Dr Angela Stienne

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Email: as867@le.ac.uk

Website: www.mummystories.com

Twitter: @angela_stienne

I am currently Medicine Galleries Research Fellow at the Science Museum (London) researching the history of human remains from the Wellcome Collection at the Science Museum.

My background is as a museologist and a cultural historian interested in cultures of collecting of human remains, with a particular focus on Egyptian mummies. I am particularly interested in engagements with Egyptian human remains in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, medical dissections of mummified bodies, and encounters with human remains in museums. My most recent research focuses on racial studies of Egyptian mummies in Paris, especially in the context of Georges Cuvier and the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris in the nineteenth century. I am also actively formulating ways to bring these stories to light in the contemporary museum.

My doctoral thesis Encountering Egyptian Mummies, 1753-1858 was a cultural history of engagements with Egyptian mummies in Paris and London. It contends that museums are trying to resolve ethical issues surrounding their human remains in museums without knowledge of their collecting histories. The complete thesis may be accessed here (open access): https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/41263

My academic research is complemented by active engagement with the public on questions of ethics of human remains in museums. Since 2016, I am the founder of Mummy Stories, the first online participatory project to invite individuals to share their stories of encounters with human remains.  I am actively engaged with questions of communication, and I have taught communication courses for researchers, especially on social media for academic research. I have also worked and volunteered for a variety of museums and heritage institutions, including the Musée du Louvre, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Leicester Museums and the Science Museum London.

 

Qualifications

2014-2018: PhD Museum Studies, University of Leicester

2013-2014: MA Museum Studies (Distinction), University of Leicester

2010-2013: BA (Hons.) Ancient History and Egyptology, University College London (UCL)

2009-2010: BA (first year) Art History and Archaeology, La Sorbonne-Paris IV

 

Conference Papers, Public Lectures and Posters

29 March 2019, ‘Encounters with Egyptian mummies at the Louvre’, Friends of the Petrie Museum Lecture, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London

September 2018, ‘The Musée de l’Homme has lost touch with its history: rewriting colonial history in Paris’, Museums (em)Power, University of Leicester

July 2018, ‘The Controversial Mummy’, British Museum Egyptological Colloquium, British Museum

March 2018, ‘Egyptian mummies in museums’, PubhD Leicester

December 2017, ‘Not a mummy: behind the scene at the British Museum’, Images of Research entry, University of Leicester

October 2017, ‘The controversial mummy’, Museum Hour (online)

July 2017, ‘Dominique Vivant Denon, Romantic impressions of mummy collecting’, ASTENE, University of East Anglia

June 2017, Poster presentation, Festival of Postgraduate Research, University of Leicester

October 2016, ‘Egyptian mummies in museums: rethinking narratives and display’, Think Tank, University of Leicester

September 2016, ‘Making the mummy: individual engagements and institutional responses to Egyptian mummies’ Tea with the Sphinx, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

July 2016, ‘Mummy stories: Unwrapping history’, PhDepiction entry, University of Leicester

September 2015, ‘Collection and display of Egyptian mummies in 18th century London’, West Midlands Egyptology Society, Birmingham

June 2015, ‘Egyptian mummies: A history unwrapped’, Research Week, University of Leicester

April 2015, ‘Movement of objects in museum context: issues related to the relocation of the Musée du Louvre stored collection’, Current Research in Egyptology XV, Ashmolean museum


Publications

June 2019, ‘To turn round a dead’: Engagements with Egyptian mummies in London at the turn of the nineteenth century’, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA)

December 2016, ‘The Egyptian mummy in UK museums: cultural histories and object biographies’, Techné 44 (C2RMF)

 

Miscellaneous Papers and Reports

September 2017, ‘Think you know mummies, think again: Mummy Stories’, Frontier, University of Leicester

https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/doctoralcollege/frontier/frontier-issue-4

April 2017, ‘Musée de l’Homme: Untold stories’, ICOM ICME newsletter

http://icom.museum/uploads/tx_hpoindexbdd/ICME_News_81.pdf

October 2016, ‘Mummies unwrapped: From medical dissections to public performances’, Frontier, University of Leicester

https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/doctoralcollege/frontier/issue-three

August 2015, Interviewee in D’Lêtzebuerger Land http://www.land.lu/page/article/456/8456/DEU/index.html

 

Professional Memberships

2017 – present: Member of ICOM UK

2017-2018: Member of ASTENE

2015- present: Member of the British Museum

2013 – present: Member of the Egypt Exploration Society

2012 – present: Friend of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

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