Archaeology for the People: The Joukowsky Institute Competition for Accessible Archaeological Writing — Deadline September 1, 2014

Archaeology for the People:

The Joukowsky Institute Competition for Accessible Archaeological Writing

As archaeologists, we write for each other in journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and other forums, using language that makes sense to fellow members of the profession. Yet the results of archaeological discovery and analysis are important and deserve the widest possible audience: archaeology has momentous findings to report, and for the periods before written history stands as the only source of evidence we have for the human condition.

We believe that archaeology is worthy of a better level of writing, one that is accessible and exciting to non-specialists, but at the same time avoids excessive simplification, speculation, mystification, or romanticization. Some of the most effective writing in this vein has appeared not in professional venues, but in publications with a far wider readership. As just one example, we would cite Elif Batuman’s article inThe New Yorker Magazine (December 19, 2011) on the Göbekli Tepe site in Turkey, and the many fundamental questions it raises about religion, technology, and human social evolution.

We therefore propose a competition for new archaeological writing, which anyone may enter. We invite the submission of accessible and engaging articles, accompanied by a single illustration and with no scholarly apparatus, that showcase any aspect of archaeology of potential interest to a wide readership. As an incentive, we offer a prize of $5,000 to the winner. The prize-winning article, together with those by eight to ten other meritorious entries, will be published in Spring 2015 in a volume of the Joukowsky Institute Publication series (published and distributed by Oxbow Books).

For more information about this competition, and to view the rules, please go to:

Questions concerning the competition should be directed to Prof. John Cherry ([email protected]) and Prof. Felipe Rojas ([email protected]).

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CFP: Post-Conflict Archaeology (SAA Meeting, April 2015) — Deadline September 1, 2014

Post-Conflict Archaeology

A symposium jointly organized by  Paul Newson (American University of Beirut, Lebanon) and Ruth Young (University of Leicester, UK).

Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.
April 15-19 2015


Session Abstract

Increasingly archaeological sites and artefacts are becoming declared ideological and opportunist targets for destruction and damage during conflicts.  In what ways should archaeologists respond to these challenges to the archaeological record?

The purpose of this session is to explore the minefield that is conflict-damaged archaeology: a subject which demands an effective response from archaeologists, but which is can potentially place archaeologists in conflict themselves with concerned interest groups.

Political and moral issues are always entangled in any response and emotions intensified, however such issues need to be faced, discussed and debated by archaeologists.  Questions of whose archaeology and whose morals are being dictated require reflection.  What strategies and responsibilities should archaeologists consider?   How might conflict-damaged sites be investigated, documented and safeguarded from further damage?

We would like to encourage papers which seek to explore the manifold questions regarding the subject of archaeology and conflict, how archaeological material targeted and damaged in conflict situations can be assessed and how interdisciplinary approaches might seek to build an effective discourse

Contribution Submission

If you are interested in contributing to this symposium, a short abstract (200 words) should be submitted directly to Paul Newson [email protected]   before the 1st September 2014.  Invited participants will be notified by an automated email containing a link to the submission system. All invited participants will be required to submit online an abstract and registration payment for the conference by 11th September 2014.

Position Available: Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Glasgow — Application Deadline 24 August 2014

Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Glasgow

Reference Number  009063

Location  Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building

College / Service  COLLEGE OF ARTS


Job Family  Research And Teaching

Position Type  Full Time

Salary Range  £32,590 – £46,400

Job Purpose

To undertake the role of delivering high-quality research, research supervision and teaching in Archaeology in the School of Humanities. Preferably in one or more of the following areas: scientific artefact analysis, archaeological materials and material culture studies. The post-holder will bring period and regional expertise to complement current strengths, develop an active programme of laboratory-based or archaeological fieldwork and will undertake administration as requested by the Head of Subject and Head of School.

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CFP: Symposia Iranica (Second Biennial Graduate Conference on Iranian Studies) — Deadline 15 November 2014

Established as the first student and early career scholar-focused forum in the field, Symposia Iranica is an unthemed, biennial international graduate conference that brings together both groups to celebrate, encourage and stimulate their interest and engagement with Iranian studies. Having inaugurated at the University of St Andrews in 2013, the Second Biennial is hosted by the University of Cambridge at Downing College, which is located in the heart of that historic city.

We welcome proposals that engage with any aspect of Iranian studies within the humanities and social sciences. These include but are not limited to ancient through to contemporary history; the history of medicine; poetry and literature; economics; political science; philosophy; archaeology; religions and theology; geography, ecology and the environment; historiography; sociology; anthropology; music; art history; architecture history; social and political theory; tangible and intangible heritage; cultural heritage; conservation and heritage management; international relations; languages and linguistics; law and legal studies; Diaspora studies; new media and communication studies; film studies; and the performing arts. Interdisciplinary papers and panels are very welcome.

The abstract is the basis for judging a proposal for acceptance. All abstracts undergo double-blind peer review by a Committee comprising two-to-three academics for each subject area, while the Organisers will group individually submitted papers into panels, with the expectation that some sessions will be interdisciplinary.

To be considered for publication, submissions must represent original contributions to existing scholarship and an indication be made on your application that you would like to be considered. The conference will be conducted in English. Proposals should be sent using the appropriate form by 23:59 GMT on Saturday 15 November 2014 to:

[email protected]

More information can be found at