Fieldwork Opportunity: Western Argolid Regional Project

Summer 2016 is the final season of WARP, an interdisciplinary archaeological survey along the Inachos river, west of the city of Argos in southern Greece. This intensive pedestrian survey includes the known archaeological sites of the Classical polis of Orneai, Mycenaean chamber tombs, and fortifications of the Roman, Medieval, and Ottoman periods, as well as an extensive system of ancient roads and passes. Among the project’s aims are (a) to understand the settlement dynamics of Argos, an important center in virtually all periods of Greek history but whose hinterland is scarcely understood, and (b) to detect the networks that connected the micro-regions of the western Argolid to each other and to neighboring valleys in the northeastern Peloponnese. We seek undergraduate field walkers for this summer either as volunteers or as credit-earning field school students.

Participants stay on the beach in comfortable vacation apartments in the beautiful fishing village of Myloi on the Gulf of Argos. Saturday field trips include the major Bronze Age palace sites at Mycenae and Tiryns, the Classical sites of Nemea, Corinth, and Epidauros (where we also see a play in the ancient theater), and the Medieval fortress of Nauplio, as well as numerous local museums.

Dates: May 29 – July 10, 2016.

Deadline for Application: April 15, 2015 (This is a rolling deadline, which means that we process applications as we get them until the project fills and this may be before April 15, so apply early!).

Fee: $3750 (for volunteers); $4750 (in-state, CO)/$5750 (out-of-state) (for the six-credit field school). Fees include six-weeks of accommodation in Myloi, most meals and transportation during the project, and entrance to all sites and museums.

For further information, see https://www.archaeological.org/fieldwork/afob/13907 and https://studyabroad.colorado.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=899
Or email Dr. Dimitri Nakassis (d.nakassis@utoronto.ca) or Dr. Sarah James (sarah.a.james@colorado.edu)

CFP: Critical Perspectives on Culture and Preservation

Call for Papers and Panels – Critical Perspectives on Culture and Preservation: Precarity in our Past, Present, and Future Cultural Heritages

This year’s Critical Legal Conference will feature a stream on “Critical Perspectives on Culture and Preservation: Precarity in our Past, Present, and Future Cultural Heritages”, for which both paper and panel submissions are encouraged. The conference occurs between September 1st and 3rd, 2016 at Kent University.

The past few years have born witness to the destruction of places, spaces, and objects that carry unquantifiable historical, heritage, and cultural value. As the world gazes on, horrified, many critical questions arise in relation to preservation, protection, ownership, and intervention. What role can or does law have? And how is the view of law’s role shaped by critical legal and radical perspectives?

Atrocities committed against relics of the past are but one aspect of the greater question of the role of preservation and protection in our globalizing world. Just as the term “culture” can capture nearly endless possibilities, so too can the question of what should be protected and preserved as “culture”.

What about the destruction of that which exists intangibly within the boundaries of cultural spaces, and practices? As the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage enters its next decade, has it been successful in its goals and intentions? Questions of how to strengthen and better dedicate ourselves to the preservation of human culture go far beyond the physical and the physically destroyed. Much of what constitutes art and culture is intangible—yet these cultural aspects are as vital to human civilization as the towering ruins of the past.

Alongside the question of how law should (or should not) employ preservation strategies in areas of conflict and war, the question of how law should respond to the privatization and commodification of culture within neoliberal development initiatives also arises.

What about urban culture in our cities? As neighbourhoods face gentrifying forces and municipal redevelopment strategies, what important buildings and spaces should be preserved? How do we determine what to preserve? Can live music venues benefit from intangible cultural heritage protection? In the UK, can and should pubs receive protection through legal tools such as designation as an Asset of Community Value in the face of an owner’s development rights? Or, in New York City, does an otherwise unremarkable building, such as the Stonewall Inn, merit landmark designation based on past important events or the importance it carries to a community like the LGBT community?

Further, if we critically deconstruct existing decisions and paradigms to provide, or not to provide, legally enforceable protection to spaces, places, and objects, will we find a replication of the architectures of hegemony, unequal valuation, or even, recolonization? Or will we find something else? Is the notion of “culture” itself something hegemonic or colonial?

This stream seeks to engage the work of critical and radical scholars and perspectives working at the intersections of law, culture, preservation, and the governance of culture—municipally, domestically, and internationally—as well as those interested in tangible and intangible cultural heritage matters and our human right to culture in all of its varied forms. The goal is to create a lively critical dialogue surrounding how we will treat crucial issues in the preservation of our array of collective past, present, and future cultures moving forward.

Possible ideas for conference papers could include (but are absolutely not limited to):
–    The destruction or theft of cultural heritage in conflict regions.
–    The role of cultural preservation during periods of urbanization or urban redevelopment.
–    International or domestic law and the rise of tangible and intangible cultural heritage protection.
–    The interaction between governance and culture.

