University of Notre Dame Department of Anthropology Graduate Program Open House

University of Notre Dame Department of Anthropology Graduate Program

Open House for Prospective Graduate Students

Friday, October 5, 2018
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
(working lunch at 11:30 PM, with Director of Graduate Studies, Vania Smith-Oka)

  • Learn about Notre Dame Anthropology from the Graduate Program Director
  • Meet one-on-one with individual faculty members
  • Meet with current graduate students

RSVP at least one week before event: Michelle Thornton, Administrative Assistant ([email protected])

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About the Graduate Program

CFP: Young Investigator Symposium and Fellowship with MHAAM


The Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean (MHAAM), a collaboration between The Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard (SoHP) and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany (MPISHH), announces an opportunity for recent and graduating seniors and Master’s students to participate in a Young Investigator Symposium scheduled at Harvard University on Friday, November 2nd, 2018.  Students will have an opportunity to present cross-disciplinary research which utilizes modern scientific tools and knowledge to illuminate the history of humanity, and to network with other students and faculty members similarly engaged.  An interest in the Ancient Mediterranean is desirable but not indispensable.

For students coming from outside the Boston/Cambridge area for the November 2nd Symposium, a limited number of awards of up to $500 to defray lodging and travel costs are available.  Students interested in applying for the Symposium should arrange to send a letter of application, along with an abstract of research to be presented, a CV, an academic transcript, and a letter of recommendation, to be submitted by October 18th at the latest to [email protected]

MHAAM is also offering a new PhD Fellowship opportunity for the 2019-2020 academic year and beyond.  This 5-year fully-funded PhD fellowship for study and research on the science of the human past is an opportunity for interdisciplinary study at Harvard and in Jena, Germany.  An interest in the Ancient Mediterranean and in ancient DNA is useful but not required. PhD degrees will be awarded through Harvard University, notably in the following departments:

  • The Archaeology Program within the Anthropology Department (Deadline: December 15, 2018)
  • History (Deadline: December 15, 2018)
  • Human Evolutionary Biology (Deadline: December 1, 2018)
  • Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Deadline: December 1, 2018)
  • Additional Departments Forthcoming

Candidates for the Fellowship will apply for admission to one of these Harvard University PhD Programs to be considered eligible for this full funding opportunity through the Max Planck-Harvard collaboration.  Applicants must specify their interest in the MHAAM Fellowship Program within the application, and must additionally send a copy of the application to [email protected], or via mail to:

Lisa Ransom Lubarr
Harvard University
Robinson Hall M-03
35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA  02138

Further information on MHAAM (including highlights on current fellowship recipients, and interdisciplinary research) can be found at:, and inquiries can be sent to: [email protected]

CFP: Archaeological Chemistry: Art and Archaeology in the Ancient and Medieval World

Call for Papers
Spring 2019
March 31-April 4, 2019
Orlando, Florida

Call for Papers. The Division of the History of Chemistry (HIST) is planning a symposium on archaeological chemistry to be held at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Orlando, FL, March 31-April 4, 2019. The tentative title of the symposium is “Archaeological Chemistry: Art and Archaeology in the Ancient and Medieval World.” Papers on any subject that address this general topic, especially those that integrate chemistry with archaeology, those directed at answering social, political, and economic questions about ancient cultures, and those that incorporate the use of new technologies, are welcome. Please communicate your interest in participating in the symposium along with a tentative paper title and possible co-authors to either of the co-organizers: Seth Rasmussen ([email protected]) or Mary Virginia Orna ([email protected]).

We anticipate that there will be a limited number of registration scholarships for non-chemical scientists to attend the meeting. More information will be forthcoming.

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The ACS abstract submission website, MAPS, ( will open on August 20, and the abstract deadline is November 5.

ACS has provided a HELP site at ;

Also, those of you coming from abroad are urged to begin the visa application process immediately. To help the process along, personalized visa letters will be available for download once your abstract has been accepted by the symposium organizer or program chair. Letters will be generated for presenting authors and can be downloaded from the account of the person who submitted the abstract.

CFP: The Ancient DNA Revolution in Archaeology (Brown University) – Deadline Oct 15, 2018

Call for Papers:

State of the Field 2019:
The Ancient DNA Revolution in Archaeology

Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24, 2019

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Keynote Panelists:
Logan Kistler, Smithsonian Institution
Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith, University of Otago
Christina Warinner, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Oklahoma

Abstract Deadline: October 15, 2018


Ancient DNA has revolutionized archaeology and our understanding of human prehistory. Its insights have revealed hominins unknown from the fossil record, clarified global human migrations, and transformed how we understand plant and animal domestication processes. Despite these discoveries, many questions remain about how to interpret ancient DNA results and how to study the relationships between genes and culture:

  • How can we ensure that genetic results are interpreted within appropriate archaeological and anthropological frameworks?
  • How can we incorporate innovative paleogenetic methods into archaeological fieldwork and research design?
  • What are the ethical considerations of working with samples from archaeological contexts?

As laboratory and analytical methods continue to improve, the ancient DNA revolution is poised to expand even further within archaeology. At this time of innovation and possibility it is critical to assess the current trajectory and future of the discipline: the State of the Field.

Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World will host a conference titled State of the Field 2019: The Ancient DNA Revolution in Archaeology on February 22-24, 2019. Our gathering builds on a tradition of “State of the Field” workshops hosted by the Joukowsky Institute to reflect upon trends in archaeological research. This year’s conference aims to address the many issues surrounding the development and uses of ancient DNA methods around the world and to promote discussion between archaeologists, anthropologists, and geneticists in order to examine new opportunities and challenges for ancient DNA research in archaeology.

To submit a proposal for a paper of approximately 20 minutes or a poster, please send an abstract of 350 words or less to [email protected] by October 15, 2018. We will offer travel awards to multiple attendees, and encourage submissions from early-career scholars.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Genetic and archaeological perspectives on gene-culture co-evolution (e.g., lactase persistence and dairying in Neolithic Europe, high altitude adaptation and the peopling of the Tibetan Plateau, etc.)
  • Using ancient DNA to understand migration, exchange, and cross-cultural connections
  • Ancient DNA from plants and animals
  • Unconventional sources of ancient DNA data (e.g., environmental DNA in soils for identifying flora and fauna that do not preserve in the zooarchaeological or archaeobotanical record, dental calculus as a source of aDNA data on the oral microbiome, etc.)
  • Defining and naming ancient populations
  • Ethical considerations in aDNA research and involving descendant communities

For questions about this Call for Papers, or about the conference, please see our conference website, or email [email protected].

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