GOLDEN YEARS: An international symposium at UQAM commemorating the bicentenary of Egyptology

Montreal, June 6, 2022 –
Art History Professor Valérie Angenot, in collaboration with History Professor Jean Revez, and their research teams at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) are organizing the bicentennial celebrations of the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics by French researcher Jean-François Champollion in 1822. Exactly one century later, English archaeologist Howard Carter and his patron, Lord Carnarvon, discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb and its fabulous funerary treasure in 1922.

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To celebrate these historical landmarks, an international symposium will be held at UQAM on June 17, 18 and 19. The event will bring together the world’s leading Egyptologists, including archaeologist Alain Zivie, from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, Professor Elizabeth Frood from Oxford University, Professor Aidan Dodson from the University of Bristol, Professor Marc Gaboldefrom Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III, Christian Greco, Director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin and the curator Vanessa Desclaux at the Department of Manuscripts of the National Library of France, in charge of the Ancient Egypt collections.

GOLDEN YEARS (1822•1922•2022) Montreal celebrates 200 years of Egyptology

Dates: June 17,18 and 19, 2022
Place:  The Amphitheatre (SH-2800) of the UQAM Cœur des sciences, 200 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
In person or online via Zoom
Information and reservations 

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A lecture rehabilitating the Queen-Pharaoh Neferneferuaten

Most of the world-famous treasure of Tutankhamun had belonged to the young pharaoh’s elder sister or half-sister, Queen Neferneferuaten. Who today would believe that the best-known funerary mask in the world actually belonged not to the celebrated king but to a queen? Traces of her name can still be found engraved inside the mask. The lecture will rehabilitate this female pharaoh whom men and History have sought to erase from our collective memory. It will also be an opportunity to discover archives and unpublished research relating to the decipherment of hieroglyphs and the respective reigns of Neferneferuaten and Tutankhamun.

Egyptology Research in Quebec

The symposium will promote reflection on the past, present and future of Egyptology and its teaching in Quebec. Students from UQAM will address  new challenges facing the discipline this century, in respect to decolonization, gender studies and digital technologies. They will also highlight Egyptology’s scientific, cultural and social interest and the surprising impact that it still exerts, extending well beyond its niche.


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Workshops and events for young and old

Professionals from the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, in collaboration with the Association des études du Proche-Orient, will run entertaining and informative workshops for children, on hieroglyphics, tombs, mummification, and Egyptian myths and legends.

Several events will take place alongside the symposium: lectures, courses focused on Egyptology at UQAM, and a lecture-tour of the archives at Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec (BAnQ), which owns the 49 volumes of Bonaparte’s scientific expedition to Egypt.

Mémoire de papier serieslecture-tour at Bibliothèque nationale (site Rosemont) (BAnQ)

UQAM Art History professor Valérie Angenot and BAnQ Librarian Isabelle Robitaille on Egypt in the antique book collection: “Deux siècles d’égyptologie nous contemplent”.

Date: June 22, 2022
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BAnQ (Rosemont site), 2275 Holt Street, Montreal
Contact:, 514 873-1100

Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities Lectures

Marc Gabolde, research director of the Nilotic and Mediterranean Egypt team at Paul Valéry Montpellier III University, on recent Tutankhamun research: “Toutankhamon, quoi de neuf?”.
Date: June 16, 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: UQAM, Paul-Gérin-Lajoie Pavilion (N), Room N-M210, 1205 Saint-Denis Street, Metro Berri-UQAM

Aidan Dodson, Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archeology at the University of Bristol, “The Resurrection of the First Pharaohs”.

Date: June 16, 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: UQAM,Hubert-Aquin pavilion (A), Room A-1720, 400 Sainte-Catherine Street East, Metro Berri-UQAM


Association des études du Proche-Orient ancient lecture

Marc Gabolde, research director of the Nilotic and Mediterranean Egypt team at Paul Valéry Montpellier III University, “Affaires étranges, affaires
Date: June 20, 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Place : UQAM, pavillon J.-A. De Sève, Room DS-R525, 320, Sainte-Catherine East, Metro Berri-UQAM

UQAM Art History professor Valérie Angenot is available for interviews. Please contact the undersigned with any requests.


Julie Meunier
Communications Officer
Press Relations and Special Events Division, UQAM
Cell: 514 895-0134