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Professor Herman Bell

M.Litt. (Oxon.), M.A. & Ph.D. (Northwestern)


Extension: 5250

Telephone: 01392 725250

Professor, Senior Research Fellow

Herman Bell is a Senior Research Fellow at Exeter. He is collaborating with Nubian scholars on the languages and culture of Egyptian and Sudanese Nubia. His activities include:

Discovering Nubia

  • Preserving a large collection of photographs taken before the Nubians had to leave their homelands along the Nile in 1964 as a result of the flood waters of the High Dam near Aswan
  • Using the photographs to stimulate memories of the historic homelands
  • Recording a corpus of memories in the Nubian language with translation and commentary in English and Arabic
  • Collaborating with Nubian institutions to disseminate the results of this project
  • Collaborating with Nubian scholars who are promoting literacy in Nubian and developing a writing system based on the distinctive Nubian alphabet of the mediaeval period
  • Promoting Nubian creativity in music, art and literature
  • Providing a record of the spectacular house decorations of Nubia before the flood

    For the Nubian Studies and Documentation Centre please click on
    For the Nubian Museum in Aswan please click on

Survey of Geographical Names

  • Serving as a Sudan Expert at the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) since 2000
  • Serving as a Consultant for the Sudanese National Committee for Geographical Names since 2000
  • Recording the geographical names of Nubia since 1962
  • Served as a Member of the Board of the National Atlas of the Sudan in 1978-79

Minority Languages


  • Serving as a trustee for a registered English charity Together for Sudan granting scholarships to Sudanese women from war-torn areas

    For website please click on

For more information please click here for CV.