Research Interest 1
Current research is focused on the use of both textual and archaeological sources to address the nature of the pharaonic regime, and to provide an informed study of non-elite life in pharaonic Egypt, focused on anthropologial approaches to law, economics, social organization and religion. This means to work outside the ideological presentation of Egypt as a bureaucratic and efficient civilization, and focus on non-monolithic interpretations of the Egyptian record, working from close analysis of specific data to approach the behaviour and status of individuals in context.
A specific strand of this work has focused on the history of the Egyptian language, as a purely linguistic study but more extensively on the nature and history of literacy: the use of documents in administration, of literature as a social activity for communication and performance, and of ritual as the anti-dogmatic and performative reality of personal and unofficial religious practice.
Ancient Egyptian laments from the Old to New Kingdoms: origins, contexts and development.
BRITISH ACADEMY (UK)
September 2004 - August 2007
The use of documents in ancient Egypt.
ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)
February 2005 - May 2005