Swansea University and the Egypt Centre will host the 'Demon Things: Ancient Egyptian manifestations of liminal entities' conference from 21-24 March 2016.

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Demon Things - imageThis international conference explores the range and variation of liminal entities the ancient Egyptians believed capable of harm and help from the Predynastic through the Coptic periods. Participants will be exploring manifestations of demons through iconography, objects and text.

Among the international speakers at the conference are:  Wael Sherbiny, an independent scholar specialising in ancient Egyptian religious texts, who has discovered the oldest Egyptian leather manuscript in the shelves of the Egyptian museum in Cairo, where it was stored and forgotten for more than 70 years.  He is now preparing the full publication of the unique leather roll; Maria Nilsson, director of the Gebel el Silsila Survey Project – where a rare wall relief showing an unidentified pharaoh has been discovered within the sandstone quarries of Gebel el Sisila, north of Aswan; and Stuart T. Smith, who researches the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Nubia.

The full list of speakers includes:  Ladislav Bareš • Zuzanna Bennett • Erin E. Bornemann & Stuart Tyson Smith • Augusto Cosentino • Amr Gaber • Carolyn Graves-Brown • Jiří Janák & Renata Landgráfová • Jay Johnston • Panagiotis Kousoulis • Nika Lavrentyeva & Ekaterina Alexandrova • Aris Legowski  • Rita Lucarelli  • Megahed el Zahraa & Laure Pantalacci •  Maria Nilsson • Arnaud Quertinmont • Danielle Sass • Renata Schiavo •Wael Sherbiny •  Anthony Spalinger • Kasia Szpakowska • Marie Vandenbeusch • John Richard Ward •  Felicitas Weber  • John Wyatt.

As well as an extensive speaker programme, it includes a Night at the Museum event, a guided tour through the Magical Gower Peninsula, and the launch of a new research database of demons (a “demonbase”). 

This conference is open to all.  Please note the deadline for registration is 15 February 2016.

For further information and to book, go to:  http://www.demonthings.com/demon-things-conference-2016/ (please follow all online instructions when booking), email: DemonThings@swansea.ac.uk or write to:  The Egypt Centre, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, United Kingdom.  Tel:  +44 (0)1792 295960.

Conferences Organisers:

Kasia Szpakowska
Zuzanna Bennett
Wendy Goodridge
Carolyn Graves-Brown
Felicitas Weber

To find out more about the Demonology Project at Swansea University click here:  http://www.demonthings.com/
To find out more about the Egypt Centre click here:  http://www.egypt.swan.ac.uk/