The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut néerlandais du Proche-Orient

11 Oct 17:00

Unseen-Untold. Visual stories of non-elite communities in ancient Egypt

Alisée Devillers

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Unseen-Untold. Visual stories of non-elite communities in ancient Egypt

Historical disciplines have long been studying ancient societies through the exclusive lens of its elite, i.e. rulers and their close circle of high officials. My postdoctoral project at NINO aims to contribute to the recent wake-up call issued by social sciences to redirect attention to other social categories. It is the further development of my work at UCLA, which examines how post-Amarna and Ramesside Theban intermediary elites (“sub-elite”) developed their own visual and textual identity on stelae – one of the less expensive commemorative monuments available to such a social group and one conducive to individual social expression – by borrowing and transforming high elite repertoire.

This lecture will give a glimpse into the results of my past postdoctoral stay at UCLA and the project I will conduct at NINO, as I will expand this research into the Third Intermediate Period, a time when stelae production is intensified.

Alisée Devillers NINO is Postdoctoral Fellow 2022-2024.

Practical information

The lecture will be held as an in-person event.

Illustration: Stela of Djedkhonsuiuefankh, Louvre N 3657.