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Vincent Morel


As an Egyptologist, I consider myself a philologist, specialised in Old to New Kingdom written discourses; an epigraphist, specialised in rock inscriptions; and a historian, specialised in Eastern Desert history. My background in Egyptology and my first academic positions have allowed me to explore many fields, from linguistics to archaeology, and a variety of text types, from Old Egyptian to Coptic. These rich experiences are the breeding ground for my teaching philosophies. My research on rock inscriptions and desert landscapes embraces a multidisciplinary approach that enlarged my research perspectives while nourishing my intellectual curiosity: from semiotics and visual studies to geology, from linguistics and textual studies to (experimental) archaeology.

 

Current Position

Research Associate UMR 8546, Archéologie & Philologie d’Orient et d’Occident (Paris).

 

Higher Education

- 2021 - PhD in Egyptology (summa cum laude) at the University of Geneva & the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris Sciences & Lettres University. Supervisors: Philippe Collombert and Laurent Coulon.

- 2016 - MA in Egyptology (summa cum laude) at Sorbonne University. Supervisor: Chloé Ragazzoli.

- 2014 - BA in History, with a minor in Geography (cum laude) at the University of Nantes.

 

Participation in Projects

- Since 2021 - Direction of the project to edit the Wadi Hammamat figurative rock-engravings, in collaboration with Jonathan Maître and Dorian Vanhulle, and with contributions from Julien Cooper and Denis Mercier.

- Since 2019 - Member of the project to edit the Wadi Hammamat Pharaonic inscriptions, in collaboration with Annie Gasse and Jean-Guillaume Olette-Pelletier.

 

Participation in Epigraphic & Archaeological Missions

- Since 2021 - Member of the Wadi Hammamat Project – dir.: Elizabeth Bloxam and Ian Shaw.

- Since 2018 - Member of the Hatnub Epigraphic and Archaeological Project (Middle Egypt) – dir.: Roland Enmarch and Yannis Gourdon.

 

Monographs in Preparation

V. Morel, Écrire en contexte expéditionnaire. Les inscriptions des carrières du Ouadi Hammamat, de l’Ancien à la fin du Moyen Empire, MIFAO (Ouadi Hammamat 2), Cairo: Institut français d’archéologie orientale. Submission deadline: May 2022.

- A. Gasse, V. Morel, J.-G. Olette-Pelletier, Les inscriptions pharaoniques du Ouadi Hammamat. Des premières époques à la fin du Nouvel Empire, MIFAO (Ouadi Hammamat 1), Cairo: Institut français d’archéologie orientale. Submission deadline: Fall 2022.

J. Maître, V. Morel, D. Vanhulle, with contributions from Julien Cooper and Denis Mercier, Les inscriptions figurées du ouadi Hammamat, MIFAO (Ouadi Hammamat 3), Cairo: Institut français d’archéologie orientale. Submission deadline: Spring 2024.

 

Academic Experience

- 08/2016 – 09/2020 - Scientific Collaborator in the Swiss National Science Foundation Project “Monumental Discourse in Third Millennium BCE Egypt: Image, Writing, Text” (dir.: Julie Stauder-Porchet) – University of Geneva.

- 2017–2018 - Assistant in the Egyptian section of the “MultiPal” Project – PSL Research University, Paris. Online Interactive Palaeography Tutorial (Egyptian).

- 11/2016 - Peer Reviewer for the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology – University of California, Los Angeles.

- 06/2016 - Intern in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan – British Museum (supervisor: Ilona Regulski).

 

Teaching Experience

- 11/2021 – 03/2022 - Lecturer in Egyptology at the Institut supérieur d’égyptologie Khéops, Paris. Two courses: “Archéologie des déserts – les Égyptiens aux confins”; “Épigraphie des déserts – témoignages d’expéditions vers le lointain.”

- 01–02/2021 - Lecturer in Egyptology at the Institut supérieur d’égyptologie Khéops, Paris. Five-part course: “Le ouadi Hammamat : des carrières au lieu mythique.”

