Position Announcement: Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor of Archaeology, Brown University — Deadline December 1, 2014

Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor of Archaeology

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University, Providence, RI

Brown University invites applications for an advanced assistant or associate professor in the field of Mediterranean archaeology, broadly defined; this would include scholars whose research focuses on regions such as the Near East, North Africa, or southern Europe. Applications are welcome from individuals interested in the complex societies of any part of this broad geographic expanse. Candidates are sought with expertise and interests complementary to current Institute faculty and to Brown resources. Individuals with active fieldwork, heritage or museum projects are particularly welcome.

Candidates must have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and leadership, as well as a proven record of publication, outreach and service commensurate with their career stage. Excellence in, and commitment to, undergraduate and graduate teaching are essential. The successful candidate will be expected to make major contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

All candidates should submit a letter of application and a curriculum vita. Advanced Assistant professors should ask that three letters of reference be sent directly to the Chair of the Search Committee, via Interfolio. Associate professors should instead provide five names of referees with up-to-date contact information (including email, if possible); referees will be contacted directly by the Search Committee. Complete applications received by December 1, 2014 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Please submit application materials online at http://apply.interfolio.com/26885. There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.

For further information:

Professor Susan E. Alcock
Chair, Search Committee
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
joukowsky_institute@brown.edu

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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CFP: Tales from the Crypt: Museum Storage and Meaning — Deadline May 15, 2015

Call for Publications

Tales from the Crypt: Museum Storage and Meaning

 

Museums are about display. But are they really? In spite of recent curatorial attempts to exhibit ‘visible storage’, prevailing debates in the history of museums and collecting are mainly centred around questions of exhibiting, display and spectatorship. This kind of discourse, however, distorts the museum in many ways: it ignores the fact that museums do not just consist of exhibition halls but of vast hidden spaces; it leaves millions of objects out of our museum histories; and lastly, it presents the museum as an organized and stable space, in which only museological ‘results’ are visible not the intermediate stage of their coming into being. Display seems to be about the structured, purposeful, strategic gathering of things according to a system, the features of which are clearly defined. What remains out of sight is the fact that the majority of museum objects lie in storage. As a result, not only a vast physical but also important epistemological and semantic aspect of museums and their collections are eliminated from our discussions. The binary between ‘display’ and ‘backstage’ of museums has previously evoked the assumption that the exhibition area functions as a kind of theatre with objects ‘perform’ on stage, while in the back they are processed from their existence as a mere ‘thing’ to a proper artefact. But there is much more to say about museum storage. Backstage areas of museums are not simply areas where potential display objects are kept. They perform functions and fulfill intentions that, when studied, reveal deep purposes of the museum that go well beyond a mere history of display. A history of storage is a thus history of things that are not shown, but also not written about. The understanding of museums and the intellectual histories they encode undergoes a radical shift when we consider what a museum shows alongside the (usually much larger) range of things it stores. These issues may and will be discussed very differently in various parts of the world, which is what this volume intends to address.

Seeking a variety of historical contributions (e.g. with specific case studies), theoretical and philosophical intervention as well as reflections on practical issues, we wish to explore these ‘tales from the crypt’ along the lines of the following themes:

– Storage and canonization
– The Politics of Collecting
– Power and Censorship
– The economic and epistemic value of museum objects
– Ethics and moral aspects of preservation
– Disposal, sale, and de-accessioning
– The (scholarly) uses, necessities and functions of storage
– Curated and un-curated storage
– Visible storage, off-side storage, deep storage, ‘non-museological’ storage
– The politics of displayability
– Storage, the archive and data mining
– Architecture, real estate and the physical spaces of storage
– Issues of access to storage
– Economic aspects of storage
– Storage and digitisation

The volume will partly present the results of a workshop (Victoria & Albert Museum, October 2014), organized under the aegis of the India-Europe Advanced Research Network on Museum History that invited a small group of scholars to respond to museum storage – concept and practice – in India and Europe. It is this cross-cultural approach that we wish to take with the volume. We therefore welcome contributions addressing a broad variety of material and theories across all continents.

