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Call for Submissions: Chronika — Deadline October 15, 2013

CHRONIKA
Volume 4, Spring 2014

Chronika is an interdisciplinary, open access journal for graduate students studying the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world. Chronika, like its parent organization the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (www.iema.buffalo.edu), encourages interdisciplinary dialogues and innovative approaches to the study of the past.

Call for Submissions:

Chronika welcomes submissions from graduate students that address topics relevant to European and Mediterranean archaeology. Articles must be 3,000 to 4,000 words in length, should detail research at or above the Masters level, and may include up to ten images. To have your article considered for this year’s publication, please send a 100 word abstract to chronika@buffalo.edu by October 15, 2013. You will be notified if your article is selected by November 1. The publication schedule will proceed as follows:

December 1 First draft of full article is due.

February 1 Article is returned to author with comments.

March 1 Revised article is due.

April 4 Chronika launches in print and online.

A hard copy is mailed to each author shortly after this time.

Thank you for your interest in Chronika, and we look forward to receiving your submission. Please direct any inquiries to chronika@buffalo.edu.

Sincerely,

Darren Poltorak
Editor in Chief

Please visit Chronika on the web at www.chronikajournal.com

Classics Goes Green: Interactions with the Environment in the Ancient World

*Deadline extended: Abstracts due by December 2, 2011*

The relationship between mankind and the environment has long been a rich and intriguing aspect in the study of history. Environmental changes and natural disasters have prompted cultural change and innovation. Humans have, in turn, left their mark on the environment, altering their landscapes physically and mentally, purposely and inadvertently. From the locations of successful cities and the effects of terracing and water engineering on the Greek landscape to Virgil’s creation of an idealized, if not idyllic, Italy, the environment often shaped and was shaped by economic, cultural, and religious practice in antiquity.

Landscapes and the environment have left a physical manifestation that can be directly studied through archaeological examination.  The cultural effects of the environment are also preserved in many ancient texts:  for instance, ancient historians were aware of the impact that environment, climate, or landscape might have on human events, while poets and agricultural writers reflected on the dual nature of the environment as both hostile and life-giving, and philosophers investigated the interrelation of man and nature. In modern scholarship, this integral connection between humans and the environment has long been a point of discussion, and is experiencing a new surge in popularity with the increasing connection of environmental research into classical studies.

This conference will explore how mankind conceived of and expressed its relationship with the environment, and how this relationship can be tracked in the archaeological, documentary, or literary record. We invite submissions from all Classics subfields and related disciplines, including ancient history, literature, material and visual culture, Greco-Roman and Near Eastern religions, anthropology, and philosophy.  Possible topics for presentation could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The role of weather in shaping historical events
  • Landscape in archaeology, including cultural heritage management
  • Trash in antiquity: reuse, recycling, and rubbish
  • The effects of agriculture development on the landscape
  • Imitation (or not) of nature in architecture, material culture, and art
  • Cartography: controlling and organizing the “known world”
  • Experiences of the natural world in epic poetry
  • Cultural responses to local, regional, or global environmental changes

Graduate students wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit a  titled abstract of 300 words or less to classicsgoesgreen[at]gmail.com by December 2nd. Please include your name, institution, contact information, and the title of  your abstract in the body of the email. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. Notifications will be sent by mid-November. Questions about the conference can be directed to Emilia Oddo at the same email address.

International Conference “Pioneering Archaeological Prospection”

Pioneering Archaeological Prospection

The link above is an invitation to a unique event at Laa an der Thaya, Austria from 9th to 11th October 2011 organized by the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, the LBI for Archaeological Prospection and the newly founded PhD college for Archaeological Prospection at the University of Vienna.

The event focuses on the past, the present and the future of the discipline of archaeological prospection joining the first and second generation of researchers with the next.

CFP: The Object and Beyond

Pennsylvania State University Graduate Student Association for Visual Culture

Third Annual Graduate Conference:

The Object and Beyond

March 25–26, 2011


Call for Participation

At the moment a work of art is made, it is known just to its maker. Only after it is

shown to others does it accrue social and aesthetic value. Quieter, less studied,

but not less important are the ways in which the art object becomes entwined in

the lives of those who see, use, or possess it, and thereby alters how they see

themselves and are seen by others.

With these words, Robert Nelson begins his essay “Empathetic Vision: Looking at and

with a Performative Byzantine Miniature.” These ideas, however, can easily apply to a

broad range of studies both within and beyond art history. We hope that graduate students

from a variety of disciplines will accept the challenge this text presents with new

interpretations of the object and its implications.

Program of events:

• Keynote address by Robert Nelson on Friday, March 25

• Reception for presenters following keynote address

• Panel sessions throughout the day on Saturday, March 26

Guidelines for submission: For papers, provide an abstract of no more than 500 words.

Papers will be limited to 20 minutes each, with additional time for questions and

discussion. Creative presentations, performances, or visual pieces are also welcome, but

these also need to be submitted in the form of an abstract. All submissions must include a

current CV, contact information (including email address, degree/year, and institutional

affiliation), and a cover letter. The members of GSAVC may be able to offer assistance

with local transportation and housing.

Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2010.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by January 15.

For more information, or to email submission, contact:

Cali Buckley, Conference Co-Chair, PSU.GSAVC@gmail.com