Seminar für Ägyptologie und Koptologie

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Camilla Di Biase-Dyson

Junior Professor for Egyptology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Research Interests:
Ancient Egyptian literature, script and language, metaphor research linguistics (discourse analysis, semantics, pragmatics, typology of language, cognitive linguistics, theory of translation), medicine, cultural studies and anthropology



Résumé


  • 2012 to present
    Junior Professor for Egyptology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Winter Term 2018/19
    Senior Research Fellow of the Excellence Cluster TOPOI. Project: The Stability of Healing Processes in Egyptian Medical Texts: From formulae to medical reality.
  • Summer Term 2016
    Senior Research Fellow of the Excellence Cluster TOPOI. Project: "The sickness within. Spatial metaphors in Ancient Egyptian medical texts"
  • 2012–2017
    Associate Fellow, Excellence Cluster 264: TOPOI. Project (together with Frank Kammerzell): Grounded in space? Diachronic and cognitive approaches to spatial metaphors in written Egyptian.
  • 2010-2012
    Postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Project: The space of time in Ancient Egyptian language. Functional, diachronic, typological and cognitive perspectives.
  • 2009-2010
    Junior Research Fellow of the Excellence Cluster 264: TOPOI, Project: Back(wards) to the Future. The orientation and metaphorical significance of the Egyptian prepositions r-HA.t 'in front/before' and m-xt 'behind/after'.
  • 2004-2008
    Dissertation at Macquarie University, Sydney supervised by Associate Professor Boyo Ockinga. Dissertation: Characterisation across Frontiers: Foreigners and Egyptians in the "Late Egyptian Stories" from linguistic and literary perspectives.
  • 2000-2003
    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney. Honours Thesis: Reinterpreting Amenemheb's Travels in Syria. Linguistic and Toponymic Analyses of his Autobiography.



Research Projects

Current



Publications

Books


  • 2013
    Foreigners and Egyptians in the Late Egyptian Stories. Linguistic, literary and historical perspectives. [Probleme der Ägyptologie 32]. Leiden. Brill.

  • Edited Books


    • 2017
      With L. Donovan et al., The Cultural Manifestations of Religious Experience. Studies in Honour of Boyo G. Ockinga [Ägypten und Altes Testament 85]. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.



