Performing Tutankhamun: one hundred years of retellings'

Edgbastion Campus
Friday 1 July 2022 (10:00-16:00)

Organized by Leire Olabarria and Eleanor Dobson

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The year 2022 marks the centenary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, unearthed by a team of Egyptian excavators led by Howard Carter and financed by the fifth Earl of Carnarvon.

In the hundred years that followed, in what ways have media and performance contributed to the retelling and reshaping of this historic moment and the discovery’s cultural aftermath? Whose voices have been amplified, and whose marginalised? Where has historical accuracy given way to creative license? What audiences have been catered to, and what does this tell us about the ways in which Egyptology is ‘consumed’?

This event will showcase the work of researchers working on these issues in short papers, after which will follow a roundtable of invited speakers: Dr Elizabeth Frood, Dr Fatma Keshk, Dr Daniela Rosenow, and Prof. Richard Bruce Parkinson. The day will conclude with an original performance based on the tomb discovery informed by archival sources held at the Griffith Institute.