CFP: Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology (JIIA) — Deadline February 15, 2014

Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology (JIIA)

Peer reviewed online journal.
Available at
Editor: Dr. Antonella D’Ascoli

Thematic issue: Consumption of perfumed oil in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East: funerary rituals and other case studies / Consumo di olii profumati nel Mediterraneo e Vicino e Medio Oriente: riti funerari ed altri usi.

The ‘Journal of intercultural and interdisciplinary archaeology’ (JIIA) invites the submission of papers for a forthcoming issue focusing on the consumption of perfumed oil in the ancient Mediterranean. One of the earliest known uses has been associated to funerary rituals (purification of bones) in the Hittite kingdom. In Egypt, oils and ointments were part of the mummification process as well as personal luxuries used by those in life. Since those first instances, perfumed oils have been present in many cultures of the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean. The Mycenaean palaces mass produced perfumed oil and later in Italy the same product resurfaces in Italy and Greece associated to funerary rituals referring to the cult of heroes.

The proposed thematic issue intends to gather multiple perspectives, including scientific ones on the chemistry of the oils themselves, if available, across the whole Mediterranean and spanning from the Bronze to the Iron Ages. The purpose is to evidence similarities and differences in rituals and consumption, attempting to follow a specific product across regional and chronological boundaries. Mediterranean archaeologists often erect artificial boundaries in time and space due to their high specialisation, in order to make the archaeological record more manageable. One of the key aims of JIIA is to discuss themes that help cross boundaries and bridge specialisms. Contributions able to report on and further our understanding of the production and consumption of perfumed oils are invited from any archaeological perspective. It is hoped to publish a number of papers presenting different case studies.

The Journal is an online peer-reviewed academic journal, which is being relaunched after a test run. A limited printed run is planned for the New Series 2014.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Dr. Antonella D’Ascoli [email protected] by 15 February 2014.

Accepted papers should not exceed 5,000 words with colour figures at 300 dpi (CMYK). Deadline for first drafts is March 20, 2014, final publication is expected by April 2014.

CFP: TAG 2014, May 23-25, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31, 2014

Don’t miss the annual meeting of the

North American Theoretical Archaeology Group

TAG USA, May 23-25, 2014

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Twitter @tag2014uiuc
Facebook: Theoretical Archaeology Group – USA

Since 2008, the TAG-USA conference has provided a vibrant link between American and European archaeologists. This year, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting TAG. Converge on Urbana for a lively 2014 meeting in the true tradition of TAG. There will be a plenary on Friday evening featuring Benjamin Alberti, Mary Weismantel, Kim Tallbear, and Rosemary Joyce, two days of break-out sessions on Saturday and Sunday, a special art exhibition (see below), and a Saturday night dance—not-to-be missed. In addition, attendees can take part in two new TAG events: the first is a Friday-evening Theoretical Bar Crawl featuring a series of prominent archaeologists in their natural state (with a prize to the winning crawler); the second will be a TAG Post-Mortem session! Finally, optional tours of the archaeological complexes of Cahokia and Emerald, 30 minutes from St. Louis, will be offered on Sunday the 25th or Monday the 26th, for anyone flying through St. Louis or wishing to make the 3-hour trip south of Urbana-Champaign.

Call for Regular Sessions and PapersDEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31!

At this time, we invite session proposals from organizers on any topic that falls within the purview of TAG. Go to the TAG2014 website to begin. Regular session proposals (max 400 words) are due by January 31, 2014.  By February 2014, a list of sessions will be announced on this website, along with the session organizers’ email addresses. At that time, potential participants should send individual paper abstracts (max 300 words) directly to the session organizers by email (deadline March 7, 2014). Session organizers are responsible for selecting papers, and for sending the complete session roster along with all paper abstracts and titles to the TAG-UIUC committee by March 21, 2014. Session organizers, please note that break-out rooms will be equipped with PCs and LCD projectors. Requests for any AV equipment other than in-room computers should be made by March 21, 2014.

Special Call for Artist’s Proposals

Artists are encouraged to participate, as art and its myriad forms, representations, and styles are well suited to convey and expound on this theme. Artists are asked to present their original work in order to generate new ideas, stimulate discussion, and, ultimately, initiate convergences in alternative media. All sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, in the Colonial Room of Lincoln Hall on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus (see Space is limited and no projection equipment will be provided! Each artist will have a 2 x 2-meter display space, and easels or tables may be provided upon request. The room will be overseen by TAG conference volunteers during the day, but artists are encouraged to remain near their work when possible to answer questions and facilitate discussion. Security is not available for the space overnight, though it will be under lock and key during this time. Applicants must submit an abstract (max 300 words) of the proposed project/display to coordinators Jacob Skousen ([email protected]) and Robert Rohe ([email protected]) by March 7, 2014. Please explain your project, how it fits with the TAG theme, and how you will install and present your project in the space constraints outlined above. Any questions or concerns should be addressed to the coordinators.

