Category Archives: CFP

CFP: Archaeological Chemistry Symposium

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 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 ( or Mary Virginia Orna (

CFP: European Association of Archaeologists 24th Annual Meeting

Call for papers
European Association of Archaeologists 24th Annual Meeting,
Barcelona, 5th-8th September 2018
‘Reflecting Futures’

We invite abstracts for a panel on ‘Lived Ancient Religion in North Africa’. The title may have max. 20 words and abstract min. 200 words and max. 300 words. Five keywords are allowed. The deadline for submitting or modifying an abstract is 15 February 2018, 23h59 CET. Proposing a paper, poster or other contribution can only be done via online submission form (link: Current and past EAA members can log in using their EAA credentials (EAA ID, username, password). For assistance with retrieving credentials, please contact the EAA Secretariat at New members need to sign up for EAA account first at You can either pay your membership fees upon signing up or at any time before 31 March 2018 when registering for the Annual Meeting at

General queries can be directed at this email address:

Panel Proposal
Thematic field: The archaeology of material culture, bodies, and landscapes
Proposal number: # 634
Title: Lived Ancient Religion in North Africa
Abstract: The session claims to explore how, in the Roman provinces of North Africa, local religious preferences were strongly influenced by shifting social networks, changing over time according to specific historical contexts. The historical issue at the core of this panel is the process of integration of the pre-Roman gods within the Roman ‘pantheon’ and, at the same time, the permeability of the ‘traditional’ Roman deities in encounters with the cults problematically labelled ‘Oriental’. Speakers will be asked to approach the study of these ‘cults in motion’ not from the perspective of the civic religion as the dominant structure (based on the static and standardised performance of public, collective rites, and on elite-driven ideology), but of the individual as an active (often unpredictable) actor, capable of situational and creative innovation. This line of research is interested in the single cultic agents, not as ‘normalising’ actors (viz. representatives of institutional entities or local oligarchies), but as individuals who (independently of their social position) act as decision-makers and conscious modifiers of established religious patterns. Papers will deal with the archaeological evidence attesting the social dimension of this religious practice, including variety, creativity, religious multiplicity, fluidity and flexibility of identities, changes in forms of individuality, and spaces for individual distinction. The goal is to examine empirically religion as a practical resource available to emergent or self-styled religious providers, and explore how this resource was selected and instrumentalised by other agents, whether individuals, families, cities, or other social groupings.

Kind regards,
Jaime Alvar, Valentino Gasparini, Attilio Mastino

CFP: 5th Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium

We are currently accepting abstract submission for the 5th Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium, hosted by the  Department of Art and the Graduate Union of the Students of Art at the University of Toronto.

The Art of Passage: Transnational Encounters and the Convergence of Cultures: A Symposium exploring how cultural interactions and artistic migrations have shaped the growth of art and art history.

Friday March 9th, 2018
East Common Room Hart House
7 Hart House Circle
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Keynote Address: Professor Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University

The transnational dimension of cultural transformation – migration, diaspora, displacement, relocation – makes the process of cultural translation a complex form of signification.
– Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture

Concepts such as influence, originality, hybridity, and authenticity have long come to shape our perception and understanding of art history. While much of the discipline was shaped by the search for specific identities, typologies, or styles, artistic transformations brought about by intercultural exchanges and transnational interactions in diverse parts of the world throughout the history of art, have forced us to reassess seemingly fixed borders and to reconsider the mobility of art history.

Considering the expansive definition of “passage,” this symposium hopes to contribute to the increasingly robust scholarship that seeks to rehabilitate, reveal, and interrogate the formative role that intercultural encounters have had on the history of art. We encourage submissions from students and scholars employing interdisciplinary approaches in the context of visual culture from antiquity to the present.

Potential paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Colonialism and postcolonial perspectives
  • Cultural exchange through artistic movements, techniques, methods, etc.
  • Exiles, networking, and circulations of ideas
  • Transnationalism and its impact on local traditions
  • Nationalism, independence, and globalization
  • Cosmopolitanism vs tradition
  • Dislocation in the shaping of art in and beyond the “margins”
  • The effect of globalism on art and art history
  • Migrations and utopias
  • “Hybridity,” “mimicry,” and artistic practices
  • Art and ideologies
  • Art beyond the Western canon

Presentations should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a 10-minute question and answer session for each presentation. Selected presentations will be chosen for publication in the University of Toronto Art Journal, an online publication of the symposium proceedings. For more information, please visit: Please submit an abstract (.doc/.docx/.pdf) of no more than 300 words to the Graduate Students of Art at by Friday, December 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST. Participants will be notified by email by the middle of January.

