• Finding Old Nubian, or, why we should divest from Western tongues

    Author(s):
    Vincent van Gerven Oei (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Union for Nubian Studies
    Subject(s):
    Philology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Old Nubian, Nubiology, Medieval studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/9m2q-7158
    Abstract:
    In this essay, I venture to describe my own trajectory, through linguistics and continental philosophy, to becoming a philologist specialized in the Old Nubian language, in tandem with a broader analysis of the destabilizing powers of philology that resonate in both deconstruction and psychoanalysis: the problem of the material carrier of writing as that which eventually determines the reading, the humbling idea that the most abstract thought of Plato can be traced to a crumbling fourth-century papyrus. In parallel, I also address the current state of Nubiology and how I have inserted myself into the field as an advocate of both accessible scholarship and a re-anchoring of the scientific field within the local political and social context of Egypt and the Sudan.
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