MIDEAST 438 - Exhibiting Ancient Egypt: Past Culture in the Modern Museum
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Ancient Egypt in Modern Museums
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Mummies, pyramids, mysterious amulets and arcane symbols: our popular understandings of ancient Egypt are, in part, shaped by how Egyptian artifacts are presented in Museums. This course will examine how we understand ancient Egypt through museum displays and how museums interpret and care for their Egyptian artifacts. Through readings, discussions, museum visits,and writing, students will explore the complicated history of Egyptian artifacts in museums and look at relevant contemporary ethical concerns around collecting and the display and custodianship of human remains in museums. Students will get some hands-on exposure to ancient Egyptian artifacts at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and help think about the future of the Egypt-themed displays at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology through readings, discussion, writing assignments, museum visits and a final project in which students propose new approaches to Egyptian artifacts in museums. Come and learn about how museums present ancient Egypt to their audiences, and help shape how future students will learn about ancient Egypt!

Intended Audience:

Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students interested in ancient Egypt and museums; students in Middle East Studies, Classical Studies, History of Art, History, and Museum Studies Program.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly


MIDEAST 438 - Exhibiting Ancient Egypt: Past Culture in the Modern Museum
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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