CMS Mobilities Research Group and Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies presents, “Could we laugh colonialism away? Using Egyptian comics to confront the colonial histories of its ancient past.”
Please note that this is a hybrid event. RSVP below for the zoom link and/or the in-person location.
This talk will showcase how the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage project partnered with contemporary Egyptian comic artists to confront the colonial histories of the exporting of Egyptian heritage to the world. It will introduce the Egyptian lived experience centred approach adopted to amplify the voices, views, and validity of Egyptian community of descent in their ancestral heritage held by foreign institutions.
Egyptian heritage and museum specialist Heba Abd el Gawad is a research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College of London. She specialises in the history of Egyptian archaeology and Egyptian perceptions and representations of ancient Egypt and has co-developed with Prof. Alice Stevenson the AHRC funded project: ‘Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt’. She has been selected as one of the most influential 21 Egyptian women in 2021 for her community work in the heritage sector.
She acknowledges her privilege and training in the colonial discipline of Egyptology and recognises the rights of the wider Egyptian community in the knowledge production of their past.