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Subject: [EEF] International Conference on MBA Egypt, in Paris
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:18:21 +0200
From: A.K. Eyma

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From: Gianluca Miniaci <>

Dear list members,

It is our pleasure to announce the international conference
“Voices, images, and artefacts of ancient craftsmen/women:
encountering the material producers of Middle Bronze Age
Egypt (2000-1500 BC)”, 23-24 June 2016, Paris.

Please find a detailed programme of the conference and venue
of the conference at:

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or in French at:

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(programme and leaflet and poster can be downloaded directly
from the website).

All the news about the conference and the S.H.A.P.E. project
can be found on Facebook:

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and Twitter

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Registration is now open and free.
Please send an email to the following address:

During the past decades, the “imaginative” figure of the material
producers in ancient Egypt has moved from “workers” to “artisans”
and, most recently, to “artists”, in a search for a fuller
understanding of the pragmatics of material production in past
societies, not least to free research from modern preconceptions.
Previous research had tended to start out unquestioningly from a
terminology that effectively accepts and reproduces untested
hypotheses: the existence of workshops; assumed division of
labour; the equations centres/palace=places of production, and
periphery/rural village=absence of production. In the absence of
documented evidence, such terms and relations need to be rethought,
to avoid perpetuating a distorted perception of historical
realities. The main aim is to analyse the material production
mechanisms during the middle Bronze Age in Egypt (2000-1550 BC),
as well as the mode of transmission of skills and the circulation
of knowledge.


23rd June

*Section I*: *Agents of Material Production*

To define the profile of ancient Egyptian craftsmen though words,
images and artefacts. The aim is not to identify WHO were the
artists (searching specifically for the names of craftsmen) but
WHAT made someone a craftsman in Middle Kingdom Egypt; skills,
technical choice, social profile, including the dimensions of age
and gender, through ancient text, images, and artefacts.

*1. The agency of modern/ancient Egyptian craftsmen*

/Theory and methods/

*Maximilian Georg*
The Role of Egyptian Workforces in Egyptian Archaeology in the
Early 20th Century and Beyond

*Amr El Hawary*
Epistemological Things! Mystical Things! Towards an Ancient
Egyptian Ontology

*Dimitri Laboury*
A contrastive look on Middle Kingdom artists from a New Kingdom
vantage view

*2. An insider perspective: words and images of the ancient Egyptian


*Pascal Vernus*
Quand un artisan égyptien parle de son metier : la stèle

*Dimitri Meeks*
Métiers mal connus ; outillage et hiéroglyphes


*Claus Jurman*
To show and to designate: attitudes towards representing
craftsmanship and material culture in Middle Kingdom elite

*3. Discovering the material producers in the artefacts:*


*Elise Morero*
The technological transfers in the eastern Mediterranean
during the Bronze Age: the stone vessels industry during
the 2nd millenium BC

*Patricia Rigault* + *Caroline Thomas*
L’artisan égyptien et le chercheur modern : l’apport des
techniques archéométriques

24th June

*Section II*: *Circulation of ideas among makers in production*

To trace possible modes of circulation of ideas among craftsmen
in production: apprentissage, transfer of knowledge, development
of combined skills, role of children in material production and
social constraints, production places, exchange of ideas,
materials, and skills between craftsmen.

/Theory and methods/

*Haris Procopiou*
Craftsmen, workshops and mobility during the Middle Bronze Age at
the Eastern Mediterranean

*Toby C. Wilkinson*
Material metaphors: rethinking pottery decoration of the Near East
and Egypt, 4th to 2nd millennia BC

*1. The transfer of knowledge in space*

*Gianluca Miniaci*
Testing an indestructible assumption: precision work = palace
production, rough work = village production

*Simon Connor*
Sculpture workshops: who, where, and for whom?

*Alexander Ilin-Tomich*
Influences and directions of expertise sharing in Late Middle
Kingdom Egypt: Diffusion of novel traits across the centres of
stela production

*2. Circuits of experience among humans*

*Juan Carlos Moreno García* (CNRS)
Sandal-makers and leather sandals production in pharaonic Egypt

*Stephen Quirke* (UCL)
Languages of artists: closed and open channels

*3. Transfer of ideas across time*

*Alisée Devillers*
Un exemple du Nouvel Empire: le réseau de copies artistiques autour
de la tombe de Pahéry d'Elkab (EK3)

*Karine Seigneau*
Representations of materials, an example of circulations of
formal models among workmen. An insight into the New Kingdom

The conference will be organized within the frame of my IEF-Marie
Curie project SHAPE “Seeing and Hearing the Ancient Producers in
Egypt”, sponsored by the Section des Sciences Historiques et
Philologiques of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Prof.
Andréas Stauder), and with the support of the University of Pisa,
in scientific coordination with Prof. Stephen Quirke (University
College London) and Dr. Juan Carlos Moreno García (CNRS-* *UMR8167 –

Organising Committee:
Gianluca Miniaci, Juan Carlos Moreno García, Stephen Quirke,
Andréas Stauder

Executive Board:
Cristina Alù, Anna Giulia De Marco, Julianna Paksi, Elena Tiribilli

Administrative and logistic support:
Denes Harai, Isabelle Gomez