Mon, 10.07.2023 – 13.07.2023

Tempus Fugit: Challenging Time(s) and Text(s) in Order to Refine Ancient Egyptian Historical Chronology

Hybrid Conference | Vienna

The Angel of Time, Chartres Cathedral (© OeAW-OeAI/R. Gundacker)
»Tempus Fugit: Challenging Time(s) and Text(s) in Order to Refine Ancient Egyptian Historical Chronology«

Ancient Egyptian historical chronology is an elaborate and sophisticated fabric finely woven from many different fibres. However, the strands of information at our disposal do not always go together without difficulties, and sometimes, indeed, it seems the fabric of time has torn. It is therefore indispensable to trace every string of information, to assess every source critically, and to bring together cautiously and diligently the diverse data at our disposal.

Written material is certainly one of the most important sources for ancient Egyptian historical chronology, yet the inscriptions and texts raise innumerable and immense challenges. Often enough, it is not only delicate details of philological or contextual interpretation, but fundamental uncertainties about a source’s original purpose and the nature of its content.

On behalf of the ERC Starting Grant “Challenging Time(s): A New Approach to Written Sources for Ancient Egyptian Chronology”, we have the joy and pleasure to announce this international conference on the rough difficulties of assessing and on the subtle intricacies of interpreting ancient Egyptian written sources in light of their role for reconstructing ancient Egyptian history and historical chronology.

Call for Papers
Declarations of interest to participate are highly welcome before 15 January 2023. For further details, we refer to the Call for Papers. The Call for Papers has been closed.

Programme and Abstracts
The conference programme and a booklet of abstracts are now available via this website.

Audience Registration 
The greatest part of this conference will be held in a hybrid format.

This conference will take place at the Austrian Archaeological Institute, Hollandstrasse 11–13 (Lecture Room, 1st floor), 1020 Vienna. We kindly ask you to keep in mind that there will only be a limited number of seats for in-person audience which renders registering in advance indespensable. For that reason, please register by sending an email with your personal data (name, affiliation, days of the conference you intend to visit) to Annik Wüthrich until 30 June 2023. Registration is only valid and completed after you have received a confirmation email.

The digital component of this conference will be held via Zoom. The registration link for attending this conference digitally has now been published via this website. Please register until 5 July 2023. We kindly ask you to keep in mind that registering as online audience is only possible with an institutional email address or an email address containing the full name of the registering person for security reasons.

We would like to inform you that this event will be photo/film documented. This material may be used for public outreach and publications of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. With your registration and/or participation you agree to the use of this material. Further information concerning data protection can be found here.

Thank you very much for your patience, your understanding, and your cooperation.


ERC Starting Grant »Challenging Time(s)« (Grant Agreement Nr. 757951)
This research project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.



10-13 July, 2023

OeAW, Hollandstraße 11-13, 1020 Vienna, 1st floor

Audience Registration
On site (until 30 June 2023):
Please contact Annik Wüthrich
Online (until 5 July 2023):
Please register via Zoom


Organising Committee
Roman Gundacker
Annik Wüthrich
Charlotte Dietrich
Johannes Jüngling
Julian Posch


Call for Papers




Project info