As part of our mission statement, the Toronto Chapter organizes three series of lectures each year to correspond with the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Most events are free and open to the public, and they represent Egyptological scholarship worldwide.

In order to keep all our members safe during these uncertain times, all Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 lectures will be hosted through the Zoom platform. A Zoom registration link will be provided under the appropriate lecture and once you register you will receive an email from the SSEA Toronto Chapter with the meeting link to join on the day of the lecture.

Please note our Annual Meeting of Ontario Members will be held on November 5, 2021 at 7 pm.

Fall 2021

Lecture – Taste the diversity: egypt (FINished)

  • Who? Chef Amr Elimam (Papyrus Restaurant, Toronto)
  • When? Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7 pm (EST)
  • Where? Zoom Lecture
  • Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/egyptian-cooking-with-amr-tickets-170158006177
  • Abstract: We invite you to watch “Taste the Diversity-Egypt” featuring Amr Elimam, cooking in his Egyptian restaurant, Papyrus. Afterwards, Amr will answer any questions you may have. Amr Elimam is the owner of Papyrus; an Egyptian restaurant located in Toronto. Amr started out with his Mechanical Engineering degree from the American University in Cairo. He has worked in Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing, Management Consulting and Banking. He opened the restaurant Papyrus as a “cultural project”.  Recently, ECG Productions collaborated with Amr producing and filming “Taste the Diversity-Egypt” featuring Amr’s cooking in the context of Egypt’s rich culinary history.  You can find more information on the ECG Productions website: https://ecgproductions.ca/.
Papyrus
337 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON
M4K 1N7
647 352 3878
https://papyrusfood.ca/

Lecture – A newly found tomb of Intef, Great General of the Army, at Lisht (part of the 50th anniversary lecture series) (finished)

  • Who? Dr. Greg Mumford
  • When? Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7 pm (EST)
  • Where? Zoom Lecture
  • Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ucu6spj4sHdQZxXJnYfnD-VpMX8SM5lqo
  • Abstract: The joint MoA and UAB/GlobalXplorer project at Lisht (co-directed by S. Parcak, M. Yousef, and A. Okasha) continued investigating the tomb of a Great Overseer of the Army, Intef in the 2016-17 seasons. This project explored the rock-cut main hall, entryway, eastern mudbrick causeway and an affiliated structure (monumental façade?) fronting the terraced, bedrock plateau edge; we also investigated part of the mudbrick entry complex for a tomb to the immediate south of Intef’s causeway. The debris layers and floor in Intef’s hall and entryway revealed several phases in ancient to modern disturbance and looting, at least two separate periods in cutting rock-cut shafts for burial chambers in the hall and entryway, and numerous architectural fragments, artifacts, and human remains from the tomb and later periods of activity. The poor quality bedrock had necessitated the addition of stone wall slabs with inscriptions and scenes to embellish Intef’s central offering chamber, a northern chamber (for a false door), and the bedrock face fronting these chambers, including an elaborate built-up entryway to the central chamber. The hall’s southwest side contained traces of a tall niche, while a small, rock-cut niche lay above the floor in the hall’s southeast corner. Some inset square pillar bases with incised guidelines indicated that the hall had originally held four pillars, while a rock-cut door pivot socket suggested a wooden door lay within a built-up stone door frame dividing the hall from the entryway. Part of the hall contained stone paving, while the entry had mudbrick paving.
  • About the Speaker: Although Greg was born in Canada (1965), he grew up in Nairobi, Kenya (1965-1976), Niagara Falls, Canada (1976-77), and Pretoria, South Africa (1977-1980), during which he accompanied his parents on frequent trips to archaeological sites, museums, and public lectures in these and other countries (e.g., Ethiopia; Tanzania; Uganda). Upon returning to Canada, he completed his schooling in Vancouver (1980-1983), and then went to the University of Toronto where he pursued a long-held childhood dream to become both an archaeologist and an Egyptologist. During his studies he expanded his interests to study both ancient Egypt and its neighbours (including Nubia, the Aegean, Anatolia, Syria-Palestine, and Mesopotamia) and began focusing upon international relations between these regions from Prehistory through the Pharaonic period (5,000-332 BCE). His other academic and related interests include architecture/drafting and the medieval period (particularly the Vikings), two career options that he considered seriously, but has maintained mainly as side interests (e.g., he incorporate them into some courses and archaeological projects). He has participated in a broad range of archaeological excavations and surveys from 1985 to the present, including in British Columbia (Canada), Newfoundland (Canada), Alabama (U.S.A.), and multiple sites and regions throughout Egypt: he directs projects at Tell Tebilla (NE Delta) and Markha Plain (SW Sinai) in Egypt; he has participated variously in prehistoric through Roman-Coptic period projects at East Karnak (Luxor), Tomb of Merenptah (Valley of the Kings), Amarna and its vicinity (Middle Egypt), Dakhleh Oasis (Western Desert), Mendes (NE Delta), Tell Kedwa/Qedwa (NW Sinai), and Tell Borg (NW Sinai). He has taught a number of courses at Wilfrid Laurier University (1995), UCLA (1999-2000), the University of Toronto (periodic teaching from 1999-2005), and the University of Wales Swansea (2005-2006), and he is now based –as an associate professor– at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2006/7-present). He also works frequently with his spouse, Dr. S. Parcak, on several joint projects, including co-directing a few archaeological projects (e.g., Point Rosee, NL), and assisting on others (e.g., el-Lisht, Egypt [i.e., as a co-director/field director with lead directors: S. Parcak and M. Youssef; A. Okasha]). 

