Conference Speakers

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

Peter Bing, University of Toronto

Katherine Blouin, University of Toronto

Sobhi Bouderbala, Université de Tunis

Ph.D at University Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, Associate Researcher at The Institut français d’archéologie orientale (Ifao) – Cairo (2009-2013), and editor of the Arabic papyrological corpus of the French excavations of Fusṭāṭ – Isṭabl ‘Antar. Specialist in Early Islamic Egypt, especially in administrative and urban history.

Marie-Françoise Boussac, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre

Ramez Boutros, University of Toronto

Jelle Bruning, Universiteit Leiden

Jelle Bruning specializes in the social and intellectual history of early-Islamic Egypt. He has worked extensively on documentary sources in Arabic, Coptic, and Greek. He wrote his PhD thesis on the centrality of Fustat during the reigns of the Rightly-Guided and Umayyad caliphs and currently works on a project on Alexandria’s social and intellectual connectedness with other areas in the Mediterranean and Near East in the period 640-968 CE.

Sylvain Dhennin, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), HiSoMA-Lyon

Sylvain Dhennin is member of the CNRS and former scientific member of  L’Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (IFAO). Director of the French mission in Kom Abo Bello (Terenuthis) he works also in Taposiris Magna (where he conducted the excavations of the animal necropolis) and Plinthine/Kom el-Nugus and participated to the French missions in Buto and Balat. He is specialist of the Nile Delta and its religious geography.

Irene Forstner-Müller, Austrian Archaeological Institute Cairo Branch

Usama Ali Gad, Ain Shams University, Egypt

Usama Ali Gad is an Egyptian classicists interested in papyrology and the history of Egypt in the Greco-Roman period. His other interests include the reception of Greco-Roman Heritage both in the so-called West and East.

Brendan Haug, University of Michigan

Regina Höschele, University of Toronto

Regina Höschele’s research focuses on post-Classical Greek literature. She is the author of two monographs on ancient epigram (Verrückt nach Frauen: Der Epigrammatiker Rufin, Tübingen 2006 and Die blütenlesende Muse: Poetik und Textualität antiker Epigrammsammlungen, Tübingen 2010) and has co-edited a bilingual translation of Aristainetos’Erotic Letters with Peter Bing (Atlanta 2014). At the moment, she is writing a book about the Garland of Philip in its Roman context.

Rachel Mairs, University of Reading

Heba Mostafa, University of Kansas

Heba Mostafa is currently Assistant Professor of Islamic Art, Architecture and Urbanism at the Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas.. Her research focuses on the early development of Islamic architecture with an emphasis on the interaction between the political and religious in the articulation of early Islamic authority within the mosque, palace and shrine.

Bérangère Redon, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), HiSoMA-Lyon

Historian and archaeologist, Bérangère Redon is particularly interested in the foreign (i.e., Greek and Roman) presence in Egypt, its expressions and consequences, from the 7th c. BC until the 3rd c. AD. She has led the French archaeological mission of the Eastern Desert since 2013 and is one of the field directors of the French archaeological mission of Taposiris and Plinthine since 2003.

Kevin Wilkinson, University of Toronto

Kevin Wilkinson specializes in the history and literature of Late Antiquity. He is currently working on, among other things, the fourth-century epigrammatist Palladas of Alexandria.

Penelope Wilson, Durham University


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

And with support from the following