Seminar für Ägyptologie und Koptologie

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

Junior Professor

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
  • Summer Term 2016
    Senior Research Fellow of the Exzellenzcluster 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


  • "Metaphor in Ramesside Texts: A lexicosemantic and genre-based approach."
  • In collaboration with the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae (SAW Leipzig)
    The medical Papyrus Hearst. A new annotated translation.
  • How long does it take to heal? Time and medical practice in Ancient Egypt, Berliner Antike-Kolleg, Einstein Center Chronoi.


Planned


  • "The Empirical Study of Metaphor. Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches."
  • In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Michael Schultz (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen): Diseases of Elite Individuals of the Old Kingdom, as Represented by the Mastaba Tombs of the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties from the Teti Cemetery in North Saqqara, Egypt.



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. (Eds), The Cultural Manifestations of Religious Experience. Studies in Honour of Boyo G. Ockinga [Ägypten und Altes Testament 85]. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.



Journal Articles and Encyclopedia Entries


  • 2017. Metaphor (UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology). URL: http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/viewItem.do?ark=21198/zz002kcbfm.
  • 2016. Wege und Abwege. Zu den Metaphern der ramessidischen Weisheitsliteratur, Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 143(1), 22-33.
  • 2016. (with F. Horn, C. Breytenbach, M. Egg, T. Fuhrer, V. Lobsien, R. Schlesier, J. Stenger and B. Trînca) Spatial Metaphors of the Ancient World: Theory and Practice, eTopoi – Journal for Ancient Studies Special Volume 6: "Space and Knowledge. Topoi Research Group Articles", 453-480. URL: http://journal.topoi.org/index.php/etopoi/article/view/262. DOI:0.17169/FUDOCS_document_000000026009.
  • 2014. Multiple Dimensions of Interpretation. Reassessing the Magic Brick Berlin ÄMP 15559, Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 43, 93-107.
  • 2009. (with F. Kammerzell and D. Werning) Glossing Ancient Egyptian. Suggestions for adapting the Leipzig Glossing Rules. Proceedings of Crossroads IV, Conference of Egyptian Language Studies, Basel, March 2009 [Lingua Aegyptia 17], 343-366.
  • 2008. Reconsidering Reported Speech in Late Egyptian: A Contextual Approach, Lingua Aegyptia 16, 39-63.



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.
  • In press. (with G. Chantrain) Making a case for multidimensionality in Ramesside figurative language. In F. Kammerzell, T. S. Richter und D. A. Werning (Eds.), Crossroads: Whence and Whither? Egyptian-Coptic Linguistics in Comparative Perspectives, February 17–20, 2016 [Lingua Aegyptia Studia Monographica]. Hamburg: Widmaier, 30 pages.
  • In press. 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, xxxx–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 (http://www.qucosa.de/recherche/frontdoor/?tx_slubopus4frontend[id]=20150).
  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.



Conference Presentations


  • July 2017
    Stand-off Annotation to Ancient Egyptian text corpora based on BTS, Linguistic Annotation and Philology Workshop, Leipzig Universität (with Simon Schweitzer).
  • December 2016
    Closing remarks, Paths of Knowledge in Antiquity, Topoi-Haus Mitte, Berlin.
  • July 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.
  • July 2016
    The premeditated path: An introduction to the debate, The premeditated path? Deliberate metaphor in ancient and modern texts, Topoi-Haus Mitte, Berlin.
  • July 2016
    Multidimensional metaphors in Ancient Egyptian?, 11th Conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor, Freie Universität Berlin (with Gaelle Chantrain).
  • June 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.
  • April 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).
  • February 2016
    Making a case for multdimensionality in Ramesside figurative language, "Crossroads: Whence and whither?", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (with Gaelle Chantrain).
  • January 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.
  • December 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.
  • November 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).
  • August 2015
    Similes are like Metaphors. On the use of mj 'like' in ancient Egyptian metaphorical language, International Congress of Egyptologists, Florence.
  • July 2015
    Figurative Sprache in 'Amenemope' und ihre konzeptuellen Quellenl, Ständige Ägyptologen-Konferenz, Trier.
  • June 2015
    The figurative network. Tracking the use of metaphorical language in Ramesside literary texts, Symposium on the Ramesside Period, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.
  • May 2015
    The Role of Metaphor in Ramesside Poetic Language. Some Case Studies', Workshop on Ramesside Texts, Charles University Prague.
  • April 2015
    Die Annotation von Metaphern der Antike - Wo Ägyptologie die Digital Humanities trifft, Digitale Literaturwissenschaft Göttingen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
  • September 2014
    Narrative Motivierung in den Erzählungen Altägyptens. Woraus entsteht eine nachvollziehbare Handlung?, Die biologisch-kognitiven Grundlagen narrativer Motivierung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
  • June 2014
    Räumliche Metaphern als rhetorische Stilmittel. Fallstudien aus den Weisheitstexten des ägyptischen Neuen Reiches, Raum-Metaphern in antiken Texten und deren Rezeption, Exzellenzkluster 264 TOPOI Berlin.
  • November 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.
  • November 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.
  • August 2013
    Designing a Metaphor Annotation Layer in the Liège Ramsès Database, Ancient Egyptian: The Future of Annotated Corpora, Université de Liège.
  • February 2013
    Metaphor in ‘The Teaching of Menena’: between rhetorical innovation and tradition? (Re)productive Traditions in Ancient Egypt, Université de Liège.
  • January 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.
  • July 2012
    Die Übersetzung ägyptischer Texte. Theorie und Praxis, Wege zum Ägyptischen. Textaufbereitung und Übersetzung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • June 2012
    At the boundaries of reality? Translating spatiality in ancient Egyptian religious texts. Conceptions of Space in Ancient Religions, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
  • April 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.
  • February 2011
    The space of time in Ancient Egyptian language. Netzwerktagung der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Georg August-Universität, Göttingen.
  • March 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.
  • February 2010
    Ancient Egyptian Spatial Prepositions. Tracking the interaction of diachrony and register, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • December 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.
  • March 2009
    Linguistic Insights into Characterisation. The Case Study of Wenamun, Crossroads IV, Conference of Egyptian Language Studies, Universität Basel.
  • July 2008
    Two Characters in Search of an Ending: A Linguistic Approach to an Ancient Egyptian Story, 35th International Systemic Functional Congress, Sydney.
  • May 2008
    Two Characters in Search of an Ending: The Case of Apophis and Seqenenre, 10. Internationaler Ägyptologenkongress, Rhodes.
  • September 2007
    'He Said, She Said’. A Reconsideration of Indirect Speech in Late Egyptian, Macquarie University Language Colloquium, Sydney.
  • April 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


