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Susanne Binder is Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Archaeology and member of the Australian Centre for Egyptology. She researches in the discipline of Egyptology. Until 2022, Susanne Binder taught across the disciplines of German Studies and Egyptology in the Department of MCCALL (Media, Communication, Creative Arts, Language and Literature) and in the Department of History and Archaeology.

In German Studies she taught at all levels, from A1 to C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). With her language-teaching colleagues in the department she designed, convened and taught in the thematic unit INTS2001 Language in Use, a unit for students from across the languages in the department introducing them to methods and approaches in linguistic studies. Susanne also taught in INTS3020 Language, Literature and Translation. 

In ancient history, Susanne's focus was on Egypt with the introduction to hieroglyphic Egyptian (AHIS1150), ancient Egyptian literature (AHIS272), Egypt in the New Kingdom (AHIS373) and AHIS1250 Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology.

Teaching Awards
2012 - The Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
2012 - Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Susanne's research interests focus on literature and literary studies and on 19th century German manuscript documents, travel accounts, historical enquiry and the history of 19th century scientific exploration of Egypt, esp. the German expedition with Richard Lepsius (1842-45). The on-going Weidenbach Diary Project has close ties with the Lepsius Archive at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and has been supported and funded by an MQRDG (research development grant, 2014-2015) as well as by the Universities Australia and DAAD ) German Academic Exchange Service) Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (2016-2017).

In Egyptology, her research concentrates on the New Kingdom, administration and society, prosopography, Egyptian archaeology and material culture. Since 1995, Susanne has taken part in the annual archaeological fieldwork of the Macquarie Theban Tombs Project, working in Luxor (Egypt) with A/Prof. Boyo Ockinga and the team in the tombs TT 148 (Amenemope), TT 233 (Saroy), TT 147 (Neferrenpet) and TT 149 (Amenmose), which date to the 18-20th Dynasties of the New Kingodm (ca. 1400-1140 BCE).

Higher Degree Research (PhD) supervision – completed

  • Gillian Smith (2017-2021) The Hypostyle Hall at Karnak Temple: Approaches to decoding complexity and experiencing a monumental space
  • Laura Peirce (2016-2019) Foreigners at Karnak: utilising the 'other' for the study of Egyptian identity from the Second Intermediate Period until the reign of Thutmose III (c. 1803-1425 BC).

Higher Degree Research (PhD) principal supervisor – current

  • Meg Lisle (2015-2024) Working title: Dancers, musicians and mourners: The involvement of non-royal women in religious practice in New Kingdom Egypt.
  • Sophie Harris (2018-2023) Working title: "Recount to me some fine words (md.wt nfr.wt) and choice utterances (ṯs.w stp.w)": metaphors and their rhetorical significance in ancient Egyptian didactic literature.
  • David Chapman (2019-2024) Working title: Servants of a Theban god: A prosopographical study of officials associated with the temples of Montu in the New Kingdom

MRes (Master of Research) - principal supervisor - completed

  • Trent Hugler (2021) Thutmose II: Re-evaluating the evidence for an elusive king of the early Eighteenth Dynasty
  • Austin Megier (2020) "One sings for you with the hand": Gestures in Old Kingdom musical  ensemble scenes.
  • David Chapman (2018) The Eyes and Ears of the king: Identity, power and the king's inner circle
  • Sophie Harris (2017) Metaphors they lived by in Ancient Egypt: Analysing The Prophecy of Neferty and The Admonitions of Ipuwer
  • Gillian Smith (2016) The Area of Pylons Four.Five and Six at Karnak Temple: Assessing the architecture, sequence of construction and ensuing historical implications
  • Laura Peirce (2015) The Legacy of the Hyksos: A study in cultural memory and identity
  • Meg Lisle (2014) Women in religious practice of the Nineteenth Dynasty



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