Dr. des.

Uroš Matić

MA

Biography

After finishing BA (2010) studies at the Department for Archaeology of the University in Belgrade (Serbia), as the best student in his generation with several prizes from the National Museum of Belgade (Best BA work) and the European Association of Archaeologists (special mention 2009), he finished his MA (2011) at the same university. Matić finished his Ph.D studies (2017) at the Institute for Egyptology and Coptic Studies of the University of Münster where he defended his thesis titled “Body and frames of war in New Kingdom Egypt: Violent treatments of enemies and prisoners” with double summa cum laude. For his Ph.D studies he received a 4 year grant from Delta Foundation (Serbia) and for his Ph.D research he received the prize of Foundation for Postgraduates in Egyptology (former Hans-Goedicke-Stiftung) in Vienna (2016). He has more than 10 years of experience in archaeological excavations and surveys in collaboartion with various institutons in Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Egypt (Austrian Archaeological Institute’s Cairo Branch and Swiss Institute for Egyptian Architectural and Archaeological Research). He is currently working on the project “Beautiful Kush: Cosmetic substances and utensils in New Kingdom Nubia” as part of DAAD P.R.I.M.E program, part of which is a one year research stay at OREA Institute (February 2018 – January 2019).

Areas of Specialisation

  • War and military in ancient Egypt (especially military violence)
  • Second Intermediate Period and New Kingdom Egypt and Nubia
  • Funerary and settlement archaeology in Egypt and Nubia
  • Aegean-Egyptian interconnections and relations
  • Beauty ideals in Egypt and Nubia
  • Gender archaeology
  • Theory in archaeology

Publications

Publications

forthcoming

  • Traditionally Unharmed? Women and Children in NK Battle Scenes. in: A. Kahlbacher ‒ E. Priglinger (eds.), Tradition and Transformation in Ancient Egypt. Proceedings of the 5th International Congress for Young Egyptologists, 15‒19 September, 2015, Vienna.
  • ‘They were like lions roaring upon the mountain-crests’: Soundscapes of war in New Kingdom Egypt, in: I. Incordino et alii., Current Research in Egyptology 2017 Naples Proceedings. Archaeopress.
  • “Execration” of Nubians in Avaris: A case of mistaken ethnic identity and hidden archaeological theory. Journal of Egyptian History.
  • The sap of life: Materiality and sex in the divine birth legend of Hatshepsut and Amenhotep III, in: R. Lemos C. Velloza and E. Meynart (eds.), Perspectives on materiality in ancient Egypt-agency, cultural reproduction and change, Archaeopress.
  • Aegean Art and Interconnections with Egypt, in: L. Hitchcock and B. Davis (eds.), A Companion to Aegean Art and Architecture. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World, Wiley Blackwell.
  • Review of Materiale Textkulturen: Konzepte-Materialien-Praktiken by Thomas Meier, Michael R. Ott and Rebecca Sauer (eds.). Berin/München/Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2015. Germania: Anzeiger der Römisch-Germanischen Kommission des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts.
  • Review of Eaton-Krauss, Marianne: The Unknown Tutankhamun. London and New York: Bloomsbury 2016. $39.99. ISBN: 9781472575616. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung.

2018

  • Review of: Fischer, P. M. & Bürge, T. (2017). "Sea Peoples" Up-to-Date. New Research on Transformations in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 13th‒11th Centuries BCE (Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie LXXXI. Contributions to the Chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean XXXV). Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Archäologische Informationen 41

