Kathrin Gabler

Kathrin Gabler

Associate Professor

Since September 2022, I replace Fredrik Hagen (and Kim Ryholt) as Associate Professor in Egyptology at the University of Copenhagen.

My current major project deals with a re-investigation and publication of TT 217, the tomb of the sculptor Ipuy, at Deir el-Medina and the set up of the new ResearchSpace Deir el-Medina, in cooperation with the Ifao Cairo and the Mission d’étude et de conservation Deir el-Médina. I am the PI of the pilot phase of this new project funded by the Research Fund Junior Researchers of the University of Basel "ResearchSpace Deir el-Medina: Documenting the Ancient Egyptian Tomb of the Sculptor Ipuy (TT 217)", in which the digital architecture of a new open-access online platform (test version with first data collected from TT 217) will be developed.

I have taught archaeological, museum and philological courses for undergraduate and graduate students in different modules and at all levels, incl. non-academic audiences at the Universities of Basel, HU Berlin, Liège, LMU Munich, the State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich (SMÄK) and the Antikenmuseum Basel.

Trained at the universities of Munich and Leiden, my education culminated in a PhD entitled ‘Who´s who around Deir el-Medina’ (published as Egyptologische Uitgaven 31, Peeters, 2018). The thesis deals with the supply personnel of this extraordinary settlement (600 men of the smd.t / n pA xr / n bnr) from a prosopographic, organisational, archaeological and diachronic point of view. Furthermore, I was a regular member (fieldwork, documentation, work with small finds, database management, photographing) of the excavation projects Deir el-Bachit/Dra’ Abu el-Naga, a Coptic monastery in Western Thebes and of the British Museum Epigraphic and Conservation Survey at Elkab and Hagr Edfu.

My post-doctoral project ‘Means of Communication in the New Kingdom’ also serves as a habilitation at the University of Basel. While the research into communicative strategies is undertaken individually, it also forms part of the ‘Crossing Boundaries Project: Understanding Complex Scribal Practices in Ancient Egypt’ between the Universities of Basel and Liège and the Museo Egizio Turin. My main research interest is the material culture from Ancient Egypt focusing on social and economic history, prosopography as well as the (re-)contextualisation of objects and their ‘life/object biography’. Studies related to Deir el-Medina, hieratic texts and the New Kingdom are my specialist areas. In addition, I am a founding member of the Verband der Ägyptologie and serve on the founding board as secretary. 

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