of the University of Memphis.

Pay parking ($3/hr.) is available in the adjacent Zach Curlin Garage.

The IEAA is pleased to inaugurate a new series of annual lectures featuring the work of emerging scholars who began their Egyptological studies here at the University of Memphis. The "Alumni Lectures" will celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates by bringing them back to the bluff city and allowing them to share their cutting edge work with the Memphis community. Please join us later this month for our first annual Alumni Lecture!


Jane HillFirst Annual IEAA Alumni Lecture

"Seals, Sherds, and Figurines: Reconstructing Settlement in the Ancient Egyptian Province of Bat."

A Public Lecture by Dr. Jane A. Hill

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jane A. Hill, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology and Co-curator at the Museum of Anthropology at Rowan University in New Jersey. Dr. Hill's research interests include the development of culture in Pre-Dynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt, the origins of state level society, the integration of environmental systems and religious beliefs, as well as the curation, display and interpretation of cultural artifacts in a museum setting.

Professor Hill will present some of her most recent findings related to reconstructing the complex ancient settlement which included the cemetery of el-Amra. Analysis of surface finds as well as the landscape using a variety of state-of-the-art technologies suggests that the area was a focal point for both interregional trade and cultic activity. 

In 2001, Dr. Hill received her M.A. in Art History here at the University of Memphis. Her Master's thesis is Cylinder Seal Glyptic in Predynastic Egypt and Neighboring Regions.

Dr. Hill received her Ph.D. in Egyptology and Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. She served previously as the director of Predynastic Egyptian Collections Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Professor Hill has directed and supervised several field expeditions at sites throughout Egypt. Her publications as author or editor include a number of articles and monographs on Egyptian art, archaeology, and artifacts, including, Quest for Immortality: The Bolton Museum Collection, Life in the Cemetery: Late Predynastic Settlement at El-Amra, and a co-edited volume, Experiencing Power and Generating Authority: Cosmos and Politics in the Ideology of Kingship in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

This free public lecture and reception will take place on the campus of the University of Memphis.

Pay parking ($3/hr.) is available in the adjacent Zach Curlin Garage.