A course in the Old Nubian language will be held in Cairo this autumn. It will be co-organized by the Institut français d’archéologie orientale, the PCMA UW Research Centre in Cairo and Fayoum University.
Old Nubian is the language used by the inhabitants of the Middle Nile Valley during the Middle Ages. Its oldest attestation dates back to the end of the 8th century CE and it continues to be used at least until the last decades of the 15th. It has sparked the enthusiasm of a new generation of researchers from diverse backgrounds, leading to new advances in the publication of texts and in the understanding of this language.
The idea of an introductory course in the language was born from the observation that this rare language is currently not taught in any academic curricula. The course will be taught (in English) by Vincent van Gerven Oei, in collaboration with Robin Seignobos (IFAO) and Maher Eissa (University of Fayoum).
The course will take place from Sunday, September 1 to Thursday, September 12, 2019. The organizers provide accommodations and lunch for the students at IFAO (Mounira) and at the PCMA (Heliopolis).
Deadline for applications is the 31st of March 2019.
For details see the Call for Applications.