During the past decades, the “imaginative” figure of the material producers in ancient Egypt has moved from “workers” to “artisans” and, most recently, to “artists”, in a search for a fuller understanding of the pragmatics of material production in past societies, not least to free research from modern preconceptions. Previous research had tended to start out unquestioningly from a terminology that effectively accepts and reproduces untested hypotheses: the existence of workshops; assumed division of labour; the equations centres/palace=places of production, and periphery/rural village=absence of production. In the absence of documented evidence, such terms and relations need to be rethought, to avoid perpetuating a distorted perception of historical realities. The main aim is to analyse the material production mechanisms during the middle Bronze Age in Egypt (2000-1550 BC), as well as the mode of transmission of skills and the circulation of knowledge.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), Auditorium (Paris, France)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Gianluca Miniaci, Juan Carlos Moreno García, Stephen Quirke, Andréas Stauder
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