International Seminar
Egypopcult: Reception of Antiquity in Contemporary Popular Culture

24th-26th January 2024

School of Arts and Humanities - Centre for History | University of Lisbon

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Organization | Abraham I. Fernández Pichel (CH-ULisboa/Egypopcult Project)

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We are pleased to announce that the program for the International Seminar “Egypopcult: Reception of Antiquity in Contemporary Popular Culture”, organized by the Egypopcult Project and hosted by the Center for History of the University of Lisbon (Portugal) between the 24th-26th January 2024, is now available. 


The aim of this seminar is to discuss the reception studies of Antiquity in its various manifestations, such as cinema, TV series, comics, board and computer games,  advertising, genre literature and others. The ancient civilisations to be studied are Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and the classical  world (ancient Greece and Rome), but we are also open to other cultural areas, such as  ancient Asia and pre-Columbian America, among others.


For those who would like to attend the seminar online, inscription is required at A connection link will be sent a few days before the event.


For those interested in travelling to Lisbon to participate in the event in person on 25th-26th of January  2024, inscription is also required. Please contact the organising committee at the following email address:


This international seminar is financed by national funds through FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P, in the scope of the projects UIDB/04311/2020 and UIDP/04311/2020 (CH-ULisboa), and 2022.07095.PTDC (Egypopcult).



PROGRAM (Padawan/Junior Level)


Wednesday 24th January 2024 (Portuguese Time Zone UTC)



Committee: Abraham I. Fernández Pichel, Eleanor Dobson, Fernando Lozano Gómez, Briana Jackson.


08:50-9:00 Welcome Speech



‘Egyptian Culture through the Lens of Disney’s Marvel Studios’

Dakota Bailey



‘Life and Death in Early Middle Kingdom Egypt, as Told by Agatha Christie’

Inmaculada Delage González / Sara Navaz Ayesa



Questions & Tutorial section




‘From Olympus to Kyoto: Classical Inspirations in Japanese Manga’

Catarina Madeira



‘Vergil: The Pop Idol from Antiquity to the Present’

Ruoci Song



Questions & Tutorial section




‘Lapislazuli and Kohl: Ancient Egyptian Beauty Feminine Standards through Cinema’

Clara Martínez-Moreno



‘What Can Ancient Plants Convey to Us? The Language of Flowers as a Form of Communication Based on Ancient Foundations’

Karolina Bielecka



Questions & Tutorial section




‘Video Gaming in Classical Education; the Effect of Assassin’s Creed on Post-16 Recruitment’

Claire Johnson-Martin



‘O Antigo Egipto no Cinema da primeira metade do século XX: discussão de alguns exemplos e tropos representativos’

Sílvia Catarina Pereira Diogo



Questions & Tutorial section



PAUSE - Lunch Time




Committee: Abraham I. Fernández Pichel, Thais Rocha, Fátima Rosa, and Alfonso Álvarez-Ossorio.



‘MAAT vai às “Redes”: experiências de um Grupo de Estudos em História Antiga no


Allyson Afonso dos Santos Silva



‘Ciclo de estudos do LEPHAMA: O Egito e a Esparta “Brasileira” no Instagram’

Fernando Antonio Nani Carvalho Junior / Hebert de Oliveira Santos de Lima



Questions & Tutorial section




‘Stages of Power and Fantasy: Classical and Shakespearean Theatre in A Song of Ice and Fire

Fernanda Mattos Borges da Costa



‘Cleopatra and Cinema: Ancient History in Hollywood’s Golden Age’ 

Julia de Oliveira Szoke



Questions & Tutorial section




‘Orientalismo no Oriente: o Egito Antigo na cultura pop japonesa’

Pedro de Castro



‘A Egiptomania no Twitter: Uma Proposta de Banco de Dados (2008 a 2014)’

Pedro Miguel Carvalho Silva / Melissa Cristine Lopes Ribeiro



Questions & Tutorial section



PROGRAM (Jedi/Senior Level)


Thursday 25th January (Portuguese Time Zone UTC) - Room B112.B (Library)


09:00 - 09:30

Official Opening by the Director of the Center for History of the University of Lisbon and the Coordinator of the Egypopcult Project.


Session 1 (09:30 - 11:00)

Cinematic Perspectives on Antiquity:  Travelers and the Studio System

(Chairman: Guilherme Borges)


09:30 - 09:50

The Influence of Nineteenth-century Visual Culture on Hollywood Films Set in Ancient Near East.

Guilllermo Juberías Gracia


09:50 - 10:10

The Egyptian Imaginary in Filmed Travelogues

Samuel Fernández-Pichel


10:10 - 10:30

The Seventh Art, and the Civilization of the Seven Thousand Years: Reframing Popular Culture and History

Nagwa Bakr / Basma Salim






COFFEE BREAK (11:00 - 11:30)



Session 2 (11:30 - 13:00)

Transmedia Fictions (1): The Mummy Redux

(Chairman: Arnaud Quertinmont)


11:30 – 11:50

Are you my Mummy? The Many Lives and Faces of Egyptian Mummies in Contemporary Imagination.

Nolwenn Corriou


11:50 - 12:10

The Mummy Films of the 1940s

José das Candeias Sales


12:10 – 12:30

Sandy with a Chance of Mummies. Egyptian “Monsters” in Video Games (online).

Kate Minniti


12:30 - 13:00



LUNCH BREAK (13:00 – 14:30)



Session 3 (14:30 - 16:00)

Engaging with Antiquity in Comics

(Chairman: Linda Chapon)


14:30 – 14:50

The Ancient World in European Comics in the Early 1980s: The Adventures of Ian Kaledine and Martin Mystère.