A report of the IEARN workshop can be found here:
http://iearn.iea-nantes.fr/rtefiles/files/iearn-museum-storage-workshop-2014-report-copy.pdf

Abstracts (max. 300 words) for papers (max. 8000 words) should be sent to mirjam.brusius@history.ox.ac.uk and kavising@gmail.com by May 15, 2015.
Authors will be notified in June. The deadline for final papers will be October 15, 2015.

Concept by Mirjam Brusius and Kavita Singh for the
Research Group on Museums and History, March 2014 and 2015

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CFP: TAG 2015 Bradford

The School of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford is pleased to host the 2015 annual Theoretical Archaeology Group conference.

www.tag2015bradford.org

The next TAG will be held at the University of Bradford, 14-16th December 2015.
The call for sessions is now open. We encourage sessions based on our broad theme of Diversity, however, we are happy to accept proposals outside of the theme.

Diversity:
In our discipline & demographics: students, academics, professionals & community
In what we study: including food and drink, past genders, past identities
The diversity of archaeological practice: i.e. theory, science, lab, fieldwork
Deadline: 22nd May 2015

In order to keep parallel sessions to a minimum, organisers of similar sessions may be requested to collaborate – all in the good spirit of TAG! Session organisers will be notified of the outcome in early June. A call for papers will then follow.

To submit a session proposal, please email TAG-Bradford@bradford.ac.uk with a session abstract, as well as potential (or confirmed) speakers. Please note the TAG email address is staffed part-time, so there may be a delayed reply.

TAG ART BRADFORD – An exhibition 14th-16th December 2015.
A call for visual art, informed by archaeology, preferably exploring the broad concept of ‘Diversity’. The call includes archaeologists exploring art.
Where appropriate, please label reproductions with an indication of scale, year of execution and materials used. No more than five images should be submitted for consideration.
Please contact Kate Johnson K.M.Johnson1@bradford.ac.uk if you are interested in exhibiting artwork, and/or are interested in a participating in a session on this theme.
Initial expressions of interest by 22nd May 2015

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Fieldwork Opportunity: Archaeological summer school in Abruzzo (Italy) 2015

The Archaeological summer school in Abruzzo (Italy) 2015 is an academic program organized by the University of Pisa in collaboration with Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Abruzzo (central Italy).  For summer 2015 in our school will be also involved important research centers for Mediterranean studies.

The aim of our intensive course is to increase awareness and competencies about archaeological and methodological issues through an intensive four weeks program of lectures, laboratory experience and field activity.

Essential Information about the Summer School:

- School activities will  be carried out in Abruzzo, one of the most beautiful region in central Italy.

-School dates: July 12th to August 9th, 2015  (deadline 12 May)

-Field activities will conduct in two important sites: S.Stefano (Neolithic period) and Alba Fucens (Roman site), in order to furnish a transversal and complete knowledge in archaeology.

- Our program give to any participant 10 ECTS (European academic system)*.

- For registration is necessary to fill and send the application form (downloadable from the website) and remember too, the deadline is  12 May 2015.

Fees: 2150 Euro (cost includes the school activity, accommodation and meals. International travel and all other than not specified are not included).

*For non-European students is the administrative office of their University liable for  transfer and recognizing of credits.  In case of need, the administrative office can ask for documents, necessary to facilitate credits transfer, to the Support Summer School office of Pisa University. (Support Summer School office: support.summerschool@adm.unipi.it)

Contact us via summerschool.abruzzo@cfs.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­unipi.it or cristiana.petrinelli@unipi.it

or visit visit: http://www.cfs.unipi.it/summerschool-abruzzo/

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CFP: Multi-Scalar Approaches to Production in the Ancient Mediterranean (AIA 2016 Session) — Deadline March 18, 2015

Social Spaces and Industrial Places:

Multi-Scalar Approaches to Production in the Ancient Mediterranean

Organizers: Katherine Harrington and Linda Gosner
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology (Brown University)

From massive industrial installations such as the large terra sigillata kilns at La Graufesenque or the mountains collapsed by imperial gold mining at Las Médulas, to neighborhood-level production of bread at Pompeii, to the metal workshops associated with many Greek sanctuaries or the household-level production of textiles in houses across the Mediterranean, people made things at many different scales and in many different places in the ancient Mediterranean, with varying social and economic consequences and benefits. As interest in the archaeology of production increased in the 1980s and 1990s, innovative scholars like van der Leeuw, Peacock and Costin sought to develop models to aid comparative archaeological study of the organization of production, producing typologies which included scalar categories like “household industry,” “nucleated workshops,” and “community specialization.” These models directed attention to often-overlooked aspects of productive activity and inspired many new approaches in subsequent years.

One unintended consequence of this work, however, has been the reification of scalar categories as a hierarchy of development. Thus, in many studies, production activities at either end of the scale are not subject to the same types of analysis as workshop production—domestic production is assumed to make very little impact on the larger economy while, conversely, major industrial works are often subsumed within the study of empire and political economy, obscuring the complicated reality of how very large scale industrial ventures worked on a human level. Following a recent call for more rigorous integration of data at different scales of analysis by Dietler, among others, we propose in this session to investigate ancient production that took place at different scales alongside one another to examine the role(s) of production in larger social and economic processes and questions in the ancient Mediterranean world. We will take an intentionally broad definition of the word production, encompassing both craft production (ceramic, glass, metal, leather, etc.), major industrial production (mining and quarrying), as well food production (olive oil, fish salting, etc.). Examining labor organization and the role of production in wider communities and landscapes can illuminate commonalities and differences in production at the household-, neighborhood-, workshop-, industrial- levels, especially when considered in comparative perspective.

We invite papers that consider social or economic aspects of production at any scale from Greek, Roman, or other Mediterranean contexts, with the aim of forming a colloquium in which we can discuss production from a multi-scalar perspective. Topics may include new or innovative archaeological work at a site of production; labor organization in houses, workshops, or industrial communities; the social role of production in wider communities; production in urban or rural settings; and the wider economic impacts of production. Additionally, we especially welcome papers that consider the issue of scale in analysis, from archaeometric analysis of industrial debris to landscape/GIS models of ancient productive activity.

Please send titles and abstracts of 400 words or less to linda_gosner@brown.edu by March 18 for consideration in this colloquium, which we intend to submit as a session for the Archaeological Institute of American Annual Meeting in San Francisco on January 6-9, 2016.

 

More information may be found at https://www.academia.edu/11237221/Social_Spaces_and_Industrial_Places_Multi-Scalar_Approaches_to_Production_in_the_Ancient_Mediterranean

 

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Position Announcement: Visiting Assistant Professor in Classical Archaeology, Brown University — Deadline April 6, 2015

Visiting Assistant Professor in Classical Archaeology

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University, Providence, RI

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University invites applications for a visiting assistant professor position in the field of classical archaeology, with a preference for candidates with research interests in the Classical, Hellenistic or Roman periods. Scholars with museum experience and/or active fieldwork projects are of particular interest. Teaching will be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; interdisciplinary offerings are desirable.

Candidates must be engaged with a promising and developing research program; the Ph.D. must be in hand by July 2015. Excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching is essential. The successful candidate will also be expected to take a full part in the academic life and to contribute to the ongoing activities of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. This will be a one-year position, beginning on July 1, 2015.

All candidates should submit a letter of application and a curriculum vitae by April 6, 2015. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted by the application deadline. Applications received by April 6, 2015 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Please submit application materials online at http://apply.interfolio.com/28917. There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.

For further information:

Professor Susan E. Alcock
Chair, Search Committee
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
joukowsky_institute@brown.edu

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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