Paper Proposals should include an abstracts of no longer than 300 words and a brief author biography. Panel Proposals should include the panel title and rationale (of no more than 300 words) and abstracts and biographies for all participants in the panel. Please send your Paper and Panel Proposal to SaraRoss@osgoode.yorku.ca in a *.doc file. The Call Closes on 1 July 2016.

Fieldwork Opportunity: Apolline Project

Call for participants – Summer fieldwork opportunities in Pompeii and on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.

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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 human skeletal remains from a Medieval church, excavation of a Roman villa with baths buried by multiple Vesuvian eruptions, and pottery from the Suburban Baths in Pompeii. We will also be starting a new excavation this summer at the Roman city of Aeclanum, in inland Campania; this excavation offers an excellent opportunity for students who want to see how a dig begins, from the ground up.

The Apolline Project is now accepting applications for its summer 2016 field season. Dig participants who join the first or last sessions of the Pollena excavation will have the opportunity to spend an additional week before (May 29- June 5) or after (Sept 24-Oct 1) their chosen session at the project’s accommodation for no additional charge in order to better explore the region (subject to availability).

This year we will be offering a select number of scholarships to participants.

For further information, including course descriptions and fieldwork opportunities, visit: http://www.apollineproject.org/dig.html.

 

 

Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology, Brown University (Deadline April 10, 2016)

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University invites applications from exceptional junior scholars who augment or complement the present strengths and diversity of the Joukowsky Institute community, and who enhance our commitment to inclusive education and outreach.

We seek candidates who have demonstrated a capacity for innovative research and cross-disciplinary thinking.  We are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in individuals whose work focuses in one or more of these five spheres: 1) archaeological perspectives on diversity and inclusion; 2) environmental studies; 3) public archaeology; 4) digital archaeology; 5) Late Antiquity.

In addition to pursuing their research, successful candidates will be expected to teach half time – i.e., one course per semester.  Teaching may be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; interdisciplinary offerings are desirable.  Applicants must have received their Ph.D. from an institution other than Brown within the last five years.  Successful candidates will be expected to make substantive contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, such as the organization of reading or working groups, a topical symposium, or another project intended to foster a stimulating intellectual environment in which to pursue research and to develop new interdisciplinary connections.  This will be a one-year position, with the possibility of a one-year renewal, beginning on July 1, 2016.

All candidates should submit a letter of application, short descriptions of 3-4 proposed courses, and curriculum vitae by April 10, 2016. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference be submitted via Interfolio by the application deadline.  Applications received by April 10, 2016 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Please submit application materials online at apply.interfolio.com/34219.  There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.

For further information:
Professor Peter van Dommelen
Chair, Search Committee
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Joukowsky_Institute@brown.edu

 

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Fieldwork Opportunity: Transylvanian Limes – Identity, Liminality, Creolisation, Crisis

The mechanisms of Roman occupation of Dacia, the last Imperial expansion in Europe, are very complex and not well understood. First of all, the local population was still present, controlling if not the resources proper, the various technical aspects of harvesting them. Second, the new Roman population was a very diverse aggregate of ethnic groups from across the Empire, from the heavy Syrian presence in Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana to the many auxiliary garrisons along the various Transylvanian limes (such as our Castrum Cumidava). Third, the Dacian Provinces was de facto a frontier environment, constantly under pressure from foreign incursions from Germanic tribes from the north and west and the free Dacians and the Sarmatians/Scythian riders from the east. This liminal environment generated very dynamic vectors of creolisation and associated practices of identity construction. The Roman “civilizing” social constructs, based on an urbanized (and militarized) way of life, implementing processes of alienation through technical and technological dependencies, was constantly threatened by external and internal pressures. The very rapid process of urbanization of the Dacian Provinces forced a lot of dynamic negotiation and practical creolization in the definition, construction and display of social identity and status.

Our Roman frontier archaeology projects encompass the totality of “provincial life”, ranging from the evolution and integration of military life into the socio-economic and political fabric of frontier imperial society, the development of great urban centers such as Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana, the various aspects of rural provincial life and landscape strategies, and, finally, creation and expression of identity in transitory contexts.

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For more information visit our website: www.archaeotek-archaeology.org , or contact us at archaeology@archaeotek.org . All our projects are designed as intensive hands-on field experience programs, complemented by evening lectures, and, as such, are open to both credit students and non-credit participants. For thousands of pictures and perspectives from our past participants, visit our Facebook ArchaeoTek Community page.

Our programs are intensive hands-on projects designed to immerse our participants in an active research environment and provide the opportunity for the acquisition of practical, technical and specialized field skills. Our projects are open to both credit students (both undergraduate and graduate) and non-credit participants (both student and non-student).