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Christian Langer

Christian Langer

Egyptological Seminar

PhD Candidate

Freie Universitaet Berlin

Christian Langer is a doctoral candidate in Egyptology at FU Berlin, having earned his magister degree at the University of Mainz. The topic of his doctoral dissertation is deportations in ancient Egyptian history between 3000 BCE and 332 BCE. He is the 2017 awardee of the ‘Foundation for Postgraduates in Egyptology.’ From 2016 to 2017, he was an Erasmus+ Visiting Research Student at UCL Institute of Archaeology. His research interests revolve around sociopolitical history, ideology, and political economy in pharaonic Egypt, as well as the colonial heritage of Egyptology, Egyptology in the Global South and the intersection of archaeology and politics. His publications include "Aspekte des Imperialismus in der Außenpolitik der 18. Dynastie" (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013) and the edited collection "Global Egyptology: Negotiations in the Production of Knowledges on Ancient Egypt in Global Contexts" (London: Golden House Publications, 2017).

Deportation and the Assignment of Deportees in Ancient Egyptian History: 3000 BCE–332 BCE

His doctoral dissertation produces the first comprehensive study of deportations in pharaonic Egypt, i.e. providing insights into short- and long-term policy changes economic and labor policies, and their effects on Egypt and its neighboring societies. Employing a comparative, multidisciplinary approach enabled him to identify the according information in the Egyptian and non-Egyptian source material. For instance, quantifiable evidence points to what extent Egyptian policies may have impacted the Levantine economy and demographic development during the Late Bronze Age, suggesting lasting consequences. Partly utilizing methodologies more common to social sciences, his project is rather aimed at a multidisciplinary audience.