Current Research in Egyptology (9-16 May 2021, online via zoom) 


Aegean Egyptology and the Postgraduate Programme “Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean from prehistoric times to Late Antiquity: Greece, Egypt, Near East of the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean are very pleased to organize the next Current Research in Egyptology (CRE) on Rhodes (9-16 May 2021, online via zoom).  CRE is a postgraduate conference aiming to promote bonds between British and international universities worldwide who are conducting research in Egyptology and any other related field of study. Established in 2000 by the University of Oxford, CRE has become since then an annual conference, organized by major Egyptological research centers in the UK and—from 2010 onwards—by other great Universities in Europe. After the successful organization of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists in 2008 in our University, it is a great honor for us to host a conference of great importance, especially for young Egyptologists. We believe that the historically significant and pleasant  island of Rhodes, situated at the crossroads of two major sea routes of the Mediterranean between the Aegean Sea and the coast of the Near East and Egypt, will be an ideal  meeting point for the CRE.

Preliminary programme:


Religion and Cult in the Dodecanese during the first millenium BC (Rhodes, 18-21 October 2018)


Religion has always been one of the major components of peoples’ lives, an integral part of social, economic and political contexts, contributing to the formation of culture and history. In order to study and understand the religious and cult practices of a particular region, it is necessary to explore their various expressions through material culture and written sources. Important finds illustrate the significant influence exercised by Minoan religion by the end of Late Minoan IA period in the Dodecanese, which can be related to an engagement in religious ceremonies expressed in settlements and mountains. Equally important are the cult remains, which are dated to the end of the tenth and early ninth centuries B.C. and throughout the first millennium B.C. These display the existence of a vibrant island society with various evolving cult practices. As a major stopover on maritime trade routes, the southeastern Aegean was influenced by contacts from throughout the Greek world and beyond. The conference will explore the archaeological and written material, which testify the development and continuation of the cults in the Dodecanese from the Early Iron Age through the first century B.C.


The Aegyptiaca Symposium (Rhodes, 15-17 December 2016)


This symposium is the second international colloquium in the Ex Oriente Lux series and it was born out of the interdisciplinary research project Aegyptiaca: Ecumene and Economy in the Horizon of Religion, which is coordinated by the University of the Aegean and the University of Bonn. It focuses on the Egyptian and Near Eastern material from the archaic Greek sanctuaries and on the re-evaluation of the Egyptian cross-cultural interactivity with the Aegean world in the sphere of economy and religion.

Organisers of Ex Oriente Lux II-Aegyptiaca Symposium: University of the Aegean (Panagiotis Kousoulis), University of Bonn (Ludwig D. Morenz), University of Thessaly (Dimitrios Palaiothodoros).

Date: 15-17 December 2016.

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Demon things: ancient Egyptian manifestations of liminal entities (Swansea, 21-24 March 2016)

Kasia Szpakowska (Swansea University) and the Egypt Center (Wales, UK) organize this international conference, which explores the range and variation of liminal entities the Ancient Egyptians believed capable of harm and help from the Predynastic through the Coptic periods. While previous demonological conferences focused on issues related to definitions, we invite scholars to discuss the manifestations of demons through iconography, objects, or textual descriptions. Scholars are encouraged to present their findings in the hopes that the conference will provide a creative venue for spotting links and patterns. By converging different areas of research a fuller picture of these multi-faceted entities may emerge.

The conference is open to all. Events include an optional trip to the magical Gower Peninsula, a special Egypt Centre “Night at the Museum”, cheerful dinners, and more!

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Egyptian and Jewish Magic in antiquity: Contexts, Contacts, Continuities and comparisons (Bohn, 6th-9th July, 2015)


Prof. Gideon Bohak, Dr. Rita Lucarelli and Alessia Bellusci are pleased to invite you to participate in the conference “Egyptian and Jewish Magic in Antiquity: Contexts, Contacts, Continuities and Comparisons,” which rises from an international collaboration between the University of Bonn and Tel Aviv University. The conference, which will be held at the University of Bonn from the 6th to the 9th of July 2015, will be a major forum for academic researchers to exchange their innovative work in ancient Egyptian and Jewish magic. The focus of this meeting will be on the historical continuity and change of ancient Egyptian and ancient Jewish magical practices from antiquity to the early middle ages. Particularly, our aim is to study the similarities, the differences, and the points of contact between these two magical traditions, with a strong emphasis on the impact of Pharaonic magic on early medieval (Coptic, Jewish and Islamic) magical practices.

