Underwater Sciences Field School
Croatia and Montenegro
July 8 to 21, 2013
The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, the Montenegrin Ministry of Culture, and RPM Nautical Foundation are offering an underwater sciences field school during the upcoming summer field season. Students will gain hands on experience participating in ongoing underwater research while learning theory and methods in classroom sessions taught by experts in the field. Day trips and daily dives will expose students to a variety of site types found underwater, as well as the best practices for conducting question based research, survey, documentation, and site development over the month long field school.
To apply, please send a one page cover page explaining your qualifications as a candidate and a current CV that includes relevant coursework and previous experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until midnight GMT on May 1, 2013. Preference will be given to graduate students, Balkan students, and students that are experienced divers. Interviews may be conducted via telephone or Skype following application submission. Students may be asked to provide contact information for two references and evidence of good standing at the university during the application review process. Students will be notified no later than May 15, 2013, if they are accepted. Students from the Balkan region are encouraged to apply.
The field school fees are $2000 with an optional $1500 tuition fee from Transylvania University (Kentucky) if you wish for transferable credit. These fees cover housing, food, and travel during the field school. If opting for university credit, it is up to the applicant to check with their home university to ensure the credits will transfer. These fees to do not cover travel to Croatia or home from Montenegro, nor does it cover insurance or the optional AAUS scientific diving course offered from June 20 to July 3, which is an additional $1000 and requires a separate application.
Afterwards: Art as Iterative Practice in the Roman Empire
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Saturday, February 15, 2014
College Art Association 2014, Chicago
Often, scholarship of ancient Roman art and architecture focuses upon an artwork or monument’s first creation or construction. But what happens when we explore the histories of buildings, sculptures, or paintings as diachronic and disruptive, and examine their rich and varied afterlives? We encourage papers treating the social use of spaces for ephemeral activities, as well as papers addressing modifications to and re-use of individual artworks. How did Roman buildings come to function differently over time to accommodate new political and social realities? How did durable monuments serve as settings for the display of transitory materials, such as decrees or religious dedications? How did the reworking of sculpture create new relationships between subject and viewer? We invite papers investigating the economic and legal exigencies—such as the impact of cost and the responsibility of maintenance—of secondary interventions in the lives of Roman objects and buildings.
Please send abstracts to Diana Ng or Molly Swetnam-Burland. CAA individual membership is required of all speakers. For more information, see the CAA call for papers at http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/2014CallforParticipation.pdf
Conference on Phoenician Sardinia and Carthaginian Hegemony
Was there ever a problem? That is the central question of a three-day conference to be held in June 2013 to reconsider the so-called ‘Problem of the Fifth Century’ in Sardinia. Focused on Sardinia, but with comparative papers on Spain and Sicily, this conference will draw on the abundant new evidence of recent excavations and surveys to address the long-held belief of a crisis and ‘dark’ fifth century BC.
The three-day conference La Sardegna nel Mediterraneo occidentale dalla fase fenicia all’egemonia cartaginese: il problema del V secolo is organized by Massimo Botto, Peter van Dommelen and Andrea Roppa. Supported by the Mediterranean Center ISCIMA of the Italian CNR and Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, it will take place in the Sardinian town of Santadi from May 31st until June 2nd, 2013.
Additional details can be found at http://proteus.brown.edu/sardinia/9176 .
The third season of our field school at the site of Akko, in Israel, will take place during the month of July 2013. This is a joint project coordinated by archaeologists at UMass Amherst, Penn State, Haifa University, Trinity College, Claremont University, and the Pacific College of Religion. Along with field excavation techniques, students in this field school have the opportunity to take part in courses of artifact and architectural conservation, as well as engaged heritage studies in the local communities.
Akko (historical Acre) is a coastal city that was first settled about 5000 years ago and has been continuously inhabited ever since. At various times the site has been home to Canaanites, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Mamluks, Crusaders, Ottomans, and just about everyone else who sailed the east Mediterranean sea in antiquity or recent history.
When enrolling in this field school, students will be able to select a course that focuses on training in archaeological fieldwork or a course that emphasizes both fieldwork and conservation of archaeological and architectural materials.
Our field training course focuses on methods of stratigraphic excavation, recording, and interpretation, and the study of ceramic typology and its applications. Staff specialists hold workshops on surveying, photography, ceramics, geology, faunal analysis, GIS analysis, and conservation of artifacts. Fieldwork is complemented by a series of lectures by staff and visiting or guest scholars.
Students in the conservation course work on projects ranging from the Bronze Age remains from the site, to the Crusader castle that is emerging from the rubble under the Old City, and on architectural features built during the period of Ottoman Imperial rule in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Along with the field and lab training, students in both of the class will take part in a month-long series of lectures and seminars focussing on: (1) the archaeology of Israel and the east Mediterranean coast; (2) the emergence of urbanism, states, and empires in the region; and (3) political economy and trade.
Issues of cultural heritage are woven in throughout the course. Students will be able to work with professionals (archaeologists, architectural historians, and conservators) and with members of the contemporary communities of Akko to develop plans for identifying, conserving, and presenting material and intangible cultural heritage.
Students at the field school live in the dormitory of the Akko Nautical Academy, an air-conditioned building in a walled campus with its own beach. Meals will be served both in the dining hall of the Nautical Academy and on the excavation site.
The field school will take place from June 30th to July 27th 2013, and will cost about $5200 (though we may be able to lower that cost if enough students apply). This is a 6 credit class.
The program is directed jointly by faculty from UMass Amherst, Trinity College, Penn State, Claremont University, and the Pacific School of Religion.
I am the director of the UMass program, so feel free to write back to me with questions.
You can find out about the field school and the site at http://people.umass.edu/sugerman/Akko
Enrollment information can be found at http://www.ipo.umass.edu/?go=IsraelFieldSchool
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Program in Early Cultures
Brown University, Providence, RI
The Program in Early Cultures at Brown University (PEC) invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow to participate in a Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, “Animal Magnetism: The Emotional Ecology of Animals and Humans.” This will be a one-year position, beginning on July 1, 2013.
Funded by the Mellon Foundation, this Sawyer Seminar addresses the emotional, symbolic, and social dimensions of past human relations with animals. Three themes inform the year-long program—animals as symbolic resources for the human imagination, the emotional bond between humans and animals, and the nature of such bonds as both extensions and complications of human society. The applicant’s specific research and teaching interests, geographical and temporal specializations and areas of expertise are left open, although—consistent with the mission of the PEC—these should focus on pre-modern cultures in the Old or New Worlds.
The successful candidate will probably be housed in the Departments of Anthropology or Classics or in the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. The successful candidate will teach two courses—one each term—on topics related to the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar. The fellow will also help coordinate the activities of the Seminar during the academic year. In their applications, candidates should submit a proposal describing research to be done over the course of the fellowship. Applicants must normally have received their Ph.D. within the last five years, from an institution other than Brown.
All candidates should submit a letter of application, a list and brief description of proposed courses, and curriculum vitae by April 1, 2013. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted by the application deadline. Applications received by that date will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.
Application materials must be submitted online at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/21245.
For further information:
Chair, Mellon-Sawyer Post-doctoral Search
Program in Early Cultures
Box 1837, Rhode Island Hall, 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Brown is an EEO/AA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.