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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News and activities

On Wednesday December 11, 2019, P&P-member dr. Marleen De Meyer will give a lecture (in Dutch) at KU Leuven. This event is organised by Ex Oriente Lux Leuven and Egyptologica Vlaanderen.


lecture | conference
3 Dec 2019

Location
KU Leuven, Mgr. Sencie-Instituut MSI 00.28, Erasmusplein 2, 3000 Leuven

Abstract


lecture | conference
14 Nov 2019

On Monday November 11, 2019, P&P organises the symposium "The History of Egyptology in the Low Countries" at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, Egypt.


lecture | conference
29 Oct 2019

On Sunday November 10, 2019, 18h, P&P-member dr. Harco Willems will give the annual Cleveringa lecture at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, Egypt.

29 Oct 2019

On Tuesday November 5, 2019, P&P-member Vincent Oeters MA will give a lecture at the Twelfth International Congress of Egyptologists - ICE XII which will be hosted in Cairo, Egypt from 3-8 November 2019.


lecture | conference
29 Oct 2019

On Monday November 4, 2019, P&P-member dr. Athena Van der Perre will give a lecture at the Twelfth International Congress of Egyptologists - ICE XII which will be hosted in Cairo, Egypt from 3-8 November 2019.


lecture | conference
29 Oct 2019

On Sunday November 3, 2019, P&P-member dr. Marleen De Meyer will give a lecture at the Twelfth International Congress of Egyptologists - ICE XII which will be hosted in Cairo, Egypt from 3-8 November 2019.


lecture | conference
29 Oct 2019

A glimpse behind the façade of the obscure belle époque Hasse-Gitten estate


blog
27 Oct 2019

"Pyramids and Progress" is looking for a full-time archivist. If this is a job for you, send in your application before 14 October via the link below. Applications both in French and in Dutch are accepted.


vacancy
25 Sep 2019

On Saturday September 21, 2019, P&P-member dr. Dorian Vanhulle will give a lecture at La Séance de Rentrée d'Egyptologica which will be hosted in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.


lecture | conference
25 Jul 2019

According to the weather forecasts, we will reach temperatures around 38°C this week. One can say it is almost starting to feel like you are in Egypt! While some of us have serious difficulties standing the heath, Leopold II seemed to have fewer problems with the sun.


blog
24 Jul 2019

On Friday September 13, 2019, P&P-member dr. Jan Vandersmissen will give a lecture at the 1st Conference of ​the International Academy of the History of Science: Science in different cultures and civilizations - Towards a transcultural history of knowledge which will


lecture | conference
1 Jul 2019

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!


vacancy
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'.


lecture | conference
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.


blog
18 Jun 2019