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: The Future of the Past: From Amphipolis to Mosul — Deadline December 21, 2014

THE FUTURE OF THE PAST: FROM AMPHIPOLIS TO MOSUL
New Approaches to Cultural Heritage Preservation in the Eastern Mediterranean

April 10-11, 2015

University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Philadelphia, PA)

 ***Call for papers: deadline December 21, 2014***

See website for more details: http://futureofthepast.wix.com/culturalheritage

Interdisciplinary conference for young scholars (graduate and postgraduate) hosted by the University of Pennsylvania (Center for Ancient Studies), Bryn Mawr College (Dept. of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and Art History), and Temple University (Tyler School of Art, Dept. of Art History), with additional support from the Penn Cultural Heritage Center and the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The objective of this meeting is to bring together graduate students and emerging scholars from various academic disciplines to present new avenues in the field of cultural heritage. Many young scholars today have an interdisciplinary background in liberal arts studies that allows them to apply novel, innovative ways in the protection and preservation of our shared cultural property. For this conference we would like to focus on case studies from the eastern Mediterranean, including the Middle East and northern Africa. These regions are of particular interest because they have been recently affected by devastating wars, political turmoil, and economic hardship.

We would like to address various issues of cultural heritage including the protection, preservation, and management of archaeological sites and cultural landscapes, the introduction of new technologies for the conservation and studying of cultural artifacts, and the use of digital media in educating and sharing our cultural treasures with a broader audience. We believe that participation in this conference will promote intellectual discourse among new scholars and inspire them to continue to seek collaborations across disciplines by employing a variety of new practices in the protection of our cultural heritage.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Morag M. Kersel, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, DePaul University

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to mbeeler@brynmawr.edu by December 21, 2014. Applicants will be informed about their submission status by January 25, 2015.Conference proceedings will be published in digital format by December 2015.

EXPENSES:

Participation and attendance in the conference is free. The organizers will not cover travel and accommodation expenses.

ORGANIZERS:

Konstantinos Chalikias, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, University of Athens
Maggie Beeler, PhD candidate, Bryn Mawr College
Ariel Pearce, PhD candidate, Temple University
Steve Renette, PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania

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CFP: Sexuality in Ancient Art — Deadline March 1, 2015

Call for Papers: Sexuality in Ancient Art

LCC Panel, 2016 SCS Meetings, San Francisco
Organizers: Bryan Burns (bburns@wellesley.edu) and Sarah Levin-Richardson (sarahlr@uw.edu)
Sponsored by the Lambda Classical Caucus

The 2016 meeting of the SCS/AIA coincides with the twentieth anniversary of Natalie Boymel Kampen’s influential edited volume Sexuality in Ancient Art: Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Italy (Cambridge 1996). This landmark publication marked the impact of feminist perspectives on art history and classical studies with a variety of approaches to the relationship between gender, sexuality, and representation. Kampen’s volume brought new attention to the role of gender in viewership (especially women as viewers and consumers of art), to the social and political effects of the gaze, to the body as contested territory onto which social, religious, psychological, and political norms were overwritten, to ways of theorizing desire, and to later receptions of ancient sexual material. Moreover, many of the contributions bridged the scholarly divide between the interpretation of public monuments and consideration of small-scale arts and domestic scenes, demonstrating the effects that  monumental art could have on individuals and the ability of non-monumental art to help construct or destabilize larger institutions and power structures.

In this panel, we honor Kampen’s legacy by assessing the current state of scholarship on sexuality and visual representation, focusing on the progress we’ve made since the volume was published and future directions for growth. In keeping with the goals of the original volume, we seek abstracts from a variety of approaches (e.g., art-historical, archaeological, socio-cultural, literary, theoretical) and ancient Mediterranean cultures. We welcome new work on topics of importance to the original volume (the social/political implications of viewership, the gaze, the body, desire, etc.), as well as scholarship influenced by methodologies and topics that have gained visibility since Kampen’s publication, such as queer and trans theory, embodiment, affect, and culture contact.

Please send abstracts that follow the guidelines for individual abstracts (see the SCS website) by email to Deborah Kamen (dkamen@uw.edu), not to the panel organizers, by March 1, 2015. Please do not identify yourself anywhere in the abstract, as submissions will be blind refereed.

