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Monday, April 5, 2021

Northern Cal. ARCE Lecture April 18: Ancient Egypt and Its Reception in Black America

The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a virtual lecture by Dr. Rita Lucarelli, UC Berkeley:

Ancient Egypt and Its Reception in Black America: From Afrocentrism to Afrofuturism

When: Sunday, April 18, 2021, 3 PM Pacific Time

Zoom Lecture. A registration link will be automatically sent to ARCE-NC members. Non-members may request a registration link by sending email with your name and email address to Attendance is limited, so non-members, please send any registration requests no later than April 16.

About the Lecture:
Hartmut Geerken, Sun Ra Arkestra Performing at Heliopolis, Egypt, 1971, gelatin silver print, 5 x 7". From "Cosmic Communities: Coming Out into Outer Space—Homofuturism, Applied Psychedelia & Magic Connectivity."

The cultural imagining of Ancient Egypt and of its monuments, writing and religion has been at the basis of histories of Egyptology and especially of Western Egyptomania, which originated in Greece and Rome and continued to prosper in Europe and the West before and after Napoleon's campaign in Egypt (1798-99). What is often forgotten is the existence of a non-Western egyptomania, which has developed in philosophical, political, religious and cultural movements and trends in modern Egypt itself (Pharaonism) as well as in Africa, the Middle East and among the African-American communities in the US. This lecture aims at raising interest into and discussing elements of fascination and inspiration from ancient Egypt in modern and contemporary art, literature and music inspired by two main African-American cultural movements such as Afrocentrism and Afrofuturism.

About the Speaker:

R. Lucarelli
Dr. Rita Lucarelli

Rita Lucarelli studied at the University of Naples "L'Orientale," Italy, where she received her MA degree in Classical Languages and Egyptology. She holds her Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands.  Her Ph.D. thesis was published as The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen: Ancient Egyptian Funerary Religion in the 10th Century BC. She worked as a Research Scholar and a Lecturer at the Department of Egyptology of Bonn University, where she was part of the team of the "Book of the Dead Project". She is an Associate Professor of Egyptology at UC Berkeley and Faculty Curator of Egyptology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology of the University of California, Berkeley and Fellow of the Digital Humanities in Berkeley. She is presently working at a project aiming at realizing 3D models of ancient Egyptian coffins, the "Book of the Dead in 3D". She is also completing a new monograph on demonology in ancient Egypt entitled "Agents of Punishment and Protection: Ancient Egyptian Demonology in the First Millenium BCE" and is one of the coordinators of the international project "Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project", or "Demon Things".

About ARCE-NC:

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