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The Mediterranean Sea: Cultural interconnections from the Prehistoric to Byzantine Period (Rhodes, 13-15 March 2015) (in Greek)


The Eastern Mediterranean has always been a mosaic of international networks facilitating circulation of products, people as well as social and cultural concepts. The Third Panhellenic Student Archaeological Congress investigates interaction in the field of ideology and materiality between different political and social entities in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syropalestine, Anatolia and the Aegean via archeological evidence, epigraphic and literary sources. The Congress is organized by the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean (Rhodes), following upon the tradition of the First Panhellenic Student Congress on Crete (1991) and the Second Congress in Ioannina (1993). By focusing on different cultures from Prehistory to the Byzantine Period, the conference aims to provide a historical review on modes of intercultural contact in the Mediterranean region.

Organizing committee:

Machos Spyridon, President of the Conference

Kalaitzaki Anna, Vice-President of the Conference

Secretariat: Eleni Arvaniti, Mirella Mylonadaki, Fotis Vasilopoulos

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Defining “foreignness” in the Early Iron Age Mediterranean. Norhtwestern University, Library Forum Room (Chicago, 9 May 2014)


In ancient Mediterranean studies, a key area of current research concerns the lively cultural and especially artistic interaction between the Mediterranean and the Near East, including Egypt. In recent years, studies of artistic interaction in both the central and eastern Mediterranean world of the Early Iron Age have moved increasingly away from traditional “Orientalizing” notions of encounter to new models of transfer and reception. Fresh perspectives drawn from theoretical approaches developed in sister fields and disciplines, including anthropology and visual culture studies, have interrogated key concepts of object identity and challenged long-held assumptions about the mechanics of transfer (foreign or mobile artisans, commercially dominated networks). Once mutually exclusive categories of “Greek” and “Near Eastern,” “local” and “nonlocal,” “us” and “them” have been shown to be highly problematic and unworkable for a wide range of issues, including stylistic description and analysis, and in reconstructing the organization of artistic patronage and production. What are the implications of these newly fluid, hybrid categories for reconstructing visual cultures in antiquity more broadly?

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Ex oriente lux (Athens, 20 May 2011)


Ex Oriente Lux (Athens, 20 May 2011) (in Greek)

The Department of Mediterranean Studies (University of the Aegean), the Department of History and Archeology (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and the National Archaeological Museum (Department of Prehistoric, Oriental and Egyptian Antiquities) are pleased to invite you to one-day Symposium on the research and teaching of the Egyptian, Near Eastern and Cypriot cultures in Greek academia. The Mediterranean basin has always been a region of interaction of ideas, symbols, cultures, providing fertile ground and ways of communication, which had a direct impact on art, culture, cult and religion. The aims of the symposium are twofold: to initiate and establish a constructive dialogue on the Near Eastern cultures and to put forward a modern approach for the research and teaching of these cultures in Greek academia.

Organizing committee: Panagiotis Kousoulis (University of the Aegean), Nota Kourou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Eleni Mantzourani (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Konstantinos Kopanias (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Eleni Tourna (National Archaeological Museum).

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Tenth international congress of Egyptologists (Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008)


Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists (Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008)  organised and coordinated by Panagiotis Kousoulis (University of the Aegean, Rhodes) under the aegis of the International Association of Egyptologists, the Supreme Council of Antiquities (Egypt), the University of the Aegeanthe Academy of Athens and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

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First Egyptological Research Seminar at the University of the Aegean (Rhodes, 13, 14 and 27 October 2005; 3-4 and 24 November 2005)

First Egyptological Research Seminar at the University of the Aegean (13, 14 and 27 October 2005; 3-4 and 24 November 2005) organised and coordinated by Panagiotis Kousoulis with the participation of: Prof. Ludwig Morenz (University of Bonn), Prof. Yvan Koenig (CNRS), Prof. Anthony Spalinger (University of Auckland)  and Dr. Nikolaos Lazaridis (University of Sacramento).

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Foreign Relations and Diplomacy in the Ancient World: Egypt, Greece, Near East (Rhodes, 3-5 December 2004).


An international Conference organised and coordinated by Panagiotis Kousoulis and Konstantinos Magliveras (University of the Aegean, Rhodes) and funded by the project Pythagoras, the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.

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Ancient Egyptian theology and demonology: Studies on the Boundaries between the Demonic and the Divine in Egyptian Magic (Rhodes, 27-29 June 2003)


The first specialized Egyptological Symposium ever organized in Greek academia. The Symposium was coordinated by Panagiotis Kousoulis (University of the Aegean, Rhodes) and Mark Collier (University of Liverpool, UK) and was funded by the University of the Aegean, the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Avaton Journal .

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