Training in Thin-Section Petrography for Use in Archaeological Ceramic Studies

Training opportunity for Thin-Section Petrography in ceramics studies. Deadline is 26 Janaury 2018:

Notice of Workshop at the Angkor Ceramics Unit
Training in Thin-Section Petrography for Use in Archaeological Ceramic Studies
5 – 9 March, 2018
Siem Reap, Cambodia

This workshop is designed for Southeast Asian practicing archaeologists and advanced students engaged in the study of ceramics and excavation of ceramic kilns. Led by two experienced senior specialists, the workshop will convey knowledge of the techniques and uses of polarized light microscopy of ceramics and stone, known as thin-section petrography, and standard ceramic engineering tests of sherds and raw materials.

The program will take place from Monday 5 March through Friday 9 March 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, at the Angkor Ceramics Unit. The Angkor Ceramics Unit stores and studies ceramics excavated from kiln sites in Greater Angkor. In 2015 it was declared an official component of the Angkor International Center for Research and Documentation, a division of the Apsara Authority (Authority for the Protection of the Site and Management of the Region of Angkor), with the official endorsement of UNESCO.

The workshop will consist of a hands-on short course on thin-section petrographic analysis of archaeological ceramics, together with hands-on observation and testing of the structure (optical microscopy, chemical tests), composition (pXRF) and properties of sherds and raw materials.Participants will gain skills in low-cost but highly effective methods for identifying the mineralogical constituents of ceramic materials, discerning variability in materials, and relating that variability to differences in geological or archaeological sources and to ceramic technologies. A focus on the specific nature of Cambodian materials is a distinguishing feature of the workshop.

The primary workshop instructors will be Dr. Chandra L. Reedy, Professor in the Center for Historic Architecture and Design and Director of the Laboratory for Analysis of Cultural Materials, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA; and Dr. Pamela B. Vandiver, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Co-Director, Program in Heritage Conservation Science, and Adjunct Professor, School of Anthropology in Archaeology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA.

The workshop is organised by H. E. Tan Boun Suy and Dr. Ea Darith of the Angkor International Center for Research and Documentation, Apsara Authority, and Louise Cort, curator for ceramics, Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution. Financial support is provided by the Luce Foundation and the Friends of Khmer Culture.

The workshop is open to 16 practicing archaeologists and advanced students—8 from Cambodia and 8 from other countries in Southeast Asia. Travel assistance, accommodation, food, and limited per diem will be provided.

Applications should be received no later than Friday 26 January 2018. Successful applicants will be advised by email.

APPLICATION

Please submit your application in English by email to Dr. Ea Darith, eadarith@yahoo.com and Louise Cort, cortlo@si.edu. Please provide the following information:

  1. Name (family name in capital letters)
  2. Age, gender
  3. Email address
  4. Home postal address
  5. Institutional affiliation
  6. Name of person to whom you are responsible (such as supervisor or head of department) and that person’s email address
  7. Proposed means of travel to and from your home base and Siem Reap, and estimate of costs
  8. Summary of education (degrees and dates) and previous experience in field archaeology and the study of archaeological ceramics
  9. Brief statement of current research and research interests. Please add citations to your reports and publications, if applicable.

Thank you from the workshop team.

Postdoctoral Fellowships “Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices” (Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up to six postdoctoral fellowships within the framework of the research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunstgeschichte und Ästhetische Praktiken for the academic year 2018/19.

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is a research and fellowship program which questions and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries of art history in a transcultural, global horizon. By creating a space of dialogue for university and museum scholars from all -regions, it aims to discuss the potentials and contours of a plural
history of art. It especially invites scholars from Islamic, Asian, African, Australian, European art histories and the art histories of the Americas, to join the program, but also addresses neighboring disciplines such as Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Aesthetics and other fields dealing with the history of visual and material cultures. Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices analyses the connectivity of larger historical spaces in a transregional perspective and investigates artistic and aesthetic practices and the history of artifacts in a comparative approach, experimenting with new methodologies, forms of collaborative research and curatorial practices. The concept of Aesthetic Practices introduced by this program, is an invitation to study artifacts with their biographies as well as processes of transfer and transformation in a transcultural, postcolonial and global perspective. The program has no chronological or geographical constraints. It collaborate with the Berlin State Museums, the Berlin universities, as well as other international and national academic partners, and aims at an intense interaction of art  historical institutions.

Its scholarly environment is designed to enable and encourage both fellows and the wider community to experiment and refine transregional approaches to the history of visual cultures and aesthetic practices.

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is an initiative of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (KHI), Max-Planck-Institute at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin. Art Histories is directed by Hannah Baader and Gerhard Wolf and cooperates with the program Connecting Art Histories in the Museum (Berlin State Museums/ KHI Florenz).

Candidates

Applicants should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years (before their application). We welcome applications from all regions, with various disciplinary backgrounds, such as Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropology, Aesthetics, History, and all relevant neighboring fields dealing with artifacts, artistic production, material culture, and aesthetic practices relating to objects, images and architectures. Applicants should be interested to engage in reflexive and transdisciplinary research. Art Histories fellows are given the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects within a transdisciplinary and transregional context. They are expected to engage in the program activities, such as regular seminars, workshops, conferences and a travelling seminar.

