Archaeology for the People: The Joukowsky Institute Competition for Accessible Archaeological Writing — Deadline September 1, 2014

Archaeology for the People:

The Joukowsky Institute Competition for Accessible Archaeological Writing

As archaeologists, we write for each other in journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and other forums, using language that makes sense to fellow members of the profession. Yet the results of archaeological discovery and analysis are important and deserve the widest possible audience: archaeology has momentous findings to report, and for the periods before written history stands as the only source of evidence we have for the human condition.

We believe that archaeology is worthy of a better level of writing, one that is accessible and exciting to non-specialists, but at the same time avoids excessive simplification, speculation, mystification, or romanticization. Some of the most effective writing in this vein has appeared not in professional venues, but in publications with a far wider readership. As just one example, we would cite Elif Batuman’s article inThe New Yorker Magazine (December 19, 2011) on the Göbekli Tepe site in Turkey, and the many fundamental questions it raises about religion, technology, and human social evolution.

We therefore propose a competition for new archaeological writing, which anyone may enter. We invite the submission of accessible and engaging articles, accompanied by a single illustration and with no scholarly apparatus, that showcase any aspect of archaeology of potential interest to a wide readership. As an incentive, we offer a prize of $5,000 to the winner. The prize-winning article, together with those by eight to ten other meritorious entries, will be published in Spring 2015 in a volume of the Joukowsky Institute Publication series (published and distributed by Oxbow Books).

For more information about this competition, and to view the rules, please go to:

Questions concerning the competition should be directed to Prof. John Cherry ( and Prof. Felipe Rojas (

 Please help circulate this notice as widely as possible.

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American Research Institute in Turkey Fellowship Programs — Deadlines November 1, 2014 and February 1, 2015

The American Research Institute in Turkey announces fellowship programs for doctoral and post-doctoral research in the humanities and social sciences in Turkey, 2015-2016, and for Turkish language study during the summer 2015.

Please use the new online form accessible via the website at



ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2015-2016.  ARIT/NEH Advanced Fellowships cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training.  The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year.  Stipends range from $16,800 to 50,400.

ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2015-2016.  ARIT Fellowships are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences.  Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, for terms from one to three months up to one academic year.  Stipends range from $4,000 to $16,000.

Applications for ARIT fellowships must be submitted to ARIT by November 1, 2014.  The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January, 2015.



ARIT — Princeton Summer Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language at Bogazici University, Istanbul, summer 2015.  The program supports intensive study of advanced Turkish language at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, including air fare, tuition, and stipend.  The application deadline is February 1.

Nancy Leinwand
American Research Institute in Turkey
University of Pennsylvania Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-6324

tel 215 898 3474
fax 215 898 0657

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Honor Frost Foundation Grants: Maritime Archaeology and Cultural Heritage — Deadline October 1, 2014

The Honor Frost Foundation is pleased to announce that it is providing £30,000 for small research grants in Maritime Archaeology and Cultural Heritage with the British Academy in the UK.

The BA/HFF Small Grants on Maritime Archaeology and Cultural Heritage will follow the requirements of the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant scheme. The maximum grant is £10,000 over two years. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme and applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant. The closing date for applications for the next round of small research grants is 15 October 2014 and details are available within the Academy’s e-gap system.

The Honor Frost Foundation’s next deadline for HFF Grants is 1 October 2014 for projects in Marine and Maritime Archaeology with a regional focus on the Eastern Mediterranean.

Individual grants will not normally exceed £10,000.  A new application form is posted on the HFF website’s grant application page.

HFF Grants are available to independent scholars, affiliated scholars and institutions, and are intended to support or facilitate research projects covering any period or aspect of maritime archaeology. HFF grants can also support proposals that are involved with training, publications, workshops and conferences, conservation work, museum exhibitions, and public engagement and education in maritime archaeology. Applications from institutions and scholars based in the Eastern Mediterranean are particularly welcome with a focus on Cyprus, Lebanon and Western Syria. The HFF also gives preference to projects that show strong collaboration with regional partners and include local training opportunities.  For a list of previously funded projects, please go the HFF website’s project page.

Timeline:    The deadline for the next round of HFF Grant Applications is 1 October 2014 and Grant Awards will normally be announced within four months. Please use the newly revised HFF Application Form and ensure your referees have your application to review and are aware that the reference form is available on the HFF website.  We will be contacting referees directly as required for their references and will provide them with a deadline for replies.

Decisions on grant awards are final and no feedback will be given on any applications.


After being notified of a grant award, Grantees will be required to provide a summary of their project and an appropriate image for the HFF website.  Upon completion of the project, Grantees must provide a written report of their work and provide an accounting of expenses. All or part of grantees’ reports may be published on the HFF website and possibly in future HFF newsletters. A summary of our Grant Conditions can be viewed on the website.


For any questions, please contact the HFF Executive Director at

Joan Porter MacIver, Executive Director
Honor Frost Foundation
10 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AH, UK

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CFP: The Once and Future Antiquity: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy — Deadline December 15, 2014

Call For Papers:

The Once and Future Antiquity: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy

University of Puget Sound

March 27th-29th, 2015


What roles has classical antiquity played in visions of the future, the fantastic, the speculative, the might-have-been? How have works of science fiction, from Mary Shelly’s Frankensteinto Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, imagined ancient traditions in relation to the modern world, whether at present or in the days after tomorrow? What might it mean to consider antiquity – its art, history, literature, philosophy, and material culture – through the lens of fantasy, a genre traditionally associated with medievalism? This conference seeks to build on recent and increasing work (e.g., conferences in Rouen, France (2012) and Liverpool, U.K. (2013), as well as the recent collection of Bost-Fiévet & Provini (2014) and the forthcoming collection of Rogers & Stevens (2015)) in this exciting field within classical reception studies.

