Reclaiming Our Place at the Table: Centering Portuguese-speaking Scholarship in the World of Egyptology

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Egyptology from the Portuguese-speaking world is frequently excluded from mainstream Egyptological discourse, including in recent state-of-the-art overviews. However, the rising production of Egyptological scholarship by native Portuguese-speaking scholars can no longer be ignored, since these studies often contribute different perspectives to the study of ancient Egyptian and Nubian material. Even though it is produced in a supposed “Egyptological periphery,” this scholarship is showcased in large conferences in Brazil and Portugal every year and includes innovative interdisciplinary and theoretical approaches, archaeological excavations, museum work, studies of language and grammar, and reception studies, among others. Should we even speak of a “periphery” when research produced in lusophone contexts is comparable to that produced in the so-called “center”? To us, reclaiming our place at the table means acknowledging the diversity and subjectivity of Egyptological scholarship while asserting that Portuguese-speaking Egyptologists are a valuable part of the larger discipline. The goal of this paper is thus to introduce a larger initiative organized by the authors that aims to emphasize the regional, thematic, theoretical, and methodological heterogeneity characteristic of Egyptological research produced in Brazil and in Portugal. As such, this project fits into current postcolonial discourse in the humanities and in recent debates about global history and cooperation in international academia.
Period28 Sept 2022
Event titleCurrent Research in Egyptology 2022
Event typeConference
Conference number22
LocationMontpellier, FranceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Egyptology
  • Portuguese-speaking Countries
  • History of Egyptology