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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 (mthornt2@nd.edu)

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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 Joukowsky_Institute@brown.edu 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, www.brown.edu/go/sotf2019 or email Joukowsky_Institute@brown.edu.


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CFP: Archaeological Review from Cambridge Volume 34.1

Call for Papers: Desert Archaeology

The Archaeological Review from Cambridge invites submissions for volume 34.1, which explores the theme of ‘Desert Archaeology’. Contributions are welcome from researchers at any stage of their academic career and from all related disciplines.

Papers of up to 4000 words in length should be submitted by 1st August 2018 to sm2114@cam.ac.uk and cca28@cam.ac.uk. Potential contributors are welcome to ask questions and discuss their ideas or with the editors before the deadline. Further information on the Archaeological Review from Cambridge, including submission guidelines, may be found at http://arc.soc.srcf.net/.

See attached Call for Papers for more information: CfP 34.1 Desert Archaeology

CFP: Archaeology and Social Justice, Brown University (March 2018)

Call for Papers:

State of the Field 2018:
Archaeology and Social Justice

Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 3, 2018
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World will host a workshop called State of the Field 2018: Archaeology and Social Justice on March 2-3, 2018.  The workshop will be the culmination of two years of discussion on this theme, and is also intended to raise new issues, ask new questions, and encourage ongoing dialogue.  Our gathering builds on a tradition of “State of the Field” workshops hosted by the Joukowsky Institute to reflect upon trends in archaeological work, each year focusing our discussion on issues impacting an area of particular interest to our faculty and students.  While previous versions have dealt with a country or region of archaeological significance, this year’s event will focus on archaeology’s relationship to ongoing movements for social justice.

Within the context of archaeology, we conceive of social justice as pertaining to issues of privilege and opportunity that affect the makeup of scholars in the field, efforts among archaeologists to engage with the public and with broader social and political discussions, and the degree to which archaeological scholarship and pedagogy intersect with or impact these issues. It also refers to the asymmetries of power and structural inequalities in society at large. This choice of topic has been inspired by recent global social and political concerns, responses from universities and academia that seek to address issues of representation and access, and, most importantly, grassroots movements for social justice.

This workshop thus seeks to engage primarily with the role of archaeology in contemporary social justice movements, while insisting that discussions of diversity in the past can inform experience in the present. We welcome papers that explore the relationship between archaeology and the present political climate, with the intention of addressing the challenges currently facing the field of archaeology and the academy more broadly. We also seek to engage in conversations about the biases and structural problems that make archaeology more accessible to some than to others, in order to help the discipline reach a broader and more inclusive public.

The workshop will include four sessions, each addressing issues of the relationship of archaeology to ongoing struggles for social justice and/or the role of archaeology in those struggles. Rather than predefining the content of these sessions, we intend to shape them with contributions from this call for papers; we wish to offer an open space for discussion of the following, and other, relevant issues:

  • The materiality and temporality of current social issues
  • Disciplinary decolonization
  • Archaeology’s role in discussions of “diversity and inclusion”
  • Identity and inequality in the past and present
  • Structural and practical access to archaeology and the academy
  • Activism and engagement within archaeology
  • Archaeology in/of social justice movements
  • Archaeology’s relationship to white nationalism
  • Archaeology in moments of crisis

To submit a proposal for a paper of approximately 20 minutes, please send an abstract of 350 words or less to Joukowsky_Institute@brown.edu by October 1, 2017.

For questions about this CFP, or about the conference, please see our conference website, www.brown.edu/go/sotf2018 or email Joukowsky_Institute@brown.edu.

Special Announcement: Two Leaders in Roman Archaeology Join Forces

Providence and Portsmouth, RI
March 2017

Two Leaders in Roman Archaeology Join Forces

The Journal of Roman Archaeology and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University are pleased to announce a new partnership, which will consolidate and build on our respective strengths: as a primary forum for research and debate in Roman Archaeology, and as a leading center for training and research in Mediterranean Archaeology.

The Joukowsky Institute will become the primary base of operations for the newly created position of Assistant Editor of the Journal of Roman Archaeology, beginning in July 2017. The Assistant Editor will also be appointed as a visiting faculty member of the Institute, teaching both graduate and undergraduate classes, and thereby further strengthening Brown’s expertise in the field of Roman Archaeology. (See the position announcement online at https://apply.interfolio.com/41106.) John Humphrey will continue as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief for the immediate future, which includes the publication of volume 31 (2018).

The goal of this collaboration is to ensure the journal’s longevity and success by providing a robust and supportive academic basis for the prominent role that JRA already plays in Roman Archaeology, which is an equally fundamental aspect of the Joukowsky Institute’s mission.

The Journal of Roman Archaeology is concerned with Italy and all parts of the Roman world from about 700 B.C. to about A.D. 700 This embraces Etruscan, Italic, Late Iron Age, Punic and Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, Late Antique, Early Byzantine, and Early Mediaeval, amongst others. It is Mediterranean-wide in its coverage and does not give priority to any particular geographical regions within the Roman world broadly defined. All aspects of archaeology, by the broadest interpretation of that word, will be relevant for inclusion, including historical material which has an archaeological component or which is likely to be relevant for archaeologists. Contributions are printed in any of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World is dedicated to the academic study and public promotion of the archaeology and art of the ancient Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Near East; our principal research interests lie in the complex societies of the pre-modern era. Joukowsky Institute faculty and students are from a wide range of countries and backgrounds — and Brown University’s fieldwork and research in archaeology and the ancient world reflects and builds on that multiplicity of perspectives. The goal of the Institute is to foster an interdisciplinary community of interest in the archaeology of the ancient world, and in the discipline of archaeology more generally. Its mandate is to promote research, fieldwork, teaching, and public outreach, with the Institute’s associated faculty, students, and facilities serving as a hub for this activity.

Professor Peter van Dommelen
Director
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University, Box 1837, Providence, RI 02912
www.brown.edu/go/archaeology

John Humphrey
General Editor and Publisher
Journal of Roman Archaeology
95 Peleg Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871
www.journalofromanarch.com