Saturday 20 April 2024 1400 UK Time:
John J Johnston: 'Lost in Time and Space: Unrolling Egypt's Ancient Dead .'
The frequent souvenir of wealthy travellers, the mummified and bandaged cadavers of ancient Egyptians became an increasingly popular element of entertainment in the salons and lecture theatres of Europe and North America during the mid-nineteenth century. The practice of publicly ‘unrolling’ mummies has been viewed as both a ghoulish spectacle for affluent sensation seekers and an early scientific approach to the nascent discipline of Egyptology. This talk attempts to address this dichotomy by placing the practice within its cultural and academic contexts.
John J Johnston is a freelance Egyptologist, Classicist, and cultural historian. A former Vice-Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society, he is an Ambassador of the International Society for the Study of Egyptomania. A popular speaker, his research interests encompass mortuary belief and practice, gender and sexuality, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, the history of Egyptology, and the reception of ancient Egypt in the modern world. In addition to contributing numerous articles to both academic and general publications he has co-edited several books including an anthology of classic mummy fiction, Unearthed (Jurassic London, 2013).He has also made numerous television appearances for BBC, Discovery Science and Channel 5.
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