International Symposium on Animals in Ancient Egypt
« International Symposium on Animals in Ancient Egypt », ISAAE, will provide a rare opportunity for scholars who are working on ancient Egyptian animals to meet and exchange ideas.
This symposium is the result of the project MAHES - “Momies Animales et Humaines EgyptienneS” (supported by LabEx Archimede ANR-11-LABX-0032-01 and coordinated by Stéphanie Porcier) - which is devoted to documenting and understanding animal cults in ancient Egypt through analyses of funerary and ritual practices. For the first time in the world, scholars from diverse disciplines (hard sciences, social sciences, and humanities) will be reunited in a common program. This multi-disciplinary approach will encourage the development of a fresh, integrated perspective, for the analysis and interpretation of the cults organized around sacred animals in ancient Egyptian society.
The first ISAAE will be held at the Musée des Confluences in Lyon (France) from June, 1st to 3rd 2016. It will be repeated every four years, each symposium focusing on a different theme concerning the roles of animals in ancient Egyptian society, aiming to create an interdisciplinary synergy among researchers, engendering new approaches and projects. This thematic approach will encourage communication and exchanges between Historians of art, science, religion, as well as scholars specialized in Archeology, Archaeozoology, Egyptology, Economics, and the world of museums (preservation, restoration, exhibition).
Open participation upon registration : ISAAE 2016
Complete program of the symposium (update 20, May 2016).
Watch the video made by the CNRS about the research project conducted on the mummies preserved in the Musée des Confluences.