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September 2016

ARCE-PA “Armed and Dangerous: An Iconography of Protective Middle and New Kingdom Demons” Sept. 17

“Armed and Dangerous: An Iconography of Protective Middle and New Kingdom Demons” Dr. Kasia Szpakowska Associate Professor of Egyptology, Swansea University Director of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: 2K One of the most obvious characteristics of Middle Kingdom iconography is the surfacing of new populations of beings, many of them creatively composite. They appear as both two and three-dimensional images on objects and as figurines themselves. Many are armed with weapons or potent religious icons, seemingly engaged in fierce warrior dances.…

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September 17, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Philadelphia, OR 19104 United States

ARCE-NE “Children in Ancient Egyptian Religion & Rituals”

Children are a ubiquitous feature in ancient Egyptian tomb scenes, where their role is sometimes described as passive (acting as offering bearers) and sometimes active (as mourners). Less visible is their role in household religious activities performed on behalf of the living. The young were thought to be vulnerable to the persistent onslaught of ailments, diseases, and malignant demonic entities, necessitating a range of protective spells and paraphernalia. Children could also participate in household rituals or act as malignant manifestations…

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September 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Boston University, College of Arts & Sciences Building (ROOM 224), 725 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

ESNY & ARCE New York “Children as Agents and Patients in Pharaonic Egyptian Rituals”

AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN EGYPT/NEW YORK CHAPTER The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY), in co-sponsorship with the Egyptological Seminar Of New York (ESNY), presents the following in our 2016 Fall Lecture Series: FREE TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP REQUIRED: Reply to [email protected] TITLE: “‘Child in the Nest’: Children as Agents and Patients in Pharaonic Egyptian Rituals” SPEAKER: Kasia Szpakowska, PhD, FSA, is Associate Professor of Egyptology, Dept. of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology, Swansea University, Wales, (to…

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September 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Studio, Uris Center, 1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY United States

ARCE-NT Ancient Egyptian Demons presentation in Dallas, Sept. 24

“Armed and Dangerous: An Iconography of Protective Middle and New Kingdom Demons” by Kasia Szpakowska One of the most obvious characteristics of Middle Kingdom iconography is the surfacing of new populations of beings, many of them creatively composite. They appear as both two and three-dimensional images on objects and as figurines themselves. Many are armed with weapons or potent religious icons, seemingly engaged in fierce warrior dances. During the New Kingdom, seemingly mundane household pieces of furniture also began to…

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September 24, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Fondren Science Building, Southern Methodist University Campus
Dallas, TX United States
October 2016

Magic & Demonology in Ancient Egypt

Demons play fascinating roles in Egyptian magical texts and images. In this fascinating lecture, Dr. Lucarelli will discuss the nature of ancient Egyptian magical practice and imagery, focusing on the role of demons. Recent theories addressing questions of the definition, function and understanding of “magic” and “demons” in ancient Egypt and the ancient world will be illustrated by presenting textual and material sources such as magical spells, rituals, and magical objects produced in Egypt and elsewhere in the ancient Mediterranean. This lecture will also present comparisons with other demonologies of the ancient world, as well as the contacts and influences which existed among the magical practices and demonologies of Egypt and the ancient Near East, Greece, and the Jewish world.

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October 27, 2016 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-6
University of Memphis, ABC Room 310 (Main Campus)
Memphis, TN 38152 United States
Free
November 2016

The Inhabitants of the Netherworld: Tracking Demons in Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Papyri and Coffins

Rita Lucarelli Assistant Professor of Egyptology Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley The ancient Egyptian netherworld was populated by embodied creatures with supernatural powers and hybrid appearance, which are conventionally called “demons” or daimones and which function, as in many other ancient and modern religions, as a sort of lesser gods, protectors or genii. In this lecture a catalogue of such creatures will be presented and discussed, on the basis of the evidence coming mainly from the…

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November 5, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, 94121 United States
Free

Heroes and villains: drawing your dreams and demons

You are warmly invited to join us for ‘Demon stations’, a hands-on arts and crafts event for all the family where you get to create your very own heroes and demons. Dress up as your favourite hero or villain and come along to Swansea Museum to make your own character based on your hopes, dreams or fears. You’ll also learn about Egyptian demons with Swansea University expert Dr Kasia Szpakowska, and have a chance to compare your creations with some…

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November 19, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+0
Swansea Museum, Victoria Road, The Maritime Quarter
Swansea, SA1 1SN United Kingdom
Free
January 2017

Luigi Prada on Ancient Egyptian Divination

Ancient Egyptian Divination an illustrated lecture by Dr. Luigi Prada Ancient Egyptian divination was a subject about which very little was known until only a few years ago. Recent discoveries, especially amongst papyri preserved from the later phases of ancient Egypt’s history, are now revealing the importance that divinatory arts had in Egyptian society. Divination included techniques as different as dream-interpretation, astrology, the study of the behaviour of animals, and many others, and all had the purpose of interpreting natural…

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January 14 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+0
Chesterfield public library, New Beetwell Street
Chesterfield, S40 1QN United Kingdom
September 2017

Conference: Books of Magic – Words of Magic

Books of Magic – Words of Magic – Cultures of Magical Knowledge from Antiquity to Modern Times Internationale kulturwissenschaftliche Tagung Leipzig, 14. –16. September 2017 Theologische Fakultät Looks to be a great conference, filled with presentations on ancient Egypt but also much more! rough translation of an excerpt of the description: Magic: the dark side of religion? A Private non-public side line of religion? Or something quite different? Only in recent years has it really become clear, that to a high degree…

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September 14 - September 16
November 2017

Egyptian mummy meets demons: voices, faces, faraway places

  Come along for a fun packed morning where Swansea University Egyptologist Dr Kasia Szpakowska will transport you to the magical realm of mummies and friendly and menacing demons! Link voices and faces in our ‘matching pairs’ game, meet the mummy and have a chance to decorate your own mummy! All mummy and demon-inspired costumes very welcome! In association with Swansea University research centre Interpreting Egypt’s Past in Wales and the World (InEPPW) and The Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project 2K funded by the Leverhulme…

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November 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm UTC+0
Swansea Museum, Victoria Road, The Maritime Quarter
Swansea, SA1 1SN United Kingdom
Free
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