AGYA Member

Verena Lepper

Egyptology, Oriental Studies

Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
Egyptian & Oriental Papyrus Research, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Philology and Linguistics, History of Egyptology


About me

With the AGYA we are not conducting research behind closed doors but in collaborative projects with the intention to play an active role in the shaping of society.

I myself am Curator for a collection of more than 30.000 papyri and manuscripts in ten different languages and scripts in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. On the Berlin Museum Island I was in charge of curating the new papyrus display in the Neues Museum, one of the largest papyrus exhibitions in the world. In addition I teach Egyptology at the Freie Universität Berlin and as Honorary Professor at the Humboldt University Berlin.

My main research interests are Ancient Egyptian Literature, Philology and Linguistics, as well as the Cultural History and the History of Egyptology. A recurring topic in my academic career is Elephantine Island: for the project “Localizing 4000 Years of Cultural History. Texts and Scripts from Elephantine Island in Egypt” I was just recently able to receive a European Research Council Starting Grant with the amount of 1.5 million Euros – an extraordinary high sum for the humanities.


Current projects

     

  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Common Heritage and Common Challenges
  • 2015-2020: “Localizing 4000 Years of Cultural History. Texts and Scripts from Elephantine Island in Egypt”, Principal Investigator, funded with a European Research Council Starting Grant (1.5 million Euros).
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Academic Career

2013 - Honorary Professor for Egyptian and Oriental Papyri and Manuscripts, Humboldt Universität Berlin; Germany
2008 - Curator for Egyptian & Oriental Papyri, Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, National Museums in Berlin, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation; Berlin, Germany
2007 Visiting Professor, University of Malta
2006 Post-doc Fellow, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (NELC), Harvard University; Cambridge/MA, USA
2005 & 2008 Visiting Scholar & Faculty Associate, Oriental Institute & Christ Church/Oriel College, Oxford University; UK
2007 PhD in Egyptology, Egyptology Department, University of Bonn; Germany
2004 - 2008 Research Fellow, Elephantine-Projekt, project of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Egyptology Department, University of Bonn; Germany
1999 - 2000 Visiting Fellow, Semitic Philology, NELC, Harvard University; Cambridge/MA, USA
1998 Magister in Egyptology; Germany

Selected Publications

     

  • Enmarch, R. & Lepper, V. M. (eds.). (2013) Ancient Egyptian Literature: Theory and Practice, Proceedings of the British Academy 188, Oxford University Press.
  • Lepper, V. M. (ed.). (2012). Forschung in der Papyrussammlung. Eine Festgabe für das Neue Museum, Ägyptische und Orientalische Papyri und Handschriften des Ägyptischen Museums und Papyrussammlung Berlin, Bd. 1, Berlin.
  • Lepper, V. M. (ed.). (2014). Persönlichkeiten aus dem Alten Ägypten im Neuen Museum, Petersberg.
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Contact

Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection

Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 6 10117 Berlin Germany

+49 302 664 250 10
v.lepper(at)smb.spk-berlin.de

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