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American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) Fellowships in Egypt 2016-2017

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is pleased to announce its annual fellowship program for predoctoral, postdoctoral and senior scholars conducting research in Egypt. We hope you will take a moment to share this poster with relevant students and faculty members at your university or college. The deadline for application submissions is January 15, 2016.

For information about the CAORC Multicountry and Mellon Grants click the link below.


Fellowship Opportunity for Research in the Mediterranean Region

ARCE is pleased to announce its participation in the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program and Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program. Applicants may propose a research project to one or multiple Mediterranean region countries, as long as at least one of the countries hosts a participating American overseas research center.

Details for both of these opportunities for predoctoral, early postdoctoral, and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D., can be found at the following link.


Funding for this program is generously provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

CFP: The 5th Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference

The 5th Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference
Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands
University of California, Santa Barbara
March 11-13, 2016

The Borderlands Research Focus Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites graduate scholars from all disciplines to submit abstracts for papers addressing the theme of Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands.

Please send a 300-word abstract to by December 20, 2015 **deadline extended to January 8, 2016 ** to be considered. Please see the attached call for paper for more information. Further questions can be directed to

Thank you,

Organizing Committee Members
UCSB Borderlands Conference 2016
“Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands”


2016 – UCSB Borderlands CfP

CFP: TRAC 2016

The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) Standing Committee and TRAC 2016 Local Organising Committee are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 26th annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC 2016), which will be held in Rome, Italy from 16-19 March 2016. Please see full details below or on the TRAC website at:

Please share this message with your colleagues, friends, staff members, students, etc.

Deadline: 18 December 2015

Call for Papers: full details

Proposals for papers are invited for the TRAC general session(s) or for one of the accepted thematic sessions. Paper proposals should be no longer than 300 words, and must clearly indicate the intended session(s) for which the paper is proposed. Limited space is available in the thematic sessions, so if a thematic session is oversubscribed, submitted papers will also be considered for the general session(s). The deadline for proposals is 18 December, 2015.

Paper proposers should note the following:
• Presentations should last no longer than 30 minutes
• Speakers should leave sufficient time at the end of their papers for questions from the audience
• The official conference languages are English and Italian
• Unfortunately, TRAC cannot cover the costs of speakers’ travel and accommodation to attend the Conference (a limited number of bursaries will be available through separate schemes by competitive application; details will be made available on the joint RAC/TRAC 2016 conference registration website when this goes live)
• This is a participative conference where more than half the delegates are speaking, so all delegates are expected to pay the conference fee. This helps keep the fees as low as possible and also maximises participation and engagement.

Proposals for papers must include the following information:

• Title of the Paper

• Name, affiliation, postal address and email of the proposer(s)

• Title of the themed session in which they would like to offer a Paper (or ‘General’ if outside a themed session)

• A short abstract/description of the theme or subject area of the Paper (not more than 300 words)

Session organisers should also note the following:

• They will need to instruct the speakers included in their original submission to send in their Paper proposals and abstract

• Additional Papers are likely to be offered for all sessions. The final list of speakers at the Conference will be decided by session organisers, with advice from the TRAC 2016 Local Organising Committee

• TRAC cannot cover the costs of speakers’ travel and accommodation to attend the Conference

Proposals should be sent by email to the TRAC 2016 Local Organising Committee: AND to the lead organiser of the session the Paper is intended for. Proposals received after 18 December will not be considered. 

Please click here for a list of available TRAC 2016 sessions (including contact details for session organisers).

Thank You. We look forward to seeing your paper proposals!