With appreciation,
Rachel Dewan and Marina Dumont-Gauthier
Co-Chairs of the 5th Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium

CFP: 6th Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference

Beyond Marginality: Race, Ethnicity, and Memory

April 6-8, 2018

The Borderlands Research Focus Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the 6th Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference, to be held April 6-8 2018. We invite graduate students from any disciplines and any regions to submit abstracts for papers addressing the theme of Beyond Marginality: Race, Ethnicity, and Memory. Please see the attached call for papers for more information.

Please send a 300 word abstract to by December 29, 2017 to be considered. Paper presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length, and may address the conference theme from any region or historical period. We welcome both individual papers or full panels that address the conference theme in any geographical region or historical period. If submitting a full panel (3-4 papers) please send all abstracts together.

If you have any questions or comments, please email

The Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites graduate students of any discipline and any period to submit abstracts for papers addressing the theme of Beyond Marginality: Race, Ethnicity, and Memory. Borderlands are spaces where people of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, political systems, or linguistic traditions come into contact, often without one authority exercising complete control. These contacts reveal imbalances of power and senses of belonging, developed and maintained through areas of contact that may be physical, conceptual, or metaphorical. Studying the borderlands reveals marginality as a decentralizing process, treating the marginalized subject as the center of the discourse rather than at its outskirts.

The 2018 Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference seeks papers that address how interactions in the borderlands may be framed through constructs of race, ethnicity, and memory. This
topic encourages inquiries into the constructed production of race and ethnicity, recognizing these categories as contested narratives of inequalities and difference developed across time and space and
inscribed or blurred through the collective experiences of memory. We are interested in how race and ethnicity are understood through these memories, and how these memories have the potential to blur
borders and re-examine marginality as a process of boundary-transgressing and hybridity. Some topics of interest to the conference organizers include, but are not limited to: racialization processes, histories of race and ethnicity, conflicting memories of difference, and the imagination of race or ethnicity.

The study of borderlands encourages an interdisciplinary approach. As such, the conference seeks to include a wide range of perspectives and methodologies across disciplinary boundaries, in any geographic region or historical period. We welcome paper submissions from scholars in history, anthropology, art history, theology, classics, religious studies, literature, linguistics, and all related disciplines. We also encourage, but do not require, papers that engage with theorists whose work has relevance for borderlands studies, such as: Gloria Anzaldúa, Fredrick Barth, Daniel Boyarin, Bradley Parker, Pierre Bourdieu, Gayatri Charkravorty Spivak, Thomas Tweed, James Romm, and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen.

CFP: Unguentarium Symposium

The Izmir Center of the Archaeology of Western Anatolia (EKVAM) is organizing an international symposium entitled “Unguentarium: A terracotta vessel form and other related vessels in the Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine Meditterranean” that will take place on May 17-18, 2018 at the Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey. The first circular of this symposium as well as its poster are attached.

An unguentarium is a small ceramic or glass bottle, found in relatively large quantities in the entire Mediterranean, from Spain to Syria and Egypt to France, where they were produced from the early Hellenistic to the early Medieval periods. In this symposium we only focus on terracotta unguentaria between c. mid fourth century B.C. and mid sixth century A.D., and attempt to set out a comprehensive model for the study of terracotta unguentaria, including their definition, typology, chronology, contexts, function, regional characteristics, and distribution patterns in the whole Mediterranean geographies, including eastern Mediterranean, Roman provinces in the western Mediterranean, north of Alps (Germania and Britannia etc.) and north Africa.

We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines of ancient studies related to this vessel form. The symposium is free of charge. A post-symposium excursion is planned on May 19-21 to Lesbos, Greece through Ayvalik.

We would be delighted, if you could consider contributing to our symposium and contact us with the required information below before January 1, 2018. Our e-mail address are: or

For more updates on this symposium:

Best wishes from Izmir,
Dr Gulseren Kan Sahin

Unguentarium First Circular – English – Notice
Unguentarium Poster