2017

  • Scorched Earth: Violence and landscape in New Kingdom Egyptian representations of war. Istraživanja-Journal of Historical Researches 28: 7‒28.
  • (with F. Franković) Out of Date, Out of Fashion: The Changing of Dress of Aegean Figures in the Theban Tombs of the Egyptian 18th Dynasty in the Light of the Aegean Bronze Age Costume. Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici NS 3: 105–130.
  • „The best of the booty of His Majesty“: Evidence for foreign child labor in New Kingdom Egypt, in: Ch. Langer (ed.) Global Egyptology. Negotiations in the Production of Knowledges on Ancient Egypt in Global Contexts, GHP Egyptology 26, Golden House Publications, 53–63.
  • „Her striking but cold beauty“: Gender and violence in depictions of Queen Nefertiti smiting the enemies, in: U. Matić and B. Jensen (eds.), Archaeologies of gender and violence, Oxbow Books, 103–121.Review of: Rise of the Hyksos. Egypt and the Levant from the Middle Kingdom to the Early Second Intermediate Period. Archaeopress Egyptology 11. Anna-Latifa Mourad. Oxford: Archaepress, Archäologische Informationen 39: 317–321.(with B. Jensen) Introduction: Why do we need archaeologies of gender and violence and why now? in: U. Matić and B. Jensen (eds.), Archaeologies of gender and violence, Oxbow Books, 1–23.
  • Der ‘dritte Raum’, Hybridität und das Niltal: Das epistemologische Potenzial der postkolonialen Theorie in der Ägyptologie, in: S. Beck, B. Backes und A. Verbovsek (Hrsg.), Interkulturalität: Kontakt - Konflikt – Konzeptionalisierung, Beiträge des sechsten Berliner Arbeitskreis Junge Ägyptologie (BAJA 6) 13.11.-15.11.2015, Harrasowitz, 93–112.
  • Enemies hanged upside (head-) down, in: M. Tomorad and J. Popielska-Grzybowska (eds.), Egypt 2015: Perspectives of Research Proceedings of the Seventh European Conference of Egyptologists 2nd-7th June 2015, Zagreb, Croatia, Archaeopess, 319–327.
  • Review: Egipto y el Egeo a comienzos de la XVIII Dinastia. Una vision de sus relaciones, antecedents e influencia iconográfica by Inmaculada Vivas Sainz. Oxford: BAR Publishing, 2013, Pp. ix+237, 15 figures, 15 illustrations. Softcover, £ 40. ISBN 9781407312132. Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 14: 34–37.

2016

  • (De)queering Hatshepsut. Binary bind in archaeology of Egypt and kingship beyond the corporeal. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 23: 810–831.
  • Hafengebiet von Avaris und Bestattungen der Zweiten Zwischenzeit des Areals R/IV, Tell el-Dab'a. in: S. Beck, B. Backes, I-T. Liao, H. Simon und A. Verbovsek (Hrsg.), Gebauter Raum: Architektur - Landschaft - Mensch. Beiträge des fünften Münchner Arbeitskreises Junge Aegyptologie (MAJA 5) 12.12. bis 14.12.2014, Göttinger Orientforshungen IV. Reihe Ägypten 62. Harrassowitz Verlag, 139–150.
  • Gender in Ancient Egypt: Norms, Ambiguities, and Sensualities. Near Eastern Archaeology 79. 3: 174–183.
  • Review of: Rise of the Hyksos. Egypt and the Levant from the Middle Kingdom to the Early Second Intermediate Period. Archaeopress Egyptology 11. Anna-Latifa Mourad. Oxford: Archaepress, Archäologische Informationen 39: 317–321.

2015

  • Die „römischen“ Feinde in der meroitischen Kunst. Der Antike Sudan. Mitteilungen der Sudanarchäologischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin 26: 251–262.
  • (with I. Forstner-Müller, A. Hassler and P. Rose) Grabungen des Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts Kairo in Tell el-Dab'a/Avaris Der Hafen von Avaris- das Areal R/IV, Erster Vorbericht. Ägypten und Levante XXV: 73–87.
  • Are Dardanians attested in Egyptian sources? Cahiers Caribéens d’Egyptologie 19-20: 215–238.
  • Eine Anmerkung zu Q-t-y und pLeiden I 343 + I 345 (Recto VI: 7-10). Göttinger Miszellen 244: 57–66.
  • Children on the move: ms.w wr.w in the New Kingdom procession scenes, in: J. Mynarova, P. Onderka and P. Pavuk (eds.), There and Back Again – the Crossroads II Proceedings of an International Conference Held in Prague, September 15–18, 2014, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, 373–390.
  • Was there ever a “Minoan” princess on the Egyptian court?, in: M. Tomorad (ed.), A History of Research into Ancient Egyptian Culture Conducted in Southeast Europe, Archaeopress, 145–156
  • Pyramids, dragons and whores: (Post)colonial myths and metafictions in "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels by G. R. R. Martin, in: B. Hinson and B. Janulikova (eds.), Archaeology: Myths within and without, Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 172–184.
  • Review of: Mädchen im Altertum / Girls in Antiquity. Frauen-Forschung-Archäologie 11 (Hrsg. Susanne Moraw, Anna Kieburg). Münster: Waxmann''. Archäologische Informationen 38: 1–3.
  • Aegean emissaries in the tomb of Senenmut and their gift to the Egyptian king. Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 7. 4: 38–52.

