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:
http://proteus.brown.edu/archforthepeoplecompetition/Home

Questions concerning the competition should be directed to Prof. John Cherry (john_cherry@brown.edu) and Prof. Felipe Rojas (felipe_rojas@brown.edu).

 Please help circulate this notice as widely as possible.

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Call for Volunteers: The Day of Archaeology 2014 on Friday 11 July!

The Day of Archaeology 2014 is coming!

http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/

The Day of Archaeology 2014 will be held on Friday 11 July!

www.dayofarchaeology.com

Register now to contribute your own posts, or visit the website on Friday to read about how archaeologists around the world are spending their day. www.dayofarchaeology.com

Interested?

We are looking for people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate with us in a “Day of Archaeology” in July 2014.  The resulting Day of Archaeology website will (and already does!) demonstrate the wide variety of work our profession undertakes day-to-day across the globe, and help to raise public awareness of the relevance and importance of archaeology to the modern world. We want anyone with a personal, professional or voluntary interest in archaeology to get involved, and help show the world why archaeology is vital to protect the past and inform our futures.

How You Can Help

We are looking for archaeologists who are able to document their day and send it to us to publish here on the Day of Archaeology website. You can do this through any medium that you are comfortable with, be it writing, filming, recording or photographing your day.

If you can’t make the date in July 2014, you can still contribute up to a week before or after the Day of Archaeology itself.  If you would like to take part but don’t feel confident writing a blog or uploading photos, audio or film, please get in touch with us at the email address below, and we will help.

How to Sign Up

You can register your interest and email address through our Eventbrite page.  We’ll then contact you nearer the time with log-in details and passwords, as well as further instructions on how to participate.

You can also find out more about exactly what to do for the blog on the ‘Contributors Guidelines‘ page.

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Position Announcement: Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) and the School of Arts and Sciences are seeking a Teaching Specialist, with combined teaching and laboratory experience for its new Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). CAAM is a joint endeavor of the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences, and will support teaching and mentoring of students from their first steps to their becoming independent as researchers. CAAM is envisioned as consisting of teaching and research specialties in archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, archaeozoology, ceramics, conservation, digital archaeology, human skeletal analysis, and lithics. Several of these specialties will have dedicated Teaching Specialists within CAAM.

The appointment is at the rank of Lecturer A in the School of Arts and Sciences, and will report to the CAAM Laboratory Coordinator with oversight from the Faculty Steering Committee. The teaching Specialist will teach or co-teach one course per semester; train and supervise students in their respective technical area; support Penn Museum archaeological projects; publish and/or assist in publication of relevant research; and monitor and maintain their respective lab equipment.

Minimum: BA/BS, with a PhD highly preferred in one or more archaeological laboratory specialties from archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, archaeozoology, and digital archaeology, with preference given to those specializing in archaeozoology, plus 3-5 years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; broad knowledge of archaeological material culture and a record of involvement in archaeological research projects; teaching and mentoring experience. Computer literacy, organizational skills, and attention to detail, multi-tasking, and collaborative abilities. Ability to travel as may be required.

Candidates are to apply online at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/236 . Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on July 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Museum of Archaeology and the School of Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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CFP: assemblage (University of Sheffield) — Deadline June 28, 2014

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS!

assemblage is Sheffield’s peer-reviewed graduate journal of archaeology.  Since 1996, assemblage has been run by postgraduate students at the University of Sheffield, and publishes articles and features on a wide array of topics related to the field of archaeology.

We are currently accepting submissions for our next issue.  We encourage postgraduates and early career researchers to email abstracts and articles between 3,000 and 5,000 words to assemblage@sheffield.ac.uk by 28 June, 2014.

You can access previous issues and view submission guidelines at http://www.assemblage.group.shef.ac.uk/ .  Please do not hesitate to email us with any questions.

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CFP: Visual Narratives – Cultural Identities (Hamburg, 27-29 November 2014) — Deadline July 31, 2014

Increasingly, cultural studies focus on stories and the narration of stories as important catalysts for the constitution, confirmation, and modification of cultural identities. Not only in times of what seems like floods of images but since images are made a large part of these stories and narratives is communicated by visual media. Constantly it can be observed that elaborate iconographic programs are developed to establish specific meanings more or less successfully as essential elements of cultural identities.

To analyse and interpret visual media from such a perspective it is, on the one hand, necessary to develop categories to describe their narrative aspect. The current state of research is heterogeneous: On narratology of film and graphic literature there are rich discussions and developed methods and theories whilst research in the field of single and static images is quite fragmentary. On the other hand methods have to be explored which facilitate cultural interpretations of visual narratives and which may decode the deeper meanings transmitted – also from times and epochs long gone. Finally, it has to be considered how narrative contents participate in the construction of cultural identities.

Basic questions for the conference could be:

  • By which means may the narrative aspects of visual media be described?
  • Which are the methods to decode the transmitted messages?
  • Which strategies are used to construct cultural identities visually?
  • Do, in turn, changed or modified identities lead to different patterns of stories and narrations?
  • What can be gained from a comparison of visual-narrative communication with other forms, for example literary ones?

The conference is organised by students of archaeology, art history, and cultural anthropology. It will contain lectures and workshops on the main topics and provide opportunities for detailed discussion. We are especially looking for trans- and interdisciplinary contributions which deal with the analysis and interpretation of narratives and narrations in visual media from narratological and (visual) culture studies perspectives. There is no limitation to certain times or cultures. The contributions are going to be published after the conference. Proposals for lectures (30 min) or workshops (60 min) in German or English may be sent to mail@kulturkundetagung.de (contact persons: Jacobus Bracker, Clara Doose-Grünefeld, Tim Jegodzinski and Kirsten Maack) until 31 July 2014. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Further we would be grateful to receive a short academic CV. We especially encourage young scholars and students of all levels to contribute.

Funding of speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses can currently not be guaranteed. However, participation in the conference is free of any charge.

www.kulturkundetagung.de

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