Nefertiti and Digital Colonialism: A Short Bibliography

I am not an Egyptologist. My specialities are digital humanities, epigraphy, and the laws of the late Roman Empire. The beauty of academia and of journalism is that far more brilliant people than you can allow exploration of intellectual terrain through their research, writing, and excavation.

This is certainly the case for my new article out now at Hyperallergic, What the “Nefertiti Hack” Tells Us About Digital Colonialism. As per usual, I wanted to use my personal blog to elaborate on the process and sources for the piece, which I began writing in 2017 and only finished in the last week. Of utmost import is that you read the Tyldesley and Geismar books.

Digital render of the Egyptian Museum of Berlin’s 3D scan of the underside of the bust of Nefertiti with CC license digitally added. The bust was acquired in 2019 by Cosmo Wenman (image via Cosmo Wenman and under a CC-BY-NC license).

AD&D 4D, “What is the genuine Nefertiti? (CC Attribution).

Al-Badri, Nora and Jan Nikolai Nelles. 2015. “The Other Nefertiti.
3D model Files: > direct download ; .stl file as a torrent > torrent download

Bond, Sarah E. June 18, 2018. “Digitization ≠ Repatriation: When Digital Humanities Provides Access But Not Restitution,” History from Below.

Akhtar, Saima, Kristine Khouri, and Andrea Wallace, edd. “White Cube / Black Box: The Universal Museum and the Digital Age, a Virtual Symposium for Rayyane Tabet / Alien Property,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, April 27-28, 2021.

Bishara, Hakim. May 2, 2021. “Germany Announces Plan to Return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria,” Accessed May 25, 2021.

DuBois, Shirley Graham. 1970. “Egypt is Africa,The Black Scholar 1:7, 20-27, DOI: 10.1080/00064246.1970.11644164

Fernandez, Iris, Jeffrey Becker, Sean Gillies, and Tom Elliott, ‘Amarna: a Pleiades place resource‘, Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2021 [accessed: 25 May 2021].

Geismar, Haidy. 2018. Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age. London: UCL Press.

Hanna, Monica. “Curriculum Vitae,” Accessed on May 25, 2021.

Hicks, Dan et al. “Current Research on African Restitution,” Pitt Rivers Museum. Accessed May 25, 2021.

Kwet, Michael. March 4, 2021. “Digital Colonialism: The evolution of US Empire,” in Transnational Institute (TNI) Longreads.

Margit, Maya. January 29, 2020. “Archaeologist Launches Repatriation Campaign for Egyptian Treasures,” Accessed May 25, 2021.

Paquette, Danielle. May 10, 2021. “Germany has agreed to return Nigeria’s looted treasure. Will other countries follow?” The Washington Post. Accessed May 25, 2021.

Reid, Donald M. . 1985. “Indigenous Egyptology: The Decolonization of a Profession?” Journal of the American Oriental Society 105, no. 2: 233-46. Accessed May 25, 2021.

_____1997. “Nationalizing the Pharaonic Past: Egypt 1922-1952,” in Rethinking nationalism in the Arab Middle East, edited by Israel Gershoni and James P. Jankowski. 127-149. New York: Columbia University Press.

Sarr, Felwine and Bénédicte Savoy. November 2018. “Rapport sur la restitution du patrimoine culturel africain. Vers une nouvelle éthique relationnelle (trans. The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage. Toward a New Relational Ethics),”

SMB digital, Online collections database, via the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Tyldesley, Joyce A. 2018a. Nefertiti’s face: the creation of an icon. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

_____2018b. “How Nefertiti’s bust ended up in Germany,” Financial Review. February 23, 2018.

Wenman, Cosmo. “Nefertiti 3D Scan Foia,” Accessed May 25, 2021.

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