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The latest news and announcements from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.
Upcoming Fall ISAW Exhibition

News: Upcoming Fall ISAW Exhibition

by Jennifer Babcock 2015-08-03

The ISAW Exhibitions team announces the opening of the Fall 2015 Exhibition, "The Eye of the Shah: Qajar Court Photography and the Persian Past" ISAW’s Exhibition team is pleased to announce this Fall’s upcoming show, The Eye of the Shah: Qajar Court Photography and the Persian Past, which will be open to the public from October 22, 2015 to January 17, 2016. The Eye of the Shah ...

ISAW Hosts the Academy for Teachers

News: ISAW Hosts the Academy for Teachers

by Maggie Pavao 2015-07-27

ISAW hosted a "Master Class" in March, presented by the Academy for Teachers, a nonprofit that organizes seminars for outstanding NYC high school teachers with leading academics in their field This past semester, ISAW hosted a "Master Class" organized by the Academy for Teachers in partnership with the Paideia Institute. According to its website, The Academy for Teachers "honors and supports great teaching, ...

Now Available: “The Temple of Ramesses II in Abydos” by ISAW Researchers

Now Available: “The Temple of Ramesses II in Abydos” by ISAW Researchers

by Marc LeBlanc 2015-07-16

Of all the enormous monuments throughout Egypt and Nubia that Ramesses II left behind, his temple at Abydos, built early in his reign, stands as one of his most elegant monuments, with its simple architectural layout and dramatic and graceful ...

ISAW Search for New Director

News: ISAW Search for New Director

by Maggie Pavao 2015-07-16

A Director is sought for the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University. Launched in 2007, ISAW is a center for advanced research and doctoral training designed to cultivate investigation of the ancient world as a connected whole and thus to encourage efforts that reach across boundaries of disciplines and domains, including geographical and chronological dimensions. The new Director must lead the Institute into a decisive role in the worldwide study of antiquity with effective advocacy for the integrative approaches defined by ISAW's founding vision. As an active member of the faculty, the Director must combine administrative ability with international scholarly stature and a demonstrable interest in work that transcends such disciplines and domains. Candidates may be either senior or mid-career scholars in any fields relating to study of the ancient world. ...

Bransbourg to give talk at 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences

News: Bransbourg to give talk at 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences

by Maggie Pavao 2015-07-16

ISAW Research Associate Gilles Bransbourg was selected to present a talk at the 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences, Jinan, August 26, 2015 Gilles Bransbourg, ISAW Research Associate and Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins at the American Numismatic Society, has been invited to give a talk at this year's 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences ...

Excavation Findings at Kınık Höyük

News: Excavation Findings at Kınık Höyük

by Maggie Pavao 2015-07-09

ISAW Profesor Lorenzo d'Alfonso led a team from NYU and Pavia University to Southern Cappadocia, Turkey for their fifth campaign in the excavation at Kınık Höyük. Prof. d'Alfonso reports on their findings. The fifth campaign of excavations at Kınık Höyük, Niğde began its 2015 season on June 3rd. The site of Kınık Höyük is located in Southern Cappadocia, Turkey, in the province of Niğde. ...

ISAW donates hundreds of books to the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

News: ISAW donates hundreds of books to the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

by David Ratzan 2015-07-01

The ISAW Library donated 362 volumes to the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, as part of its mission to support and encourage the study and preservation of the ancient world. Last week the ISAW Library shipped 19 boxes of duplicate and out-of-scope books to the American University in Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). The one-time capital of the 18th- and 19th-century Kurdish Baban principality, Sulaimani (or ...

New ISAW Exhibition Team Member: Publications and Interpretive Manager

New ISAW Exhibition Team Member: Publications and Interpretive Manager

by Jennifer Babcock 2015-06-26

Kianoosh Hashemzadeh joined the ISAW Exhibitions team this month as the Publications and Interpretive Manager Kianoosh Hashemzadeh joined the ISAW exhibitions team in June 2015 as Publications and Interpretive Manager. She earned her MA in Islamic Studies from McGill University, where, for her thesis, she conducted a yearlong ethnography of Iranian ...

Visiting Assistant Professor Research Spotlight: Claire Bubb

Visiting Assistant Professor Research Spotlight: Claire Bubb

by Claire Bubb 2015-06-25

Visiting Assistant Professor Claire Bubb shares her work and research done at ISAW, as well as her plans to continue a revisited project into the summer Where did you get a monkey in Rome, and how much would it have cost you? During this past semester at ISAW I have been engaging with questions like these while laying out my new book project on the practice ...

VRS Research Spotlight: Salam Al Kuntar

VRS Research Spotlight: Salam Al Kuntar

by Salam Al-Kuntar 2015-06-23

ISAW Visiting Research Scholar Salam Al Kuntar reports about her experience at ISAW, her work in the field as an archaeologist and preservationist, and as a 2015 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. This spring, I was selected as a 2015 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for my work protecting Syria’s cultural heritage. The conflict in Syria has led to extensive damage to the country’s famed cultural heritage. While such ...