In the overall context of the Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices program and the framework of the Forum Transregionale Studien, the fellows will be part of a creative, intellectually stimulating and discursive environment.

Fellowships

The fellowhip starts on 1 October 2018 and ends on 31 July 2019. In particular cases, shorter fellowship terms may be considered. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of EUR 2.500 plus supplements depending on their personal situation.

Organizational support regarding visas, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Successful applicants become fellows of the program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices at the Forum Transregionale Studien and are expected to take up residence in Berlin.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send the following documents exclusively by e-mail as seperate word or PDF files:

– a curriculum vitae (in English)
– a project description (no longer than five pages / in English)
– a sample of scholarly work (about 20 pages of an article, conference
paper, or dissertation chapter)
– names of two referees (including their e-mail addresses)

The complete application should be submitted latest by 15 January 2018 and addressed to arthistories_application@trafo-berlin.de

Successful candidates will be notified by April 2018. Information about the current status of the evaluation process will be published on the website www.arthistories.de.

Institutional Framework

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The research program is integrated in the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien, a research platform that connects systematic and regionspecific questions, addressing entanglements and interactions beyond national, cultural or regional frames. The Forum works in tandem with established institutions and networks, that are engaged in transregional studies and is supported by an association of directors of universities, research institutes and networks mostly based in Berlin.

The Forum Transregionale Studien cooperates with the Max Weber Stiftung and is funded by a public-private partnership.

The call for applications is depending on the provision of funding.

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices collaborates closely with the following Berlin based institutions:
– Berlin State Museums, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
– Freie Universität Berlin, Department for Art Histories
– Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Art and Visual History
– ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry

Contact

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien
Wallotstrasse 14
14193 Berlin
Germany
arthistories@trafo-berlin.de

Fully-Funded PhD Studentships in Heritage Studies

From the University of Hull AHRC Heritage Consortium. Closing date is 28 February 2018

The Heritage Consortium (Bradford, Hull, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and Teesside universities) invites high-quality proposals for up to 11 PhD studentships tenable for three years from 1 October 2018. Applications are submitted to the Consortium. Successful candidates are admitted to the member university that has the most appropriate supervisory expertise, with specialist co-supervision provided by another consortium partner. All students undertake common cohort-based training in Heritage Research, and have access to facilities and research support at the other Consortium members and their network of heritage organisations.

The Consortium invites research proposals in and across the boundaries of the following subject areas, relating to Heritage:

  • Archaeology
  • Archives
  • Cultural History
  • Cultural Geography
  • Cultural Studies and Popular Culture
  • Museum & Gallery Studies
  • Economic & Social History
  • Heritage Management

Source: Jobs.ac.uk

Alphawood Scholarships, SOAS, University of London

This year’s Alphawood Scholarships at SOAS are now open for the 2018-2019 year. The Alphawood Scholarships are designed to support outstanding Southeast Asian students of ancient to pre-modern Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture in Southeast Asia to pursue postgraduate studies at SOAS. Alphawood Scholars study in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, and may undertake a range of postgraduate programmes, including PhD/MPhil, Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programmes.

Alphawood Scholarships include full tuition for studies at SOAS and an annual living allowance of £16,539* (pro rata), as well as reimbursement for: international travel to and from the UK; IELTS for UKVI examination costs; visa costs; and any health checks required as a condition of your visa application.

More details in the link below. The closing date is 22 Dec 2017.

Source: Alphawood Scholarships, SOAS, University of London

ISEAA Early Career Award – Call for nominations closing soon

The second round of the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology is closing on 1 December. The committee solicits nominations and selects recipients for the Early Career Award in Southeast Asian Archaeology. The committee selects a single peer-reviewed article or chapter published within five years of the lead author’s receipt of doctorate that exemplifies excellent application of current archaeological theory to Southeast Asian data.

For more details, download the flyer here.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellowship and Grant Competitions in Buddhist Studies

Fellowship and Grant Competitions in Buddhist Studies

2017-18 Call for Applications

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications in the 2017-18 competition year of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions supporting work to expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, to strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and to increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.

Dissertation Fellowships: one-year stipends to PhD candidates for full-time preparation of dissertations

Postdoctoral Fellowships: two-year stipends to recent recipients of the PhD for residence at a university for research, writing, and teaching

Research Fellowships: one-year stipends for scholars who hold a PhD degree, with no restrictions on time from the PhD

Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations: one-year stipends for the creation of critical editions, translation of canonical texts, and translation of scholarly works

New Professorships: multi-year grants to colleges and universities to establish or expand teaching in Buddhist studies

These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed, the citizenship of applicants, or the languages of the final written product. Applications must be submitted in English. Program information and applications are available at www.acls.org/programs/buddhist-studies/.

Deadline for submission of fellowship applications: November 15, 2017.

Deadline for institutional applications for New Professorships: January 10, 2018.

For more information, please email BuddhistStudies@acls.org.

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $20 million to over 300 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.

