Call for Special Issue Submissions

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Call for Special Issue Submissions

THE RECEPTION OF ANCIENT EGYPT:

INTERDISCIPLINARY READINGS OF EGYPT’S MYTH AND MAGIC

The West’s perception of ancient Egypt’s history has been formed and shaped throughout the ages, resulting in a body of knowledge which blends historical ‘fact’ with fiction and mysticism. How different disciplines have engaged with and represented ancient Egypt has produced a plethora of methodological approaches and a vibrant, varied research environment. Placing these perspectives of history in dialogue reveals much about attitudes to colonialism, race, gender, class, and indeed history itself. The intersection between disciplines such as Egyptology, literature, history, and theology has constructed an image of ancient Egypt which is ever-changing and ever-expanding.

The editors of this special issue are keen that all disciplines should find a forum for conversation in the emerging field of reception studies. Therefore, scholars are invited to submit articles that seek to understand or explore the impact of ancient Egypt throughout the centuries. The temporal, and geographical, boundaries of this special issue are broad in order to display the breadth and depth of fascinations with ancient Egypt by both scholars and the peoples they study.

The editors of this special issue invite articles which engage with one or more of the following themes:

  • Myths, curses, and legends
  • Magic and ritual
  • Mysticism, occultism, and spiritualism
  • Re-incarnation and transcendental experiences
  • Orientalism and imperialism
  • Mummymania
  • Literature and fiction
  • Newspapers and the media
  • Visual representations and the arts
  • Replicas, souvenirs, and Egyptomania’s paraphernalia
  • Museums and display
  • Talismans and amulets
  • Science and ‘rational truth’ vs superstition
  • The ‘celebrity’ of Egyptology and Egyptologists
  • Historical ‘fact’ and evolving knowledge of ancient Egypt

Completed articles between 6,000-8,000 words along with a short biographical note and five keywords (in the same Microsoft Word document) should be sent to teawiththesphinx@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2019.

All submissions must adhere to JHAC’s style guide, which is available here

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