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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Transylvanian Archaeological Camp 2015

Archaetypes International Research in cooperation with The Association for Promoting Transylvanian Archaeological Heritage, the Cris County Museum, and The Institute of Archaeology and the History of Art of the Romanian Academy is proud to introduce the Tobliu-Dambul Zanacanului’s Bronze Age Tell Settlement Field Archaeological Camp

July & August in Oradea, Romania

Registration Fee: 350Euros/week, minimum stay of 2 weeks
Dates: July 1st – August 31st, 2015
Location: Oradea, Romania
Includes:

  • Field work Monday to Friday (8am- 4pm)
  • Additional support outside normal working hours
  • Option to publish your paper on the Archaetypes Academic Journal
  • Accommodation in Oradea
  • Three meals per day, snacks, and occasional beverages
  • Local transportation
  • Free Archaetypes membership
  • Field walks, trips, and other recreational activities during weekends

During the 2 month camp we will pass through all stages of the archaeological excavation:

  • Choosing the areas to be excavated
  • Tracing its limits
  • Implementing strategies and methods for proper excavation
  • Collecting and registering artifacts
  • Photographing and drawing the features of the dig
  • Processing data
  • Issuing final interpretation and assumptions

The ideal candidate must at least have a B1 CEF in English language and be at least 18 years old. Previous experience is not required, but it will be taken into consideration while examining each application. We suggest sending your application no later than the 1st of June.

For more information, visit http://archaetypes.com/transylvania/
Email alessandro@archaetypes.com or info@archaetypes.com

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BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans

The Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF), Bulgaria, and the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA, are delighted to announce the beginning of a strategic partnership between both organizations and the creation of the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans. Thanks to this partnership students attending five of the Balkan Heritage Field School four-week projects/courses can now earn 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units). These credit units are awarded by the IFR’s academic partner – Connecticut College (USA). The projects/courses will now be subject to the intensive peer-review process conducted annually by the IFR Board of Directors – consisting of distinguished archaeologists from universities across the world.

For the 2015 season the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans will include the following projects/courses:

1. ANCIENT GREEKS IN THE LAND OF DIONYSUS – an archaeological field school and dig at the Ancient Greek emporion Pistiros in Ancient Thrace (Bulgaria). See this course on the IFR website.

2. APOLLONIA PONTICA EXCAVATION PROJECT – an archaeological field school and dig at the temple of Apollo on St. Kirik Island, Sozopol on the Black Sea Coast (Bulgaria). See this course on the IFR website.

3. RISE AND FALL OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION – an archaeological field school and dig at Tell Yunatsite – one of the earliest and largest European proto-urban settlements in the Chacolithic Period (Bulgaria). See this course on the IFR website.

4. STOBI EXCAVATION PROJECT – an archaeological field school and dig at Stobi – the capital city of Macedonia Secunda dating to the Hellenistic and Roman Period and Late Antiquity (Republic of Macedonia). See this course on the IFR website.

5. THE BIRTH OF EUROPE – an archaeological field school and dig at the Neolithic settlement in Ilindentsi – one of the earliest European farming communities (Bulgaria). See this course on the IFR website.

Students interested in joining any of these field school projects and benefiting from the Program’s advantages: 8 US semester credit units, eligibility to apply for IFR scholarships, comprehensive health and evacuation insurance, additional excursions and US based customer service should apply through the IFR. The only way to apply for the Program after April 15, 2015 is through the IFR website.

The projects above will continue enrolling participants who don’t need academic credits (volunteers) and students in European universities/colleges who would like to obtain European academic credit units (ECTS) awarded by the New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria) through the Balkan Heritage Field School website following the existing terms, conditions and procedures. For more information please explore our web site. Students in Non-European universities who would like to obtain ECTS credits awarded through the New Bulgarian University may enroll under the current BHFS conditions by April 15, 2015.

To celebrate this partnership, the BHF and the IFR established three scholarships for students attending the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans. One scholarship – for 2000 USD — will support a student attending the field school project at Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria. Two other scholarships –  1,000 USD each – are for students attending any of the five field school projects. Students attending the project at Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria may apply for both scholarships.

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Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University — Deadline April 22, 2015

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology and the Ancient World

Brown University, Providence, RI

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University invites applications from exceptional junior scholars who have demonstrated a capacity for innovative research and cross-disciplinary thinking.

We seek candidates who best augment or complement the present strengths of the Joukowsky Institute community.  We are particularly interested in individuals working in three spheres: 1) the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East; 2) the archaeology and art of Rome; 3) Late Antiquity.

In addition to pursuing their research, successful candidates will be expected to teach half time — i.e., one course per semester.  Teaching may be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; interdisciplinary offerings are desirable.  Applicants must normally have received their Ph.D. from an institution other than Brown within the last five years.  Successful candidates will be expected to make substantive contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, such as the organization of reading or working groups, a topical symposium, or another project intended to foster a stimulating intellectual environment in which to pursue research and to develop new interdisciplinary connections.  This will be a one-year position, with the possibility of a one-year renewal, beginning on August 1, 2015.

All candidates should submit a letter of application, short descriptions of 3-4 proposed courses, and curriculum vitae by April 22, 2015.  Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference be submitted via Interfolio by the application deadline.  Applications received by April 22, 2015 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Please submit application materials online at apply.interfolio.com/29217.  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: Bright Lights, Big City: The Development and Influence of the Metropolis (Bryn Mawr, November 2015) — Deadline May 8, 2015

Bright Lights, Big City: The Development and Influence of the Metropolis

A Graduate Symposium

Presented by the Graduate Group in Classics, Archaeology, and History of Art at Bryn Mawr College

November 13-14, 2015, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Keynote speaker and respondent: Ellen Morris, Assistant Professor of Classics, Barnard College, Columbia University

 
What are the key elements that have defined urban centers, capital cities, and metropoleis throughout history? How have big cities structured the intersection of cultural, commercial, and political institutions and activities through time? What attracts people to the metropolis? How does the metropolis absorb and influence ideas and practice?

The fabric of cities is not limited to geography or physical structure.  As centers of civic engagement, trade, and innovation, metropoleis have promoted cultural ferment by supporting diverse populations of merchants, artists, intellectuals, leaders, workers, and emigrants. Cities have been conceived of as cosmopolitan and urbane as well as morally dubious, dangerous, and home to crime and social inequality. Can there be a single definition of the metropolis if diversity is a constitutive element?

The Bryn Mawr College Graduate Group invites submissions to an interdisciplinary graduate symposium. We seek abstracts addressing dimensions of metropoleis both ancient and modern from graduate students in classics, archaeology, art history, and related fields. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Deconstructing the core and the periphery
  • The emergence and development of metropoleis
  • The metropolis within wider networks
  • Anthropomorphizing the metropolis
  • Autonomy and alienation in civic identity
  • Urban experience and embodiment
  • Landmarks and urban landscapes

Please fill out the form at:

https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/abstract-submission-form/  by May 8, 2015. Address any questions to bmcsymposium@gmail.com.

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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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