A short history of the European Conferences of Egyptologists


The first meeting took place in Warsaw in 1999. The idea came from Assistant Professor dr. Andrzej Ćwiek, supported by Assistant Professor dr. Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska and Joanna Kociankowska-Bożek of the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw. The first three symposia were held in Warsaw in 1999, 2001 and 2004, and then the Conference was organised in Budapest in 2006 (Assistant Professor dr. Andreas Gulyas). The Fifth Conference was hosted by the Pułtusk Academy of Humanities in Pułtusk, organised by Assistant Professor dr. Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska in 2009 and the Sixth in Cracow in 2012 by the Institute of Archaeology of the Jagiellonian University (Assistant Professor dr. Mariusz Jucha, Assistant Professor dr. Joanna Dębowska-Ludwin and Assistant Professor dr. Piotr Kołodziejczyk). The Conference was then organised in Zagreb in 2015 (Assistant Professor dr. Mladen Tomorad) and in Lisbon in 2017 (Professor dr. Maria Helena Trindade Lopes).

From 1999 to 2012 the conference bore the title “Central European Conference of Egyptologists”, purely as it had originated in Poland. However, the organising countries and the nationalities of the participants had varied so much, that it became time to recognise officially that this is a European gathering. Hence the organisers decided to change the name of the conference in 2015 to that of “European Conference of Egyptologists”, and the abbreviation has for this meeting been updated from CECE to ECE. Initially, it was also a conference directed (but not exclusively) towards the younger generations, but all young at heart were always invited as well. The intention all along has been to present current research and perspectives on it so as to cover all spheres of interest in present-day Egyptology:

  • history and chronology from prehistory to the Arab conquest
  • archaeological research
  • artefacts (analysis, interpretation, iconography, typology, etc.)
  • museum collections
  • language and literature
  • art
  • mythology and religion
  • anthropology, forensic and radiological research
  • archaeobotany, palaeozoology and palaeoecology
  • history of Egyptology
  • Aegyptiaca and Egyptomania

The language of the conference is English.