    Online Publications



    Journal Articles and Encyclopedia Entries



    Contributions in Collected Volumes


    • Submitted. (with B. Großkopf) Mummies in teaching and research. Case studies from an interdisciplinary teaching project at the University of Göttingen, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Comparative Mummy Studies, Hildesheim, April 2016, 8 pages.
    • Submitted. Typological approaches to attention-drawing strategies in Ancient Egyptian metaphorical language. In C. Di Biase-Dyson and M. Egg (Eds.), Drawing attention to metaphor. Case studies across time periods, cultures and modalities [Figurative Thought and Language]. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishers.
    • Submitted. (with B. Großkopf) Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1742–1850). Mumienforscher in Vor-ägyptologischer Zeit. In J. Arp-Neumann and T. L. Gertzen (Eds.), "Steininschrift und Bibelwort". Ägyptologen und Koptologen in Niedersachsen [Ta-Mehu. Ägyptologie in Norddeutschland 2]. Rahden/Westf.: Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, 5 pages.
    • 2018. (with G. Chantrain) Making a case for multidimensionality in Ramesside figurative language. In D. A. Werning (Ed.), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Egyptian-Coptic Linguistics (Crossroads V) Berlin, February 17–20, 2016 [Lingua Aegyptia 25]. Hamburg: Widmaier, 41–66.
    • 2018. The figurative network. Tracking the use of metaphorical language in Ramesside literary texts. In S. Kubisch and U. Rummel (Eds.), The Ramesside Period in Egypt: Studies into Cultural and Historical Processes of the 19th and 20th Dynasties, Proceedings of the International Symposium held at Heidelberg, 5th to 7th June, 2015 [Sonderschriften des Deutschen Archäologischen Insituts, Abteilung Kairo 41]. Berlin: De Gruyter, 33–44.
    • 2017. A nautical metaphor for obedience and a likely case of negated disjunction in Egyptian. In C. Di Biase-Dyson, L. Donovan et al. (Eds), The Cultural Manifestations of Religious Experience. Studies in Honour of Boyo G. Ockinga [Ägypten und Altes Testament 85]. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, 355–362.
    • 2017. Introduction. In C. Di Biase-Dyson, L. Donovan et al. (Eds), The Cultural Manifestations of Religious Experience. Studies in Honour of Boyo G. Ockinga [Ägypten und Altes Testament 85]. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, xxxv–xli.
    • 2017. Metaphor in The Teaching of Menena. Between Rhetorical Innovation and Tradition. In T. Gillen (Ed.), (Re)productive Traditions in Ancient Egypt. Proceedings of the conference held at the University of Liège, 6th-8th February 2013 [Aegyptiaca Leodiensia 10]. Liège: Presses universitaires de Liège, 163–179.
    • 2016. Spatial metaphors as rhetorical figures. Case studies from wisdom texts of the Egyptian New Kingdom. In F. Horn and C. Breytenbach (Eds) Spatial Metaphors. Texts and Transformations. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World 39. Berlin: Edition Topoi, 43-65.
    • 2016. (with S. Beyer and N. Wagenknecht) Annotating figurative language: Another perspective for digital Altertumswissenschaften. Online proceedings of DHEgypt2015: Altertumswissenschaften in a Digital Age: Egytplogy, Papyrology, and Beyond, Leipzig, November 2015.
    • 2015. Two Characters in Search of an Ending: The Case of Apophis and Seqenenre. In P. Kousoulis (Ed), Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Egyptologists, Rhodes, May 2008 [Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 241]. Leuven: Peeters, 1323-1332.
    • 2015. Amenemheb's Excellent Adventure in Syria. New Insights from Discourse Analysis and Toponymics. In G. Neunert, A. Verbovsek, K. Gabler and C. Jones, (Eds), Text: Wissen - Wirkung - Wahrnehmung. Beiträge des vierten Münchner Arbeitskreises Junge Aegyptologie (MAJA 4) [Göttinger Orientforschungen IV/59]. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 121-150.
    • 2014. At the Boundaries of Reality? Translating spatiality in Ancient Egyptian religious texts. In K. Rezania (Ed.), Raumkonzeptionen in antiken Religionen. Beiträge des internationalen Symposiums in Göttingen, 28. und 29. Juni 2012 [Philippika 69]. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 99-113.
    • 2012. A diachronic approach to the syntax and semantics of Egyptian spatio-temporal expressions with HA-t 'front'. Implications for cognition and metaphor. In E. Grossman, St. Polis and J. Winand (Eds), Topics in Ancient Egyptian lexical Semantics, Proceedings of the Lexical Semantics Workshop, Université de Liège, Dezember 2009 [Lingua Aegyptia Studia Monographica 9]. Hamburg: Widmaier, 247-292.
    • 2009. Linguistic Insights into Characterisation. The Case Study of Wenamun. In M. Müller and S. Uljas (Eds), Proceedings of Crossroads IV, Conference of Egyptian Language Studies, Basel, March 2009 [Lingua Aegyptia 17] Göttingen, 51-64.
    • 2008. Two Characters in Search of an Ending: A Linguistic Approach to an Ancient Egyptian Story. In C. Wu, C.M.I.M. Matthiessen and M. Herke (Eds), Voices Around the World: Proceedings of the 35th International Systemic Functional Congress, Sydney, July 2008, 328-333.



    Reviews


    • 2013. Richard B. Parkinson and Lisa Baylis, Four 12th Dynasty Literary Papyri (Pap. Berlin P. 3022-5): A Photographic Record, Lingua Aegyptia 21, 289-292.
    • 2013. Roland Enmarch and Verena M. Lepper (Eds), Ancient Egyptian Literature. Theory and Practice, Lingua Aegyptia 21, 277-288.



    Articles in Preparation


    • Introduction to the debate. In C. Di Biase-Dyson and M. Egg (Eds), Drawing attention to metaphor. Case studies across time periods, cultures and modalities [Figurative Thought and Language]. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishers.
    • Using MIPVU for Ancient Egyptian. In L. Dorst, T. Krennmayr, S. Nacey und G. Reijnierse (Eds), MIPVU in multiple languages [Converging Evidence in Language in Communication Research] Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishers.
    • Die kulturelle und epistemologische Rolle der Narrative, In Verbovsek, A. et al., BAJA 8. Narrative: Geschichte –Mythos – Repräsentation.



