CFP: Digital Domains, Dartmouth College 3/20 – 3/22, 2014 — Poster Deadline February 3, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the Digital Domains workshop at Dartmouth College, scheduled for March 20 – 22, 2014. With support from the Neukom Institute of Computational Science, the workshop will bring together archaeologists, engineers, and computer scientists from the US, Mexico, and Europe to share research that reconstructs and engages archaeological landscapes through remote sensing and GIS. Attendance is free and open to the academic community, so please feel free to share information about the workshop with your students and colleagues. You can find more information about the conference and the speakers on the Digital Domains website:

http://sites.dartmouth.edu/digital-domains/

I am encouraging applications for poster presentations from students and scholars who use computing to reconstruct, visualize, and analyze past and present environments. Posters will be displayed during afternoon and evening receptions. Contact me directly before February 3rd to submit a poster abstract or to request more information.

Yours,

Jason

Jason T. Herrmann
Neukom Institute for Computational Science and Department of Anthropology
6047 Silsby Hall
Dartmouth College
(603) 646-8192

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DIGITAL DOMAINS: Remote Sensing of Past Human Landscapes http://sites.dartmouth.edu/digital-domains/
March 20-22, 2014
Dartmouth College

CFP: Methods of Madness? An Inquiry into Methodology in the Study of Religion — Deadline January 6, 2014

Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

 Call for Papers — Annual Graduate Symposium

April 24th – 25th, 2014

 The Methods to Our Madness?  An Inquiry into Methodology in the Study of Religion

The identity of the academic study of religion might be characterized paradoxically: first, the study of religions is a field of academic inquiry that is theoretically diverse and methodologically rich; second, lacking methodological orthodoxy, scholarly approaches to the study of religion are unpredictable and chaotic, or, as some may see it, mad. Underlying both descriptions is the problem of methodological variability in the study of religion. The spirit of diverse intellectual curiosity, arguably the chief strength of our field, is at times akin to “madness”—that is, characterized by chaos and disorder. And yet, many scholars have pointed out the generative and creative potential of that which is deemed chaotic. In this light, justifying our disciplinary existence is critical to discussions that reflect on the study of religion’s goals and limits, and is crucial for thinking about the future of the study of religions.

Several questions arise from these issues: is there something inherently diverse about “religion” which compels its study to be diverse in methodology? Does the image of order applied to chaos, or of method given to madness accurately reflect the task of scholars of religion? In what ways has the paradigm of “application” been replicated in our contemporary methodologies? How can we complicate this style of approach? What changes, either in method or in theory, when the study of religion appropriates the methods of other disciplines?

We invite papers that consider the following topics and related questions:

  • madness, chaos, or disorder in philosophical, historical, or anthropological contexts.
  • the use of philosophical concepts in the study of religion.
  • complications of the natural scientific paradigm of “method” in the study of religions.
  • area studies that address specific practices, rituals, or beliefs.
  • critical reflections on “the material turn,” and its larger implications for method.
  • the (im)possibility of knowledge given the difficulties of source transmission or collection.
  • the historical development of the study of religion in general.
  • questions about taxonomy and categorization.
  • reflections on the discipline or “(un)discipline” of religious studies in light of the problems associated with method.

In order to be considered, interested applicants are to submit 250–300 word proposals including paper title, five keywords, author name, institutional affiliation, and contact information to Zoe Anthony at methodsofmadness2014@gmail.com by January 6th, 2014.
 Successful applicants will be notified by February 10th, 2014. The keynote speaker will be announced closer to the conference date.

CFP: Cityscapes and Monuments of Remembrance in Western Asia Minor — Deadline 1 January 2014

CITYSCAPES & MONUMENTS
of remembrance in western Asia Minor

29-31 October 2014 – Aarhus University

Cityscapes are expressions of identity. They consist of houses, streets, temples, tombs and monuments left there by generations of inhabitants. Cityscapes are interpreted and reinter-preted as expressions of changing relations of power, of past lives and of present identity – they constitute places of remembrance.

This conference aims at exploring the cityscapes and their monuments as expressions of memories in the cities of western Asia Minor. They will be studied in four different, but not necessarily separable, spaces – private, public, sacred, and funerary. Chronologically the conference will cover the period c. 600 BCE to 500 CE, reflecting more than 1000 years of cultural diversity from the Lydian and Persian hegemony in the Archaic period over Athenian supremacy and Persian satrapal rule in the Classical period through auto-cratic kingship in Hellenistic times until finally more than half a millennium of Roman rule.