2014

  • “Minoans”, kftjw and the “islands in the middle of wAD wr” beyond ethnicity. Ägypten und Levante XXIV: 277–294.
  • Headhunting on the Roman Frontier: (Dis)respect, Mockery, Magic and the Head of Augustus from Meroe, in: M. Janković, V. D. Mihajlović and S. Babić (eds.), Edges of the Roman World, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 117–134.
  • „Nubian“ archers in Avaris: A study of culture-historical reasoning in archaeology of Egypt. Etnoantropološki problemi (Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology) 9.3: 697–721.
  • Der Kopf einer Augustus-Statue aus Meroe. Sokar 28: 68–71.
  • Images of pharaonic past: On development and state of Egyptology in Serbia, in: E. Epštajn (ed.), Egypt remembered by Serbia, Museum of African Art, 29–42.
  • Review of: Stefanović, Danijela: The Holders of Regular Military Titles in the Period of the Middle Kingdom: Dossiers. London: Golden House Publications 2006. VIII, 244 S. 8° ¼ Egyptology 4. Kart. £ 20.00. ISBN 0-9550256-6-4. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 109 (3): 186–187.
  • Review of: Spalinger, Anthony/Armstrong, Jeremy (Hg.): Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World. Leiden/Boston: Brill 2013. 157 S. 8° ¼ Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 63. Hartbd. € 98,00. ISBN 978-90-04-25100-7. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 109 (4-5): 283–285.

2013

  • (with B. Jensen) Gendered violence in the past-Materialities and corporealities. The European Archaeologist 40: 60–62.

2012

  • To queer or not to queer? That is the question: Sex/gender, prestige and burial no. 10 on the Mokrin necropolis. Dacia LVI, 169–185.
  • Out of the word and out of the picture? Keftiu and materializations of ‘Minoans’, in: Ing-Marie Back Danielsson, Fredrik Fahlander and Ylva Sjöstrand (eds.), Encountering Imagery: Materialities, Perceptions, Relations, Stockholm University, 235–254
  • Egiptologija, rod i seksualnost: kritička perspektiva (Egyptology, gender and sexuality: critical perspective). Genero: časopis za feminističku teoriju i studije kulture (Genero: journal of feminist theory and culture studies) 16: 59–82.
  • Review: Joseph Maran and Philipp W. Stockhammer (eds.) Materiality and Social Practice: Transformative Capacities of Intercultural Encounters. Oxford and Oakville: Oxbow Books, 220 pp. Etnoantropološki problemi (Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology) 7 (3): 871–874.

2011

  • Ex oriente nigri: „Kapetan crnaca“ i fabrikacija minojske kulture (in Serbian, trans. Ex oriente nigri: Captain of the Blacks and the fabrication of Minoan culture). Etnoantropološki problem (Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology) 6/3: 641–657.

2010

  • Dupljajska kolica i tela koja nešto znače (in Serbian, trans. Dupljaja cart and bodies that matter). Genero: časopis za feminističku teoriju i studije kulture (Genero: journal of feminist theory and culture studies) 14: 129–159.

 

Editorships


2017

  • (with B. Jensen) Archaeologies of Gender and Violence. Oxbow Books.