Established in 2005, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organisation based in Hong Kong. The Foundation’s dual mission is to foster appreciation of Chinese arts and culture to advance global learning and to cultivate deeper understanding of Buddhism in the context of contemporary life.

The Foundation’s Buddhist studies and Buddhist art programmes include the Buddhist Ministry Initiative at Harvard Divinity School; a centre and an endowed professorship in Buddhist studies at Stanford University; a centre for Buddhist studies at the University of Toronto; an endowed chair and programme in Buddhism and Contemporary Society at the University of British Columbia; a multi-year lecture series at SOAS University of London; the Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation and MA programme at The Courtauld Institute of Art; the Galleries of Buddhist Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum; a three-year exhibition, Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia, opening in the Sackler Gallery in Washington in October 2017, and other exhibitions of Buddhist art around the world. www.rhfamilyfoundation.org.

PhD Scholarships at Griffith University

10 PhD scholarships are available to Australian and international students at the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) and the Place, Evolution, and Rock Art Heritage Unit (PERAHU). The geographical scope of research includes Southeast Asia.

Call for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD/DPhil) Candidates in Archaeology/Human Evolution
Griffith University
Brisbane/Gold Coast, SE Queensland, Australia

In recent years, the focus of human evolution research has increasingly shifted from Africa — the ‘cradle of mankind’ — to Asia and Australia. Two of Griffith University’s leading research centres — the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) and the Place, Evolution, and Rock Art Heritage Unit (PERAHU) have been at the forefront of exciting discoveries both in these regions and further abroad.

We are now seeking up to 10 highly motivated and collegial PhD candidates who would like to join our team. Domestic and international students are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates may be eligible for a full RTP scholarship including a stipend of $26,682 pa (2017 rates) and domestic fee offset or international fee offset scholarship as appropriate. Further information regarding the Griffith University RTP Scholarship policy is available at: https://www.griffith.edu.au/higher-degrees-research/services-support-resources/research-training-program.

Projects exploring any aspect of human evolution (anatomy, behaviour, cognition), prehistoric archaeology, or palaeontology are invited. Available topics include (but not limited to) investigating extinct hominids, human dispersals, genomics, archaeology, bioinfomatics, archaeogeochemistry, geochronology, palaeontology of islands in Southeast Asia/Australia, prehistoric technologies, fossil orangs, and the development of human cognition and cultures.

Griffith researchers have expertise in archaeology, use wear analysis, palaeoanthropology, evolutionary anthropology, geochronology, landscape and human co-evolution, palaeontology, ancient and modern DNA analysis, physicochemical characterisation (archaeological pigments research), and rock art research.

Prospective candidates are requested to provide a short covering letter stating which area/areas they are interested in pursuing and potential topics of interest, a current CV and academic transcript by 3rd November 2017.

Scholarship Eligibility;

Students must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for the Griffith University Scholarship Program;

Completed an Australian Degree of Bachelor with Honours 1 (AQF Level 8) (or international comparable qualification as assessed by NOOSR) with a research component of at least 40 credit points (one semester full‐time equivalent); or

Completed an Australian Masters Degree (AQF Level 9) (or international comparable qualification as assessed by NOOSR) with a research component of at least 40 credit points (one semester full‐time equivalent) with evidence of outstanding performance (overall gradepoint average (GPA) of 6 on a 7 point scale with a GPA of at least 6 for the research component (GPA calculated as per the University’s Calculation of Grade Point Average Policy); or

Grounds for Honours 1 equivalence based on a case where the applicant holds a combination of qualifications and research experience and/or research outputs which are determined by the University as equivalent

International applicants are also required to meet the prescribed minimum english language proficiency (ELP) with an overall band score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with no band score less than 6.0; or equivalent.

Initial enquiries should be directed via email to Ms Dian Riseley, Institute Manager, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University email d.riseley@grififth.edu.au

Further information is also available on our websites:
ARCHE: https://www.griffith.edu.au/environment-planning-architecture/environmental-futures-research-institute/research/human-evolution

PERAHU: https://www.griffith.edu.au/humanities-languages/place-evolution-rock-art-heritage-unit

Learn the science of the Hobbit in this free online course

The University of Wollonggong is offering a free online course on the science of Homo floresiensis, one of the most intriguing hominid finds of recent history.

In a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, a team of archaeologists were surprised to find the skeletal remains of a mysterious new species. This free online course follows the incredible discovery of Homo floresiensis – or ‘the Hobbit’ as it has come to be known. Join us on a quest of discovery and adventure as the mystery is unravelled piece by piece using a variety of scientific techniques and archaeological approaches.

Source: Homo Floresiensis Uncovered – Online Course

Lisa Maskell PhD Fellowships for Southeast Asians studies Humanities

The Gerda Henkel Foundation is offering full-time doctoral scholarships for African and Southeast Asian PhD candidates, particularly for programmes in Archaeology, History, Historical Islamic Studies, Art History, History of Law, Prehistory and Early History, and History of Science. A number of Southeast Asians have already been awarded the fellowship in previous years. More information can be found in the link below.

Source: Lisa Maskell Fellowships | Gerda Henkel Stiftung