TRAC 2016 Local Organizing Committee

Roberta Cascino (British School at Rome/University of Southampton)
Francesco De Stefano (Sapienza, Università di Roma)
Antonella Lepone (Sapienza, Università di Roma)
Chiara Maria Marchetti (Università degli Studi di Verona)
Jeremia Pelgrom (Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome)

TRAC Standing Committee

Dr Darrell J. Rohl (Chair)
Ian Marshman (Vice Chair)
Dr Lisa Lodwick (Treasurer)
Alexandra Guglielmi (Secretary)
Matthew Mandich (TRAC 2015 Local Representative)

Fieldwork Opportunity: Smolianovtsy Excavation Project 2016

The South East European Archaeological Summer School is pleased to announce the next season of Smolianovtsy

The project offers two-week educational program in Roman field archaeology. In course of this program the students
will take part in ongoing excavations in Roman fortress situated near the modern town of Montana (North-Western
Bulgaria). The program offers combination of ten days hands-on fieldwork and seminars devoted to small finds
processing and archaeological illustrations. The program incorporates also research trips which will introduce the
participants with the comprehensive historical and cultural valuables of Rome and Roman civilization.

Main location: Montana region, North-Westhern Bulgaria
Site: Village of Smolyanovtsi, locality “Gradiste”
Period: Roman period (1st – 3rd c. AD), Byzantine period (4th – 6th c. AD)
Courses included: Introduction to the archaeological field methods and techniques
Academic hours: 40 hours practicum; 20 hours seminars
Project director: Maria Petrova (South East European Archaeological Summer School)
Collaborating Institutions: South East European Archaeological Summer School, International Foundation
Field school Regular sessions: 2 July – 15 July, 2016; 16 July – 29 July, 2016
Application deadline: Until the places are filled but not later than 1 June, 2016
Minimum length of stay: One session (14 days)
Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member)
Number of places available: Maximum 8
Experience required: None
Educational trips: Chalcolithic settlement and Roman fortress in Mezdra, Vratsa museum of history, “Vratsata” gorge,
Ledenika cave, Montana fortress, Belogradchik Fortress, Belogradchik rocks, Magura Cave

Early booking till December 31, 2015: € 1027 (app. $ 1125)
Regular Admission Fee (after January, 2016): € 1284 (app. $ 1407)
For additional information about the discounts offered please check our Discounts page

Field school web-site:
Contact e-mail:

CFP: RATS 2016-Radical Ontologies for the Contemporary Past


Radical Archaeology Theory Symposium 2016

Binghamton, New York
3-6 March 2016

Abstract deadline: December 15th 2015

Recently, anthropologists have been trying to challenge Western practices of knowledge production and understandings of existence. The theoretical oppositions at the core of Western thinking gave way to relational and new materialist endeavors.

The so-called “ontological turn” has opened doors to investigate the ways social scientists perform, produce, and disseminate their research. For instance, many archaeologists saw this process as an opportunity to go back to things and rethink archaeology as an ontological practice in itself, in which the reassembling of objects defines forms of being and becoming. However, very little has been discussed about its political implications and what seems to be a fethishization of the word “ontology”. These recent debates encourage scholars working with the materialities of the recent past to think about their responsibilities in the quest for alternative forms of being.

The Radical Archaeology Theory Symposium (R.A.T.S.) 2016 is intended as a forum to discuss the politics and ethics of the “ontological turn” and its impacts on the archaeologies of the contemporary past. We invite participants to discuss archaeology as a practice of becoming, and how it can trigger larger social engagements with the politics and ethics of the contemporary past. Issues to be addressed may include, among others:
– The relevance of ontological-oriented analyses of the contemporary past
– Politics of ontology as practical ethics
– Activist and community-based archaeologies.

Papers presenting case studies, and from intersecting fields are particularly welcomed.

Submit your abstract up to 250 words, along with your name, contact, institutional affiliation and three keywords, by December 15th 2015. The selection of papers will be announced during the first week of January 2016.

Keynote speakers:
Maria Theresia Starzmann
McGill University, Canada

Ruth Van Dyke
Binghamton University, New York

Severin Fowles
Columbia University, New York

Þóra Pétursdóttir
University of Tromsø, Norway

Organization committee:
Maura Bainbridge
Rui Gomes Coelho