"Translating the Past.." Workshop Held at ISAW

News: "Translating the Past.." Workshop Held at ISAW

by Perrine Pilette 2015-06-18

ISAW Visiting Research Scholar Perrine Pilette organized the conference at ISAW "Translating the Past, (Re-)shaping History?: Translation Issues in Late Antique and Medieval Christian Historiographical Sources in the Middle East," in collaboration with the Centre d'Etudes Orientales of the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) Recently ISAW hosted an international workshop, Translating the Past, (Re-)shaping History?: Translation Issues in Late Antique and Medieval Christian Historiographical Sources in the Middle East. Organized by Perrine Pilette, ISAW Visiting Research Scholar, the workshop ...

ISAW Hosts Enemy Kitchen Project by Artist Michael Rakowitz

News: ISAW Hosts Enemy Kitchen Project by Artist Michael Rakowitz

by Maggie Pavao 2015-06-17

Contemporary artist featured in ISAW's most recent exhibition "From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics," Michael Rakowitz, presented his project "Enemy Kitchen" at ISAW in May. A first for ISAW, the Spring 2015 exhibition "From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics" featured works by both modern and contemporary artists who drew inspiration from the ancient aesthetic. Michael Rakowitz's ...

News: Bagnall elected to German Archaeological Institute

by Roger Bagnall 2015-06-08

Roger Bagnall was elected a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute. ISAW's Leon Levy Director Roger Bagnall has been elected a Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), joining his colleague Daniel Potts in ...

ISAW Visits Midwest Institutions

News: ISAW Visits Midwest Institutions

by Maggie Pavao 2015-06-08

This past month Founder of ISAW Shelby White and Exhibitions Director and Chief Curator Jennifer Y. Chi travelled with ISAW supporters Bernard and Lisa Selz to the Midwest to visit various art institutions with collections of ancient material. Highlights of the trip ...

Archaeology and Aesthetics Exhibition closing soon!

News: Archaeology and Aesthetics Exhibition closing soon!

by Maggie Pavao 2015-05-22

ISAW's current spring exhibition, From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics, closes in one week on June 7th. Be sure to stop by ISAW's galleries for a chance to see Queen Puabi, Tell Asmar statues, in addition to modern and ...

Visiting Assistant Professor Research Spotlight: Adam Schwartz

Visiting Assistant Professor Research Spotlight: Adam Schwartz

by Maggie Pavao 2015-05-22

Visiting Assistant Professor Adam Schwartz writes about his research and courses taught this semester, as well as his plans to continue his work into the summer. In addition to teaching undergraduate classes on Chinese-English translation and Confucius, I have spent this past semester continuing to focus my research on Early China at its historical origins. I have, in particular, been inspired by the approach to the ...

ISAW Exhibition Featured in NYU Arts Digest

News: ISAW Exhibition Featured in NYU Arts Digest

by Maggie Pavao 2015-05-18

ISAW's current exhibition "From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics" is featured in an article in NYU's Arts Digest, "Modern Icons Inspired by Ancient Muses," (pg. 13-15). Be sure to check out the article and spread in Issue #1 of the ...

VRS Research Spotlight: Maria Doerfler

VRS Research Spotlight: Maria Doerfler

by Maggie Pavao 2015-06-04

For ancient historians, few experiences are as satisfying as examining original manuscripts that preserve writings from antiquity. While many such manuscripts reside in the major European cities or in their countries of origin, a number of them have found a home in New York's libraries. One such manuscript that has been central to my work at ISAW this year is a collection of funerary liturgies, known as UTS Syr 10, originally from the 18th century. The manuscript was originally the work of a scribe belonging to the Church of the East, a Syrian Christian tradition, but is now preserved in the Columbia University's Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, where it is in the process of being catalogued and made more readily available to the public. It contains liturgies for the burial of different kinds of Christians: bishops, priests, monks, as well as women and children.   ...

News: ISAW Announces 2015-16 Visiting Scholars

by Marc LeBlanc 2015-05-08

ISAW is pleased to announce our roster of research scholars for 2015-16. In addition to working on the listed research project, each scholar will participate in ISAW seminars and present a public lecture. Please join us in welcoming these scholars to our community this fall!
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ISAW Library Relaunches Ancient World Digital Library with Redesigned Portal

News: ISAW Library Relaunches Ancient World Digital Library with Redesigned Portal

by David Ratzan 2015-05-07

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) and the Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS) in the New York University Division of Libraries have redesigned and relaunched the Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL) online portal. The new site offers significant improvements in the presentation, searching, and downloading of a growing collection of scholarship related to the ancient world. AWDL began as a collaboration between ISAW and DLTS in 2010. Although the AWDL website has been completely redesigned and expanded, AWDL’s mission remains to collect, curate, and sustain a digital collection of important research materials for the use of both the NYU and the general scholarly community, with a special focus on the cross-boundary and interdisciplinary research from the Mediterranean to Northern China pursued at ISAW. Besides its specific curatorial focus, AWDL also distinguishes itself from similar digital publishing projects by actively seeking to partner with scholars, institutions, and publishers in order to collect and serve digitized content that is either still in-print or under copyright, in addition to older material no longer under copyright. ...

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