CAORC Multi-Country and Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship — Deadline: January 31, 2015

The CAORC 2014/2015 Multi-Country Research Fellowship and Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Research Fellowship are NOW OPEN and ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!!!

Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.

Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately nine awards of up to $10,500 each will be given.

To apply for the Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program, please visit

Andrew. W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers is pleased to announce a new focused regional fellowship program enabling pre- and early post-doctoral scholars to carry out research in the humanities and related social sciences in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers. Funding for this program is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Scholars must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident; be a doctoral candidate or a scholar who obtained his/her Ph.D. within the last ten years (September 2004 or later); propose a three to nine month humanities or related social science research project; and propose travel to one or more Mediterranean region country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Fellowship awards will not exceed $33,500.

To apply for the Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program, please visit

Deadline for Applications: January 31, 2015


Fieldwork Opportunity: Course on Human Bones and Roman Pottery on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius

Study Medieval Human Bones and Roman Pottery on the Slopes of Mt Vesuvius

Call for participants – Winter one- and two-week courses offered in the areas of human osteology and pottery studies.

The Apolline Project is an open research network, which sheds light on the hitherto neglected past of the area to the north of Mt. Vesuvius, in the Bay of Naples. The project has run actively since 2004 and has several components, with current major work focusing on a Medieval church and a Roman villa with baths buried by the volcanoclastic debris of Vesuvius.

The Apolline Project is now accepting applications for its winter lab courses. Selected participants may have the opportunity to spend additional time before and after their chosen program(s) at the project’s accommodations at no additional charge in order to better explore the region.

For further information, including individual course descriptions, please visit:




Amanda James
Osteoarchaeologist, Apolline Project

Vincenzo Castaldo
Pottery Specialist, Apolline Project


CFP: Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage: Heritage, Tourism and Traditions — Deadline December 15, 2014

We are pleased to announce the International Conference: Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage: Heritage, Tourism and Traditions, 13-16 July 2015, Liverpool, UK

Call for Papers

Trans-Atlantic dialogues on cultural heritage began as early as the voyages of Leif Ericson and Christopher Columbus and continue through the present day. Each side of the Atlantic offers its own geographical and historical specificities expressed and projected through material and immaterial heritage. However, in geopolitical terms and through everyday mobilities, people, objects and ideas flow backward and forward across the ocean, each shaping the heritage of the other, for better or worse, and each shaping the meanings and values that heritage conveys. Where, and in what ways are these trans-Atlantic heritages connected? Where, and in what ways are they not? What can we learn by reflecting on how the different societies and cultures on each side of the Atlantic Ocean produce, consume, mediate, filter, absorb, resist, and experience the heritage of the other?

This conference is brought to you by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH), University of Birmingham and the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP), University of Illinois and offers a venue for exploring three critical interactions in this trans-Atlantic dialogue: heritage, tourism and traditions. North America and Europe fashioned two dominant cultural tropes from their powerful and influential intellectual traditions, which have been enacted in Central/South America and Africa, everywhere implicating indigenous cultures. These tropes are contested and linked through historical engagement and contemporary everyday connections. We ask: How do heritages travel? How is trans-Atlantic tourism shaped by heritage? To what extent have traditions crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic? How have heritage and tourism economies emerged based upon flows of peoples and popular imaginaries?

The goal of the conference is to be simultaneously open-ended and provocative. We welcome papers from academics across a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, business, communication, ethnology, heritage studies, history, geography, landscape architecture, literary studies, media studies, museum studies, popular culture,  postcolonial studies, sociology, tourism, urban studies, etc. Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The heritage of trans-Atlantic encounters
  • Travelling intangible heritages
  • Heritage flows of popular culture
  • Re-defining heritage beyond the postcolonial
  • The heritage of Atlantic crossings
  • World Heritage of the Atlantic periphery
  • Rooting and routing heritage
  • Community and Nation on display
  • Visualising the Trans-Atlantic world

Abstracts of 300 words with full contact details should be sent as soon as possible but no later than 15th December 2014 to

CFP: New Approaches to Cultural Heritage Preservation in the Eastern Mediterranean — Deadline December 21, 2014


An interdisciplinary graduate and postgraduate conference on cultural heritage issues, presented by the University of Pennsylvania (Center for Ancient Studies), Bryn Mawr College (Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and Art History), and Temple University (Tyler School of Art, Department of Art History), and with additional support from the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania).

