60th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics — Application Deadline February 14, 2014

60th Annual Eric P. Newman

Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics

June 2 through July 25, 2014

Study at the foremost seminar in numismatic methods and theory For over half a century, The American Numismatic Society, a scholarly organization and museum of coins, money, and the economic history of all periods, has offered select graduate students and junior faculty the opportunity to work hands-on with its preeminent numismatic collections. With over three-quarters of a million objects, the collection is particularly strong in Greek, Roman, Islamic, and Far Eastern coinages, as well as Medallic Art. Located in New York City’s SoHo district, the Society also houses the most complete numismatic library anywhere.

The rigorous eight-week course, taught by ANS staff, guest lecturers, and a Visiting Scholar, introduces students to the methods, theories, and history of the discipline. In addition to the lecture program, students will select a numismatic research topic and, utilizing ANS resources, write a paper during the Seminar. The Seminar is intended to provide students of History, Art History, Textual Studies, and Archeology who have little or no numismatic background with a working knowledge of a body of evidence that is often overlooked and poorly understood. Successful applicants are typically doctoral candidates or junior faculty in a related discipline, but masters candidates are admitted as well. This year’s Visiting Scholar will be Professor Suzanne Frey-Kupper of the Department of Classics
and Ancient History at Warwick University. Prof. Frey-Kupper is well known for her research and publications on the Greek, Punic and Roman coinages of the Western Mediterranean.

Applications are due no later than February 14, 2014. A limited number of stipends of up to $4000 are available to US citizens, and non-US citizens studying at US institutions under J-1 visas.

For application forms and further information, please see the Summer Seminar page of our website: numismatics.org/Seminar, or contact the Seminar Co-Director, Dr. Peter van Alfen ([email protected]; 212-571-4470, x153).

CFP: The Edges of the Body: Extremities and Knowledge in Antiquity and Beyond (USC) — Deadline November 10, 2013



“The Edges of the Body: Extremities and Knowledge in Antiquity and Beyond.”

Jan. 31- Feb. 1, 2014: University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Department of Art History and Department of Classics
Conference organizers: Rachel Amato, Matthew Chaldekas, Robert Matera, Ambra Spinelli

Deadline for abstract submission: November 10, 2013

Keynote speakers: Prof. Amy Richlin (Department of Classics, UCLA); Prof. Patricia Simons (History of Art, University of Michigan)

The combined graduate students of the Departments of Art History  and Classics at USC invite submissions for a graduate student conference: The Edges of the Body: Extremities and Knowledge in Antiquity and Beyond. Cultures make different assumptions about what we can know from or through the extremities of the body. We propose to explore how societies from antiquity to the present
have understood the relationship between knowledge and body. In Greco-­‐Roman antiquity, we see the castration of Uranus as the end  of  an antediluvian  era and Scaevola’s right hand as a symbol of nascent Roman nationalism. In the Renaissance, master painters make claims about their virtuosity and identity through the presentation of isolated heads and hands. In the nineteenth century, Rodin’s bronze casts of torsos and backs recall the value long attributed to bits of antique sculpture while also indicating a new aestheticization of the fragmented body for the art market, a trend whose continued relevance might be found in Damien Hirst’s 2007 sale of diamond-­‐encrusted skeletal remains. Examples of topics to discuss include:

  •  Heads, hands, genitals, et al. that contain the agency of an individual as well as specific knowledges or special abilities (e.g. a “green thumb”)
  • The isolation of extremities whose form or size reveals specific character traits (physiognomy)
  • How aesthetic values are ascribed to body parts (the valuation of color, size, shape, etc.)
  • Different means of negotiating the boundaries between inside and outside the body
  • The surface of the body as a space for cultural inscription/self-presentation
  • Ideological struggles (e.g. gender, race, citizenship, etc.) waged symbolically through body parts

Submissions from all disciplines are welcome; priority, however, will be given to papers that use both literary and material evidence.

Please send proposals (300 words max.) for 15-minute papers on these or similar topics along with a current CV to [email protected] no later than November 10, 2013.