    Conference Presentations


    • 01.–02.06.2018
      Metaphor identification procedures and texts from the ancient world. Arguments for and against, Figuration as a Line of Argument, Theologische Fakultät, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
    • 01.–03.12.2017
      Die kulturelle und epistemologische Rolle der Narrative, BAJA 8. Narrative: Geschichte –Mythos – Repräsentation, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
    • 06.–07.07.2017
      Stand-off Annotation to Ancient Egyptian text corpora based on BTS, Linguistic Annotation and Philology Workshop, Leipzig Universität (with Simon Schweitzer).
    • 01.–02.12.2016
      Closing remarks, Paths of Knowledge in Antiquity, TOPOI-Haus Mitte, Berlin.
    • 07.–08.07.2016
      A typological framework of deliberateness for Ancient Egyptian metaphorical language, The premeditated path – Deliberate metaphor in ancient and modern texts, TOPOI-Haus Mitte, Berlin.
    • 07.–08.07.2016
      The premeditated path: An introduction to the debate, The premeditated path? Deliberate metaphor in ancient and modern texts, TOPOI-Haus Mitte, Berlin.
    • 01.–04.07.2016
      Multidimensional metaphors in Ancient Egyptian?, 11th Conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor, Freie Universität Berlin (with Gaelle Chantrain).
    • 09.–11.06.2016
      Spatial metaphor in Ancient Egyptian medical texts: Some case studies (aka. The boundaries of metaphor), Time and Space in Ancient Egypt, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve.
    • 07.–09.04.2016
      Mummies in the classroom. Case studies from an interdisciplinary teaching project at the University of Göttingen, International Conference on Comparative Mummy Studies, Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum, Hildesheim (with Birgit Großkopf).
    • 18.–20.02.2016
      Making a case for multdimensionality in Ramesside figurative language, "Crossroads: Whence and whither?", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (with Gaelle Chantrain).
    • 22.01.2016
      "Ich bin für Dich wie ein Esel...". Wie funktionieren Vergleiche in der Sprache der Ramessidenzeit?, Ägyptologische Forschung in Göttingen: Geschichte – Sprache – Religion, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 03.–04.12.2015
      Kings like bulls and men like donkeys. Metaphorical language in ancient Egyptian texts, IV Conference on Metaphor and Discourse. New Cognitive Domains in the 21st Century, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón de la Plana, Spain.
    • 04.–06.11.2015
      Annotating figurative language: Another perspective for digital Altertumswissenschaften, Altertumswissenschaften in a Digital Age: Egyptology, Papyrology and Beyond Conference and Workshop, Universität Leipzig (with Stefan Beyer & Nina Wagenknecht).
    • 23.–30.08.2015
      Similes are like Metaphors. On the use of mj 'like' in ancient Egyptian metaphorical language, International Congress of Egyptologists, Florence.
    • 11.07.2015
      Figurative Sprache in 'Amenemope' und ihre konzeptuellen Quellen, Ständige Ägyptologenkonferenz, Trier.
    • 05.–07.06.2015
      The figurative network. Tracking the use of metaphorical language in Ramesside literary texts, Symposium on the Ramesside Period, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.
    • 28.–29.05.2015
      The Role of Metaphor in Ramesside Poetic Language. Some Case Studies', Workshop on Ramesside Texts, Charles University Prague.
    • 23.04.2015
      Die Annotation von Metaphern der Antike - Wo Ägyptologie die Digital Humanities trifft, Digitale Literaturwissenschaft Göttingen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 03.–5.09.2014
      Narrative Motivierung in den Erzählungen Altägyptens. Woraus entsteht eine nachvollziehbare Handlung?, Die biologisch-kognitiven Grundlagen narrativer Motivierung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 06.–07.06. 2014
      Räumliche Metaphern als rhetorische Stilmittel. Fallstudien aus den Weisheitstexten des ägyptischen Neuen Reiches, Raum-Metaphern in antiken Texten und deren Rezeption, Excellence Cluster 264 TOPOI Berlin.
    • 08.04.2014
      Digitale Datenuntersuchung, Workshop, TOPOI Working Group C.
    • 29.11–01.12.2013
      Amenemhebs verrückte Reise in Syrien. Neue Blickwinkel aus Sicht der Diskurslinguistik und Toponymie. 4. Münchener Arbeitskreis Junge Aegyptologie (MAJA IV): Text: Wissen – Wirkung – Wahrnehmung, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
    • 08.–09.11.2013
      Wegmetaphern in den Weisheitstexten Altägyptens. Auf dem richtigen Weg? Workshop der Gruppe TOPOI C2 "Space and Metaphor in Cognition, Language and Texts", TOPOI-Haus, Berlin-Mitte.
    • 28.–30.08.2013
      Designing a Metaphor Annotation Layer in the Liège Ramsès Database, Ancient Egyptian: The Future of Annotated Corpora, Université de Liège.
    • 06.–08.02.2013
      Metaphor in ‘The Teaching of Menena’: between rhetorical innovation and tradition? (Re)productive Traditions in Ancient Egypt, Université de Liège.
    • 20.–25.01.2013
      Metaphor across History and Culture (in cooperation with Su’ad Binti Awab, Barbara Muller und Michael Sinding), Metaphor Lab Winter School – The Next Level, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
    • 11.–12.07.2012
      Die Übersetzung ägyptischer Texte. Theorie und Praxis, Wege zum Ägyptischen. Textaufbereitung und Übersetzung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
    • 28.–29.06.2012
      At the boundaries of reality? Translating spatiality in ancient Egyptian religious texts. Conceptions of Space in Ancient Religions, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 13.–15-04.2012
      A linguistic and historicist approach to Egyptian inscribed objects: Methods of translation and interpretation in the museum context. Double stories – Double lives. Reflecting on Textual Objects in the Pre-Print World, Yale University.
    • 02.–04.02.2011
      The space of time in Ancient Egyptian language. Netzwerktagung der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen.
    • 11.03.2010
      Back(wards) to the Future. Spaces in places, bodies and minds. A year in Review by the TOPOI Junior Research Fellows 2009-2010, Freie Universität Berlin.
    • 24.–26.02.2010
      Ancient Egyptian Spatial Prepositions. Tracking the interaction of diachrony and register, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
    • 10.–12.12.2009
      When is before? The role of syntax and cognitive frameworks in the semantics of Egyptian spatio-temporal prepositions, Workshop on Lexical Semantics in Ancient Egyptian, Université de Liège.
    • 19.–22.03.2009
      Linguistic Insights into Characterisation. The Case Study of Wenamun, Crossroads IV, Conference of Egyptian Language Studies, Universität Basel.
    • 21.–25.07.2008
      Two Characters in Search of an Ending: A Linguistic Approach to an Ancient Egyptian Story, 35th International Systemic Functional Congress, Sydney.
    • 22.–29.05.2008
      Two Characters in Search of an Ending: The Case of Apophis and Seqenenre, 10. Internationaler Ägyptologenkongress, Rhodes.
    • 09.2007
      'He Said, She Said’. A Reconsideration of Indirect Speech in Late Egyptian, Macquarie University Language Colloquium, Sydney.
    • 20.–22.04.2007
      The 'Doomed Prince' Meets his 'Other’. Foreigners in Ramesside Narrative from Literary and Linguistic Perspectives, American Research Center in Egypt Annual Meeting, Toledo, USA.