How did the inhabitants choose – deliberately or subconsciously – to commemorate their past and their ancestors, and how did they manage to maintain their identity under such changing political systems?

Please send a preliminary TITLE and an ABSTRACT (of max. 250 words) no later than 1 January 2014 to klaem@hum.au.dk

FOCUS
The significance of memory in ancient societies and how it was promoted, con-tested and even attempted destroyed will be the main focus of the conference. We invite papers focusing on aspects of re-membrance in the ancient cityscapes of western Asia Minor.

LOCATION
The conference will take place over three days at Aarhus University, and travel and accommodation expenses will have to be met by the participants.

LANGUAGE
English and German are the preferred languages of the conference.

CONTACT
For further information, please contact Eva Mortensen (klaem@hum.au.dk).

CFP: Innovation in Borderland Regions, 4-6 April 2014 — Deadline January 31, 2014

The 4th Biennial Ancient Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference

Innovation in Borderland Regions

April 4-6, 2014

 

The Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites graduate scholars of any discipline to submit abstracts of papers addressing the theme of Innovation in Borderland Regions. Borderlands, broadly defined, are spaces where people of disparate ethnicities, cultures, religions, political systems, or linguistic traditions come into close contact.  These contacts, which often occur in the context of imperial center/periphery relations, can be either violent or peaceful. They may center on either physical borders or mental categories of difference. In all cases, however, they require both individuals and societies to adapt culturally, politically, economically, or technologically to encounters with other ways of life.

The Ancient Borderlands Graduate Conference seeks papers that address the ways that interactions in borderlands inspire innovation and adaptation. We welcome proposals for individual papers, or full panels involving scholars from several departments or universities, that focus on borderlands and regions of interaction in any geographic or cultural context.  Although we are a research group focused on premodern borderlands, we encourage papers that address this theme in any geographic region or period.

As the nature of borderlands involves the meeting and mixing of a variety of viewpoints, the study of borderlands calls for – even demands – an interdisciplinary approach. With this in mind, the conference aims to include a wide variety of perspectives and specialties from across disciplinary boundaries. We encourage, but do not require, papers that engage with the ideas and themes raised by theorists whose work has relevance for borderlands processes, such as: Gloria Anzaldúa, Fredrick Barth, Daniel Boyarin, Bradley Parker, Pierre Bourdieu, Gayatri Charkravorty Spivak, Thomas Tweed, and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen.

Please send a 500 word abstract to ggoalwin@umail.ucsb.edu by January 31, 2014 and include “UCSB Borderlands Conference” in the subject of the e-mail. If accepted, paper presentations will be 15 minutes long. Limited travel funds may be available for those who cannot procure funding from their home institution.

Two postdocs at the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology (Tel Aviv University) — Deadline March 2, 2014

The Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, will appoint two post-doctoral scholars for 2014-2015 in the fields of Archaeology, Ancient Israel Studies, or Ancient Near Eastern Cultures.

The highly competitive fellowships are offered to researchers across many disciplines, and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Applicants should have received their Ph.D. in a relevant field within the last five years from an institution other than Tel Aviv University. While appropriate training in archaeology, biblical
studies, ancient Near Eastern cultures and/or biblical history is required, the nature of an applicant’s specific research interests and areas of expertise is open.

Successful candidates are expected to make substantive contributions to the ongoing development of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology by organizing a colloquium on a subject to be decided at the beginning of the academic year that will stimulate an intellectual environment in which research and new interdisciplinary connections are pursued and developed.

In addition to engaging in their own research, the successful candidates will be expected to teach one two-hour graduate level seminar during one of the two semesters (interdisciplinary offerings are desirable).

The fellowship period will begin October 1, 2014, and is for a period of one academic year. The appointment carries an NIS 85,000 (= approximately $24,000) stipend and teaching salary for each candidate.

Applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, a CV, a detailed statement of current research interests (up to 2000 words), and two letters of reference (to be submitted directly by the recommenders). In addition, post-doctoral fellows must state if they are applying for other sources of funding for the fellowship period.

The scientific committee includes Prof. Oded Lipschits, Prof. Israel Finkelstein, Prof. Ran Barkai, Prof. Rafi Greenberg and Dr. Erez Ben Yosef..

Application materials should be sent to: Professor Oded Lipschits (lipschit@post.tau.ac.il) with a copy to Mrs. Sara Lev (saralev@post.tau.ac.il). Subject heading should read: Post-Doctoral Application.

Last date for acceptance of material: March 2, 2014.
Results will be published on April 4, 2014.