Located on the US-Canada border about a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls has become a well-visited tourist destination for anyone coming to Canada`s largest city. Last week, Hannah and I decided on a whim to spend a night in the city with its majestic falls. For Egyptologists, of course, Niagara holds special significance as the mummy of Ramesses I used to call the city home for over 100 years (1). He ‘lived’ in the Niagara Falls Museum until late 1999, when the Egyptian collection of the museum was purchased to become part of the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. The mummy would eventually be returned to Egypt to great pomp and circumstance. Niagara lost perhaps its most famous resident…
2017 is already in full swing. Down south a new President has been sworn in and here in Toronto we are still waiting for the deep freeze. The semester has also resumed and this time around I am TAing for a new course on Egyptian myth and mythology, which will be enlightening. I had previously TAed a course on Egyptian religion, so this course’s focus will take me deeper into the realm between science and faith – at least from an Egyptian perspective.
It is hard to believe that summer has already come and gone. While it may have been a roast for many of us here in southern Ontario, a new academic year stands before us once more. For me personally, the summer was a great change in pace compared to my last year as I passed my exams and my thesis proposal was accepted – woohoo! So for my year 4, I get to dive straight into my research, something which I have been waiting to do for a long time.
I have just returned from a two week trip to Vancouver, where I visited my family and celebrated my mom’s sweet 60th birthday. It is hard to believe that it has been three years now that Hannah and I moved to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Flying back to Vancouver was not only a great chance to meet up with family and friends, but I also decided to rekindle my passion for Egyptology in Vancouver.
In mid May, the Royal Ontario Museum organized an event titled Lost in Translation? Gender and Sexuality across Time and Cultures. It took place in Toronto, Canada during Pride Month, a time in our city where we take a closer look at our society, celebrate our diversity, and bring marginalized groups to the forefront. The key event, of course, was to be the Pride parade, which took place on July 3. Hence, it was only appropriate that the museum decided to partake in this very important conversation