    Guest Lectures


    • 26.03.2018
      Die Analyse von Metaphern in religiösen und profanen Texten: Theorie und Praxis. CERES, Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
    • 05.12.2016
      The Empirical Study of Ancient Egyptian Metaphor, Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 17.03.2016
      If a man is hot, can he also be cold? Metaphors of temperament in Egyptian texts, Macquarie University, Sydney.
    • 11.06.2015
      Die Hitze, die Stille, die Bäume und die Krokodile. Die Metapherwelt des Amenemope, Plenary at the conference "Neue Forschungen der Ägyptologie in NRW", Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster.
    • 26.11.2014
      Metaphern und Textstruktur in Weisheitstexten des ägyptischen Neuen Reiches, CRC-Kolloquium, Courant Forschungszentrum "Textstrukturen", Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 02.07.2014
      Systemic Functional Linguistics – Ein Überblick anhand von altägyptischen Daten, Seminar für Altorientalistik, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 19.06.2014
      Response, Kianoosh Rezania, Die altiranischen Raumkoordinationssysteme nach den avestischen und altpersischen Zeugnissen, Göttinger philologisches Forum, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 05.06.2014
      Die Wege der Weisen. Metapher in den Weisheitstexten des Neuen Reiches, Universität zu Köln.
    • 23.01.2014
      Wege und Abwege. Zu den Metaphern der ramessidischen Weisheitsliteratur, Vortragsreihe: Altägypten zwischen Völkerschlacht und Science (Fiction), Universität Leipzig.
    • 23.05.2013
      Auf der Suche nach Metaphern in altägyptischen literarischen Texten: Überlegungen zur Anwendung aktueller Metaphernanalyse, Göttinger philologisches Forum, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 20.06.2012
      Eine Analyse in drei Dimensionen. Methoden zur Übersetzung und Interpretation beschrifteter Objekte. Berufungsverfahren, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen.
    • 09.06.2012
      Ramessidische Literatur aus linguistischer Perspektive. Wissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf pharaonisch-ägyptische Weisheitsliteratur, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen.
    • 23.02.2012
      Why I love Ancient Egyptian. ‘Why I love’ Lunchtime Lecture Series, Bristol University.
    • 27.06.2011
      Die Verortung der Zeit im Altägyptischen. Beiträge einer toten Sprache zur Kognitionsforschung. Jahrestagung der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Berlin.
    • 26.01.2011
      Ausländer aus der Sichtweise ägyptischer Autoren. Literarische Fallstudien vom Ende des Neuen Reiches. Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.
    • 07.12.2010
      Der Orient als Vorstellung Altägyptens. Literarische Fallstudien aus dem Neuen Reich. TOPOI CSG V Lesezirkel, Free University Berlin.
    • 03.06.2010
      Word Maps, Mind Maps and World Maps. The Diagrammatics of Lexical Semantics. TOPOI Diagrammatik AG, Freie Universität Berlin.
    • 20.01.2010
      Is Linguistics useful for Egyptology? Paderborn Universität.



