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’.

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Another position just opened up in the research project “Pyramids and Progress: Belgian expansionism and the making of Egyptology, 1830-1952”, this time at ULB (Brussels). We need a documentalist! The deadline for application is 31/07/2019 and all details can be found in the following link. Don't ...

27 Jun 2019
Last week, P&P-member Vincent Oeters presented his research at the Current Research in Egyptology 2019 conference at theUniversity of Alcalá with a lecture titled 'Networking at its best: Interpersonalrelationships between Jean Capartand his colleagues abroad'. Great to see our research reach an ...

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22 Jun 2019
Long before Belgian imperialism reached central Africa, the Belgian Royal Palace was already interested in the continent during the reign of Leopold I.

18 Jun 2019
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, dr. Jan Vandersmissen will represent Pyramids & Progress at "Le Canal de Suez vu de Trieste et de Bruxelles" (The Suez Canal seen from Triëste and Brussels). His lecture will be titled "Le prince Léopold de Belgique ...

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17 Jun 2019
Cairo. February 24, 1929. While local merchants of all kinds and trades were putting up their shops, Belgian Egyptologist Jean Capart entered one of Cairo’s many antiquity shops. In contrast to present-day tourists who usually head back home with sets of mass-produced mini Tutankhamun busts, Capart ...

13 May 2019
On 13 March P&P member prof. dr. Eugène Warmenbol of Université libre de Bruxelles kicked off the Verhaegen Chair Lecture Series with his inaugural lecture ‘Egypt and Freemasonry. Overlooked aspects of the Egyptian Campaign of Napoleon Bonaparte’ (original title: ' L'Égypte et la Franc-Maçonnerie ...

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13 Mar 2019
Pyramids & Progres is now online!

8 Mar 2019
On the first English-language symposium on the History of Mediterranean Archaeology in the Low Countries, to be held 8 March 2019 at the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (the Netherlands), our PhD-student Vincent Oeters will present a paper titled: "From insignificant to ‚the capital’ ...

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6 Mar 2019
New exhibition at the Villa Empain in Brussels! The Boghossian Foundation highlights Heliopolis, birthplace of a new city built entirely from scratch by the Belgian industrialist Edouard Empain at the dawn of the twentieth century. Now a part of the vast Egyptian capital, Heliopolis was born of a ...

21 Feb 2019
At the 46th annual Flemish-Dutch Egyptologists Day, on 27 October 2018, P&P-team members Athena Van der Perre and Marleen De Meyer presented "Pyramids and Progress" to a curious audience of Belgian and Dutch Egyptologists. Next to their presentation of the background and mission of the project, they ...

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9 Feb 2019
Usually, the annual Blue Monday is seen as the uttermost depressing day of the year. However, if you want to to brighten up this day, you can also look through the blue lenses of Bernhard Fiedler.

31 Jan 2019
During their visits of Egypt, Belgian tourists were not only amazed by the architectural grandness of the pyramids and temple complexes, exotic fauna and flora also grasped their attention. Despite being indigeneous to the Seychelles instead of Egypt, Dr. A. Quinet his orientalist and exoticist ...

31 Jan 2019
“Smaller Nations” – Lesser Nations? Belgian-German Relationships in Egyptology through the mid-20th century Aula Zeger van Hee College De Valk Tiensestraat 41, 3000 Leuven Abstract In the early modern history of Egyptology scholars might belong either to the “French” or to the “German” School ...

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24 Jan 2019