Flyer for Digital Humanities & Egyptology lectures

Please join us for two upcoming talks on digital humanities and Egyptology: Kasia Szpakowska on the development of a database at the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millenium BCE, and Willeke Wendre on Ancient Egypt Online.

From the Outside Looking In: Digitization of Ancient Egyptian Objects and Entities

Monday, April 13, 5:30-6:30 PM, 254 Barrows Hall
Kasia Szpakowska (University of Swansea)

In this presentation I will provide an overview of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE, centered at Swansea University, Wales. At the core of the project is the development of a relational database about liminal entities or demons. We hope it will prove useful to Egyptologists and scholars of other religions at one level, and the general public at another. At this pilot stage we are focusing on a limited range of objects from a limited time span: coffins, wands, headrests, figurines and manuscript (usually papyrus). As with all archaeological databases, the core materials are often fragmentary, necessitating complex relationships with the data pertaining to the fragment, section, and objects, with each type having its own idiosyncratic challenges. Part of the goal is to link with existing databases such as the Book of the Dead Database of Bonn University.

Sponsored by the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Department of Near Eastern Studies

Ancient Egypt Online: Data, Metadata and Quality of Information

Wednesday, April 15, 5:30-6:30 PM, 254 Barrows Hall
Willeke Wendrich (UCLA)

Addressing the presentation of ancient Egyptian materials online, Wendrich (UCLA) will discuss standards, metadata and the limitations of metadata, the use of data aggregation, the quality of information online, and the problem of image rights.

Sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities and the Department of Near Eastern Studies

Contact: Rita Lucarelli, Assistant Professor of Egyptology