- 27/01/2020 - Guest Lecturer at Yale University, at the invitation of Julien Cooper (NELC 271: Worlds of the Ancient Red Sea). Lecture: “The Pharaonic History of the Red Sea. Egyptian Activity throughout the Eastern Desert and on the Shores of the Red Sea.”

- 2019–2020 - Supply Lecturer in Egyptology at Yale University. Course: “Introduction to Classical Hieroglyphic Egyptian I & II” (EGYP 110 & EGYP 120).

- 09–10/2017 - Part-time Teaching Assistant in Egyptology at the University of Geneva. Courses: “Introduction aux études égyptologiques et lecture de textes” and “Civilisation de l’Égypte ancienne.”

 

Research Stays

- 09–10/2021 - Postdoctoral research stay at the Institut français d’archéologie orientale, Cairo.

- 08/2019 – 06/2020 - Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University (Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations), under the supervision of John C. Darnell.

- 04–06/2019 - Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford (Faculty of Oriental Studies; The Queen’s College) and at the Maison française d’Oxford, under the supervision of Richard B. Parkinson.

- 09/2018 - Doctoral research stay at the Institut français d’archéologie orientale, Cairo.

 

Awards, Scholarships & Grants

- 09–10/2021 - Postdoctoral grant for a one-month research stay in Egypt – Institut français d’archéologie orientale (Cairo).

- 10/2020 – 03/2021 - Doctoral scholarship – Fondation Gandur pour l’Art (Geneva).

- 2020 - Jacques Vandier award granted for my PhD research – Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France (Paris).

2019-2020 - Swiss National Science Foundation “mobility grant in projects” awarded to the “Monumental Discourse in Third Millennium BCE Egypt” project (dir.: Julie Stauder-Porchet) for a research stay at Yale University.

- 04–06/2019 - Research stay at the University of Oxford funded by the École doctorale and the Direction de la Recherche et des Relations Internationales (École Pratique des Hautes Études, PSL).

- 2018 - Doctoral grant for a one-month research stay in Egypt – Institut français d’archéologie orientale (Cairo).

 

Organisation of Scientific Events

- 02/18/2020 - Organisation of Annie Gasse’s “Sehel Island at the Gates of Nubia” lecture at Yale University (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Department/Archaia), supported by the William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Endowment for Egyptology.

- 09–13/11/2019 - Involvement in the organisation of the International Conference “King and Officials in the Old Kingdom: Separation and Interaction” (dir.: Julie Stauder-Porchet) at the University of Geneva, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

- 07–09/09/2017 - Involvement in the organisation of the International Workshop “Earlier Egyptian Inscriptions: Materiality, Locality, Landscape” (dir.: Julie Stauder-Porchet) at the University of Geneva, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.


