11th Annual Legacy of Egypt Lecture
Co-sponsored by the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and the Tennessee Chapter
of the American Research Center in Egypt.
"Coffin Recycling: Funerary Culture in a Time of Economic Crisis"
Friday, February 28, 2014
Public Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Public Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Fountain View Suite (room 350)
University of Memphis Main Campus
The lecture and reception are FREE and Open to the Public
Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin Garage (PG-2 #3 on the parking map) or
in the Fogelman Garage (PG-1 #40).
Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney, PhD, Associate Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture in the Department of Near Eastern
Languages and Cultures and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of
California Los Angeles (UCLA), will discuss her research on funerary practices from
Dr. Cooney's presentation will focus on the funerary culture – especially coffins
– of the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1070 - 945 BCE), a period of economic and social crisis
in ancient Egypt. In her current research, she is attempting to understand the pressures
and motivations which allowed the ancient Egyptians to justify what in earlier periods
is thought to have been an abhorrent practice – taking the funerary equipment from
an existing burial and recycling it for one's own use.
Dr. Cooney received her B.A. from the University of Texas and her Ph.D. in Near Eastern
Studies from The Johns Hopkins University. Before her faculty appointment to the Department
of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, Cooney was a Kress Fellow at the National
Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cooney has published on the scarabs and ostraca
in the LA County Museum of Art and numerous articles and books on the funerary art
of ancient Egypt, with an emphasis on the economic impact (cost and value) of funerary
goods. An engaging personality, Cooney has hosted six episodes of her own Discovery
Channel documentary series, "Out of Egypt," and appeared as a repeat guest on the
"Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson."
To learn more about Dr. Cooney and her work, visit her web site at http://www.nelc.ucla.edu/people/faculty/2-uncategorised/139-kathryn-cooney.html
For more information about the event, contact the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
at (901) 678-2555.