Egyptology's Interdisciplinary Future

June 26, 2021 1PM ET/ 7PM EET

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Dr. Aaron M. de Souza, Austrian Archaeological Institute

Dr. Amber G. E. Hood, Lund University 

Lecture Information:

But what does it actually mean to be “interdisciplinary”? And why is that necessary for the survival of Egyptology as an academic discipline? 

Seismic social shifts of recent years have led to a dramatic push for change in the field of Egyptology to make the discipline more open, inclusive, scientifically relevant, and academically sustainable. Hosted by the University of Vienna, the new journal, Interdisciplinary Egyptology, or IntEg, challenges the discipline by encouraging meaningful interdisciplinary research, and championing research that would otherwise be considered “off-piste” in traditional Egyptology. IntEg also disrupts traditional dissemination models by offering a fully online, fully Open Access, free to publish, peer-reviewed alternative that looks forward to a more collaborative and inclusive future for Egyptology. 

About de Souza:

Aaron de Souza is an archaeologist specializing in Nubian material culture and his research takes an object-based approach to the complex inter and intra-cultural contacts that took place across the greater Nile Valley region during the Second Millennium BCE. He received his PhD in Egyptology from Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2017, and is currently a Lise Meitner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Vienna with his project, ‘Living Nubia’,  funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Prior to that, he was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow, also at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, funded by the European Commission (2019-2020). de Souza is the Nubian ceramics specialist with the Tell Edfu Project, and he has previously worked on excavation projects at Hierakonpolis, Elephantine, Aswan, Dendara, and Helwan, in addition to grant funded museum based research projects in Sweden, the UK, the USA, and Italy. de Souza is a founding editor of the new online journal Interdisciplinary Egyptology, hosted by the University of Vienna, and a member of the Publications and Communication Committee of the Egypt Exploration Society. 

About Hood: 

Amber Hood is a researcher based at the Department of Geology at Lund University. With a background in both Egyptology (Bachelor of Ancient History from Macquarie University) and archaeological science (MSc and DPhil in Archaeological Science from the University of Oxford), she is particularly interested in research that takes a multi and interdisciplinary approach to the study of Ancient Egypt and its neighbors. Her main research focus is optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of ceramics housed in museum collections and portable, in situ OSL analysis. She is currently the scientific coordinator for the DAI/ University of Vienna’s Meret-Neith project at Abydos and a founding Editor of the new journal Interdisciplinary Egyptology. 


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