ISNS: New website

Dear ISNS Members and Friends,

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new ISNS website

This website ( will still be available, but the news will not be published here.


Maciej Wyżgoł

Call for papers: Teaching Ancient Egypt in Museums: Pedagogies in Practice

Dear Colleagues,

The following Call for Papers may be of interest to you. Please respond directly to the organisers and through the linked Google form, if you are interested. 



Call for Papers – Edited Volume 
Teaching Ancient Egypt in Museums: Pedagogies in Practice 

Egyptian artifacts are central to the learning experiences of schoolchildren, college students, and members of the public in museums across the world, yet there is no volume on best practices for ethical and equitable teaching with Nile Valley material culture. The editors of this volume feel strongly that the time is right to create one—not only because it will serve the many museum educators, teachers, curators, and other professionals who teach regularly with such material in museums, but also because the field of Egyptology is experiencing a period of heightened self-critique. Our colleagues have begun to productively interrogate the colonial, orientalist, and archaeologically questionable underpinnings of the discipline. The methods we use to teach from artifacts and human remains, and the ancient and modern social contexts we ground them in, must support the field’s changing vision of itself. In turn, ethical museum pedagogies and equitable learning experiences will shape more critical views of both ancient and modern Egypt among museum visitors in the future. 

Teaching Ancient Egypt in Museums: Pedagogies in Practice is intended to be a resource for developing best practices for teaching and learning in museums. Rooted in current social justice and decolonization approaches, it centers on the question, what do ethical museum pedagogies look like for Egyptian material culture? Such pedagogies may take different forms for contributors, from creating collaborative teaching materials to engaging with local communities; from rethinking accessibility to decolonizing exhibition content; and from humanizing ancient people to better representing the voices and scholarship of those who live in modern Egypt and Sudan today. The collection of essays in this volume will present case studies that foreground contributors’ first-hand experiences, methodologies, and reflective teaching practices. 

Proposed essays should center on object-based, practice-oriented learning experiences with clear goals. These learning experiences may include public programs, group visits, self-guiding materials, curatorial/exhibition materials, and virtual experiences, among others. Prospective authors will be asked to write critically and reflectively about the successes and challenges of their case studies. 

The editors strongly encourage submissions that are collaborative and co- or multi-authored, including those written in partnership between Egyptologists, teachers, curators, docents, museum educators, community workers, artists, and others. Our goal for the volume is to represent the voices and experiences of a broad spectrum of colleagues and learners. We especially welcome submissions from Egyptian and Sudanese colleagues, and from those working with museums in Egypt and Sudan. 

We are seeking contributions on the following topics, but also encourage submissions covering other areas related to teaching with Egyptian material in museums: 

  • Decolonizing museum-based teaching and learning 
  • Teaching in museums in Egypt and Sudan 
  • Centering community voices in museums 
  • Object-based teaching on topics such as colonialism, provenance, collecting practices, and forgeries/replicas 
  • Teaching with digital resources/technologies 
  • Interdisciplinary teaching with Egyptian artifacts 
  • Teaching through conservation and conservation science  
  • Teaching K-12 learners and/or K-12 teacher training in museum pedagogy
  • Teaching university students
  • Teaching adult lay learners/continuing education students 
  • Teaching by artists/for art students 
  • Teaching for informal online audiences (e.g. via social media) 
  • Teaching for learners who require special accommodations 

    If you have an idea for an essay topic that is not represented above, or if you are interested in finding a co-author, please reach out to the editors with a short project summary, and we will be happy to discuss. 

    Prospective authors are invited to submit a title and abstract (200-300 words) in English that details their proposed essay topic and pedagogical methods by September 1st 2021 using this Google Form

    Please send any questions to the editors: Jen Thum (she/her,, Carl Walsh (he/him,, Lissette Jiménez (she/her,, and Lisa Saladino Haney (she/her, 

Narrating Nubia: a new project

Dear Colleagues, 

A new collaborative project has been initiated at the University of Michigan which may be of interest to you. It is called ‘Narrating Nubia’.  The website may be found here:

Please direct any enquiries to the project through the link found on their website.



Acta Nubica

Dear Colleagues,

Professor Roccati has indicated that there are volumes of “Acta Nubica” (Proceedings of the ISNS Rome conference 2002) available. He has kindly offered provide one to those interested in return for packing and mailing costs (see below). If you are interested, please contact him directly at: sheshonk1941 @



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I inform you that the delivery costs of the requested volume (weighing about 2 Kg) are € 15 for all Europe, € 25 for the States (USA) and € 30 for New Zealand, payable (please in advance) to the Bank Account indicated below:

IBAN: IT57R0306901033100000072035 (Banca Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. Torino).

Please tell me when you get the volume (within few weeks).

Sincerely yours

Alessandro Roccati

Archéologie du Nil Moyen

Dear Colleagues,

The following information may be of interest to you. Volumes of Archéologie du Nil Moyen are now being offered to interested parties, in return for a contribution to postage and packing costs. It is also possible to pick up your order free of charge at the association’s home in Lille. Please see for further information and please contact them directly.


Dotawo 7 is now available

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Dotawo 7 is now available open access online and may be of interest to you. The information and the web-links follow below. Please contact the publishers directly with any questions.

Claude Rilly – Personal Markers and Verbal Number in Meroitic
Russell Norton – Ama Verbs in Comparative Perspective
Angelika Jakobi – Nubian Verb Extensions and Some Nyima Correspondences
George Starostin – Restoring “Nile Nubian”: How to Balance Lexicostatistics and Etymology in Historical Research on Nubian Languages
Roger Blench – Morphological Evidence for the Coherence of East Sudanic

Full-text web version:
Article PDFs:
Printed version:

Best wishes



Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies offers a platform in which the old meets the new, in which archaeological, papyrological, and philological research into Meroitic, Old Nubian, Coptic, Greek, and Arabic sources confront current investigations in modern anthropology and ethnography, Nilo-Saharan linguistics, and the critical and theoretical approaches of postcolonial and African studies. Dotawo gives a common home to the past, present, and future of one of the richest areas of research in African studies. It offers a crossroads where papyrus can meet the internet, scribes meet critical thinkers, and the promises of growing nations meet the accomplishments of older kingdoms.

DiverseNile seminar series 2021

Dear ISNS Members and Friends, 

The DiverseNile seminar series continues on Zoom, once a month through October. Further information may be found at: Please contact the organisers directly for further information and for the link to the seminars.

Best wishes

15th International Conference for Nubian Studies

Dear Colleagues,

we have the pleasure of inviting you to take part in the 15th International Conference for Nubian Studies. We plan to hold the event in Warsaw from August 29 to September 4, 2022 and hope to meet there with all the colleagues working on archaeology, epigraphy, history, and other disciplines related to research on ancient and modern history of Sudan and Nubia.

For more information, see the First Circular (PDF) and check the conference webpage for updates. Please, circulate this information among your fellow scholars in Nubian studies.

We look forward to seeing you in Warsaw.
Organizing Committee

Historical Dictionary of Sudan

Dear Colleagues,

Richard Lobban is pleased to inform you that the following three-volume Historical Dictionary of Sudan has just been completed with the final volume Historical Dictionary of Medieval Christian Nubia appearing and now available from a variety of web sources.

Cover of Historical Dictionary of Ancient Nubia Cover of Historical Dictionary of Medieval Christian Nubia Cover of Historical Dictionary of the Sudan

Please contact the author directly with any queries.