Proposals are invited for conference presentations (20 minutes plus discussion) [or thematically-organized panels of three (3) such presentations each] that raise particular versions of these questions under the general heading of Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Topics might include, e.g., the rewriting of an ancient story by a modern author working in science fiction or fantasy; examination of a moment or trend in ancient history from a perspective developed in response to the modern genres; strategies for teaching ancient classics via comparison with modern works; or comparison of classical and science fictional / fantastical approaches to knowing the world.

These are only examples, and the organizers welcome proposals dealing with any intersection between antiquity and modern science fiction or fantasy, including speculative fiction. The organizers also welcome abstracts considering how the Digital Humanities can help advance scholarship in this field. In preparing their proposals, contributors are encouraged to keep in mind an audience including not only professional scholars and students but also devoted readers of science fiction and fantasy. Proposals of no more than 300 words should be sent to no later than December 15, 2014. Authors will be notified of their proposals’ status by the end of December.

The conference is planned for the weekend of March 27th-29th, 2015, at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, USA. (Tacoma is the hometown of Dune’s Frank Herbert and located close to Seattle, home of the EMP, a museum devoted to SF, fantasy, and music). Participants will receive details about registration and lodging in December.

Questions may be directed to the organizers, Prof. Brett M. Rogers (University of Puget Sound) and Prof. Benjamin Eldon Stevens (Bryn Mawr College) at their individual email addresses ( or at the conference email address given above.

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American School of Classical Studies at Athens NEH Fellowships — Deadline October 3, 2014



Deadline: October 31

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 100,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 120,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also sponsors excavations and provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and it houses an archaeological laboratory at the main building complex in Athens. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study museum collections.

Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 43 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.

Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in relevant fields including architecture or art who are US citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at the time of application. The ASCSA encourages younger scholars to apply.

Terms:  Two to four fellowships, either five or ten months in duration. Stipend for a five-month project, $21,000; for a ten-month project, $42,000. Term must coincide with American School’s academic year, September to June. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, partial board, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles to the NEH.

NEH Fellows will be expected to reside primarily at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (though research may be carried out elsewhere in Greece), contribute to and enhance the scholarly dialogue, as well as contribute to and expand scholarly horizons at the School.

Application: Submit Senior Associate Membership application with fellowship online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to:

The following items should be attached to the Associate Member application submitted online on the ASCSA web site:
1.   Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).
2.   A statement of the project (up to five pages), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved, where applicable, and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA.
3.   Current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.  If not a US citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
4.   Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest.  These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully.  Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instruct recommenders to submit letters to by November 4.

The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when considering applications.
1.  Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
2.  Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
3.  Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
4.  Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
5.  What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
6.  Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?
7.  Please address how you might contribute to, and enhance, the scholarly dialogue at the ASCSA.
8.  In what ways might this project expand scholarly horizons at the ASCSA?

NEH Fellowships
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
6-8 Charlton Street
Princeton, NJ  08540-5232
Web site:

The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later than March 1.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

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Position Available: Operations and Events Coordinator (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University)

Operations and Events Coordinator

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University, Providence, RI

This position plays an absolutely essential leadership role in helping to manage and coordinate all the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology’s academic activities, public relations efforts, and events, including assuming primary responsibility for all operations and public events. The Operations and Events Coordinator is also in charge of all space-related needs for Rhode Island Hall, and manages the schedule for all the building’s classrooms and common spaces. In addition, this position will be the first point of contact for all academic, administrative, and facilities needs and for faculty, students, and staff requests, and will manage and/or delegate all requests. Also, this position must be a helpful and outgoing representative of the Institute for visitors, callers, the academic community, and the public. To assist in all these activities, the Operations and Events Coordinator supervises 1-2 part-time student workers.

The Joukowsky Institute is a dynamic and growing center for people, ideas, and resources — which makes this position both exciting and challenging. The range of planned and unplanned activities is broad, the needs of the students are diverse, and the variety of issues ranges from academic planning to last-minute event logistics. Priorities shift quickly, and this person must be able to assess and anticipate needs. This position requires the ability to provide effective support to wide range of individuals: students with questions, faculty with demanding priorities, prospective students and parents seeking information about the program. A sense of humor is helpful, and a kind and considerate personality necessary.

The Joukowsky Institute is dedicated to the academic study and public promotion of the archaeology and art of the ancient Mediterranean, Egypt, and Western Asia; our principal research interests lie in the complex societies of the pre-modern era. Although the core efforts of the Joukowsky Institute are archaeological in nature and are located within this broadly defined zone, close ties with all individuals interested in the ancient world, and with archaeologists of all parts of the globe, are actively encouraged.


- B.A. strongly preferred; and 2-5 years experience in administrative office procedures, preferably in an academic environment.

- Excellent oral and written interpersonal skills to deal effectively with a diverse population of students, parents, staff, faculty, and administrators.

- Event planning experience strongly preferred, ideally including both management of logistics and some familiarity with financial and/or budgetary management.

- Ability to prepare and edit correspondence and other documents.

- Experience and proficiency working with Microsoft Word and Excel, and ability to maintain and update FileMaker Pro databases required.

- Familiarity with Dreamweaver and HTML editing tools; with design and layout tools, such as Photoshop, Acrobat, and PowerPoint; and with professional social media management, strongly preferred.

- Flexibility and a willingness to work cooperatively to provide coverage of events and Institute needs — including those occurring on evenings and weekends

- Some interest in archaeology, art, history, or education could be helpful, but is certainly not required.

To Apply:

Please submit application materials online at

To receive full consideration, we encourage applicants to include a cover letter and resume with their application materials.


Brown is an EEO/AA employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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