The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

Carina van den Hoven is Egyptologist and Research Fellow at NINO. Her main research interests include Ancient Egyptian ritual composition, textual and iconographic transmission processes, religious-political propaganda, kingship ideology, archaeology of religion and cultic landscapes.

Academic education

Van den Hoven received her first MA degree in French language and literature at Leiden University in 2005, specialising in 19th century French travel literature. The topic of her MA-thesis was Regards masculins et féminins sur l’Égypte du XIXe siècle. Les récits de voyage de Suzanne Voilquin, Gérard de Nerval, Valérie de Gasparin, Gustave Flaubert et Maxime Du Camp.

In 2009 Van den Hoven received her second MA degree in Egyptology at Leiden University, specialising in both the ancient Egyptian languages and writing systems as well as in the archaeology of Ancient Egypt (6-year curriculum). Her studies included Old Egyptian, Middle Egyptian, Late Egyptian, Hieratic, Demotic, Ptolemaic and Coptic, as well as Egyptian Arabic and Classic Maya. In addition, she took extra-curricular courses in Physical Anthropology, Theoretical Linguistics (Generative Syntax, Phonetics) and Comparative Linguistics (Linguistics of Romance Languages). The topic of her MA-thesis in Egyptology was: The decoration-system of the temple of Kalabsha: I. Analysis of the decoration-system; II: Description of the decoration; III. Translation of the hieroglyphic texts.

In 2017 Van den Hoven received a double doctorate degree in Egyptology at Leiden University and the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE). The topic of her PhD dissertation was: The coronation ritual of the falcon at Edfu: tradition and innovation in Ancient Egyptian ritual composition.

Research and teaching

From 2013 to 2015 Van den Hoven was appointed as lecturer in Egyptology at Leiden University, teaching various courses on BA- en MA-degree level. In 2016 she was guest-lecturer at Leiden University, co-teaching a course for the research master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations.

From 2006 onwards Van den Hoven regularly carried out fieldwork in Egypt. In 2006 she participated in the Dutch excavations in the New Kingdom necropolis of Saqqara (Leiden University and National Museum of Antiquities). In 2007, 2008 and 2009 she joined the Dakhleh Oasis Project as an epigrapher, working on the epigraphic recording and reconstruction of the temple of Amheida. In 2008 she carried out a personal fieldwork project in the temple of Kalabsha, collecting unpublished source material for her MA-thesis. In 2010 Van den Hoven carried out another personal fieldwork project, collecting source material for her PhD-research in a large number of Ptolemaic and Roman temples, including Edfu, Dendera, Kom Ombo and Philae. In 2011 she returned to Dakhleh Oasis for another season of fieldwork, testing the possibilities for photogrammetry and digital epigraphic recording at the temple of Deir el-Hagar.

Since 2015 Van den Hoven is active as a board member of Ex Oriente Lux, the Dutch-Flemish Association for Ancient Near Eastern Studies and as editor-in-chief of Phoenix, the journal for the archaeology and history of the ancient Near East published by Ex Oriente Lux.

Selected publications

For a full list of publications, see profile.