For our first ever MQ Ancient World HDR we hear from Hannah Vogel, a second year MRes student researching, or should I say, contesting ableist narratives in Egyptology. How you may ask? Read on…
Hi! I’m Hannah, a Master of Research (MRes) candidate here at Macquarie University within the Department of Ancient History, and the co-coordinator of Tele’s Angels (an ancient history mentoring group run by and for students). I completed my undergraduate here at MQ graduating with a Bachelor of Ancient History in 2018. My broader research interests are in Egyptology, archaeology, bioarcheology, visual representation and themes around marginalization including physical impairment, disability, ethnicity, gender and groups typically defined as ‘other’. My MRes research focuses on physical impairment and disability in ancient Egypt branching out into the fields of disability studies, bioarcheology, paleopathology and Egyptology.
My current working title is “Contesting Ableist Narratives in Egyptology: A Theoretical Recalibration of ‘Disability’ in Old Kingdom Egypt”. My thesis is an interdisciplinary project bridging Egyptology, bioarchaeology, disability studies and critical disability studies. I will be looking at the terms, assumptions and understandings of impairment, ability and disability within Egyptological literature. I am also undertaking a case study of one individual from Old Kingdom Egypt (c. 2686–2181 BC) with the aim of theoretically recalibrating ‘disability’ to be more culturally contextualised. It is my hope that this MRes lays solid foundations for future research (in and beyond) this topic. 😊 My fantastic supervisors are Dr Alex Woods and A/Prof Ronika Power.
Something interesting I’ve learnt in the past month is to schedule my downtime! While I’ve always been a bit of a scheduler (I love a good list!), I had never included activities that were not ‘work’. With everyone having to stay at home, we have all been finding new ways to navigate working from home. It took me some time, but with some advice from my superb supervisors I have scheduled into my daily and weekly routines some fun non-thesis activates. Previously, I had tried to avoid spending time on my hobbies and crafts, worried that I was wasting ‘thesis time’. Over this past month it has been great to learn how to better manage my time by including enjoyable ‘non-productive’ activities. Overall, I think this will increase my productivity, it is certainly less stressful, I strongly recommend! 😊