Christina Geisen

Position(s) held:

Departmental Lecturer in Egyptology

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (NELC), Yale University, USA (2015-2019)

Instructor, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (NMC), University of Toronto, Canada (2008 – 2014)

Lecturer, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada (2014)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow, based at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (NMC), University of Toronto, Canada (2012-2014)

Faculty Address:

Oriental Institute

Email:

christina.geisen@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:

My main research interest comprises Egyptian religion, and here specifically royal ancestor cults, ritual landscape and performance, and funerary and ritual texts. Additionally, I am interested in onomastics, the perception of geography and landscape, as well as the history of the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period. All of my research stresses the interplay of philology and material culture.

Current Projects:

Translations of the most prominent ritual texts (together with John C. Darnell; to be published in Writings from the Ancient World)

The geographical conceptualization of the ancient Egyptians from the Old Kingdom to the end of the New Kingdom. The work is a comprehensive diachronic study of textual and epigraphic attestations regarding the geographical space of ancient Egypt, with the aim to elaborate on the ancient Egyptians’ awareness and comprehension of the geography of their country, and on their exploitation of the natural landscape and its features. Main research areas comprise the analysis of gods who embody geographical features, the examination of descriptions of landscape, and the discussion of the underworld landscape and its specific features. The collection of geographical lemmata, whose classifiers will be analyzed using an approach of cognitive linguistics is part of the project.

Courses Taught:

I have taught language classes covering Old, Middle, and Late Egyptian as well as Hieratic, survey classes on the history and culture of ancient Egypt, as well as topic classes covering all aspects of the ancient Egyptian culture, namely religion, literature, society, daily life, history. Most of my topic classes focus on the interplay of text and material culture.

Recent publications:

Monograph

  • A commemoration ritual for Senwosret I – P. BM EA 10610.1-5/P. Ramesseum B (Ramesseum Dramatic Papyrus). Yale Egyptological Series 11. New Haven: Yale Egyptological Institute, 2018

Articles

  • “Expression of loyalty to the king – a socio-cultural analysis of basilophoric personal names dating to the Old and Middle Kingdoms. Proceedings of the XI International Congress of Egyptologists, Florence, Italy 23-30 August 2015: 222-226. Archaeopress Egyptology 19. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2017
  • “Two Ramesside Stelae with a pyramidial top.” In: Morenz, L. and El Hawary, A. (eds.), Weitergabe. Festschrift für Ursula Rößler-Köhler zum 65.Geburtstag: 189-195. Göttinger Orientforschungen, IV. Reihe:  Ägypten 53. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015

Full Publications:

Forthcoming

  • C. Geisen (ed.), Proceedings of the interdisciplinary conference on Ritual Landscape and Performance, Yale September 23-24, 2016. Yale Egyptological Series 13. New Haven: Yale Egyptological Institute (expected 2019)
  • “A glimpse into the life of a late Middle Kingdom business man: The occupation and possessions of Ramesseum Tomb No. 5’s owner.” (expected 2020)
  • “Karnak as the stage for a ritual in commemoration of Senwosret I.” In Geisen, C. (ed.). Proceedings of the interdisciplinary conference on Ritual Landscape and Performance, Yale September 23-24, 2016. Yale Egyptological Series 13. New Haven: Yale Egyptological Institute (expected 2019)
  • “Merenptah.” In Helmer, C. et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 18. Berlin: De Gruyter (expected 2019)

Monographs

  • Die Totentexte des verschollenen Sarges der Königin Mentuhotep aus der 13. Dynastie. Ein Textzeuge aus der Übergangszeit von den Sargtexten zum Totenbuch. Studien zum Altägyptischen Totenbuch 8. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2004

Articles

  • “Die Stele des Pa-wah.” In: Müller-Roth, M. und M. Höveler-Müller (eds.), Grenzen des Totenbuchs. Ägyptische Papyri zwischen Grab und Ritual: 125-6. Rahden in Westfalen: Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, 2012
  • Entry “Giza.” In: Bagnall, Roger S. et al. (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Vol. VI: 2919-2923. St. Albans: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2012
  • Entries “Djed-Pillar”, “Model Coffin”, “Shabti Box”, “Ptah-Sokar-Osiris Figure.” In: Fang, Lin Qui (ed.), Quest for Immortality: 180, 181, 194f., 203. Taipei: Ri Dong Art Publisher, 2011
  • “Wisdom Literature – Moral and ethical values of the ancient Egyptians.” The SSEA Newsletter, 2009-10 # 2/3 (2010), 15-16
  • “Hidden treasures in the storerooms of the ROM – Papyrus Toronto ROM 978x43.1.” The SSEA Newsletter, Summer 2006 (2006), 1-2
  • “Zur zeitlichen Einordnung des Königs Djehuti an das Ende der 13. Dynastie.” Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 32 (2004), 149-157

Reviews

  • Review of Grajetzki, W. Tomb Treasures of the Late Middle Kingdom: The Archaeology of Female Burials. University of Pennsylvania Press. Philadelphia, 2014. Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 42 (2015/16), 137-140
  • Review of Grajetzki, W. The coffin of Zemathor and other rectangular coffins of the late Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period. GHP Egyptology 15. London, 2010, Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 38 (2011/12), 218-221

In preparation

Monograph

  • C. Geisen, J.C. Darnell, Ancient Egyptian Rituals. Writings from the Ancient World

Articles

  • “Names, Naming (People).” In Helmer, C. et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 19. Berlin: De Gruyter
  • “The dead king as protector for the living: The names of Old Kingdom rulers in Middle Kingdom theophoric names.”
  • “The geographical lemma b#x.w (
    Egyptian

    ) revisited.”

Any other information (e.g. consultancy, public engagements, positions):

Co-editor (with Joshua Roberson), Material & Visual Culture of Ancient Egypt (MVCAE), Lockwood Press

Christina Geisen