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Fieldwork Opportunity: Institute for Field Research 2020 Projects

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2020 Field Schools are now open!

Disciplines including archaeology, heritage conservation, environmental studies …and many more!
Head to our website to find the field school for you: Find a Field School

Where in the world are the 2020 field schools?

Apply to these winter field schools before enrollment closes:
Ireland: Experimental Archaeology
Vietnam: Hue Urban Design & Environmental Studies
Ireland: Ferrycarrig Anglo-Norman Archaeology

Don’t forget to apply to our scholarships, open December 1st!

Fieldwork Opportunity: Wiener Lab Field School

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science (ASCSA) in collaboration with the ASCSA Excavations at the Athenian Agora offers a full week-long Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology in the Athenian Agora. Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Karkanas, director of the Wiener Laboratory and Paul Goldberg, Professorial Research Fellow University of Wollongong, will supervise the intensive field school. The course will take place from May 30 to June 6, 2020.    

Deadline: February 15, 2020  

Registered students will be involved in interdisciplinary field research in the Athenian Agora primarily focused on archaeological context, geoarchaeology, and material sciences. Through field observations, laboratory analysis, and lectures, the students will receive instruction in the study and analysis of archaeological sediments and deposits, as well as gain experience in the recording of stratigraphy, and the understanding of site formation processes. A maximum of 12 students will be accepted for the course. Preference is given to advanced students and post-docs with a background in archaeology, and preferably some exposure to the natural sciences as well.   

The cost for Room and Board is 350 euros for the entire week. Travel costs to Greece and to the site are not included.   

Applications should be submitted no later than February 15th via the online application form at:  

Application materials include one paragraph explaining why the candidate is interested in participating in the course, a CV, a list of grades (unofficial transcript), and names and email addresses of two referees. Participants who successfully complete the course of instruction will receive a certificate detailing the content of the field school.   

Textbooks: Reconstructing Archaeological sites 2019 by Panagiotis Karkanas and Paul Goldberg (Wiley Blackwell), Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology 2006 by Paul Goldberg and Richard I. Macphail (Blackwell) and Microarchaeology 2010 by Stephen Weiner (Cambridge University Press).   

A syllabus will be emailed 3 weeks before the start of the field school.   

For further information or questions, please contact Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Karkanas at

CFP: Brandeis University Graduate Conference

Call for Papers!

Cracking Open the Contact Zone: Imperialism and Indigenous Interaction in Antiquity Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University Annual Graduate Conference

Keynote Speaker: Linda Gosner, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Conference Date: April 4th, 2020

The Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University invites submissions of abstracts for our Annual Graduate Student Conference. This year’s conference examines ways in which indigenous populations interacted with imperial powers in the ancient world. This conference provides a platform for papers exploring the relationship between the conqueror and the conquered, especially in examining modes of resistance, daily life living under occupation, imperialist policies toward conquered peoples, and the socioeconomic effects of imperialism. Priority will be given to papers examining indigenous interaction with imperialism in the ancient world, but other topics related to the conference theme will be considered. We welcome submissions from graduate students of all levels and from disciplines including: Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, History, Jewish Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sexuality Studies, and Women’s Studies.

Possible submission topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • The justification of imperialist thought in literature
  • The colonizer’s view of the colonized, or vice versa
  • The effects of imperial policy on the lives of people living in occupied territories
  • Cultural hybridity in the contact zones of empire
  • Indigenous voices that have been silenced in the historical and archaeological records

Papers must be original, unpublished works authored by current graduate students. Please send an abstract (no more than 300 words), a paper title, and a C.V. in PDF (.pdf) format to Michelle Heeman, Elizabeth Randolph, and Michael Hall at Papers should be 15-minutes in length and will be followed by a 5-minute question and answer session. The deadline for submissions is January 1st, 2020. Selected speakers will be notified by January 15th for the April 4th, 2020 conference.

CFP: Johns Hopkins Macksey Symposium

Johns Hopkins University’s first annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium.

This will be a new annual two-day event at the Johns Hopkins University main campus in Baltimore, Maryland and it will offer students across the country the chance to disseminate their humanities research on a national scale. Our event will be this spring, April 3rd and 4th, 2020 and our application portal is now open

This symposium is open to undergraduate students from any two-year or four-year college or university who would like to present their original scholarship in the humanities. We hope to have 400 participants this year and will also be offering a select number of travel grants to help students afford participation. In addition to the multiple panels of student papers and presentations (including original creative works), we will also have a wonderful keynote delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr and multiple professional development panels featuring graduate students and faculty in our humanities departments and centers. Students studying all areas of the humanities are welcome to attend.

Applications Due: January 24
Early Registration: February 21 ($265)
Registration: March 6 ($285)

You can learn more at our conference site: If you would like to receive updates on the symposium, our mailing list is available at this link.

CFP: Movement, Mobility, and the Journey

The Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 2020 graduate conference,  “Movement, Mobility, and the Journey: Ancient Actions and Perspectives”  to be held Friday, February 28 – Saturday, February 29, 2020, on the University of Pennsylvania campus (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

People are in motion in many ways: in their daily lives, in mass migrations, and in chains of interactions involving places, things, and other people.  Motion embodies a multiplicity of action, resulting in creation, exchange, and the production and consumption of energy, amongst countless possibilities.  To conceptualize motion in the ancient world, many routes of study can be utilized to answer questions such as how do ancient perceptions of motion affect human action?  In what ways did movement lead to the establishment of place?  How are concepts of motion, such as the “journey” and “pilgrimage” employed in ancient literature?  How do things or people facilitate movement? 

This conference is open to graduate students and early career scholars and will showcase a wide variety of papers which focus on two main aspects of motion: the physical motion of people, places, and things, and the concept of motion in ancient cultures.  Submissions from all disciplines regarding the ancient world are welcomed with reference to the following broader themes:

●       Motion and travel in ancient text and literature
●       Human movement in the ancient world
●       Pathways, waterways, roads, and trails through both local and large-scale environments
●       Journeys, pilgrimages, and migration events – including the movement of objects, plants, and animals with or via their human counterparts.
●       Displays of motion and movement visually and symbolically
●       Revolutionary technologies of transportation and their effects on ancient society
●       Modern methods of understanding ancient mobility, such as remote sensing, experimental archaeology, isotope analysis, etc.

Please submit a title, an abstract (limit: 250 words), and a current CV in a single email to by Sunday, December 10, 2019.  Presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in length. Accepted participants will be notified by January 10, 2020.  Limited travel funds are available through the Center.