SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS!
assemblage is Sheffield’s peer-reviewed graduate journal of archaeology. Since 1996, assemblage has been run by postgraduate students at the University of Sheffield, and publishes articles and features on a wide array of topics related to the field of archaeology.
We are currently accepting submissions for our next issue. We encourage postgraduates and early career researchers to email abstracts and articles between 3,000 and 5,000 words to [email protected] by 28 June, 2014.
You can access previous issues and view submission guidelines at http://www.assemblage.group.shef.ac.uk/ . Please do not hesitate to email us with any questions.
Increasingly, cultural studies focus on stories and the narration of stories as important catalysts for the constitution, confirmation, and modification of cultural identities. Not only in times of what seems like floods of images but since images are made a large part of these stories and narratives is communicated by visual media. Constantly it can be observed that elaborate iconographic programs are developed to establish specific meanings more or less successfully as essential elements of cultural identities.
To analyse and interpret visual media from such a perspective it is, on the one hand, necessary to develop categories to describe their narrative aspect. The current state of research is heterogeneous: On narratology of film and graphic literature there are rich discussions and developed methods and theories whilst research in the field of single and static images is quite fragmentary. On the other hand methods have to be explored which facilitate cultural interpretations of visual narratives and which may decode the deeper meanings transmitted – also from times and epochs long gone. Finally, it has to be considered how narrative contents participate in the construction of cultural identities.
Basic questions for the conference could be:
- By which means may the narrative aspects of visual media be described?
- Which are the methods to decode the transmitted messages?
- Which strategies are used to construct cultural identities visually?
- Do, in turn, changed or modified identities lead to different patterns of stories and narrations?
- What can be gained from a comparison of visual-narrative communication with other forms, for example literary ones?
The conference is organised by students of archaeology, art history, and cultural anthropology. It will contain lectures and workshops on the main topics and provide opportunities for detailed discussion. We are especially looking for trans- and interdisciplinary contributions which deal with the analysis and interpretation of narratives and narrations in visual media from narratological and (visual) culture studies perspectives. There is no limitation to certain times or cultures. The contributions are going to be published after the conference. Proposals for lectures (30 min) or workshops (60 min) in German or English may be sent to [email protected] (contact persons: Jacobus Bracker, Clara Doose-Grünefeld, Tim Jegodzinski and Kirsten Maack) until 31 July 2014. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Further we would be grateful to receive a short academic CV. We especially encourage young scholars and students of all levels to contribute.
Funding of speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses can currently not be guaranteed. However, participation in the conference is free of any charge.
TAG Manchester is proud to present their new website – http://www.tag-manchester.org/. Here you will find information about the 2014 Theoretical Archaeological Group conference, to be held in Manchester on 15-17th December.
A call for sessions and papers is now open:
– Session abstracts should be submitted to [email protected] by Monday 14th July 2014.
– Abstracts for individual papers, whether intended for a particular session or not, should be submitted to [email protected] by Monday 15th September 2014.
Further details about the conference will be uploaded to the website very soon.
We are looking forward to seeing you all in December at TAG Manchester.
We would like to announce the 1st Archaeological Summer Course at Pollentia (Mallorca).
The purpose of the course is to expose students to interdisciplinary research that involves archaeology and the natural sciences in the field. The students will experience interactive work that combines excavation and analysis of materials using an on-site laboratory. The course will emphasize the inter-connection between laboratory analyses and the archaeological context, and will include fieldwork, laboratory work, and lectures.
The Roman city of Pollentia was founded in 123 by C. Caecilius Mettellus with the conquest of the Balearics for Roman. Archaeological investigations started in the 1920’s have uncovered a theatre, several residential quarters, necropolis and the Forum where current excavations are being carried out. The archaeological excavations are actually run by the University of Barcelona and the University of La Laguna, under the auspice of the Consortium of the Roman city of Pollentia The ancient ruins are attached to modern Alcúdia in the northern part of Mallorca. It is a medieval village surrounded with walls and a nice atmosphere with all services, bars and restaurants available. Beautiful beaches are at a walking distance and the village is an excellent place to explore other parts of the island.
The course will take place from the 21-25 of July 2014.There are 10 vacancies only, over 18 years old. Selection will be made on academic merits. The profile of the students will be in Archaeology, Classics, Anthropology students or any other person interested in experiencing the real work of Archaeology and Archaeological Sciences. The course includes an official certificate.
Fees: 800 € Archaeological Sciences Summer School;
Fees include Accommodation and meals
Air fares are NOT included
You can pre-register to the course at:
The students of the Archaeological Sciences Summer School are also welcome to join the International Summer School on Roman Archaeology starting the 7th of July ending the 3rd of August.
For the summer 2014 the University of Pisa in collaboration with Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Abruzzo organizes an academic program from July 27th to August 24th, 2014. This program will include lectures, laboratory experience and field activity.
The aim of this programme is to increase awareness and competencies about archaeological and methodological issue. The students will enrich their knowledge of European archaeology with particular focus on Italian archaeology.
Field-activities will be carried out in two important sites of central Italy: S.Stefano (Neolithic period) and Alba Fucens (Roman site).
Fees : 2150 Euro (cost includes the school activity, accommodation and meals. International travel and all other than not specified are not included).
Even with the summer close at hand, many students are still figuring out their plans for the upcoming break. We hope you will consider our school as an option for your students who are looking for international opportunities. We would greatly appreciate if you can pass the information about our program on to your students. If you believe you have students at your university that would be interested, please inform them to contact us via [email protected]
Thank you very much for your support, and to find more information about our program, you may visit: http://www.cfs.unipi.it/summerschool-abruzzo/
Cristiana Petrinelli Pannocchia
Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere
Università di Pisa
LASP – Laboratorio di Archeologia Sperimentale