Detailed Biography

Detailed Biography

Academic Career

  • 2017
    Ph.D in Egyptology at the University of Münster (double summa cum laude)
  • 2011
    MA in Archaeology at the University of Belgrade
  • 2010
    BA in Archaeology at the University of Belgrade

 

Scientific Career

  • 2018–2019
    Research fellow (Post Doc) at the University of Münster and OREA-Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology. Project “Beautiful Kush: Cosmetic substances and utensils in New Kingdom Nubia” as part of DAAD P.R.I.M.E program.
  • 2017
    Lecturer at the University of Münster
  • 2016
    Research assistant at the University of Münster
  • 2010–2012
    Teaching Assistant at the University of Belgrade

 

Academic awards, fellowships

  • 2017
    DAAD P.R.I.M.E Post Doc fellowship (02. January 2018 – 30. June 2019)
  • 2016
    Foundation for Postgraduates in Egyptology of the University of Vienna (previously Hans Goedicke Foundation), prize for the best research proposal for academic year 2016
  • 2012–2016
    Delta Foundation (Serbia) research grant for Ph.D studies
  • 2011–2016
    “Dositeja” scholarship of Fund for Young Talents, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Republic of Serbia
  • 2011
    The best BA thesis on Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, rewarded by National Museum in Belgrade. BA thesis title: “Egypt and Aegean in III and III milennium B.C: Culture contacts and culture transformations” (in Serbian).
    Club 27, ERSTE bank (Serbia) scholarship, winner in the category of social sciences
  • 2010
    The best student of the generation 2006, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
  • 2009
    Special Mention at the 16th Annual Business Meeting of European Association of Archaeologists for The Best Undergraduate Student Paper titled: Power Over The Body In a Hybrid Reality: Anthropomorphic Figurines of Bubanj-Salcuţa-Krivodol Complex on Central Balkans
    The best research paper in social science and humanities on the University of Belgrade, paper title: Fragmentacija i manipulacija: Antropomorfne figurine Bubanj-Salcuţa-Krivodol kompleksa nacentralnom Balkanu (in Serbian, English trans. Fragmentation and manipulation: Anthropomorphic figurines of Bubanj-Salcuţa-Krivodol complex on the central Balkans)
    Eurobank EFG (Serbia) scholarship for the best 100 Serbian students of finishing year undergraduate studies, Eurobank EFG program “We invest into European values”

 

Memberships

  • Since 2014
    Aegeus - Society for Aegean Prehistory
  • Since 2012
    Centrum für Geschichte und Kultur des Östlichen Mittelmeerraums, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  • Since 2009
    European Association of Archaeologists
    Archaeology and Gender in Europe, working party of the European Association of Archaeologists, co-chair since September 2016

Presented Papers

Presented Papers

Vorträge der letzten Jahre

2017

  • Can the Nubian Speak? Postkoloniale Theorie und die Archäologie und Geschichtsschreibung Nubiens im Neuen Reich. Conference ‘Postkoloniale Antike? Alterität in den Altertumswissenschaften’, Basel (04.–05.12.2017)
  • Killing living icons: Posibilities and challenges of interpreting human skeletal remains as evidence for execration rituals in ancient Egypt. Workshop ‘A Closer Look at Execration Figurines’. Heidelberg (12.–14.10.2017)
  • The Sea Peoples and the discourse of balkanism in archaeology of the Late Bronze Age. Conference ‘2nd Perspectives on Balkan Archaeology, Spheres of Interaction – Contacts and Relationships between the Balkans and adjacent regions in the Late Bronze / Iron Ages (13/12th – 6/5th centuries BCE’), Belgrade (15.–17.09.2017)
  • Vassals, clients or mimic men? Case studies from Middle Bronze Age Tell el-Dab‘a (Avaris) and Byblos. Conference ‘Generous Patrons, Loyal Clients. The question of evidence’, Prague (04.–05.09.2017)
  • Wretched but Beautiful Kush: Cosmetic Utensils and the Adoption of Egyptian Ideals of Beauty in New Kingdom Nubia. 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Maastricht, the Netherlands 2017. Session: Beautiful bodies: Gender, self-care and material culture in the past (organised by Uroš Matić and Sanja Vučetić, Institute of Archaeology, UCL) (30.08.–01.09.2017)
  • “No one of them could find his hand”: The practice of enemy hand cutting in New Kingdom Egypt. CECE 8 – VIIIth European Conference of Egyptologists. Egypt 2017: Perspectives of Research, Lisbon (26.06.–01.07.2017)
  • Egyptology and Queer Theory: Objectivity and Subjectivity in interpreting Niankhnum and Khnumhotep, royal manicurists from the 5th Dynasty Egypt. Workshop ‘Von der Quelle zur Theorie: Vom Verhältnis zwischen Objektivität und Subjektivität in den historischen Wissenschaften’, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (20.05.2017)
  • “They were like lions roaring upon the mountain-crests”: Soundscapes of war in New Kingdom Egypt. Conference ‘Current Research in Egyptology 2017’, Naples (02.–06.05.2017)

