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Director of the Corinthian Excavation. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens seeks an active scholar and experienced archaeologist to direct its excavations at Ancient Corinth. Familiarity with the School’s program of excavation and research at Ancient Corinth is highly desirable. The Director works with the staff at Corinth in developing and conducting the fieldwork and documenting the results. The Director supervises the collections of the excavation and the publication of all finds. The Director administers the School’s plant and facilities at Ancient Corinth. The Director participates in the School’s activities, including its academic program and the instruction of students at the School through its field training program. The Director identifies projects for funding and helps to identify possible sources of funds for Corinth. Good command of Modern Greek is essential. Candidates must demonstrate strong qualities of leadership and articulate clearly their vision for the future of the Corinth Excavations.

 

The term of residency at Corinth is flexible in order to accommodate applicants who teach on semester and quarter terms or other university teaching requirements. The initial appointment is for three to five years. It begins on July 1, 2017, and is renewable. Salary and benefits commensurate with rank and experience, housing and travel provided.

 

The Director of the Excavations at Ancient Corinth reports to the Director of the School and through the Director to the Managing Committee.

 

The deadline for applications and all supporting materials is October 31, 2016.

 

Candidates apply online, uploading a curriculum vitae and a statement explaining their interest in the position and their vision for it (max. 750 words), at: https://ascsa.wufoo.com/forms/director-of-corinth-excavations-application/. Candidates should ask three people familiar with their work to send a letter of support as a Word or PDF file to application@ascsa.org. Address letter to Professor Peter Krentz, Chair, Committee on Personnel, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 6 - 8 Charlton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540-5232.

 

ASCSA is an EO/AA employer.

 


 

 

 

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2017-2018.

The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research.

 

Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis.

 

Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies' principal interests are the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations, and music studies. Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research.

 

The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required. Further information can be found in the announcement on the web at www.hs.ias.edu/mem_announcement, or on the School's web site, www.hs.ias.edu. Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: mzelazny@ias.edu). Deadline: November 1, 2016.

 

 


 

 

 

Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

The Institute for Research in the Humanities offers five to six Solmsen Fellowships each year to scholars outside UW-Madison working in the humanities on European history and culture in the classical, medieval, and/or early modern periods before 1700. Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout the academic year (except for short research trips, lectures, conferences, etc.) and may extend their residency through the following summer on a non-stipendary basis. Fellows are expected to present their work at an Institute seminar and participate in the weekly seminars. Applicants must be in possession of the doctorate at the time of application. For the 2017-2018 fellowship year, the award provides a stipend of $55,000, office space, support services, and access to all university facilities.

 

Deadline: November 1

 

URL: http://irh.wisc.edu/fellowships/solmsen

 

 


 

 

 

Request for Proposals: Scott R. Jacobs Fund.

 

The purpose of the fund is to support Studies on Alexander the Great in North America. Subjects of the proposals must concentrate on Alexander, his context (Macedonia or the Fourth Century B.C.E) or his legacy in the Ancient World. Grants will be made to support research, research travel, as well as travel for the presentation of papers at recognized scholarly conferences or occasionally whole sessions at recognized scholarly conferences. Proposals should be sent to winthrop.adams@utah.edu

 

Qualifications: Applications will be taken from doctoral students and junior faculty, with exceptions made based on the quality of the proposal, fund requests and overall number of qualified applicants.

 

Applications: Applications will be reviewed twice, annually, and are due April 1st or November 1st. Applications must include a Curriculum Vitae, Proposal with bibliography, and a Budget for the requested funds. Only applications that are complete by the due dates will be considered. A particular project will be considered only once by the Committee, and candidates may make only one application in any given year. 


Applications will be distributed to the Committee members electronically. Committee members will deliberate and rate the applications on their own and communicate decisions to one another by e-mail. All decisions will be by simple majority. In the event of a tie, the proposal shall not be funded. All decisions made by the Committee will be final. The Committee is not required to explain or justify its decision to candidates.

 

Grants: The grants will vary in size depending on the project proposal and need. However, consideration of all grants is made on the basis of quality.

 

Announcements: The call for proposals will be made in the Association of Ancient Historians Newsletter and on the AAH announcement e-mail list. Notification of the grants themselves will be made to the applicants no later than April 15th or November 15th, depending on the cycle in which the proposals were made. Announcement of the recipients will be made in the AAH Newsletter and on the AAH electronic announcements.

 

 


 

 

 

The Cost of Freedom: Debt and Slavery
A conference in the Ethyle R. Wolfe Series on Classical Studies and the Contemporary World
May 19-20, 2017
Brooklyn College, City University of New York


The rhetorics of freedom and liberty permeate the political discourse of the present and Greco-Roman antiquity. Speakers judge this language and its associated symbols positively, and assume their audiences do as well. But the principles defining freedom, and its associated values, can and do shift dramatically from one context to another. In short we can all agree freedom is good, but we cannot agree what it means to be free. One of the key sites of contention is who needs to sacrifice what in order to achieve liberty and what costs must be paid to preserve freedom. The pursuit of liberty is directly linked to whose freedom matters as well as who bears - and who is assumed to bear - the associated costs. All of this is especially true any discussion of slavery.