Abraham I. Fernández Pichel


14:50 – 15:10

Offprint also Called ‘Bookplates’ in Comic Strips Related to Ancient Egypt (online).

Valentin Boyer


15:10 – 15:30

Inscriptions hiéroglyphiques et pseudo-hiéroglyphiques dans Astérix et Cléopâtre

Nicolas Leroux


15:30 - 16:00




COFFEE BREAK (16:00 - 16:30)



Session 4 (16:30 - 18:00)

Reimagining historical and mythical figures

(Chairman: Guillermo Juberías)


16:30 – 16:50

Sêneca no cinema: a Roma antiga tirânica hic et nunc (online).

Renata Cazarini de Freitas


16:50 – 17:10

Kleopatra VII in Assassin’s Creed Origins and Other Video Games: The Conundrum of Historical Accuracy versus Popular Memory.

Tara Sewell-Lasater


17:10 - 17:30

La figure de Méduse dans l’anime japonais: de la méchante à l'héroïne incomprise. 

Víctor Sánchez Domínguez


17:30 - 18:00



COMFORT BREAK (18:00 – 18:10)



Session 5 (18:10 - 19:40)

Ancient Temples and pyramids

(Chairman : Fátima Rosa)


18:10 – 18:30

Les pyramides égyptiennes dans la pop culture : début et fin de plusieurs mondes (online).

Thomas Gamelin


18:30 - 18:50

Temples in Antiquity: A Key Motif in Popular Culture and Visual Media.

Linda Chapon


18:50 – 19:10

The Portrayal of Egyptian Priests in Popular Culture.

Filip Taterka


19:10 - 19:40




Friday 26th January (Portuguese Time Zone UTC) - Auditorium 3


Session 6 (09:30 - 11:00)

Transmedia fictions (2): Detectives, vampires and adventurers

(Chairman: Samuel Fernández-Pichel)


09:30 – 09:50

Ancient Egypt in the Classics of Detective Novels. The Case of S. S. Van Dine and his Detective Philo Vance.

Susana Mota


09:50 – 10:10

The Underground Sumerian Civilization of The Mole People (1956). Antiquity in the Hollywood Sci-fi Horror Genre.

María de Fátima Rosa


10:10 – 10:30

The ‘Followers of the Divine Snake” (Šmsw ḥfꜢw nṯry): A Creative Project on Vampirism and Interculturality in Roman Egypt

Esperanza Ródenas


10:30 - 11:00




COFFEE BREAK (11:00 - 11:30)



Session 7 (11:30 – 13:00)

Playing the Ancient World: Games and Toys

(Chairman: Filip Taterka)


11:30 – 11:50

Reshaping Egypt: The Presentation of Egypt’s Landscape in Modern Board Games (online).

Jennifer Cromwell


11:50 – 12:10

The Connection between Antiquity and RPGs: Exploring History and Imagination

Pedro Augusto Menna Barreto Magalhães Gomes


12:10 – 12:30

Transmedia Explorations: Toys Shaping Narrative about Ancient Egypt (Mattel, Playmobil, and  Lego Case Studies) (online).

Karolina Anna Kulpa


12:30 - 13:00




LUNCH BREAK (13:00 – 14:30)



Session 8 (14:30 – 16:00)

Embodying/Performing Ancient Egypt: Exploring Egyptomania in Urban Cultures

(Chairman: Alfonso Álvarez-Ossorio)


14:30 – 14:50

Testing the Boundaries: Reimagining Ancient Egypt through Heavy Metal Music

Leire Olabarría


14:50 – 15:10

Eu falei faraó! – An Overview on Egyptomania in Brazil (online)

Thais Rocha


15:10 – 15:30

Egypt on Walls and Bodies.

Arnaud Quertinmont


15:30 - 16:00




COFFEE BREAK (16:00 - 16:30)



Session 9 (16:30 – 18:00)

Ancient Worlds and Networked Communities : Traces of Antiquity in Digital Culture

(Chairman: Tara Sewell-Lasater)


16:30 – 16:50

A Pharaoh through the Ages ! – A Case Study of an Edutainment Podcast Project (online).

Roxane Bicker / Nora Kuch


16:50 – 17:10

Three Egyptologists Walk into a Bar… and Talk about Books, Movies, and Shows. Engaging with Audiences through Pop Culture.

Guilherme Borges Pires / Inês Torres / Luiza Osorio G. Silva


17:10 – 17:30

Comunistas ou guerrieros pela liberdade : As Espartas integralista e Bolsonarista (online).

Ygor Klain Belchior


17:30 - 18:00



COMFORT BREAK (18:00 – 18:10)


Session 10 (18:10 – 19:40)

Learning Antiquity: Pedagogical Approaches and Juvenile Literature

(Chairman : Leire Olabarría)


18:10 – 18:30

Preserving the Past, Embracing the Present: Incorporating Pop Culture into Classical Archaeology Education (online).

Cinzia Bettineschi, Lisa Götz, Michael Schaper


18:30 – 18:50

A Antiguidade clássica na literatura infantil e juvenil brasileira (online).

Katia Teonia Costa de Azevedo


18:50 – 19:10

I’ve learned it in my TV Series: Studying the Reception of Ancient History to Teach Ancient History.

Alfonso Álvarez-Ossorio Rivas


19:10 - 19:40



Closing Remarks (19:40 – 20:00)