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THAIS ROCHA

Research Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. PhD in Egyptology, Faculty of Oriental Studies, St Benet's Hall, University of Oxford.

My research aims to understand how ancient Egyptians conceived and experienced domestic space during the New Kingdom (1550–1069 BCE). Building on my DPhil devoted to investigating domestic space at the Workmen's Village of Amarna through an anthropological-oriented framework, I now expand the scope both chronologically and geographically. This investigation is anchored in recent theoretical developments from Household Archaeology, Material Culture and ethnographic research. I explore new models to understand houses through material culture, especially related to the social construction of the domestic sphere. I am currently part of the Amarna Project in Egypt.

 

BIO

Before joining Oxford, I did my MPhil in the Arab and Hebrew Language Department at the University of São Paulo. My dissertation investigated gender relations in Ptolemaic Egypt (330 BC - 30 BC) based on the study of letters. As MPhil student, I was a visiting scholar at the Oriental Institute in Chicago (2009) and later in the United Kingdom (2011, 2013), when I started engaging with British Egyptology in the British Museum, University College London, the University of Oxford and the Egyptian Exploration Society. I studied History for my BA also at the University of São Paulo, Brazil (2001) focusing on Ancient History and Archaeology.

I have extensive experience as a teacher and museum educator. For over 12 years I worked as History teacher in Brazil covering topics in Brazilian and general history. I have also contributed to develop teaching materials for various publishers in Brazil. At Oxford I taught topics related to Egyptian art and history and the archaeology of Amarna. 

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TEACHING

Courses and Tutorials

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AMARNA

I've been teaching about the history and the archaeology of Amarna using an interdisciplinary approach. My focus is on material culture and archaeology of settlements. I taught about Amarna at Oxford in tutorials, lectures and museum classes for undergraduate and graduate students.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE

I gave tutorials about ancient Egyptian art covering topics such as daily life, religion and history. I encouraged students to engage critically with the scholarship and material culture through a systematic observation and description of the artefacts.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Research and Articles

'BRAZILIAN EGYPTOLOGY: REASSESSING COLONIALISM AND EXPLORING LIMITS’

2019

in Hana Navratilova; Thomas L. Gertzen; Aidan Dodson; Andrew Bednarski. (eds).
Towards a History of Egyptology. Proceedings of the Egyptological Section of the 8th ESHS Conference in London, 2018. Münster: Zaphon, 2019, 127–146

REASSESSING MODELS IN GENDER AND DOMESTIC SPACE IN NEW KINGDOM WORKMEN'S VILLAGES

2018

In Stephanie Lynn Budin, Megan Cifarelli, Agnès Garcia-Ventura & Adelina Millet Albà (eds). Gender and Methodology in the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the Second Workshop held at the Universitat de Barcelona, February 1-3, 2017. Barcelona: Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, p. 299–312.

TROPICAL EGYPT: THE DEVELOPMENT OF EGYPTOLOGY IN BRAZIL AND ITS FUTURE CHALLENGES

2017

In Christian Langer (ed). Global Egyptology: Negotiations in the
Production of Knowledges on Ancient Egypt in Global Contexts. London:
Golden House Publications, p. 161-172.

FRONTEIRAS DA EGIPTOLOGIA: ORIENTALISMO, HELENIZAÇÃO E ESTUDOS DE GÊNERO.

2016

Tiraz
(USP), v. 8, p. 42-57

 
 

ON THE MEDIA

BRAZILIAN RESEARCHER LOOKS INTO ANCIENT EGYPT HOUSEHOLDS

July 29, 2020

BRINGING GENDER BACK ONTO THE AGENDA IN EGYPTOLOGY

2018

HISTORIADORA EXAMINA OS CONCEITOS DE GÊNERO, ESPAÇO DOMÉSTICO E PRIVACIDADE NO EGITO ANTIGO

2017

EGITO ANTIGO: UMA BIBLIOGRAFIA COMENTADA

2015

EGITO MADE IN BRAZIL 

2013

BRASILEIRA INTEGRA DEPARTAMENTO DE EGIPTOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DE OXFORD, NA INGLATERRA

2014

POR QUE OS EGIPTÓLOGOS PRECISAM DE EDWARD SAID?

June 10, 2013

 

EM PORTUGUÊS

Pesquisadora Associada, Harris Manchester, Universidade de Oxford

Minha pesquisa se concentra em entender como os egípcios concebiam e experienciavam o espaço doméstico durante o Reino Novo (1550–1069 AEC). No meu doutorado, estudei a Vila de Trabalhadores de Amarna, um assentamento que abrigava a mão de obra engajada nos projetos de construção reais. Meu novo projeto de volta ao Brasil, em colaboração com a Universidade de Oxford, amplia essa investigação geográfica e cronologicamente, explorando modelos de constituição da vida doméstica a partir da cultura material. Minha pesquisa é baseada numa abordagem interdisciplinar que incorpora uma leitura antropológica do espaço doméstico a partir da cultura material e de pesquisas etnográficas.

 

ETC

TAE KWON DO

I practice Tae Kwon do since 2008. During my time in Oxford, this martial art was crucial to keep me sharp and healthy. I joined the university team against Cambridge in Varsity for 3 years and I was awarded two Oxford Blues for winning the fights together with the Oxford crew.

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ST BENET'S HALL

I was part of the first group of women studying in the college. I participated in the creation of the Graduate Society at St Benet’s Hall and acted as its president for two years. We established the Graduate Study Room at Norham Gardens. The building was the house of Prof. Griffith, who created the department of Egyptology at Oxford, which certainly added a special meaning for me. I enjoyed helping the college to establish a productive and supportive working space for grads and to organised the first series of Graduate Seminars.

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LIZ AND FILÓ

The best cats even when they do all those cat things.

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THE GEEK SIDE

Big sci-fi fan. Reading and watching about other universes are always insightful to understand human experience.

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GET IN TOUCH

Harris Manchester College. Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TD, United Kingdom

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