This conference will bring scholars from numerous disciplines into conversation across the historical timeline to examine how debt, value and payment work to create freedom, liberty and slavery. Although these are slippery concepts, rather than simply viewing these terms as rhetorical devices that make freedom seem worthwhile, we deploy debt, value, and payment as analytical tools for understanding why slavery harms and why freedom matters. Because various discourses - ranging from religion to science and from ethics to economics - use these terms to describe freedom, whether as physical labor or a mental activity, we will also investigate debt, value and payment themselves. Often our methods of assessments bleed one into another, especially in conversations regarding individual and shared liberties.


By juxtaposing the different methodologies scholars use to ask “what does freedom cost?” from Greco-Roman antiquity to the present, we will explore overlapping areas of research and expand the existing conversations in each discipline. In addition to providing vocabularies, practices and theories of freedom that we still use today, Ancient Greece and Rome provide many examples of peoples who lacked freedom but strove for it, including slaves, women and conquered peoples. By examining Greco-Roman antiquity and modernity, we bring to light recurrent historical patterns of the costs that people have and continue pay for freedom.
Our ultimate goal is to produce a rigorous edited volume of the most substantial and unified conference contributions for publication by a major university press.


Our confirmed keynote speakers include, Orlando Patterson (John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University), Saidiya Hartman (Professor, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University) and Deborah Kamen (Associate Professor, Classics, University of Washington). We are seeking contributions for at least four panels of 3-4 participants each. We hope to attract participation from a wide range of academic disciplines and from scholars at all levels, and will try to reflect this diversity in our creation of each broad panel. Examples of possible panel titles might be: “Themes of Freedom and Payment in the Novel”, “The Economics of Emancipation”, “Cross-Cultural Political Theories of Sacrifices and Liberty”, “Comparative Histories of Debt-Bondage”, or “The Shifting Demographics of Civil Liberties”.


We will be offering a minimum of six bursaries of up to 500 dollars to be awarded on the basis of greatest need, taking into account access to institutional funding and the distance of the conference from the participant’s home institution.


October 31, 2016 is the deadline for the submission of abstracts. Please include the following as separate files: (1) title, abstract of 300-500 words, a one page bibliography (no self identifying information please!); (2) your name, title of your proposed talk, institutional affiliation, short academic biography, and an indication of whether you would like to be consider for a bursary, a budget for the amount requested, and any information we should take into consideration when making our bursary allocations.


These two files (PDF or MSWord preferred) should be sent to: c-f-p@debtandslavery.com
General questions on this conference should be sent to: queries@debtandslavery.com
We hope to notify successful applicants by November 15.


March 31, 2017 will be the deadline for submission of draft papers for pre-circulation among fellow panelists and organizers.
We will also invite poster submissions from undergraduates conducting research on related themes; the deadline for poster proposals will be March 1, 2017.


Please note that deadlines are subject to change. For the most recent announcements about deadlines, see our website: https://debtandslavery.com/

 

 


 

 

 

Numa, Numa: The Life and Afterlife of the Second King of Rome
13-14 October, 2017. Ann Arbor MI

Organizers: Celia E. Schultz (University of Michigan) and Mark R. Silk (Trinity College)


This conference aims to help correct modern scholarship’s oversight of the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius – the foundational figure of Roman religion who also enjoyed a remarkably long, varied, and rich nachleben in Western thought, literature, and art.

 

From the first century BCE into the nineteenth century, Numa personified the good monarch and emblemized how religion should (or, in the case of early Latin Christian intellectuals, should not) function in society. His paramour, the divine nymph Egeria, became the ideal for a male leader’s female helpmeet and advisor. Numa appears in genres as disparate as Italian Renaissance and early modern French works on political theory; at least two seventeenth-century operas; paintings by Poussin and Lorain; poems by Milton, Byron, and Tennyson; letters of John Adams; a late eighteenth-century novel by the French writer J.P.C. de Florian, and the important nineteenth-century Icelandic poem, Numa Rimur. We hope to attract papers representing the fields of Classics, Comparative Literature, Political Science, Religion, Art History, and Music.

 

Among the subjects the conference will address are:

1. The light Numa’s biography sheds on early Italic religion.
2. Numa as a model of the good Roman emperor.
3. Numa the bête noir of the Latin church fathers.
4. How medieval and Renaissance humanists rehabilitated Numa as the father of civil religion.
5. The use of Numa to criticize Christianity in the republican tradition.
6. Numa as an exemplar for the papacy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and for Enlightenment monarchy.
7. The liaison of Numa and Egeria in art, poetry, and fiction.

We invite abstracts (500 words) for papers that will last 25 minutes. Abstracts should to be sent as email attachments to the conference account (numanumaconference@umich.edu) by 15 February, 2017. Notifications will be sent out no later than 15 March, 2017.

 

Confirmed speakers are Christopher Smith (British School at Rome), John J. Martin (History, Duke University), F. Jackson Bryce (Classics, Carleton College), Arelene Saxonhouse (Political Science, University of Michigan), Sara Ahbel-Rappe (Classical Studies, University of Michigan), Parrish Wright (Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History, University of Michigan), Celia Schultz (Classical Studies, University of Michigan), Mark Silk (Religion, Trinity College), Jean-Marc Kehres (Language and Culture Studies, Trinity College).

