IEAA Events - Fall 2018

  • Second Annual IEAA Alumni Lecture, Dr. Sarah Schellinger - September 27, 2018  
  • Public Lecture, Dr. Geoffrey Killen - October 10, 2018
  • Thirteenth Annual "William J. Murnane Memorial" Lecture, Dr. Alain Zivie - October 25, 2018  

The Egyptian Gallery is OPEN.

The mummies are back! Reinstallation is in progress, but many wonderful things are again on view.

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, 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 2018 

Sarah Schellinger

Second annual IEAA Alumni Lecture

"Divine Donations: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt."

A Public Lecture by Dr. Sarah Schellinger

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:15 p.m.

Location: Art & Communication Bldg., room 310 

  

Sarah Schellinger, PhD, is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the San Antonio Museum of Art and adjunct faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  She is a specialist in the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt and Nubia. 

Dr. Schellinger's presentation will focus on her recent research on animal mummies from ancient Egypt. She will discuss the ancient beliefs surrounding animal mummification as well as modern scientific techniques, such as X-ray and CT scanning, used by scholars today. Dr. Schellinger and her colleagues at the San Antonio Museum of Art employed these cutting edge technologies, along with traditional artifact conservation, to analyze animal mummies in the museum's collection.

In 2007, Dr. Schellinger received her M.A. in Art History here at the University of Memphis. Her Master's thesis is "Two royal ushabtis of the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty and the Napatan Period in the collection of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis (1981.1.39 and 1981.1.41)". These artifacts are currently on view in the Art Museum.

Dr. Schellinger earned her Ph.D. and second M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations from the University of Toronto. She has previously served as a Terrace Research Associate in Egyptian Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as holding internships at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh, PA. While at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Dr. Schellinger curated the exhibition Egyptian Animal Mummies: Science Explores an Ancient Religion. Her publications include an essay on the Victory Stela of Piye, the Nubian king who founded Egypt's Twenty-Fifth Dynasty, as well as articles concerning the architecture of Nubian palaces and forts.

This free public event will take place on the campus of the University of Memphis. It is sponsored by the IEAA in co-operation with the Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.

Pay parking ($3/hr.) is available in the adjacent Innovation Drive Garage.


Geoffrey KillenThe IEAA and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt present

"Ancient Egyptian Furniture: From the Earliest Examples to Those 'Wonderful Things' of the New Kingdom."

A Public Lecture by Dr. Geoffrey Killen

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:15 p.m.

Location: University Center, Fountain View Suite (room 350)  

 

Geoffrey Killen, PhD, is a British Egyptologist and a world-renowned specialist in ancient furniture and technology. He has studied Design and Technology at Shoreditch College, University of London, and at the University of Liverpool, where he specialized in Ramesside woodworking. He has worked with collections of ancient Egyptian furniture at many museums, including the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Dr. Killen will be speaking on the history of ancient Egyptian furniture, from the earliest examples to the exquisite pieces discovered in the famous tomb of Tutankhamun. Through a comparison of pieces from both royal and non-royal tombs, Dr. Killen will provide insight into the forms and manufacturing techniques of some of ancient Egypt's most spectacular preserved artifacts.

Geoffrey Killen is also a leader in the field of experimental archaeology, making and using replicas of ancient Egyptian woodworking tools and furniture to test hypotheses about carpentry and construction. Some of these pieces are now displayed alongside the original Egyptian artifacts in British museums. He is the author of several important publications, including Ancient Egyptian Furniture Volumes I-III (1980-2017) and Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture (2008).

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.


Alain ZivieThirteenth Annual "William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture"

"'Aper-El: Vizier, Father of the God, and Much More."

A Public Lecture by Dr. Alain Zivie

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:15 p.m.

Location: Art and Communications Bldg., room 310   

 

Alain Zivie, PhD, is an internationally known Egyptologist. He is the director of the excavations of the French Archaeological Mission of the Bubasteion at Saqqara (Egypt), emeritus director of research, National Center of Scientific Research, Paris, France and vice president of the Société Française d'Egyptologie. 

Dr. Zivie will discuss one of his most fascinating recent discoveries, the tomb of an important New Kingdom official with the Asiatic name Aper-el. Aper-el served as vizier during the reigns of Amonhotep III and Akhenaton (sometimes called the "heretic pharaoh"). Dr. Zivie's lecture will examine the artifacts and human remains uncovered in the burial chamber that Aper-El shared with his wife and son. From these discoveries, it is possible to reconstruct the careers of Aper-El's family during one of the most controversial and exciting periods of Egypt's ancient history.

Currently, Dr. Zivie is visiting professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo. Some of his publications include The Lost Tombs of Saqqara (2008), "Pharaoh's Man, 'Abdiel: The Vizier with a Semitic Name" Biblical Archaeology Review (2018), and "A lion found in the Egyptian tomb of Maïa" Nature (2004).

This lecture is sponsored by the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and the Department of History at the University of Memphis, in cooperation with the Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.

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

Pay parking ($3/hr.) is available in the adjacent Innovation Drive Garage.