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New Issue of British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan

British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan (BMSAES), issue 21 (July 2014).

From the issue editors, Elisabeth R. O’Connell and Amandine Mérat

This issue presents new work on Roman, Late Antique and Medieval Egyptian collections primarily in the UK, Germany and France. Several of the articles presented herein have their origins in aspects of presentations delivered at a workshop held in the British Museum Ancient Egypt and Sudan Department and entitled, ‘Egypt in the First Millennium AD: Roman, Late Antique and early Islamic collections in the UK’ (London, 11 July 2012) or on a panel at the International Congress of Coptic Studies entitled, ‘Archaeological approaches to museum collections’ (Rome, 17 Sept. 2012). Other contributions dealing with related subjects and already scheduled for publication in BMSAES were included in this issue. Using a variety of sources and methods, each contribution aims to recontextualise objects in museum collections.

C. Fluck and Y. Petrina seek to identify findspots for unprovenanced material in museum collections today. Fluck provides a history of the Late Antique Egyptian collections in the Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Berlin, usefully giving a site-by-site evaluation of objects from excavated contexts that can now be studied together. Petrina uses jewellery from recent archaeological excavations to evaluate the probable production place of objects with unknown provenance.

Both F. Pritchard and A. Mérat undertake close study of textiles derived from excavated contexts and now in museum collections. Whereas Mérat’s corpus derives from excavated graves, the more common sources of ancient textiles, the material examined by Pritchard was excavated from rubbish heaps. As part of her larger project to study textiles from the 1913/1914 excavation of Antinoupolis now in UK collections, Pritchard focuses here on fragments of soft furnishings of a type that has remained relatively unstudied, given its rare appearance in funerary contexts. Mérat identifies embroideries among the textiles from the 1923/24 excavation of a Medieval cemetery at Tell Edfu. Radiocarbon analysis undertaken on some of the pieces from the site has yielded dates of 13th–15th century AD, indicating that these objects (and by extension, this part of the cemetery) are much later than the original excavators supposed. These studies complement the results of British Museum Research Projects at Antinouplis and Hagr Edfu, respectively.

Contributions by R. Smalley and A. De Moor, C. Fluck, M. Van Strydonck and M. Boudin take different approaches to the study of ancient headgear. Smalley’s corpus of recently catalogued Medieval headgear now in the V&A Museum is largely unprovenanced; her type-series thus represent a first step in their classification and study. De Moor et al. present the results of radiocarbon dating for twenty-one hair-nets in seven international collections, a project undertaken as part of the Dress ID Project: Clothing and identities, new perspectives on textiles in the Roman Empire (2007–2012), concluding that the fashion peaked in the mid-5th to 7th centuries AD.

E. R. O’Connell and R. I. Thomas use a combination of archival and archaeological resources to investigate sites represented by British Museum collections. As part of the British Museum Research Project, Wadi Sarga at the British Museum, O’Connell draws together unpublished fieldwork reports, notebooks, maps, architectural plans, tracings, negatives, photographs and other archival materials to provide an illustrated history of R. Campbell Thompson’s 1913/14 excavation at Wadi Sarga on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund. As part of the British Museum Research Project, Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt, documentation in c. 70 international museum collections and new fieldwork at Kom Geif/Naukratis has provided substantial evidence marshalled by Thomas for the periodic prosperity of Naukratis in the Roman period and into Late Antiquity (30BC–AD639).

Together, these articles illustrate the potential and challenges of studying museum collections in relationship to their archaeological contexts.

Capturing the Un-Representable: Artifacts and Landscapes between Mental and Material Worlds

Capturing the Un-Representable: Artifacts and Landscapes between Mental and Material Worlds, Center for Ancient Studies Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of Pennsylvania, December 5–7, 2014

Humanistic disciplines typically focus their investigations on tangible, material remains, such as texts, artifacts, architecture, and landscapes, analyzing them as autonomous objects. However, material remains can also be understood as traces – evidence of greater images, landscapes, and spaces that existed in the minds of their creators and users. What anthropologists call the “life world” is processed in the mind and thus becomes a cultural construct, subsequently made manifest through design as objects, landscapes, and architectures.  In turn, these physical manifestations may be used to access the imaginaire of the culture that constructed them. Our conference aims to examine what such material remains evince about the thoughts, imaginations, and mental motivations of ancient and medieval cultures (Old and New World) – that is, how do material remains mediate between mental and material worlds?