CFP The Methods to Our Madness? An Inquiry into Methodology in the Study of Religion — Deadline 1/27/14

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

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven Engler (Mount Royal University)

New Deadline for Submissions: January 27th, 2014


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.

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 [email protected] by January 27th, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by mid February.

CFP: Renovatio, inventio, absentia imperii — Deadline January 31st, 2014

Renovatio, inventio, absentia imperii

From the Roman Empire to Contemporary Imperialism

(International conference, Brussels, 11-13 September, 2014)


At the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Academia Belgica; conference organized by the Academia Belgica (Rome), with the support of the Belgian Historical Institute in Rome, and the Princess Marie-José Foundation



Venue and date:
Brussels, 11-13 September, 2014

-Abstract proposals (max. 1 p.) for papers are to be sent, accompanied by an academic c.v. (max. 3 pp.: institutional affiliation, academic publications, academic degrees,…), to [email protected], before January 31st, 2014. Notification of acceptance: February 25th, 2014.
-Publication of the proceedings will take place after the selection and evaluation of the definitive papers, which are to be submitted not later than November 30th, 2014.


Description of the conference theme:

Renovatio, inventio, absentia imperii. From the Roman Empire to Contemporary Imperialism


At the heart of the present conference will be the ‘reception’, ‘Nachleben’ or ‘permanence’ of the Roman Empire, of an idea and a historical paradigm which since Classical Antiquity has supported the most widespread claims to obtain and consolidate power. The focus will be on ‘culture’, this latter concept intended in a broad sense, i.e. including not only the arts, architecture, literature etc., but also philosophy, religion and, most importantly, discourse. As such, a wide array of themes will be subjected to academic scrutiny. Whereas the main focus will be on Europe and North America, this conference will also reach out towards non-Western contexts, whether or not directly related to the Roman example.

A theoretical and sociological dimension will join, and ideally integrate, the discussion, by means of the involvement of methodological issues relevant to the conference theme. More specifically, the following question(s) will receive particular attention: what is our position as researchers, embedded in a contemporary, often Western, democratic and capitalist context; what about the notion of empire itself, its constituent elements and the kind of ideological prerogatives to which it is generally subjected; in other words, apart from the many historical variants and instances of reception of empire, through which filters can, and inevitably do we approach this topic? Because the world has changed ever more radically since the beginning of the 21st century: after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the events of September 11, 2001 have inaugurated a revivified American ‘imperialism’, whereas at about the same time an essentially economic variant, driven by ‘emerging’ powers such as China, has increasingly contested existing power structures.

In light of such meta-historical awareness, the present conference will as much inform about the nature of the Roman Empire as it will about its historical legacy and, more importantly so, those who claim the latter inheritance throughout the most diverse epochs. Indeed, by discussing some highly contrasting views upon this topic, participants will explore issues that are of fundamental importance to the writing, creation and negotiation not only of cultural history, but also of history itself.


The conference will consist of a series of thematic sessions, each of which will offer viewpoints originating from the most varied temporal and geographical contexts. More particularly, proposals for papers related to the four following thematic axes are invited:


Session °1: Rome and its heritage. The legacy of the Imperium Romanum in European culture from Classical Antiquity to the rise of the European superpowers (1st century-19th century CE)


Session °2: Radically changing perspectives on a historical category: the Roman Empire in the contemporary era


Session °3: The imaginary empire. Performance and representation of power


Session °4: Empires without Rome?

Mellon Post Doctoral Teaching Fellowships/Lectureships at Columbia University for 2014-16

Three Mellon Post Doctoral Teaching Fellowships/Lectureships will be offered in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University for a period of two years beginning July 1, 2014. PhD or equivalent required. The degree must have been awarded in 2013 or 2014 or applicants must have a firm scheduled date of defense on or before May 24, 2014. Specialization may be in any field of art history. In addition to conducting their own research, Fellows teach Art Humanities. In the second year, Fellows have the option of teaching an undergraduate seminar in their own field of specialization in lieu of one semester of Art Humanities.

Awards are for two years, with an annual salary of $52,250.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.