Date: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, 02-Feb-2018
Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2
“I now close this little record of the winter’s travel, feeling assured that the pleasure of future reference to it, will more than atone for all the time I have given to it.”
Mrs. Emma B. Andrews, ‘A Journal on the Bedawin’, May 16th 1890.
In penning these words, Mrs. Andrews could not have anticipated that her journals would become a significant resource for the history of archaeology and Egyptology during the so-called ‘Golden Age’ at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. For over two decades between 1889 and 1913, Andrews traveled along the Nile with millionaire lawyer turned archaeologist, Theodore M. Davis, and was present when he discovered 18 of the 42 tombs now known in the Valley of the Kings. Her as yet unpublished eyewitness account is often more accurate than some of the official archaeological reports.
The diaries are also a detailed yet under-explored commentary on the social and political history of Egypt at the time. Davis and Andrews became a nexus for turn-of-the-century society in Egypt, including scholars and archaeologists, politicians, landed gentry, industrialists, bankers, authors and artists. This paper will explore the valuable cultural, social and archaeological perspectives Emma’s diaries add to this period of modern Egyptian history. It will also describe ongoing digital humanities work to create new textual and graphical versions of diary content, based on an extensive database of contemporary biographies, correspondence, journals and photographs.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Sarah Ketchley is an Egyptologist with a specialty in art history in the first millennium BCE. She is co-founder of Newbook Digital Texts and teaches ‘An Introduction to Digital Humanities’ at the University of Washington. Inspired by intrepid women travelers of the 19th century, she has been working with student interns to digitize and publish the Nile travel diaries of Mrs. Emma B. Andrews. Working computationally to analyse the content of Emma’s writings, Sarah and her students have created an extensive digital biographical database, interactive maps and an archive of encoded primary source material. Sarah is the digital Project Manager of the Baki Project, which aims to identify and transcribe the many poems of Baki, arguably the most famous Ottoman poet of all.
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