Current Research in Egyptology is organised in a democratic fashion. Any university wishing to host the conference can submit a proposal and a presentation during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in any particular year. At the end of the presentations, the vote of the assembly decides the winner. A committee representing the successful university arranges the following conference, while a permanent committee provides assistance and works on the long-term issues related to the conference. In order to allow a wider involvement of students in the CRE organisation, each member can remain in the permanent committee for a total of two years.
CRE Permanent Committee
Dr. Inês Torres, Centre for the Humanities, Nova University Lisbon, Portugal (CHAM/NOVA-FCSH) – Chair
Inês Torres is Chair of the Permanent Committee. Dr Torres is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the Humanities of Nova University Lisbon (CHAM/NOVA-FCSH) and Director of the Mastaba of Akhmerutnisut Documentation Project (MAD-P), Giza, Egypt. She has a Ph.D. in Egyptology (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) from Harvard University, an M.Phil. in Egyptology from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Lisbon. Her research focuses on the topic of memory and remembrance in ancient Egypt, emphasising the physical and visual aspects of the ancient Egyptian tomb as important mechanisms of persuasion in the production, construction, and negotiation of memory. In her postdoctoral research, she explores the role of the tomb as a social space, developing an interdisciplinary approach for understanding how individual and collective memories regarding deceased individuals were shaped by the physical space and decoration of their tombs. Dr Torres has published in English and in Portuguese (her first language), both for the general public and in academic publications. She has participated in several archaeological excavations, in Portugal and Egypt, and has extensive experience working for museums, such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, and the Harvard Art Museums. Dr Torres is also the founder and manager of the Instagram outreach project “Uma Egiptóloga Portuguesa” (“A Portuguese Egyptologist”), which aims to share educational content on Ancient Egypt and Egyptology in Portuguese. She is also co-founder and co-host of the first scientific dissemination podcast about ancient Egypt in Portuguese, Três Egiptólogues Entram Num Bar (“Three Egyptologists Walk into a Bar”).
Geirr Kristian Homme Lunden, University of Basel, Switzerland
Geirr Lunden is a doctoral student at the University of Basel in Switzerland, situated in both the Department of Ancient Civilizations and the graduate school eikones – Center for the theory and history of the image. He has previously attained his MA(Res) in Egyptology at Leiden University’s department of Classics and Ancient Civilizations in the Netherlands, and his BA in Egyptology at Swansea University in Wales. For his PhD research, Geirr focuses on the concept of artistic tradition in ancient Egyptian society, and how the modern idea of what a tradition should be like has affected the way in which we perceive meanings and practices that were part of ancient Egyptian lives. Materially, the focus is on images of the Nile marsh in ancient Egyptian tombs of the Old through the New Kingdom, and Egyptological art history of the 19th and 20th centuries. As such, his research interests are particularly embedded in the art history of ancient Egypt, and the scientific history of Egyptology. In both topics, he has a particular focus on the consideration of over- and underrepresented views. He was also the head of the organizing committee at the CRE 2023 in Basel.
Anna Charlotte Dietrich, Austrian Archaeological Institute
Having studied Egyptology and Communication and Media Studies at the Universities of Leipzig and Leiden (2013-2019), Charlotte Dietrich is currently a PhD-candidate at the University of Vienna, Austria. Her dissertation focuses on the Historical Chronology of the New Kingdom, a topic which she has also pursued as a praedoc in the ERC-project “Challenging Time(s)” at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2020-2023). Other research interests include cursive scripts (hieratic, abnormal hieratic, and demotic), digital epigraphy, and object itineraries. She has worked on several scientific projects, including the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae and the DFG-project „Vorarbeiten zu einer Grammatik der hieroglyphischen Urkunden der 18. Dynastie“ (both in Leipzig) and has published her research both in scientific formats as well as for a popular audience.
Guilherme Borges Pires, Centre for the Humanities, Nova University Lisbon, Portugal (CHAM/NOVA-FCSH) – Webmaster
Guilherme Borges Pires holds a BA in History (2013) and a MA in Egyptology (2015). Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Ancient History (Egyptology) at NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (Lisbon, Portugal). His research focuses on the concepts of Creator and Creation in the religious hymns of the New Kingdom (ca. 1539-1077 BCE), of which he is preparing a first translation into Portuguese. In 2017, he was awarded an FCT PhD Grant. From 2016 to 2017, he proceeded with his doctoral research and attended courses at École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris, France), and he volunteered at the Egypt Exploration Society (London, United Kingdom) between 2020 and 2023, working with both Egypt Travel Magazines and Amarna Object Cards. He is a Researcher at CHAM (NOVA FCSH-UAc) and a member of Res Antiquitatis – Journal of Ancient History’s Editorial Team. Since 2022, he has been a lecturer of the online Egyptological programs at the Universidad de Alcalá (Spain). Guilherme is also the co-host of a podcast about ancient Egypt in Portuguese, titled Três egiptólogues entram num bar (“Three Egyptologists walk into a bar”).
To contact the CRE Permanent Committee, please email the committee members at firstname.lastname@example.org.