  • Dezember 2016
    The Empirical Study of Ancient Egyptian Metaphor, Göttingen Center for Digital Humanities, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
  • March 2016
    If a man is hot, can he also be cold? Metaphors of temperament in Egyptian texts, Macquarie University.
  • June 2015
    Die Hitze, die Stille, die Bäume und die Krokodile. Die Metapherwelt des Amenemope, Abendvortrag am Tag der "Neuen Forschungen der Ägyptologie in NRW", Universität Münster.
  • November 2014
    Metaphern und Textstruktur in Weisheitstexten des ägyptischen Neuen Reiches, CRC-Kolloquium, Courantzentrum Textstrukturen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
  • July 2014
    Systemic Functional Linguistics – Ein Überblick anhand von altägyptischen Daten, Altorientalistisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen.
  • June 2014
    Response, Kianoosh Rezania, Die altiranischen Raumkoordinationssysteme nach den avestischen und altpersischen Zeugnissen, Göttinger philologisches Forum.
  • June 2014
    Die Wege der Weisen. Metapher in den Weisheitstexten des Neuen Reiches, Universität zu Köln.
  • January 2014
    Wege und Abwege. Zu den Metaphern der ramessidischen Weisheitsliteratur, Vortragsreihe: Altägypten zwischen Völkerschlacht und Science (Fiction), Universität Leipzig.
  • May 2013
    Auf der Suche nach Metaphern in altägyptischen literarischen Texten: Überlegungen zur Anwendung aktueller Metaphernanalyse, Göttinger Philologen Forum, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
  • June 2012
    Eine Analyse in drei Dimensionen. Methoden zur Übersetzung und Interpretation beschrifteter Objekte. Berufungsverfahren, Georg August-Universität, Göttingen.
  • June 2012
    Ramessidische Literatur aus linguistischer Perspektive. Wissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf pharaonisch-ägyptische Weisheitsliteratur, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen.
  • February 2012
    Why I love Ancient Egyptian. Bristol University.
  • June 2011
    Die Verortung der Zeit im Altägyptischen. Beiträge einer toten Sprache zur Kognitionsforschung. Jahrestagung der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Berlin.
  • January 2011
    Ausländer aus der Sichtweise ägyptischer Autoren. Literarische Fallstudien vom Ende des Neuen Reiches. Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.
  • December 2010
    Der Orient als Vorstellung Altägyptens. Literarische Fallstudien von dem Neuen Reich. TOPOI CSG V Lesezirkel, Free University Berlin.
  • June 2010
    Word Maps, Mind Maps and World Maps. The Diagrammatics of Lexical Semantics. TOPOI Diagrammatik AG, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • January 2010
    Is Linguistics useful for Egyptology? Paderborn Universität.



Public Lectures


  • January 2017
    3. Göttinger Nacht des Wissens
    Kranksein im alten Ägypten: Vom Symptom zur Arznei.
    Expert floor talk, Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, MAAS Museum, Sydney
    Magic, medicine and other 'insurance policies' in Ancient Egypt
  • January 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)
  • Oktober 2014
    10. Göttinger Science Slam
  • November 2012
    1. Göttinger Nacht des Wissens, (together with Dr. Janne Arp-Neumann)
    Ägypten im Film



Posters


  • May 2016
    How long will it take to heal? Time and medical practice in ancient Egypt, Evaluation of the Einstein Center Chronoi, Berliner Antike Kolleg.
  • January 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


  • November 2016
    Egyptology meets IT, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
  • July 2016
    The premeditated path – Deliberate metaphor in ancient and modern texts, Topoi-Haus Mitte, Berlin.
  • January 2016
    Ägyptologische Forschung in Göttingen – Geschichte, Sprache, Religion, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
  • July 2014
    Research colloqium, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
  • July 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
    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.
  • March 2010
    (in cooperation with Dr. 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.

  • Work as Commitee Member


    • Member, Hochschullehrergruppe in die Prüfungskommission
    • Substitute member, Hochschullehrergruppe der philosophischen Fakultät für die Auswahlkommission zur Vergabe der Deutschland- und Niedersachsenstipendien
    • Member, Centrum Orbis Orientalis und Occidentalis (CORO)
    • Advisory Board, Göttingen Dialogues in Digital Humanities (GDDH)
    • Member, Member, Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious Studies (FIRST) – Work on the cluster application The Making and Unmaking of the Religious
    • 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.