This week, its time to delve into Egyptian emotions with MRes candidate Madeline Jenkins. Don’t know about you, but I’m getting excited just thinking about it…
Hi, my name is Madeline and I am a Master of Research (MRes) candidate in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. I am also a tutor with the fantastic Macquarie Ancient Languages School (for Hieroglyphic Egyptian, of course). Throughout my undergraduate degree at Macquarie University I developed an interest in the ancient Egyptian language. My current research interests include the Egyptian script (particularly determinatives!), Egyptian grammar, semantic theories, cognitive linguistics and lexicography. I am also interested in emotional lexicons and the relationship between emotion and language.
My MRes thesis focuses on the lexical-semantic analyses of ancient Egyptian words for sadness and will explore what the use of these sadness words reveals about how the emotion of sadness was conceptualised, provoked and expressed in the Egyptian textual record. My research will critically engage with the History of Emotions approach and evaluate how core concepts from this approach can meaningfully frame, shape and delineate the scope of ancient Egyptian emotions research. My supervisor is the wonderful A/Prof Boyo Ockinga.
Something that I have really enjoyed over the past month are the weekly Zoom meetings that I have with some of my MRes Ancient History peers. Whether it is giving feedback on written work, discussing ideas, or having a trivia night, this group brightens up my week with their encouragement and humour.
A study technique I have been trying recently in order to keep my research moving is to write something each weekday, even if it is only for 30 minutes or so. This writing might include a reflection on a reading, freewriting on what I think a word means after analysing attestations, mind-mapping ideas and concepts, a reflection at the end of the workday, scaffolding paragraphs or writing sections of my thesis. Although sometimes, my daily writing has neither quality nor quantity, I find that writing helps me piece together ideas in ways that I might have missed, consolidates and synthesises what I have read/analysed that day and helps me feel that my research is moving forward.