lecture – The SSEA: Its Infant and Adolescent Years (part of the 50th anniversary lecture series)

  • Who? Dr. Terry Miosi
  • When? Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7 pm (EST)
  • Where? Zoom Lecture
  • Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUocuyhqTsuE9b8iUpv1N1f1UxSGFadHW-e
  • Abstract: Geoff Freemen, Ron Williams, Nick Millet, Winifred Needler, Faith Stanley, Peter Wysocki, Edward Habib, and many more – over the 50-plus years of the SSEA’s existence we have lost many of the people who were there at – or almost at – the beginning, with the most recent being Sally Katary.  We deeply miss them all. But there are a few of us around that are still sound enough of body and mind to remember a good deal of what, when and why things took place that started the SSEA and shaped where it is today. Terry Miosi, one of the triumvirate who crossed hands over a kitchen table one evening in agreement to start all of this, will give a highly informal discussion of what the SSEA’s first decade was like.  Since everyone attending will be a lover of things Egyptian, there ought to be no difficulty with realizing that Miosi’s version of some of the events – much like Ramses II’s version of the Battle of Kadesh – might be more accurately classified as myth or legend than historical fact. To help sort fact from fiction, his intention is to invite, cajole and even beg a few of the key people from those formative years into joining the discussion and adding their particular memories of some of the more special events that took place “back in the day”.
  • About the Speaker: Terry Miosi received his Ph.D. in Ancient Near Easter Studies from the University of Toronto specializing in Egyptian Language and Religion and Coptic Studies.  With Geoffrey Freeman and Professor Donald Redford, he was one of the founders of the SSEA, and served on its Board of Directors as Treasurer, Education programs chair, and Canadian Mediterranean Institute representative through much of the SSEA’s first twenty years. Upon receiving his Ph.D., he immediately moved into academic administration, serving, for example, as: Director of Liberal Studies programs at the UofT’s School of Continuing Studies; Deputy Superintendent of the Private Career Colleges division of Ontario’s Ministry of Education and Training; and Senior Policy Advisor and Acting Director of the Ontario’s Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board. Upon his retirement from government work, he served as Senior Consultant to the Qualifications Framework Project of the United Arab Emirates, and has consulted with numerous universities and colleges in Canada, the Middle East, and the U.S.A. on institutional accreditation and quality issues. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to higher education and training in Canada. He is the author of numerous articles and monographs on Ancient Egypt, early Christianity, and higher education, with his article on the Sokar Boat to appear in the forthcoming publication of the SSEA’s work at the Osiris Ruler of Eternity temple at Karnak.

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Spring 2022

Lecture – TBA

  • Who? Dr. Nathaniel Dominy (Dartmouth College, NH)
  • When? January 20, 2022 at 7 pm (EST)
  • Where? Zoom Lecture (this may be in person)
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  • Who? Prof. Ronald Leprohon (University of Toronto)
  • When? March 17, 2022 at 7 pm (EST)
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Lecture – TBA

  • Who? Dr. Jean Revez (Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • When? April 14, 2022 at 7 pm (EST)
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Summer 2022

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