Conference Schedule

Imperial Landscapes: Empires, Societies, and Environments in the Ancient to Modern Nile Delta

The conference programme is available to be downloaded here.

All conference sessions will take place in Room LI 220.

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THURSDAY March 23, 2017 – Department of Classics, University of Toronto

WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
9:00am-9:30am  Alison Keith (University of Toronto)Katherine Blouin (University of Toronto)

ENVIRONMENTAL OPPORTUNISM AND CONNECTIVITY: 3 CASE STUDIES
9:30am-10:15am  Irene Forstner-Müller (Austrian Archaeological Institute Cairo Branch) – The Nile Delta and Avaris: Thoughts on landscape through the perspective of a provincial/imperial capital

10:15am-10:45am  COFFEE BREAK (refreshments will be served)

10:45am-11:30am  Marie-Françoise Boussac (University of Paris Ouest Nanterre) and Bérangère Redon (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, HiSoMA-Lyon) – “The Vine was Discovered First in Plinthine, a City of Egypt” (Hellanicus FR.155, APUD Athenaeus). Integration of a Marginal Territory into Egypt Through Wine Production
11:30am-12:15pm  Sylvain Dhennin (CNRS – HiSoMA, Lyon) – Growing with the Empire? From village to city: Kom Abou Bellou and its urban development

12:15pm-2:00pm  LUNCH BREAK

WATER, LAND, AND THE STATE
2:00pm-2:45pm  Penelope Wilson (Durham University) – Options for Roman Expansion in the North Nile Delta
2:45pm-3:30pm  Brendan Haug (University of Michigan) – Following the Flow: The Shifting Waterscape of the Nile Delta between Antiquity and the Present

3:30pm-4:00pm  COFFEE BREAK (refreshments will be served)

DELTAIC GEOPOLITICS: IMPERIAL INITIATIVES AND SOCIAL RESPONSES
4:00pm-4:45pm  Kevin Wilkinson (University of Toronto) – Alexandria in the Age of Diocletian
4:45pm-5:30pm  Sobhi Bouderbala (Université de Tunis) – Imperial power, tribal settlement and fiscal revolts in the early Islamic Delta (7th-9th century AD)

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FRIDAY March 24, 2017 – Department of Classics, University of Toronto

SACRED LANDSCAPES 1: HOLY MEN, SACRED WATERS
10:00am-10:45am  Ramez Boutros (University of Toronto) – Mapping the Cult of Christian Saints in the Nile Delta from the 4th to the 9th century CE
10:45am-11:30am  Heba Mostafa (University of Kansas) – The Nile as Nexus: Between Veneration and Mediation in the Islamic Period

11:30am-12:00pm  COFFEE BREAK (refreshments will be served)

DELTAIC TOPONYMY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
12:00pm-12:45pm  Usama Ali Gad (Ain Shams University, Egypt) – Digital Annotation of Arabic Place Names of the Nile Delta

12:45pm-2:30pm  LUNCH BREAK

SACRED LANDSCAPES 2: TWO ALEXANDRIAN TALES
2:30pm-3:15pm  Regina Höschele (University of Toronto) – Two Lovers and a Lion: Pankrates’ Poem on Hadrian’s Royal Hunt
3:15pm-4:00pm  Jelle Bruning (Universiteit Leiden) – Religious Images of Alexandria in Early-Islamic Egypt

4:00pm-4:30pm  COFFEE BREAK (refreshments will be served)

WRITING PLACES: LITERATURE AND CULTURAL MEDIATION
4:30pm-5:15pm  Peter Bing (University of Toronto) – The Hetaira’s Tomb: Doricha/Rhodopis and the Pyramid of Mycerinus at Giza
5:15pm-6:00pm  Rachel Mairs (University of Reading) – Just Passing Through? The Nile Delta and the Egyptian Tourist Economy in the Late Nineteenth Century

8:00pm  CONFERENCE DINNER

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This event is funded thanks to a grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

And with support from the following

Durham University