Epigraphy, papyrology, ancient languages (Coptic, Greek, Old Nubian), history and culture of Egypt and Nubia between the 4th and 15th centuries, sociolinguistics.
My scholarly interests concentrate on the broadly understood literacy of Egypt and Nubia in Late Antiquity and Middle Ages, especially on epigraphic production. He pays particular attention to socio-cultural processes observable through the perspective of written sources.
The most important projects:
– since 2011: the on-line Database of Medieval Nubian Texts, gathering all manifestations of Nubian literacy dated to the Christian period;
– since 2012: epigraphist of the Polish-Sudanese archaeological mission in Ghazali (Wadi Abu Dom, Sudan), headed by Dr Artur Obłuski (PCMA UW);
– since 2016: member of the international research project “Edfu in the 7th century”, headed by Prof. Anne Boud’hors (CNRS-IRHT, Paris) and Prof. Alain Delattre (UL, Brussels), whose aim is to study and publish Coptic documents originating from the 7th-century archive of Papas, the pagarch of Apollinopilis Magna (today Edfu), stored in the archive of the Institut français d’archéologie oriental in Cairo;
– since 2016: member of the international research project “A cross-section in time: The church of the Holy Virgin in Deir al-Surian – an integrated analysis of the building, its paintings and inscriptions”, headed by Dr Dobrochna Zielińska (IA UW), financed by the National Science Centre of the Republic of Poland (programme “Harmonia”);
– since 2017: member of the international team, headed by Dr Vincent Laisney (PIB, Rome), working on the publication of wall inscriptions from the church at Sonqi Tino (northern Sudan).
G. Ochała, ‘Letter to Papas and an unidentified kurios concerning wool and clothes’, [in:] Anne Boud’hors et alii, ‘Un nouveau départ pour les archives de Papas: Papyrus coptes et grecs de la jarre d’Edfou’, Bulletin de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale 117 (2017), pp. 98–102, figs. 5–6
A. Łajtar & G. Ochała, ‘An unexpected guest in the church of Sonqi Tino’, Dotawo. A Journal of Nubian Studies 4 (2017), pp. 257–268
A. Obłuski & G. Ochała, ‘La rédecouverte d’un monastère nubien: premiers résultats des fouilles polonaises à Ghazali, Ouadi Abu Dom’, [in:] A. Boud’hors & C. Louis (eds.), Études coptes XIV, Seizième journée d’études (Genève, 19–21 juin 2013) [= Cahiers de la bibliothèque copte 21], Paris 2016, pp. 63–79
G. Ochała, ‘Multilingualism of Christian Nubia: A case study of the monastery of Ghazali (Wadi Abu Dom, Sudan)’, [in:] T. Derda, A. Łajtar, & J. Urbanik (eds.), Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Papyrology, Warsaw, 29 July – 3 August 2013 [= The Journal of Jurisitic Papyrology Supplement 28], Warsaw 2016, pp. 1265–1283
A. Łajtar & G. Ochała, ‘Two wall inscriptions from the Faras cathedral with lists of people and goods’, [in:] A. Łajtar, G. Ochała, & J. van der Vliet (eds.), Nubian Voices II: New Texts and Studies on Christian Nubian Culture [= The Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 27], Warsaw 2015, pp. 73–102
G. Ochała, ‘The Nubian liturgical calendar: The evidence of the Nubian lectionaries’, Le Muséon 128 (2015), pp. 1–48
K. C. Innemée, G. Ochała, & L. Van Rompay, ‘A memorial for Abbot Maqari of Deir al-Surian (Egypt): Wall paintings and inscriptions in the Church of the Virgin discovered in 2014’, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 18.1 (2015), pp. 147–190
G. Ochała, ‘Multilingualism in Christian Nubia: Qualitative and quantitative approaches’, Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies 1 (2014), pp. 1–50
G. Ochała, ‘The date of the Dendur foundation inscription reconsidered’, Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 48 (2011), pp. 217–224
G. Ochała, ‘A king of Makuria in Kordofan’, [in:] A. Łajtar, J. van der Vliet (eds), Nubian Voices: Studies in Christian Nubian Culture [= The Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 15], Warsaw 2011, pp. 149–155
G. Ochała, Chronological Systems of Christian Nubia [= The Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 16], Warsaw 2011
– 2016–2018: ‘What’s in a name?’ A Study on the Onomastics of Christian Nubia; National Science Centre, grant no. UMO-2015/17/D/HS3/00372
– 2012–2014: Chronological Systems of Christian Nubia: Liturgical Calendar and Kings’ List; Ministry of Science and Higher Education, grant no. 0392/IP3/2011/71