2016

  • Egyptian gods and Ars Erotica from Text to Material Culture: A Diachronic Overview. Conference ‘Funktion/en: Materielle Kultur – Sprache – Religion, Siebter Berliner Arbeitskreis Junge Aegyptologie (BAJA7), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (02.–04.12.2016)
  • Der ‘dritte Raum’, Hybridität und das Niltal: Das epistemologische Potenzial der postkolonialen Theorie in der Ägyptologie. Conference ‘Interkulturalität: Kontakt – Konflikt – Konzeptionalisierung, Sechster Berliner Arbeitskreis Junge Aegyptologie (BAJA 6), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (12.–14.11.2016)
  • On Typhon, red men and the tomb of Osiris: Ancient (mis)interpretations and human sacrifice in Egypt. Conference ‘Imperialism and Identities at the Edges of the Roman World 3’, Petnica Science Station, Valjevo, Serbia (22.–26.09.2016)
  • Archaeology of genital mutilation: Phalli-cutting, military violence and gender in ancient Egypt. Conference ‘Hierarchy and Equality – Representations of Sex/Gender in the Ancient World, Norwegian Institute in Athens (11.–13.09.2016)
  • Women and children as prisoners in Meroe. 12th International Conference for Meroitic Studies, Prague (05.–09.09.2016)
  • Archaeology of death at Tell el-Dab'a: Past, present and future perspectives. 10th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE), Vienna (25.–29.04.2016)

2015

  • Traditionally unharmed? Women and children in ancient Egyptian war scenes. 5th International Congress for Young Egyptologists, Vienna (15.–19.09.2015)
  • Enemies to living icons: From m sxd to sxd.w. CECE 7 – VIIth European Conference of Egyptologists 2015: Perspectives of Research, Zagreb (02.–07.06.2015)

2014

  • Space for the Dead: The Second Intermediate Period Burials from R/IV, Tell el-Daba, Preliminary Results. Conference ‘Gebauter Raum: Architektur – Landschaft – Mensch’, Münchner Arbeitskreis Junge Aegyptologie, MAJA 5, München (12.–14.12.2014)
  • Children on the move: ms.w wr.w in the New Kingdom procession scenes. Conference ‘Crossroads II, or There and Back Again’, Prague (15.–18.09.2014)
  • Transformative capacities of Egyptian decorum: Transference, hybridization, creativity and the representations of Aegean objects. 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Istanbul, Turkey. Session: Materialising memories: Circuits of (re-)configuration (session sponsored by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a global context” at the University of Heidelberg, Germany) (10.–14.09.2014)
  • Binary bind in Egyptian archaeology: The case of Hatshepsut and Akhenaten. 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Istanbul, Turkey. Session “Binary bind:” deconstructing sex and gender dichotomies in archaeological practice (10.–14.09.2014)

Teaching

Teaching

  • WS 2016/2017
    Archäologie Ägyptens I/II: Theorie in der Ägyptologie und Archäologie (Institut für Ägyptologie und Koptologie, Westfälische Wilhelms Universität-Münster)