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PhD Scholarship Opportunity at University of Glasgow — Deadline 23 January 2015

University of Glasgow Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith PhD Scholarship Competition 2015/16:

Consuming Identities in the ‘Cradle of Civilisations’ – Food Consumption and the Emergence of Social Complexity in Greater Mesopotamia

Supervisors: Dr Claudia Glatz (Archaeology/School of Humanities) and Dr. Jaime Toney (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)

This project will shed new light onto practices of food consumption and identity in the proverbial
 ‘Cradle of Civilizations’ by investigating the role of specific organic substances in the (re-)production 
and negotiation of social status and cultural identities at a time when the world’s first urban societies
 developed in greater Mesopotamia. Drawing on recent anthropological and archaeological theories of
 emergent social complexity and the role of food consumption in these processes, the proposed 
project will examine questions of diet and food habits using a tightly integrated framework of historical, 
iconographic and archaeological contextual analysis in conjunction with methods derived from organic
 geochemistry to isolate and identify the residues of perishable substances on pottery and lithic tools.
 Of particular interest will be substances generally associated with socially significant consumption 
events such as wine and beer, whose preference may indicate social and cultural differences in 
consumption practices in the study region. Secondary products of livestock-rearing such as milk,
 yoghurt and cheese, will be investigated to provide insights into the relationships of settled farmers 
and more mobile pastoral groups and their connections with the highland regions of the Zagros. The
 question of the local production or importation of such substances will also be addressed. The focus
 region of the project comprises the south Mesopotamian plains and the Zagros piedmonts of modern-day 
Iraq from the fifth to the second millennium BC.

Candidates interested in being considered for funded PhD study on this project are encouraged to make informal contact with the Lead Supervisor (claudia.glatz@glasgow.ac.uk) in the first instance. Further information, including details of how to apply, can be found on the Postgraduate Research web pages:

http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/postgraduateresearch/scholarships/kelvinsmith/shortlistedscholarshipprojects/

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 23 January 2015. Applications should be emailed to Adeline Callander (adeline.callander@glasgow.ac.uk).

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Free eBook: Marcos Martinón-Torres (ed.) – Craft and Science: International Perspectives on Archaeological Ceramics

At <http://www.qscience.com/page/books/uclq-cas> is this downloadable book:

[Go there for links to book and/or individual chapters]
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UCL Qatar Series in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
ISSN: 2312-5004
Volume 1

Craft and science: International perspectives on archaeological ceramics

Edited by Marcos Martinón-Torres

ISBN: 978-9927-101-75-5

Foreword (selection)

Ceramics are among the most abundant materials recovered in archaeological sites. Traditionally, they have served as the main staple for archaeologists to establish chronological sequences within sites and cultural affiliations between sites. They are also a primary source for a wealth of information about past economies, social structures and ritual behaviour. In addition, ceramics preserve in their bodies the traces of countless forms of experimentation, knowledge transmission, technical ingenuity and artistic sensitivity, transcending the boundaries between art, craft and science both in their original production, and in their current study.

As a sustained area of research, the study of ceramics has historically served as a prime arena for innovation, both through the pioneer application of instrumental analyses and as a core foundation and testing ground for influential archaeological theories. Inevitably, some research methods are well-established in some regions, whereas they are still emerging in others. Also the integration between science-based approaches and archaeological theory is uneven. However, emerging academic traditions, and those in less-resourced regions, should not be overshadowed by the more established paradigms. While it is impossible to keep up with all the work carried out on archaeological ceramics worldwide, it is essential that researchers continue to exchange and compare their methods, results and ideas, and that these are made available to a broader archaeological readership.

This book aims to facilitate this exchange and update of information on diverse approaches to archaeological ceramics across much of the world.

About the Editor

Marcos Martinón-Torres is Professor of Archaeological Science at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where he co-ordinates an MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials and supervises several research students working on ancient materials and technologies across the world. His research interests include material culture and technology, the applications of science to archaeological problems, and the interplay between archaeology, anthropology, science and history. Ongoing projects focus on Renaissance alchemy in Europe, Pre-Columbian metallurgy in America, and the logistics behind the making of the Chinese Terracotta Army.