CFP: CONTEXT AND MEANING XIII (Queen’s University, Ontario) — Deadline November 13th, 2013

The Graduate Visual Culture Association of Queen’s University presents


We are pleased to announce that the thirteenth annual Context and Meaning graduate student conference will take place at Queen’s University on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st, 2014. This year’s theme is “Contact” and we invite students to submit proposals for papers on issues surrounding contact as expressed through visual and material culture. We are interested in exploring this theme in a variety of contexts, including, but not limited to:

• Cross-cultural contact (imperialism, colonialism, diaspora, diplomacy)
• Physical contact (human-object contact, conservation, ceremony, performance)
• Temporal contact (the appropriation of a visual style from one period to another, alternative visions of the future, time and space)
• Collaboration (workshops, artist to artist, artist and curator, conservator and academic and artist, institutions, community-based initiatives)
• Correspondence or exchange

This conference is open to both historical and contemporary topics, and may relate to things considered “fine art” as well as those encountered everyday. Submissions are welcome from graduate students, as well as those who have completed their studies within the last year, from across Canada and the United States who conduct research in all disciplines that engage with visual and material culture. In light of our theme, we seek to assemble a diverse group of scholars in order to foster interdisciplinary discussions.

Each presenter will be allotted twenty minutes to deliver her or his papers, followed by a ten-minute discussion period. If you are interested in speaking at Context and Meaning XIII, please email an abstract of no more than 300 words, along with a brief letter of introduction, to [email protected]. As a blind panel will review all submissions, please ensure that your name and the title of your paper are included in your letter of introduction, but that your name and other identifying marks are left off the abstract.

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, November 13th, 2013.

If you have any questions concerning the conference, please contact us at [email protected].

Graduate Student Conference Committee
Graduate Visual Culture Association
Department of Art, Ontario Hall
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

CFP: Breaching Boundaries: Identity and Conflict (Boston University) — Deadline December 15, 2013

Boston University Archaeology Biennial Graduate Student Conference

February 14-16th, 2014

Breaching Boundaries: Identity and Conflict

This year’s theme focuses on Identity and Conflict. Issues of conflict are of growing concern and interest in the world. Oftentimes these issues are spurred by the interaction of dissonant or opposing identities; these conflicts visibly impact the way populations view themselves and others. The interaction between identity and conflict can be studied in the material record left behind by past societies and in the modern world. While archaeology is the primary way of studying these past material remains, it is the interaction between this field and many other fields that pushes theory in this area. It is in this spirit that the forum has the potential to attract the interest and participation of a broad range of graduate students, not only archaeologists but also anthropologists, historians, sociologists, classicists, geographers, and others. The forum offers an opportunity for emerging scholars to discuss new research in the study of identity and conflict.

Topics for discussion could include, but are not limited to:
Issues of Colonialism and Nationalism
Formation and Maintenance of Boundaries
Indigenous Communities and Cultural Patrimony
Material Culture as Indicators of Conflict
Interactions in Gender Studies and Embodiment and Sexuality

The conference will begin on Friday night with a keynote address by Pamela Geller, University of Miami. Saturday will be devoted to morning and afternoon sessions of conference papers, and Sunday morning will be devoted to a roundtable discussion from 10-12.

Papers are limited to 20 minutes and may address any time period, geographic area, or related theoretical issue.

The deadline for abstracts this December 15, 2013. There is no registration fee for this conference. Selected participants will be notified by early January, and your full paper will be due by February 1st.


Submit Abstracts Here



If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at:
Graduate Student Conference Committee Department of Archaeology,
Boston University 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

[email protected]

CFP: American Schools of Oriental Research 2014 Annual Meeting — Deadline for Session Proposals December 15, 2013

2014 Call for Papers and Program Guidelines

Members of the American Schools of Oriental Research are invited to present their research and new discoveries in one of four venues:

1. ASOR Sessions: Present a paper in one of the ASOR Sessions, sponsored by the Program Committee to provide venues for the presentation of new research in the broad temporal, regional, and disciplinary areas represented in the ASOR membership.

2. Member-Organized Sessions: Propose a new Member-Organized Session or present a paper in an existing Member-Organized Session, organized by ASOR Members who wish to explore a specific topic or theme at the Annual Meeting for a term of one to three years.

3. Workshop Sessions: Propose an interactive Workshop Session organized around a tightly focused topic or theme or around an archaeological site; in these, oral presentations and/or demonstrations are kept to a minimum in favor of open discussion between workshop chairs, presenters, and members of the audience.

4. Projects on Parade (the Poster Session): “Get the word out” about your research in this informal venue, designed to provide student and junior members an opportunity for greater involvement in the ASOR Annual Meeting.

More information at http://www.asor.org/am/2014/call-for-papers.html