The annual graduate student conference, sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, aims to present a diverse set of methodological interventions that link material culture to historical imagination.  Our goal is productive dialogue about the utility of methods employed in different geographic regions, time periods, and disciplines on the topic at hand (see below).  We hope to accomplish our task by mixing graduate students with scholars at various stages of their careers and by means of a culminating methods workshop.

Our conference asks the following questions: How can we recover the afterlife of artifacts and landscapes in human imagination?  And how do imagined artifacts and landscapes have bearing on actual ones?  What can the agency of an object tell us about the ‘intentions’ of its creators and users?  Creator intention is arguably embedded both in the object’s reason for being as well as in the material form it takes.  How do archaeological objects reflect mental conceptions about whatever the object was ‘designed’ to be?  Does our inability to explain ‘intention’ reflect our own loss of codes to understanding that ‘original’ meaning?  Does considering the agency of the artifact help us to better understand (and decode) the mental world behind its production and use?

The conference will consist of a Friday evening reception and keynote address, with the main conference panels on Saturday and a methods workshop on Sunday morning. Each of the conference panels will be moderated by invited established scholars. After the conference sessions, a short workshop will give the speakers the opportunity to receive feedback and discuss their papers in more detail.

We invite submissions from graduate students and recent PhDs in any field studying ancient and medieval cultures (both Old and New World), such as religious studies, art history, anthropology and textual/literary studies. Cross-disciplinary approaches are especially welcomed.

Potential paper topics could include:

  • Artifacts that indicate planned or imagined but perhaps unrealized architecture and landscapes.
  • Artifacts composed of words suggestive of greater mental images; words as representations and traces.
  • The relationship of textual and visual/material representations; ekphrasis.
  • Contradiction and multiplicity in representations; aesthetics and modes of viewing or reading.
  • The role of the tangible artifact in the creation (and destruction) of mental images.
  • Imagined landscapes and real terrain.
  • Mental mapping; experience of place; coding and decoding; re-connecting representations to real terrain.
  • New methodologies for accessing and studying mental imagery or conceptions that have not been preserved (or may never have been constructed) as representations in material culture.

The Digital Future of Art Historical Scholarship

The Digital Future of Art Historical Scholarship, Young Research Library Main Conference Room, UCLA, August 6, 2014

The Digital Future of Art Historical Scholarship is a colloquium open to the public, which will be held in conjunction with the eight day summer institute “Beyond the Digitized Slide Library.”

Guest speakers:

  • Amy Heibel, Associate VP of Technology, Web & Digital Media at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Betty Leigh Hutcheson, Director of Publications at the College Art Association
  • Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director of the MIT Press

Registration required.

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Corinth Museum Internship, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Thanks to a grant from the Steinmetz Family Foundation the ASCSA announces a year-long paid internship in the School’s Corinth Excavations starting September 2014. The Corinth Museum Intern will assist the Assistant Director of the Excavations in curatorial work in the Museum storerooms and will design with her educational programs using materials from the Excavations for on-site and online use.

Internship Description: Hands on experience in learning all the stages of post–excavation management of antiquities of all periods from a vast archaeological collection. Data management for a complex archival database linked to an online archive. Implementation of archaeological knowledge gained in data processing coupled with modern museum studies standards to design educational programs for K-12 students in North America and Greece in a concerted public outreach endeavor.

Qualifications: B.A or higher degree in a field related to the School’s academic areas, such as classics, ancient history, art history, archaeology. Preferably the museum intern will be a graduate student in archaeology/ museum studies. The application is open to students of Greek and North American universities. Knowledge of Greek and English is desirable. Computer skills are necessary, including web management. Good communication skills, both written and oral, are required.

Term: mid-September 2014-mid–August 2015

Salary: $20,000. Membership fees are waived and half-board and full room at Ancient Corinth are provided.

Application Procedure: Please send by email CV, the names of two references with contact information, and letter of interest to Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst.

Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th–19th c.

Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th–19th c., Museum of Cycladic Arts, Athens, October 17–19, 2014

“Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th–19th c.” is the title of the 2nd International Scientific Conference on The Greek World in Travel Accounts and Maps organized by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation.

The aim of the Conference is to highlight the historical dimensions of a phenomenon that has recurred in the Mediterranean history up to the end of the 19th century.