Conference papers17 documents

  • Vincent Morel. Engraving One’s Name in the Wadi Hammamat Quarries: from spatial dynamics to visual discourses. Kelsey Museum of Archaeology’s Field Archaeology Series on Thursdays (FAST) program, Mar 2021, Ann Arbor, United States. ⟨hal-03482885⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Palimpsestic Practices and Pharaonic Receptions of Primo Rock Inscriptions at Wadi Hammamat. Making and Experiencing Graffiti in Ancient and Late Antique Egypt and Sudan, Julia Hamilton, Dec 2021, Leiden, Netherlands. ⟨hal-03482737⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Investir les marges désertiques : dynamiques humaines et pratiques d’écriture entre Nil et mer Rouge. Association des études du Proche-Orient ancien (AEPOA), Oct 2021, Montréal, Canada. ⟨hal-03482944⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Que diable allaient-ils faire dans ces carrières ? Une enquête épigraphique et archéologique au Ouadi Hammamat. Cercle lyonnais d’égyptologie Victor Loret, Nov 2021, Lyon, France. ⟨hal-03483000⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Dialoguer et émuler dans le paysage : les inscriptions du Ouadi Hammamat à l’aube du Moyen Empire. Séminaire de recherche de l'IFAO - « Des textes “en pierre et en os” : l’apport de la matérialité et du contexte à la philologie », Oct 2021, Cairo, Égypte. ⟨hal-03525862⟩
  • Vincent Morel, Jean-Guillaume Olette-Pelletier. Découvertes chromatiques dans les carrières du ouadi Hammamat. Société française d’égyptologie, Dec 2020, Paris, France. ⟨hal-03482889⟩
  • Vincent Morel, Jean-Guillaume Olette-Pelletier. New Discoveries in the Wadi Hammamat Quarries. Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture Series - Yale University, Jan 2020, New Haven, United States. ⟨hal-03482920⟩
  • Vincent Morel, Jean-Guillaume Olette-Pelletier. New Insights into the Inscribed Landscape of the Wadi Hammamat Quarries. Near Eastern Languages & Cultures Lectures - University of California, Los Angeles, Feb 2020, Los Angeles, United States. ⟨hal-03482904⟩
  • Vincent Morel. On Prestigious Missions in Quarries: Individuals’ Writing Practices and the Royal Sphere. King and Officials in the Old Kingdom: Separation and Interaction., Julie Stauder-Porchet, Sep 2019, Geneva, Switzerland. ⟨hal-03482775⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Beyond Boundaries: Intef’s Experience in the Wadi Hammamat Quarries. Egyptology & Assyriology Graduate Student Conference, Oct 2019, Brown, United States. ⟨hal-03482837⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Textual Production in the Wadi Hammamat Quarries and the Pragmatics at Issue. 51. Ständige Ägyptologenkonferenz - „Ägyptologie und Methodik: Potenzial und Prioritäten“, Jul 2019, Basel, Switzerland. ⟨hal-03482794⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Among Other Histories: Nilotic Imageries and Fictionality in Early Middle Kingdom Narratives from the Wadi Hammamat Quarries. Research and Graduate Seminars, Jun 2019, Oxford, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-03482856⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Les pratiques d’écriture dans les carrières du ouadi Hammamat (désert Oriental, Égypte) : approches interprétatives, de la matérialité au paysage. Séminaire de recherche « Écritures exposées, écritures dans l’espace » (Scripta-PSL), Béatrice Fraenkel, Apr 2018, Paris, France. ⟨hal-03482868⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Problèmes de datation : le cas des inscriptions de l’Ancien Empire au ouadi Hammamat. Journée des doctorant.e.s de l’EA 4519 « Égypte ancienne : archéologie, langue, religion » (EPHE, PSL), Nov 2018, Paris, France. ⟨hal-03482864⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Inter(icono)textualité et production du texte dans les carrières du ouadi Hammamat. Intertextualité et intericonicité en Égypte ancienne, Andréas Stauder, Nov 2018, Paris, France. ⟨hal-03482809⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Transforming the Desert: the (Nilotic) Journey of a Rhetorical Artifice through the Wadi Hammamat Landscape. Earlier Egyptian Inscriptions: Materiality, Locality, Landscape, Julie Stauder-Porchet, Sep 2017, Geneva, Switzerland. ⟨hal-03482820⟩
  • Vincent Morel. Les inscriptions du ouadi Hammamat : réflexions sur quelques stratégies visuelles et éléments de rhétorique icono-plastique. Journée des doctorant.e.s de l’EA 4519 « Égypte ancienne : archéologie, langue, religion » (EPHE, PSL), Nov 2017, Paris, France. ⟨hal-03482871⟩

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Preprints, Working Papers, ...1 document

  • Vincent Morel. Les mécanismes de la métaphore dans l'Enseignement d'Any. Approches interprétatives d'un lecteur face aux métaphores de la maxime sur la "femme étrangère" (B 16,13-17), MA thesis (Sorbonne University). 2016. ⟨hal-03503331⟩

Theses1 document

  • Vincent Morel. Écrire en contexte expéditionnaire. Une enquête interprétative sur les inscriptions des carrières du ouadi Hammamat, de l’Ancien à la fin du Moyen Empire. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Université de Genève. Faculté des lettres; École Pratique des Hautes Études, PSL, 2021. Français. ⟨tel-03482720⟩