 


 

 

 

Got Latin? Got Greek?

 

Linguistic preparation is crucial for success in many fields of graduate study. Students must command the languages of their primary sources in order to pursue valid research. But the opportunity to establish the competence in Ancient Greek or Latin needed for graduate work in Classics or related fields doesn’t always open up early enough within undergraduate programs. The Department of Classical Studies of Loyola University Chicago now offers a Post-Baccalaureate program so that students who have completed bachelor’s degrees may build the proficiency their further careers demand. Coursework at the post-baccalaureate level also introduces some of the scholarship of Classical texts in which graduate study engages. Post-Baccalaureate students become able to clarify their professional goals while they sharpen their technical skills and become better qualified to advance on the path they choose.

 

Loyola’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Classical Studies is shaped in terms of competence attained, rather than a fixed period of study. The Certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete two semesters totaling 18 “target” credit-hours at the 300-level in both Classical languages with a GPA of 3.0 in the program. “Target” study in these two semesters should include at least 6 credit-hours in 300-level ancient Greek author-courses and at least 6 credit-hours in 300-level Latin author-courses. We recognize some students will have attained intermediate or advanced competence in both languages before their post-baccalaureate study and will need only two semesters of target-level work; some may have had the opportunity to become proficient in one Classical language but have weaker preparation in the other; some may need to begin their study of both languages and will need additional coursework to complete the Certificate. Our program will meet you where you are in your own career of study, and work with you to bring your skills and knowledge up to the next stage.

 

Faculty in the Department hold Ph.D.s in Classical Studies from top-ranked North American and British universities. Their research specialties include Greek and Roman literature, history, religion, and archaeology; papyrology; textual criticism; feminist approaches to the Classics; and literary theory. Individual students’ curriculums will be determined in collaboration with the Department’s Post-Baccalaureate Program Director. To learn more, please visit our web-pages at www.luc.edu/classicalstudies. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Greg Dobrov, the Post-Baccalaureate Program Director (gdobrov@luc.edu).

 

Candidates for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Classical Studies should have:

Bachelor’s degree in hand at the time of matriculation in the program and, normally, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0


They should submit in their applications:

official transcripts for all undergraduate-level study pursued to date

a well-thought-out statement of purpose explaining how the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate fits in their projected career of study

a list of courses taken at the undergraduate level in Classical Studies or related fields, forming a basis for their projected career of study

two letters of recommendation from instructors in Classical Studies or related fields who have worked with them

in the case of candidates for whom English is not a first language, TOEFL results


On-line applications can be submitted at www.luc.edu/gpem; inquiries GradApp@luc.edu.

 

 


 

 

 

The Journal of Ancient History is now accepting submissions.

 

Aims and Scope:
The Journal of Ancient History aims to provide a forum for scholarship covering all aspects of ancient history and culture from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity (roughly the ninth century BCE through the sixth century CE). The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles concerning the history and historiography (ancient and modern) of the ancient Mediterranean world and of neighboring civilizations in their relations with it. The journal is open to submissions in disciplines closely related to ancient history, including epigraphy, numismatics, religion and law.

 

Please see our website for submission information:
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jah

 

 


 

 

 

De Gruyter is pleased to announce the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History. Please visit our website: www.degruyter.com/janeh/

JANEH is an international, double blind peer reviewed journal that will be published by De Gruyter twice a year beginning in 2014. The first issue will be freely available online for 6 months after its publication.

 

Aims and scope:
The Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History seeks to encourage and stimulate the study of the history of the ancient Near East, which is broadly defined to include areas from Iran to the western Anatolian coast and the Black Sea to Southern Arabia from its prehistoric foundations to the Late Antique period. The journal is also interested in interactions with other regions and cultures, such as Ancient Egypt, the Mediterranean World, the Indian Ocean and Central Asia. Articles may focus on any aspect of history (political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual, etc.) and of modern historiography. The journal seeks to integrate the study of the ancient Near East firmly in the historical discipline in general and encourages its authors to take into account current methodological debates and approaches.

 

Founding Editor: Marc Van De Mieroop, Columbia University

Editor: Steven J. Garfinkle, Western Washington University

Editorial Board:

Lucinda Dirven, Universiteit Amsterdam
Michael Kozuh, Auburn University
Jacob Lauinger, Johns Hopkins University
Karen Radner, University College London
Francesca Rochberg, University of California, Berkeley

 

The editors are pleased to invite submissions. Submissions are accepted in English, French, and German. Information for authors is included on our website.

 

In addition to the aims and scope above, JANEH seeks to provide a timely venue for scholarly publication in the history of the ancient Near East. In most cases, the time from submission to final editorial decision will not exceed 70 days.

 

JANEH will be published online and in print. For submissions following the inaugural issue, articles will be published online immediately after final acceptance and the editorial process is complete, and they will enter the queue for print publication.We look forward to your participation!

 

 


 

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