More than 20 scientists and scholars of international repute from six countries (Greece, Cyprus, USA, UK, Malta, Turkey) will shed light to the multidimensional phenomenon of piracy and corsair raids in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The conference will open with the welcoming address by the Director of the Museum of Cycladic Art, Nicholas Chr. Stampolidis. The keynote speech will be delivered by David J. Starkey (Department of History, University of Hull).

The Cross in Medieval Art

The Cross in Medieval Art, ICMA Sponsored Session at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 14–17, 2015

Recent art-historical research has brought us new understandings of the central symbol of Christianity, the Cross, in different places, at different times, in different media, and with different theoretical and conceptual foci. The Cross, its representations and significations, and the appearance and materiality of those representations, features in many areas of current research, but not often as a central subject to be dealt with thematically and comparatively. This session invites considerations of images depicting, representing or referring to the Cross in any media, and across the middle ages, from early to late. The aim of the session is to consider what can be gained at this particular moment in scholarship from a common concentration on the theme of the Cross. Therefore, proposers are invited especially to consider their subject matter in light of theoretical perspectives that have been prominent in recent art-historical scholarship, such as (but not limited to) affect, emotion, movement, medium and materiality.

2015–16 Postdoctoral Fellowships, Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities

The Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William R. Kenan Trust, will appoint a number of postdoctoral fellows in the humanities for the academic year 2015–2016. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received their PhD between 1 January 2013 and 1 July 2015. Fellows are appointed as Lecturers in appropriate departments at Columbia University and as Postdoctoral Research Fellows. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year.

In the first year, Fellows teach one course per semester. At least one of these courses will be in the undergraduate general education program: Contemporary Civilization, Literature Humanities, Music Humanities, Art Humanities, Asian Civilizations, Asian Humanities, or Global Cultures, including those of Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information on Columbia’s Core Curriculum please visit www.college.columbia.edu/core/.

The second course may be a departmental course, the design of which will be determined jointly by the Fellow and the Fellow’s academic department. In the second year, Fellows teach one course: either a Core course (if only one of the two first-year courses was in the Core) or a departmental course. This will leave one semester in the second year free of teaching responsibilities. In the third year, Fellows again teach one course, either a Core course or a departmental course (to be decided jointly by the Fellow and the Fellow’s department), leaving one semester again free of teaching responsibilities. Please note that all teaching—whether a Core class or a department one—is to be arranged by the Fellow through the Fellow’s home academic department. Please also note that at least two of the three courses taught in the first two Fellowship years must be in the Core.

In addition to teaching and research, the duties of Fellows include attendance at the Society's lectures and events as well as active participation in the intellectual life of the Society and of the department with which the Fellow is affiliated. The annual stipend will be $61,000. Each Fellow will also receive a research allowance of $6,000 per annum.

The Christian Topography of Kosmas Indikopleustes: Firenze, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, plut. 9.

This publication provides a broad and thorough introduction to an unusual and interesting work. The quality of the essays, descriptions, and reproductions is high….The editor and his team are to be congratulated for providing such a comprehensive and reasonable introduction to this manuscript.

Jeffrey C. Anderson, ed. The Christian Topography of Kosmas Indikopleustes: Firenze, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, plut. 9.28. The Map of the Universe Redrawn in the Sixth Century. Folia picta: manoscritti miniati medievali, 3. Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2013.

From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Charles Barber, Princeton University

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Assistant Curator, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Assistant Curator is responsible for research and presentation of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. The Assistant Curator will contribute to and shape public programming. He/She will work closely with the Curator, Public Programming, and the Education department, drawing on research and knowledge of the collection. The position requires strong art historical and writing skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Research on the collection and for special exhibitions
  • Participate in curatorial decisions in oversight of the collection and programs
  • Contribute to the conceptualization and planning of exhibitions, public programs, and lectures
  • Write texts for presentation of the collection and exhibitions (labels and guides, public relations texts, grant applications, online/website texts, digital interpretive tools, and other publications)
  • Present lectures and public talks
  • Coordinate collection database together with Curator of the Collection and in consultation with Registrar and Archivist; input information and approve entries entered by Junior Cataloguers
  • Advise on Gardner Digital Repository and Photography project as needed
  • Cataloguing of the library
  • Act as a liaison with the Public Programming, Education and Public Relations departments, and Marketing as needed
  • Participate in conservation research and treatment
  • Provide art historical and historical guidance for professional researchers and Artists and Scholars in Residence concerning the collection and the history of the museum
  • Provide research advice and editing for the Director's Office and other departments as needed
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications:

