Thursday, Feb 1, 2007, 7 PM

Jan Assmann

Professor Emeritus of Egyptology, Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg

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Jan Assmann was appointed Professor of Egyptology at the Ruprecht Karls-Universität Heidelberg in 1976. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Advance Study in Berlin (1984/1985), a scholar at the J.P. Getty Center in Santa Monica (1994/1995), and a fellow at the Munich C. F. v. Siemens Foundation (1998/1999). He has taught in Paris (Collège de France, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, EHESS), Jerusalem (Hebrew University, Dormition Abbey), and the US (Yale University, Rice University). He is a recipient of the Max Planck Research Prize (1996) and the German Historian’s Prize (1998) and holds an honorary doctorate of theology from the department of Evangelical Theology of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (1998). Some of his recent publications are Moses der Ägypter (1998); Weisheit und Mysterium. Das Bild der Griechen von Ägypten (2000); Religion und kulturelles Gedächtnis (2000); Tod und Jenseits im Alten Ägypten (2001); Die Mosaische Unterscheidung oder der Preis des Monotheismus (2003); Die Zauberflöte. Oper und Mysterium (2005); Monotheismus und die Sprache der Gewalt (2006); and Thomas Mann und Ägypten. Mythos und Monotheismus in den Josephsromanen (2006). Recent English translations of his work include Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism (1998); The Mind of Egypt: History and Meaning in the Time of the Pharaohs (2003); Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt (2005); and Religion and Cultural Memory (2006)