Elected to the presidency of our beautiful association last October, I would first of all like to sincerely thank the members of the Society and of the committee for the honor and the trust placed in me. I will do my best, with energy and conviction, to be up to the task, with the help in particular of the members of the board, Guillemette Andreu-Lanoë and Frédéric Payraudeau, elected as vice-president, and Nathalie Favry and Gérard Bizien who have agreed to resume their mandates as secretary general and treasurer respectively. We also know that we can rely on the professionalism of Laetitia Gallet, who holds the secretariat. It is also very pleasant for me to thank the outgoing members of the committee, who gave considerable time and energy to the SFE, and among them my predecessor Pierre Tallet, and the two vice-presidents, Patrizia Piacentini and Olivier Perdu.
We will continue to work as a team, to make full use of the skills and goodwill, rich and varied within this committee and our association, so that our learned society continues to be a living and friendly place of exchange, between students, professionals, amateurs but also between generations, and in step with the times.
We will thus, with the partly renewed committee, but also with all the members, continue the great adventure of the French Society of Egyptology, soon to be a hundred years old. It is indeed two festive years that are opening. 2022 will be the bicentenary of the Letter to Monsieur Ironside by Jean-François Champollion, which marks the deciphering of hieroglyphics and the founding act of our discipline. It will be an opportunity to measure what makes Egyptology today, a territory of the human sciences where many disciplines and expertise are mingled, but also to question the gesture by which Europe has built its relationship to this Mediterranean, African and Eastern past. Numerous events are planned for 2022, across France: the Society will support major events to guide members in this beautiful agenda, and will join, among others, the exhibition and the Champollion conference organized in the spring by the Library. Nationale de France, which will kick off the celebrations. In addition, in 2023, we will celebrate the centenary of the founding of the French Society of Egyptology.
Like many associations and learned societies, the SFE is coming out of a difficult period in a pandemic context, but we have also learned to find ourselves differently, thanks to videoconference and hybrid meetings, with an interactive and live broadcast. We are resuming our face-to-face sessions, but we will take full advantage of the experience acquired during periods of confinement. The new tools, in particular videoconferencing, thus offer us new possibilities for more numerous interactions, in particular with members far from Paris or who do not always have the possibility of traveling. We will continue to meet three times a year, but these meetings will be webcast live on Zoom with the ability for remote participants to take part in the discussions. However, we will continue to organize regular online intermediary sessions, which open up additional spaces for the communication of recent discoveries. We will meet again on December 15 on zoom for a session devoted to the news of various excavations of the Theban west bank in Louqsor then again in February, then on March 12 the INHA at 14 p.m., for a communication from Christophe Barbotin (Louvre) on the rich Reverseaux papyrus and a conference by Georges Soukiassian (IFAO) on the Governors Palace and the IFAO excavations in Balat.
With this in mind, we will also continue the momentum initiated by my predecessors to anchor our association across France, in the regions, in collaboration with local associations but also to promote exchanges between students in Egyptology from various French universities where our discipline is present. Likewise, the Company's website and its various accounts on social networks have been enriched in recent years, but the work remains open: we will continue to try to make them spaces as energetic and interactive as possible, while remaining attentive to guarantee the level of memberships and still recruiting within our company.
Finally, one of the riches of the French Society is to offer two major publications, with the bulletin which brings together the texts of the lectures and short communications and the Review of Egyptology, one of the major international journals in the discipline. Rich in a dynamic and lively committee, which also makes it its specificity and made up of Isabelle Régen, Félix Relats Montserrat, Elsa Oréal, Frédéric Payraudeau, Olivier Perdu, Yann Tristant and myself, the journal has just elected to its head of a new director, Elsa Oréal, to whom Olivier Perdu, after years of dedication, has just passed the torch. We welcome him.
Science does not exist alone in the ether of ideas; it takes place, is embodied in individuals and spaces of sociability. Thus the SFE belongs to its members and to voluntary energies: do not hesitate to send us your information, your ideas, and your desires.
While waiting to meet again, I wish you a very happy end of year celebrations,
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The German Archaeological Institute Cairo cordially invites you to a lecture by
Teacher. Dr. Cornelia Römer (DAI Kairo)
LIFE IN THE VILLAGES OF THE PTOLEMAIC PERIOD
IN THE FAYOUM OASIS
The lecture will be held on Tuesday, January 18th, 6:00 pm Cairo / 5:00 pm Berlin
online through Zoom:
Meeting ID: 453 062 0620
Prior registration is not required.
This second volume devoted to the batch of papyrus discovered in 2013 on the site of Ouadi el-Jarf (on the western coast of the Gulf of Suez) completes the publication of the logbooks which were part of this set of archives. Much more fragmentary than papyri A and B, which reported the work of the phyle of Inspector Merer in the transport of limestone blocks from Tourah to the Giza plateau, papyri C, D, E and F record other missions which were assigned to the same team, probably during a period of one little over a year. One of these documents, papyrus C, probably relates to the development of a port structure near the Mediterranean coast, and confirms the role that foundations could play.wood in the development of regions such as the Nile Delta at the start of IVe dynasty. Papyrus D, which emanates from a scribe named Dedi, depicts the activity of several phyls from the same team in repetitive surveillance and supply tasks, which are probably linked to the functioning of the temple of the Valley of King Cheops, and perhaps even of his palace, at the foot of his funeral complex of Giza.
Study days from Thursday, November 18, 2021 to Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., en Sorbonne
Texts from one writing space to another
Text from one writing space to another
Florence Albert & Chloé Ragazzoli
The WRITING SPACES days will focus on the making of the written product and its deployment in space, in particular when moving from one graphic space to another (from the cursive manuscript to the hieroglyphic parietal surface, for example). Asking a new series of questions on Egyptian scripturality, she takes over from the first days of study on "Graphic registers", which aimed in particular to identify the semiotic values associated with the appearance of the different scripts used, according to their context, which participate fully in the meaning of a text and its reception, beyond the mere linguistic content. By using this first base, the reflection is moving in 2021 towards the procedures and practices of accommodation of the written product, in particular in space, in particular in the cases of the circulation of the same textual material, of a graphic register to another, from one written space to another, through, again, a range of practical cases - mythological papyri; monumentalized, hymnised and poetized historical tales; funeral books and “parietal” rituals, etc. - the study of which will allow a theoretical approach to be established. Participants are therefore invited to address these questions through their body of studies.
_____________________________________________________________Series of lectures by Professor Stefan Pfeiffer, holder of the Chair of Ancient History at the University of Martin-Luther Halle-Wittenberg.
THE NARMER DATABASE (www.narmer.org)
has been updated and now includes, in addition to Narmer, all known royal inscriptions attributed to Dynasty 0, including Iry-Hor, Ka, and Scorpion II.