  • PhD in art history, preferably with research specialties in Italian and/or Spanish paintings and drawing
  • Proficiency in two foreign languages; fluency in one of them (preferably Italian and/or Spanish)
  • 2-3 years of curatorial work experience in an art museum
  • A record of publication in art history or a related field
  • Strong independent research skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively

Eusebius

The last ten or fifteen years have seen a surge in new work on Eusebius that has enriched and complicated the inherited picture, as scholars have renewed focus on writings, such as the apologetic and biblical works, that traditionally received less attention and reformulated and revised some of the conventional readings….A common methodological thread in these re-readings of Eusebius is a more informed attention to the properly literary character of each of his many books, and to his unique contribution to the creation of a new and distinctively Christian literary culture. Among the younger generation of scholars who have most thoroughly incorporated this line of approach is Aaron Johnson. His new book, Eusebius, is a most valuable summation of the work of the past couple of decades. Its virtues are many.

Aaron P. Johnson. Eusebius. I.B. Tauris, 2014.

From Marginalia. Review by Michael Hollerich, University of St. Thomas

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Five-Year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships, All Souls College

All Souls College, University of Oxford, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for up to six Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships.  Successful candidates will be expected to undertake a programme of independent post-doctoral research as agreed with the College and, if they so wish, a limited amount of University lecturing and teaching. The Fellowships are open to candidates in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships are for five years, fixed-term, and non-renewable. They are intended to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to establish a record of independent research and teaching, develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent academic posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary duty of a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow is the completion of a significant body of independent research for publication. Fellows are also encouraged to undertake appropriate teaching and supervision of research in the University.

The College will accept on-line applications from those who are, or have been, registered for a doctorate at any recognised university. It is expected that applicants will have completed their doctorate or be close to completion. Successful candidates must complete their doctorates by the time they take up their Fellowships. Candidates must be able to demonstrate both through their thesis and other work published or submitted for publication, their capacity to undertake original publishable academic research in their chosen field.

The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades

Paul M. Cobb. The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades. Oxford University Press, 2014.

From Oxford University Press

In 1099, when the first crusaders arrived triumphant and bloody before the walls of Jerusalem, they carved out a Christian European presence in the Islamic world that remained for centuries, bolstered by subsequent waves of new crusades and pilgrimages. But how did medieval Muslims understand these events? What does an Islamic history of the Crusades look like? The answers may surprise you.

In The Race for Paradise, we see medieval Muslims managing this new and long-lived Crusader threat not simply as victims or as victors, but as everything in-between, on all shores of the Muslim Mediterranean, from Spain to Syria. This is not just a straightforward tale of warriors and kings clashing in the Holy Land - of military confrontations and enigmatic heros such as the great sultan Saladin. What emerges is a more complicated story of border-crossers and turncoats; of embassies and merchants; of scholars and spies, all of them seeking to manage this new threat from the barbarian fringes of their ordered world.

When seen from the perspective of medieval Muslims, the Crusades emerge as something altogether different from the high-flying rhetoric of the European chronicles: as a diplomatic chess-game to be mastered, a commercial opportunity to be seized, a cultural encounter shaping Muslim experiences of Europeans until the close of the Middle Ages - and, as so often happened, a political challenge to be exploited by ambitious rulers making canny use of the language of jihad.

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Which Macarius?

A new set of wall paintings has been discovered on the south wall of the nave at Deir al-Surian. The paintings commemorate the death of Mar Marqari of Takrit, an abbot of the monastery who died in 888. The first painting depicts St. Macarius with his cherubim and a reference to a story from the life of Macarius of Alexandria. The second shows two saints on horseback.

Read more at Al-Ahram Weekly. See more images on the Deir al-Surian Conservation Project Facebook page.

