The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

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

Frederik Rogner is Visiting Research Fellow at the NINO, supported by a fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation. His research interests include visual and textual communication in Ancient Egypt as well as image studies in a wide sense. During his stay at the NINO he is conducting research on a general characteristic of Egyptian mixed-media-compositions, namely the direct intertwining of image and text not only on a semantic but also a spatial and material level. When protagonists in a composition are pointing to portions of a text or touching their name, messages are highlighted and the confirmation of their identity is strengthened. This research not only constitutes a further step towards a better understanding of the multiplicity of meanings inserted by the creators of these image-text-compositions. It also contributes to the broad field of interdisciplinary visual and media studies where the relationship between figures, writing, and image space has been at the centre of extensive debates.

Frederik Rogner studied Ancient Civilizations (BA) and Egyptology as well as Classical Archaeology (MA) at the Universität Basel (Switzerland) and spent an Erasmus semester at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2015 he received his MA with a thesis on the Egyptian sources on the battle of Qadesh, focusing on the Egyptians’ use of different media and their possibility to stress – and to suppress – certain messages.
During his doctoral studies he was a member of the Graduate School of the Center for the Theory and History of the Image – Eikones (Basel) which allowed him to further deepen his theoretical background in image studies. His PhD thesis is entitled “Space and narrativity in bi-dimensional images of the Egyptian New Kingdom”. In 2019 Frederik Rogner received his doctoral degree (Dr. des.) from the University of Basel and the École Pratique des Hautes Études – Université Paris Sciences et Lettres (cotutelle de thèse).