Archaeology Webinars, Spring 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our lecture series will remain virtual this spring. With the support of our academic partners at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky, we will present a series of webinars in which internationally-recognized scholars will present their latest research...and you don't even have to change out of your pajamas to watch! 


                                         KENTUCKY SOCIETY

Thursday, March 25, 2021 • 6:00 PM EST

Online via Zoom

"A 'Culture Distinctly African': Intellectuals of African Descent and Egyptology 

Dr. Vanessa Davies – The Nile Scholars Collective

Don't miss our second archaeology webinar of 2021! Dr. Vanessa Davies (The Nile Valley Collective) will be talking about the contribution of scholars of African descent in the early 20th-century development of Egyptology in a talk titled "A 'Culture Distinctly African': Intellectuals of African Descent and Egyptology."

Long before Egyptology was ever taught as a formal discipline in US universities, intellectuals of African descent were already studying and writing about the ancient cultures of the Nile Valley. But the disciplinary history, as it is currently written, incorrectly excludes those voices. Conversations between Black scholars and writers and white Egyptologists in the early 20th century must be recognized as part of the formation of the discipline in the United States and integral to its future.

This talk will be presented as a webinar via Zoom. Attendance is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. Click the "register now" button to reserve your spot!

Vanessa Davies is an Egyptologist and founder of the Nile Valley Collective. She is the author of Peace in Ancient Egypt, the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Egyptian Epigraphy and Palaeography, and the editor of The Phoebe A. Hearst Expedition to Naga ed-Deir, Cemeteries N 2000 and N 2500.

"A 'Culture Distinctly African'" is part of an ongoing series of archaeology talks presented by the Kentucky Society of the Archaeological Institute of America with support from the University of Louisville Departments of Anthropology and History and the University of Kentucky.