The Eye of the Dragon: Viewing a Medieval Iconography from the Other Side

The Eye of the Dragon: Viewing a Medieval Iconography from the Other Side, panel at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 14–17, 2015

From the iconic heroism of Saint George to the resolute piety of Margaret of Antioch; from the arrow-shooting Bahram Gur to anonymous spear-wielding riders, slayers of dragons have received considerable art historical attention.  Individual slayers, as well as the iconography itself have been extensively studied and critically contextualized to reveal multi-layered meanings and changing identities. In his study on the Islamic Rider of the Gerona Beatus, O. K. Werckmeister demonstrated how, in the context of the Reconquista, the identity of the slayer could switch from good to evil, while Oya Pancaroglu argued that in Medieval Anatolia slayer images were both products and facilitators of cross-cultural exchange. Dragons and other monsters have been under the lens of art historians, too. Michael Camille and Debra Strickland have emphasized their roles as surrogates for social types and political adversaries. In that sense, the victims of the slayers, though independent of the iconography, have also been studied. However, it is difficult to say that the perspectives of the victims have received equal attention.

This panel calls for papers that will look at the slayer iconography from the position of the slain rather than the slayer.  It seeks papers that will approach the image visually and conceptually from bottom up and explore alternative and innovative interpretations.  What can this switch of gaze reveal about the relationship between the dragon and the slayer? In what novel ways can we interpret the visual asymmetry between them?  Would it correspond to actual social asymmetries, or to their subversion? Does the diagonal of the spear pin down and stabilize differences and antagonisms, or does it cut across and mediate between them?  Especially welcome are papers that move beyond Western European examples and provide comparative perspectives.

ICMA Sponsored Session, 2016 College Art Association Annual Meeting

ICMA Sponsored Session, College Art Association, Washington DC, February 3–6, 2016

The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) seeks proposals for sessions to be held under the organization’s sponsorship in 2016 at the annual College Art Association. Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation, funds may be available to defray travel costs of sponsored session speakers.

Reimagining the Middle Ages (c.500–c.1500)

Reimagining the Middle Ages (c.500-1500), panel at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 14–17, 2015

This panel seeks to bring together scholars whose work reimagines some aspect of the medieval world and/or encourages new perspectives on older topics. We welcome papers focusing on either Europe or the Islamic world in any era c.500–c.1500. This panel will complement a roundtable discussion of Christian Raffensperger’s Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ in the Medieval World held at the 2014 annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of History.

Cantus planus. Notazione musicale bizantina in codici marciani

Cantus planus. Notazione musicale bizantina in codici marciani, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Sale Monumentali, July 19–August 1, 2014

From July 19–August 1, 2014, an exhibition of Byzantine and post-Byzantine manuscripts will be on view in the Sale Monumentali of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. The manuscripts, dating from the tenth to the seventeenth century, contain texts with ekphonetic notation.

The exhibition coincides with the 17th Meeting of the IMS Study Group “Cantus Planus.”

HASTAC 2015: Exploring the Art & Science of Digital Humanities

HASTAC 2015: Exploring the Art & Science of Digital Humanities, Michigan State University, May 27–30, 2015

Join us on the campus of Michigan State University to celebrate and explore the range of Digital Humanities Scholarship, Research, and Performance! We welcome sessions that address, exemplify, and interrogate the interdisciplinary nature of DH work. HASTAC 2015 challenges participants to consider how the interplay of science, technology, social sciences, humanities, and arts are producing new forms of knowledge, disrupting older forms, challenging or reifying power relationships, among other possibilities.

Byzantine Music Adjunct Instructor, Hellenic College Holy Cross

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teaching one 1.5 credit course per semester
  • Administration of the Chant Lab Program
  • Administartion of and serving as co-director of the Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir; providing administrative support as needed
  • 10–15 hours per week

Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum qualifications include Holy Cross Certificate in Byzantine Music or equivalent certificate from an accredited conservatory or school of Byzantine Music, and a BA
  • PhD or MA in Byzantine Musicology and/or Teaching Diploma in Byzantine Music preferred
  • Additional music training, theological background, and knowledge of Greek desired

Syriac Studies Reference Library

The Syriac Studies Reference Library (Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University) is a collection of rare and out-of-print titles that are of vital importance for Syriac studies. It is especially rich in early manuscript catalogs, dictionaries, and grammars, and contains many of the indispensable editions of Syriac texts that were produced in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. This collection was scanned from the holdings of the Semitics/ICOR Library of The Catholic University of America.