April 10-11th 2015
University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The objective of this meeting is to bring together graduate students and emerging scholars from various academic disciplines to present new avenues in the field of cultural heritage. Many young scholars today have an interdisciplinary background in liberal arts studies that allows them to apply novel, innovative ways in the protection and preservation of our shared cultural property. For this conference we would like to focus on case studies from the eastern Mediterranean, including the Middle East and northern Africa. These regions are of particular interest because they have been recently affected by devastating wars, political turmoil, and economic hardship. We would like to address various issues of cultural heritage including the protection, preservation, and management of archaeological sites and cultural landscapes, the introduction of new technologies for the conservation and studying of cultural artifacts, and the use of digital media in educating and sharing our cultural treasures with a broader audience. We believe that participation in this conference will promote intellectual discourse among new scholars and inspire them to continue to seek collaborations across disciplines by employing a variety of new practices in the protection of our cultural heritage.

Dr. Morag M. Kersel, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, DePaul University

Potential topics for paper submissions might include but are not limited to:

  • Methods in cultural heritage management and conservation: e.g. laser scanning, 3D modeling, remote sensing, data analysis and archaeological computing, risk assessment, vulnerability mapping
  • Theoretical issues: e.g. adapting policies to realities on the ground, preservation of heritage, cost-benefit analyses, cultural heritage in a warzone
  • Political and ethical issues: e.g. working within local legal framework, navigating local politics, use of heritage in political narratives
  • Outreach: e.g. local educational programs, raising awareness of value of archaeological heritage, dealing with contemporary role of ancient heritage within social fabric

The conference organizers encourage young researchers (recent PhDs, post-docs, and PhD candidates at an advanced stage of their dissertation) in the fields of archaeology, art history, anthropology, history, classics, digital humanities, and cultural heritage studies, to present and discuss their work with their peers and senior scholars. Each oral presentation will be given a 30 minute time slot: 20 minutes for presenting the paper and 10 minutes for discussion. Conference language is English.

We plan to publish the conference proceedings in digital format by December 2015. Participants who would like their work to be included in the conference proceedings will be expected to submit their final manuscript by May 31st 2015.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to by December 21st 2014. Applicants will be informed about their submission status by January 25th 2015. For further information or questions regarding the conference, please contact us at the same address or visit the conference website:

Participation in the conference is free. Travel and accommodation expenses will not be covered by the organizers.

Konstantinos Chalikias, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, University of Athens
Maggie Beeler, PhD candidate, Bryn Mawr College
Ariel Pearce, PhD candidate, Temple University
Steve Renette, PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania

CFP: UCLA Archaeology Grad Conference — Deadline November 15, 2014


5th Annual UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Graduate Research Conference

January 30-31, 2015: University of California, Los Angeles
With Keynote Address by Michael Blake (University of British Columbia)

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Michael Blake, we are offering a $300 Travel Prize for Best Abstract (priority given to international students)


Change has been a constant throughout human history: empires have emerged, dynasties dissolved, civiliza-tions collapsed. As individuals progress from womb to tomb, they both influence and are influenced by the cultural systems and structures around them. Although archaeology has assessed such transitions over long periods of time, the intersecting effects of change and its feedback across a range of spatial and temporal scales have only recently begun to be appreciated in the discipline. Past and recent geopolitical events demonstrate that change should be viewed as a complex process that has effects at and is enacted among multiple scales of the human experience, from the individual and local to the global.

For this conference, we invite students from all disciplines to explore the multi-scalar effects of cultural, po-litical, and individual transitions in the past and to consider how archaeology and the material record can be used to analyze the processes, mechanisms, and effects of those transitions. How did large scale change (political, economic, environmental, or social) affect the individual at the micro-scale and, in turn, how did individuals and their choices affect higher scales of organization? Topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:

  •   the relationship between rites of passage and the creation, reification, or consolidation of social mores
  •   the process of introducing or adapting new technologies
  •   the dynamic between the emergence or decline of a political regime and household practices

We seek to highlight methodological and theoretical approaches to the archaeology of transition and to con-sider why change occurred at a specific time, how that change was effected, and how it affected a society across different scales of life. Students from all disciplines are invited to submit, but preference will be giv-en to papers that engage with the material record or present a relevant theoretical framework.

Abstract for individual papers (250 words max.) for 20–minute presentations and a current C.V. should be sent to no later than November 15, 2014.