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Fieldwork Opportunity: Archaeology and Anthropology Study Abroad in Ireland in 2019

The Irish Archaeology Field School provides expert led third level training in heritage based studies to both individual students as well as university partners (please see for more details). This year the IAFS are launching an exciting range of credited programs, focusing on excavation, anthropology, forensic anthropology and geoarchaeology. These courses take place in June/July/August, with shorter courses also available in March (during spring break), and vary in length from 1 to 4 weeks.

The majority of programs are taught from the site of Carrick Castle (and settlement), Ferrycarrig, County Wexford, the southeast of Ireland. This internationally important archaeological monument is the site of the first Norman Castle in Ireland, constructed in 1169. The site is located within the stunning confines of the Irish National Heritage Park, a 40 acre parkland featuring the largest open air museum in Ireland.

We also offer a geoarchaeology/environmental science studies program, administered by our parent company The Irish Heritage School, which uniquely combines field studies with laboratory work to piece together three different landscapes in three distinct locations: Birr, in the midlands; the Burren in County Clare on the West coast; and Clare Island in the Atlantic Ocean.

We are confident that our programs will appeal to students from a wide range of disciplines – including archaeology, history, anthropology, medieval studies, geology, environmental science, geography, Irish studies etc. – or indeed just students looking for a unique study abroad experience in general. Programs will include third level students of all ages and nationalities. Several cultural trips are provided as part of each program. Together with the option of staying with local families in homestay accommodation, these trips ensure a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

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Fellowship: ARCE Fellowship in Egypt

Advance Your Research with an ARCE Fellowship in Egypt

Scholars can apply now for the American Research Center in Egypt’s fellowship program! In ARCE’s 70-year history, our fellowship program has benefited over 700 scholars, who have produced an influential and substantial portion of all American scholarly output on Egypt since 1957.

Fellowships are open to fields of study including: anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, Coptic studies, economics, Egyptology, history, humanistic social sciences, Islamic studies, literature, political science and religious studies. The application deadline is January 15, 2019.

Fellowships provide funding for round-trip air transportation and living and research-related costs in Egypt. They are available to pre- and post-doctoral American scholars to conduct exploratory research in Egypt for up to one year. The bulk of ARCE fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Several additional fellowships are provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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CFP: CAS Graduate Student Conference on Disabilities in the Ancient World

Disabilities in the Ancient World

CAS Graduate Student Conference, February 22-23, 2019
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

 The definition of disability might initially seem to be self-evident, yet it is contested, fluid, and influenced by a multiplicity of processes of differentiation, distinction, exclusion, and oppression. Monolithic definitions of “disability” have been invented and regulated by state-organized medicine and hygiene and state-sanctioned violence and do not represent notions about disability that are accurate, universal and unchanged over periods of time and geographical regions.

Consequently, to conceptualize disability in the ancient world, it may be helpful to frame it in terms of definition, perception, and action. How did ancient peoples explain an atypical body or sensory impairment that they possessed or encountered? How did people with disabilities view themselves and their relationships to society and what kind of reactions did people without disabilities have towards disabled people? Who might be included in or excluded from participation in the institutions of ancient societies based on societal attitudes towards disability? What can we learn about disability in the ancient world from art, literature, archaeology, and other types of evidence?

Possible subjects include but are by no means limited to:

  • Non-stigmatizing readings of disability; disability as an exceptional characteristic or a marker of status; self-representation of people with disabilities
  • Care, cure and the concept of normalcy
  • Artistic and literary representations of disability; the rhetoric of disability
  • Disability and divinity: karmic debt, divine punishment, miraculous healing and spiritual transcendence
  • Disability and women: femininity, fertility, abortion, and infanticide
  • Notions of purity and impurity pertaining to bodily impairment
  • Philanthropy and institutional accommodation for people with disabilities
  • Criminality, punishment, stigma, and mutilation
  • Occupational opportunities and capabilities of disabled individuals; infirmity, incapability and the value of participation in the labor force
  • Disability and philosophy; asceticism and the disabled body
  • Marginalization and fear of, pity for, and anxiety about disabled people
  • Madness, mental illness, speech disorders, social disabilities, and other types of disability in the ancient world

Proposals should include a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words that summarizes the work, identifies its methodology, and states primary conclusions. Send the proposal along with a short bio to with the subject heading CAS Abstract: APPLICANT NAME. Please include your affiliation in the body of the email. The deadline for abstracts is December 01, 2018 (EST). Applicants will be notified of the status of their papers by the third week of December. The Center for Ancient Studies strives to bring together scholars from different disciplines engaged in the study of pre-modern civilizations. However, the organizing committee of CAS Graduate Student Conference regrets that travel subsidies for participants are not available. Instead, we are able to provide 2-day lodging and meals to panelists. If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact the organizing committee via For more information, please visit our website at:

Fellowships: ACOR Fellowships, Scholarships, and Awards 2019–2020

ACOR is now accepting applications for over 20 awards for undergraduate, and pre- and post-doctoral students.  Deadlines for these awards are in February 2019.  Please find the details on eligibility, requirements, and how to apply to each award from our website

ACOR offers federally funded prestigious fellowships including a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) post-doctoral award and pre- and post-doctoral CAORC awards. We encourage applications from researchers with appropriate degrees of all stages of their careers who work on topics related to Jordan and/or surrounding countries in the humanities and social sciences.

CFP: Archaeological Review from Cambridge

Call for Papers: Beyond the Human: Applying posthumanist thinking to archaeology

The Archaeological Review from Cambridge is pleased to invite submissions for our next issue (34.2), exploring the strengths and weaknesses of posthumanist thought in archaeology. We welcome contributions from researchers at any stage of their academic career and from all related disciplines. The Archaeological Review from Cambridge is fully peer-reviewed and all papers will be published Open Access.

Please see the attached Call for Papers for more details, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions. Further information on the Archaeological Review from Cambridge, including submission guidelines, may be found at

Posthuamnist Archaeology – ARC Call for Papers