Chapters

Foreword –  PDF
Pots as signals: Explaining the enigma of long-distance ceramic exchange –  PDF
Lessons from the Elephant’s Child: Questioning ancient ceramics –  PDF
Inferring provenance, manufacturing technique, and firing temperatures of the Monagrillo ware (3520–1300 cal BC), Panama’s first pottery –  PDF
The use of andesite temper in Inca and pre-Inca pottery from the region of Cuzco, Peru –  PDF
50 left feet: The manufacture and meaning of effigy censers from Lamanai, Belize –  PDF
Molding the ‘collapse’: Technological analysis of the Terminal Classic molded-carved vases from Altun Ha, Belize –  PDF
Ceramic technology and the global world: First technological assessment of the Romita ware of colonial Mexico –  PDF
Pottery production in Santa Ponsa (Majorca, Spain) from the Late Bronze Age to the Late Iron Age (1100–50 BC): Ceramics, technology and society –  PDF
Archaeometric investigation of Punic lamps from Ibiza (Balearic Islands, Spain) –  PDF
Ceramic technology between the Final Bronze Age and the First Iron Age in NE Italy: The case of Oppeano (Verona) –  PDF
Hispanic terra sigillata productions documented on the Catalan coast: Some unexpected results and new issues –  PDF
The ways of the lustre: Looking for the Tunisian connection –  PDF
Capodimonte porcelain: A unique manufacture –  PDF
Late Neolithic pottery productions in Syria. Evidence from Tell Halula (Euphrates valley): A technological approach –  PDF
Assyrian palace ware definition and chaîne opératoire: Preliminary results from Nineveh, Nimrud, and Aššur –  PDF
Messages impressed in clay: Scientific study of Iron Age Judahite bullae from Jerusalem –  PDF
The geochemistry and distribution of Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic wares of the territory of ancient Sagalassos (SW Turkey):
A reconnaissance study –  PDF
The colour and golden shine of early silver Islamic lustre –  PDF
Experiments with double chamber sunken up-draught kilns –  PDF
Petro-mineralogical and geochemical characterisation of Middle Neolithic Bükk Culture fine ware from Garadna, NE Hungary –  PDF
Archaeometric investigation of Celtic graphitic pottery from two archaeological sites in Hungary –  PDF
Archaeometric investigation of Buda white ware (12th–14th century AD, North Hungary): Initial questions and first results –  PDF
The ceramic technology of the architectural glazed tiles of Huangwa Kiln, Liaoning Province, China –  PDF
Parallel developments in Chinese porcelain technology in the 13th – 14th centuries AD –  PDF
Luminescence dating of ceramic building materials: application to the study of early medieval churches in north-western France and south-eastern England –  PDF
Computerised documentation of painted decoration on pottery vessels using 3D scanning –  PDF
Insights into manufacturing techniques of archaeological pottery: Industrial X-ray computed tomography as a tool in the examination of cultural material –  PDF
Thermal shock resistance of tempered archaeological ceramics –  PDF
The second life of ceramics: a new home in a lime environment –  PDF

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Position Announcement: Mellon Bridge Assistant Professorship in Greco-Roman and Islamic Traditions (Tufts) — Deadline November 21, 2014

http://ase.tufts.edu/classics/about/jobs.htm

Classics: Mellon Bridge Assistant Professorship

Greco-Roman and Islamic Traditions

The School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University seeks a scholar who studies the contact between the Greco-Roman and Islamic traditions during any period through the Renaissance for a tenure-track Mellon Bridge Assistant Professorship, to begin September 2015. This newly-created position is being supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation to promote scholarship and teaching that bridges different departments and programs in the humanities. Mellon Bridge professors will be grounded in one department but will also teach in other academic departments or programs, according to their areas of expertise.

This position will have a primary appointment in the Department of Classics, and a secondary appointment in one or more of the following programs and departments: Arabic; Archaeology; Art History; History; International Relations; Middle Eastern Studies; Philosophy; Religion; Romance Languages; and a potentially new interdisciplinary master’s program, Digital Technologies for Pre-Modern Studies, which is currently in the planning stage. The School will extend secondary appointments and cross-list courses in other departments and programs as appropriate. The successful candidate will receive an appointment as a fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) for the duration of the pre-tenure probationary period.

The intellectual emphasis of the Department of Classics is the transmission of knowledge across cultures and time. The Department currently teaches courses in Greek, Latin, Medieval Latin, and Sanskrit and in the archaeology and history of Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, Ancient Northern Europe, and the Mediterranean, as well as in the comparison of Greek, Roman, and Chinese history. In addition, department members and affiliated faculty maintain teaching and research interests in the medieval and early modern world. The Department of Classics also houses the Perseus Digital Library, one of the largest and most actively used open-access humanities databases in the world—currently containing approximately 165 million searchable words in Greek, Latin, Arabic, French, German, Italian, and English, and receiving more than eight million visits last year alone, with a returning-visitor rate of 66%. Perseus’s collections range from Homer through the Renaissance to nineteenth-century American literature and contemporary scholarship, and also include photographs and descriptions of art objects, buildings, and archaeological sites. The Perseus Perseids Platform, supported by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, is currently expanding Tufts’ digital infrastructure by facilitating the publication, revision, and conservation of previously unavailable texts, other media, and original research by faculty and students.

Applicants should demonstrate knowledge of Arabic as well as either Greek or Latin. Evidence of a strong record of scholarship is required. Doctorate and minimum of two years’ full- or part-time teaching experience is required. We especially welcome candidates who can support student research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Candidates who are interested in augmenting the strengths of Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library <http://www.perseus.tufts.edu> and its Perseids Platform in Greek, Latin, Classical Arabic, or other languages are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses related to his or her specific research area using works in translation, as well as to have the capacity to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on works in the original Latin and/or Greek.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (less than 20 pages), research and teaching statements (each no longer than a single-spaced page), and should arrange to have three confidential reference letters submitted directly by the authors, to: https://apply.interfolio.com/27062. Questions about the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Vickie Sullivan, at vickie.sullivan@tufts.edu. Review of applications will begin November 21, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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