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All Our Yesterdays: Disability in Ancient Egypt

May 6, 2023 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

Presented by: Dr. Alexandra F. Morris, Teaching Affiliate in Classics and Archaeology, University of Nottingham, and Access Guide, Diversity and Ability

The talk will provide an overview of disability and bodily difference in ancient Egypt from both pharaonic and Ptolemaic periods from a disabled Egyptologist’s perspective. Evidence examined will include art, texts, and skeletal remains. A further examination of these artefacts also helps illuminate the lives of disabled people from these time periods. Disability was incorporated into the religions of both the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and was seen as a part of everyday life. This is an aspect of the ancient world which has largely been ignored by modern day historians, despite the evidence being there, resulting in an entire minority group being erased from history. Disabled people deserve to be seen, to see themselves reflected in, and to learn about our own history, including our own ancient history. Finally, this talk will also start to examine the dangers of interpreting the past from a solely non-disabled perspective, and help elucidate these lost disability narratives.


May 6, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT
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