Belgian expansionism and the making of Egyptology, 1830-1952

In Belgium, Egyptology emerged later than elsewhere in Europe, but once under steam, it went through a rapid growth in the course of the first half of the 20th century. In the 1930s Brussels was occasionally even referred to as ‘the capital of Egyptology’.

Heliopolis.  © Le Soir Illustré, 15 Mar 1930.
"Frans van Kuyck", Book of Gold City of Antwerp, Part 1 1866-1892, p. 191. © FelixArchief.
"Ferdinand de Lesseps", Book of Gold City of Antwerp, Part 1 1866-1892, p. 144. © FelixArchief.
The Albert Eid & Co. antiquities store in Cairo. © Nag Hammadi Archive, Claremont Graduate University. Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, School of Religion.
Jean Capart - Severin Fresque © KMKG - MRAH
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Our P&P colleagues Luc Delvaux and Wouter Claes have given a lecture together with SURA-researcher Aude Gräzer-Ohara on the mastaba of Neferirtenef during the international conference "Mariette, deux siècles après" at Boulogne-sur-Mer. More information: Colloque Mariette

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Our colleague Marie-Cécile Bruwier has given a lecture on the writings of Mariette in Belgium during the international conference "Mariette, deux siècles après" at Boulogne-sur-Mer. More information: Colloque Mariette

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Our colleague Dorian Vanhulle has given a lecture on the visit of Leopold II at the Serapeum during the international conference "Mariette, deux siècles après" at Boulogne-sur-Mer. More information: Colloque Mariette

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16 Sep 2021
The Archives & Musée de la Littérature asbl (AML), a documentation and research centre on the literary, theatrical and editorial heritage of French-speaking Belgium and the research project Pyramids & Progress: Belgian expansionism and the making of Egyptology, 1830-1952 have agreed to set up a ...

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Our colleagues at the University of Glasgow are offering a fully-funded PhD-position titled : "Imagining ancient Egypt in the age of empire: Identity and power in Scottish museum displays of Egyptian objects, 1860 to 1930." The deadline for applications is 5.00pm (GMT) on Monday 7 June 2021. More ...

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On Thursday May 13, 2021, P&P-member Vincent Oeters MA will give a lecture at the Current Research in Egyptology 2020/2021 Conference which will be hosted by the University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece from 9-16 May 2021. The title of his lecture will be “Not a curse “of” but rather “on” the mummy ...

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This week, the Louvre Museum has launched its new online database. To showcase its potential, I would like to tell you about the history of the Belgo-French collection of short-time Belgian diplomat (Aimé) Auguste Parent. A failed diplomatic career As a son of Basile Parent, Belgian revolutionary ...

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Team Pyramids & Progress proudly presents its symposium “Pyramids and Progress.” Perspectives on the Entanglement of Imperialisms and Early Egyptology (1800–1950), which will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 8-10 November 2021. We invite you to consider contributing to this symposium, and to ...

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In response to the Pyramids & Progress exposition “Made in Belgium. Industriels belges en Égypte (1830 - 1952)" by the Musée royal de Mariemont at the Bois-du-Luc site, a remarkable message has reached our team. Stéphan Coppée contacted us with some images featuring his grandfather Jean Joseph ...

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26 Nov 2020
SURA - Unlocking the Photographic Archives of the Pioneering Years of Egyptology at the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels SURA is a two-year joint project between the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH) in Brussels and the Department of Archaeology of KU Leuven. It aims to valorise a ...

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21 Nov 2020
It is with deep sadness that we learn of the untimely passing on 10 November of Egyptologist dr. Michèle Broze, a FNRS senior research associate at the Université libre de Bruxelles, where she taught Egyptian language and culture. A specialist in the history of religions and cultural interactions in ...
13 Nov 2020
"Pyramids and Progress" is looking for a full-time documentalist. The deadline for application is 25/10/2020. Further details can be found in the following link. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of an exciting research project! More information: https://efficy.ulb.ac.be/EFFICY.dll/guest?app ...

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28 Sep 2020
Antenne Centre Television came to have a look at our EXPO / Made in Belgium. Industriels belges en Égypte (1830-1952) which is opening today! https://www.antennecentre.tv/article/bois-du-luc-exposition-made-belgium

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