Head of Research, The Courtauld Institute of Art

To be held in conjunction with a permanent academic teaching and research position as Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor

The Courtauld Institute of Art, a world-leading centre for the study of the history of art and architecture, the conservation of paintings and curating, is seeking to appoint a new Head of Research.  This is a significant leadership role at The Courtauld.  The post-holder will define and drive the strategic direction The Courtauld’s research and of its research funding and will further develop its research profile, working collaboratively with senior academic partners.  S/he will be responsible for the delivery of The Courtauld’s Research Forum programme and will develop and integrate it fully into the research strategy and the work of The Courtauld as a whole.  S/he will be responsible for ensuring that the Institute achieves its research aims and top REF research ranking.

The Courtauld has a dynamic research culture.  It has consistently achieved the top rankings in the national research assessment exercises.  Its Research Forum has significantly enhanced and expanded its links with a wide range of national and international partners through a range of academic events and invitations to visiting professors, curators and conservators and it engages in a range of collaborative research projects.  

The fixed term post of Head of Research will be held in conjunction with a permanent senior academic teaching and research post with concomitant reduced teaching responsibilities.  The post-holder will be a permanent member of The Courtauld’s faculty and will be expected to supervise PhD research but to have a reduction in the amount of teaching for the duration of the additional responsibility period.  S/he will have an excellent research record, and intend to pursue research actively in a field relevant to the research strategy of The Courtauld, furthering the subject as well as maintaining and enhancing The Courtauld’s research culture and high academic reputation.  S/he will play a leading role in representing The Courtauld in the wider academic community and will be a member of The Courtauld’s senior management team.

Candidates will demonstrate relevant research leadership experience, and the profile and ability to shape longer term strategy which will enhance the Courtauld’s international reputation and network of relationships.

CAA International Member Conference Travel Grants

CAA will award a limited number of $500 grants to artists and scholars from outside the United States as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 103rd Annual Conference, taking place February 11–14, 2015, in New York. To qualify for the grant, applicants must be current CAA members. US citizens are not eligible. Funds are for transportation to and from the conference only, not for meals or lodging. Successful applicants will also receive a complimentary conference registration.

Grant recipients are chosen by lottery. Depending on the number of applications received, preference will be given to conference attendees not participating as a speaker, chair, or discussant. CAA will notify all applicants about their status by November 14, 2014. CAA members living outside the US who are graduate students may also apply for the CAA Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant, but applicants can only receive a single award.

CAA Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants

CAA will award a limited number of $250 grants to advanced PhD and MFA graduate students as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 103rd Annual Conference, taking place February 11–14, 2015, in New York. To qualify for the grant, students must be current CAA members. Funds are for transportation to and from the conference only, not for meals or lodging. Successful applicants will also receive a complimentary conference registration.

Grant recipients are chosen by lottery. Depending on the number of applications received, preference will be given to conference attendees not participating as a speaker, chair, or discussant. CAA will notify all applicants about their status by November 14, 2014. Graduate students living outside the United States may also apply for the CAA International Member Conference Travel Grant but can only receive a single award.CAA will award a limited number of $250 grants to advanced PhD and MFA graduate students as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 103rd Annual Conference, taking place February 11–14, 2015, in New York. To qualify for the grant, students must be current CAA members. Funds are for transportation to and from the conference only, not for meals or lodging. Successful applicants will also receive a complimentary conference registration.

Grant recipients are chosen by lottery. Depending on the number of applications received, preference will be given to conference attendees not participating as a speaker, chair, or discussant. CAA will notify all applicants about their status by November 14, 2014. Graduate students living outside the United States may also apply for the CAA International Member Conference Travel Grant but can only receive a single award.

NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

The Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program awards relatively small grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.

Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve

  • research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities
  • planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets
  • scholarship that focuses on the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society
  • scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines
  • innovative uses of technology for public programming and education incorporating both traditional and new media
  • new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.

Innovation is a hallmark of this grant category, which incorporates the “high risk/high reward” paradigm often used by funding agencies in the sciences. NEH is requesting proposals for projects that take some risks in the pursuit of innovation and excellence.

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation.

Receipt Deadline September 11, 2014 for Projects Beginning May 2015

Palgrave Macmillan Announces New Interdisciplinary Publishing Initiative in Antiquity

Palgrave Macmillan has announced two new series that will focus on Antiquity.

