(Re)productive Traditions in Ancient Egypt

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The University of Liège hosted the conference (Re)productive Traditions in Ancient Egypt, attracting an array of international participants from all over Europe, the United States, Australia, and Russia.

The aim of the conference was to bring together Egyptologists working in fields from the Predynastic to the Late Period and even Hellenistic times, and specializing in archaeology, art history and philology, to talk about a concept central to the study of ancient Egypt: tradition. Such an open topic provoked many different responses and resulted in insights from many different points of view and dealing with largely disparate sets of data. An especially eclectic mix of material took us from the artists in the Theban foothills to potters in present-day India, and from changing ideas about literary texts to the place of cupreous statuary in Egyptian art. With themes of diachrony persisting at the centre, aspects of tradition were discussed as sets of conventions abstracted from continuity of artefactual forms; as processes of knowledge (and practice) acquisition and transmission; and as relevant to the individuals and groups involved in artefactual production. The viability of reproductivity and productivity was discussed as concepts for describing cultural change and the (dis)continuity of traditions.

The conference resulted in the publication of a thematic volume handling the concept of tradition in the study of Ancient Egypt, and is published in the series Aegyptiaca Leodiensia.

Title of the presented paper: Tradition and Transformation. Different Aspects of the same tradition: a diatopic reassessment on the production of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris
Period7 Feb 2013
Event typeConference
LocationLiège, Belgium
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Archaeology
  • Egyptology
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient history
  • Burial customs
  • Egypt