    Public Lectures


    • 13.06.2018
      Die 'ägyptische Sprache' im Sci-Fi Film Stargate, Fachschaft Archäologie film screening.
    • 21.01.2017
      3. Göttinger Nacht des Wissens
      Kranksein im alten Ägypten: Vom Symptom zur Arznei.
    • 10.01.2017
      Expert floor talk, Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, MAAS Museum, Sydney
      Magic, medicine and other 'insurance policies' in Ancient Egypt
    • 17.01.2015
      2. Göttinger Nacht des Wissens
      Lesen Sie Ägyptisch mit mir (in 20 Minuten)!
      Sprechen Sie Abydonisch? (Pseudo-)Ägyptisch im Sci-Fi Film Stargate (1994)
    • 19.10.2014
      10. Göttinger Science Slam
    • 24.11.2012
      1. Göttinger Nacht des Wissens, (with Janne Arp-Neumann)
      Ägypten im Film



    Posters


    • 31.05.2016
      How long will it take to heal? Time and medical practice in ancient Egypt, Evaluation of the Einstein Center Chronoi, Berliner Antike Kolleg.
    • 15.02.2010
      The Space of Place and Time in Monuments and Texts of the Ancient Near East (with Maria Elena Balza and Vincent Razanajao), TOPOI Project Evaluation.



    Work as Editor


    • Since 2015
      Co-Editor of the series Göttinger Orientforschungen IV. Reihe: Ägypten
    • Peer Reviewer for Lingua Aegyptia, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Journal of Egyptian History, Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, Digital Humanities Quarterly and Cogent Arts and Sciences.



    Conference Organisation


    • 01.–02.06.2018
      (in cooperation with Cilliers Breytenbach und Geeske Brinkmann) Figuration as a Line of Argument, Theologische Fakultät, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
    • 14.–16.07.2017
      Co-organisation of the Ständige Ägyptologenkonferenz, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 18.11.2016
      (in cooperation with So Miyagawa) Egyptology meets IT, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 07.–08.07.2016
      (in cooperation with Markus Egg) The premeditated path – Deliberate metaphor in ancient and modern texts, Topoi-Haus Mitte, Berlin.
    • 22.01.2016
      Ägyptologische Forschung in Göttingen – Geschichte, Sprache, Religion, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 04.07.2014
      Research colloqium, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
    • 11.–12.07.2012
      (in cooperation with Frank Kammerzell, Silvia Kutscher, Eliese-Sophia Lincke and Daniel Werning) Wege zum Ägyptischen. Textaufbereitung und Übersetzung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
    • March to June 2010, conference 14.–16.05.2010
      Assistentant of Thekla Wiebusch, Action Chair des COST Actions A31 für Organisation des COST A31 Abschlusskonferenz Categorizing Human Experience: Classification in Languages and Knowledge Systems, École Normale Supérieure, Paris.
    • 11.03.2010
      (in cooperation with Janne Arp-Neumann) Spaces in places, bodies and minds. A year in Review by the TOPOI Junior Research Fellows 2009-2010, Freie Universität Berlin.



    Mentoring


    • 2015-2017
      Mentor for doctoral students as part of the Dorothea-Schlözer-Programm, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

    • Membership of professional organisations, research centres and committees


      • Member, Hochschullehrergruppe in der Prüfungskommission
      • Substitute member, Hochschullehrergruppe der Philosophischen Fakultät für die Auswahlkommission zur Vergabe der Deutschland- und Niedersachsenstipendien
      • Member, Centrum Orbis Orientalis und Occidentalis (CORO)
      • Member, Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH)
      • Advisory Board, Göttingen Dialogues in Digital Humanities (GDDH)
      • Member, Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious Studies (FIRST)
      • Associate Member, Excellence Cluster TOPOI, Berlin
      • Area Specialist, International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL)



      Excavations


      • November 2002 to January 2003
        Student assistant of the Macquarie Theban Tombs Project under the direction of Prof. Boyo Ockinga.