Society, Culture, and Text in Late Antiquity, edited by Danuta Shanzer

Late Antiquity is a marcher lordship, patrolling the territory ‘between’ classical antiquity and the Middle Ages while retaining important links with both. This groundbreaking, new interdisciplinary series will cover the six hundred years of the inclusive so-called ‘long Late Antiquity,’ running from the 2nd Century CE down to the 7th Century CE, with a broadly defined geographical coverage including eastern and western Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, and western Asia. Learned, original, lively, passionate, fresh-voiced, incisive (and, ideally inter- or multi-disciplinary) monographs, edited collections, synthetic or synoptic works in history, literature, religion, and all other relevant fi elds are welcomed for consideration.

DANUTA SHANZER is University Professor of Late Antique and Medieval Latin at the University of Vienna, Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, and corresponding Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She has taught at the University of Manchester, the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard, Cornell, and Illinois. Honors include fellowships from the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, and the A.C.L.S. She is the author of two books (one co-authored), three co-edited volumes, and numerous articles.

The New Antiquity, edited by Matthew S. Santirocco

Over the past two decades, our understanding of the ancient world has been dramatically transformed as classicists and other scholars of antiquity have moved beyond traditional geographical, chronological, and methodological boundaries to focus on new topics and different questions. By providing a major venue for further cutting-edge scholarship, The New Antiquity will reflect, shape, and participate in this transformation. The series will focus on the literature, history, thought, and material culture of not only the ancient cultures of Europe, but also Egypt and the Middle East, both before and after Hellenization. With an emphasis also on the reception of the ancient world into later periods, The New Antiquity will reveal how present concerns can be brilliantly illuminated by this new understanding of the past.

MATTHEW S. SANTIROCCO is Senior Vice Provost at New York University, where is also Professor of Classics and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Brown, Emory, and Pittsburgh.

A former editor of the APA Monograph series, American Classical Studies, he currently edits the journal Classical World. His publications include a book on Horace, as well as several edited volumes and many articles. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is currently Assistant Secretary of the Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Inquires and proposals from prospective authors are invited.

The Early Byzantine Christian Church

Bernard Mulholland. The Early Byzantine Christian Church: An Archaeological Re-assessment of Forty-Seven Early Byzantine Basilical Church Excavations Primarily in Israel and Jordan, and their Historical and Liturgical Context. Peter Lang, 2014.

From Peter Lang

The observation that domestic artefacts are often recovered during church excavations led to an archaeological re-assessment of forty-seven Early Byzantine basilical church excavations and their historical, gender and liturgical context. The excavations were restricted to the three most common basilical church plans to allow for like-for-like analysis between sites that share the same plan: monoapsidal, inscribed and triapsidal. These sites were later found to have two distinct sanctuary configurations, namely a Π-shaped sanctuary in front of the apse, or else a sanctuary that extended across both side aisles that often formed a characteristic T-shaped layout. Further analysis indicated that Π-shaped sanctuaries are found in two church plans: firstly a protruding monoapsidal plan that characteristically has a major entrance located to either side of the apse, which is also referred to as a ‘Constantinopolitan’ church plan; and secondly in the inscribed plan, which is also referred to as a ‘Syrian’ church plan. The T-shaped layout is characteristic of the triapsidal plan, but can also occur in a monoapsidal plan, and this is referred to as a ‘Roman’ church plan. Detailed analysis of inscriptions and patterns of artefactual deposition also revealed the probable location of the diakonikon where the rite of prothesis took place.

International Scholarship Programme, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Launched in 2009, the International Scholarship Programme offers scholars from around the world the opportunity to spend one to three months on a research residency at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

The programme supports research projects that bear direct relation to the diverse institutions and rich collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It aims to strengthen the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s position within the international scholarly network and is therefore aimed specifically at foreign scholars who do not reside in Germany. The programme especially promotes young researchers. The scholarships allow researchers to work on their project and make professional contacts at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. As a result, they also get to participate in the scholarly and cultural life within the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz.

Graduate scholars, postgraduates and doctoral candidates as well as post-docs and professors who do not have their residence in Germany are eligible for application. The applicants must hold at least a first university degree at the time of application.

