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Cafe Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues and promoting public engagement with science. Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know".

Meetings generally start with a short talk from the speaker, who is usually a scientist or a writer on science, followed by a short break for drinks. This is followed by a session of about an hour for questions and answers and general discussion. Cafés are free although a voluntary contribution may be asked for to cover any expenses. (It does not pay fees to a speaker).

Meetings take place once a month on the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 7.30pm.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, 13th January, 2015

Place: The Old Bookroom, Hope Street Hotel

Title: New texts from Ancient Egypt. Revisiting the alabaster quarries at Hatnub

Dr Roland Enmarch is a Senior Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, working on questions of genre and intertextuality in Egyptian written culture, his publications include his study of the Ipuwer poem, A World Upturned (2008), and the co-edited proceedings Ancient Egyptian Literature: Theory and Practice (2013). Dr. Enmarch has also recently finished his term as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. He is the co-director of the Hatnub Epigraphic Project which will form the basis of his presentation.

"Hatnub is the best known Ancient Egyptian quarry for the stone called Egyptian alabaster (a.k.a. calcite or travertine). Quarrying in Egypt, as with most other activities, was not a purely functional activity. The Egyptians felt the need to commemorate themselves here, as so often elsewhere, and there are many inscriptions which carry a sacral or ideological character. Inscriptions connected to quarrying are known from a number of sites in Egypt, and in my talk I will be contextualising those from Hatnub by comparison with material found elsewhere. This work arises from my ongoing Hatnub Epigraphic Expedition, which has found significant numbers of ‘new’ ancient texts at Hatnub."

More details about Dr Roland Enmarch may be found here:

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Please contact Michael Jackman,, if intending to attend as places may be limited.

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