The Greek Bible. Introduction into Codicology, Paleography, and Illustration of Biblical Manuscripts

The Greek Bible. Introduction into Codicology, Paleography, and Illustration of Biblical Manuscripts, University of Basel, January 5–16, 2015

This international course gives a concise introduction on how to use and do research on Greek manuscripts. The target group are mainly doctoral students and researchers. The course encompasses perspectives from different disciplines, and is held by several specialists. The main responsible is Dr. Patrick Andrist (Greek philology, codicology); Prof. Martin Wallraff (Church history) and Dr. Karin Krause (Art history) are also involved.

Good knowledge of German and/or French is required.

ParaTexBib – Paratexts of the Bible: Analysis and Edition of the Greek Textual Transmission

A total of six positions are open for the project “ParaTexBib – Paratexts of the Bible: Analysis and Edition of the Greek Textual Transmission.” The project is being funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The positions are for a period of three years; three are intended for doctoral students and three for postdoctoral scholars, with a workload of 50–100%. The postdoctoral positions may be extended for a further two years.

Applicants should be highly qualified in the subjects of philology/ancient Greek, theology/church history, Byzantine studies or ancient history. Very good knowledge of classical, biblical, or Byzantine Greek is required, and in addition knowledge of at least two relevant modern scholarly languages. The capability for working well on a research team is essential.

For postdoctoral applicants a doctorate in a relevant field and experience in handling Greek manuscripts is required. Previous knowledge in the fields of critical text-editing, bible scholarship, Greek paleography, codicology, or digital humanities is a plus. For prospective doctoral students, successful completion of a master’s degree, as well as a doctoral dissertation planned or already begun in a relevant area, is required. Supervision of the doctorate by the chair for Church History will be possible should the occasion arise, with the opt ion of co-advising as well.

Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World 1100–1600

Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World 1100–1600, Queen Mary University of London, September 8–9, 2014

The study of the history of cartography in Europe and the Islamic world has proceeded to date on parallel lines. Yet while scholars have tended to specialise in one or the other tradition, relations of exchange and influence between Islamic and European cartography have consistently been asserted. At the same time, institutional and linguistic barriers to comparative study have impeded systematic examination of the connections between Islamic and western mapmaking.

The Leverhulme Network ‘Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World, 1100–1600’ aims to overcome these difficulties and to promote comparative, cross-disciplinary scholarship on Islamic and European cartography by bringing together experts in these two fields. Our network’s investigations extend from the entry of certain key works of Arab learning to Europe in the twelfth century to the Age of Discoveries, both periods of demonstrable intellectual interaction between Europe and the Islamic world. Within this time frame, it is already possible to identify particular places and moments of contact between traditions: twelfth-century Spain; the court of Roger II of Sicily; Spanish, Italian and Maghribi portolan maps; fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Italian cartography; Piri Reis and post-Columban cartography of the early sixteenth century. However, it is likely that several more points of contact will emerge as a result of dialogue between scholars of Islamic and European traditions.

The program of the Network’s major conference is available and registration is open.

ICMA/Kress Fellowships for Research and Publications in Medieval Art

Available to ICMA members working on their first book, the $3,000 fellowships support research leading to a publication on medieval art and, for authors with publication contracts in hand, monies to defray specific costs. Both awards support travel or publication costs, including photographs, image permissions, copyediting, etc. Research fellowship applications are restricted to those ICMA members who have been awarded a Ph.D. by a US institution, or members who have been awarded a Ph.D. by a non-US institution within the last ten years and currently hold a continuing position in a US college, university, or museum. Fellowships for those with publication contracts in hand are for first books only, but there are no restrictions as to when the Ph.D. was received. Both grants require the applicants to have received their Ph.D. from an American University or to be currently employed at an American institution.

Put a Ring On It

I, Goudeles, give this engagement ring to Maria.

Like many female collectors, she was interested in jewelry and decorative arts and displayed them in a private space, arranging them according to her own exquisite taste. The engagement ring and other pieces of ancient and medieval jewelry were displayed in the Stathatos Mansion in a large closet that had been converted into a treasury for their display. These items were intensely personal. 

Ashley Hilton, a student at the USC Keck School of Medicine, discusses the history of this Engagement Ring with a Greek Inscription and its collector, Eleni Stathatos, in her blog post, Put a Ring On It, part of the Getty’s Blogging Greece’s Byzantium series. 

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Engagement Ring with a Greek Inscription. Image courtesy of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens via The Getty Iris

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