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The latest news and announcements from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.
New ISAW Exhibition Team Member: Publications and Interpretive Manager

New ISAW Exhibition Team Member: Publications and Interpretive Manager

by Jennifer Babcock Jun 26, 2015

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 Jun 25, 2015

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 Jun 23, 2015

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 Jun 18, 2015

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 Jun 17, 2015

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 Jun 08, 2015

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 Jun 08, 2015

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 May 22, 2015

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 May 22, 2015

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 May 18, 2015

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 Jun 04, 2015

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 May 08, 2015

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 May 07, 2015

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. ...

ISAW Exhibitions Prepares for Fall Exhibition

News: ISAW Exhibitions Prepares for Fall Exhibition

by Maggie Pavao May 04, 2015

Though From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics will be open until June 7th, ISAW’s exhibition team is busy working on their fall show. The beginnings of any exhibition require lots of reading, research, and of course--travel! This photograph shows Curatorial Postdoctoral Associate ...

News: Digitally Publishing Literary Papyri

by Tom Elliott Apr 16, 2015

An update on work in progress by the international Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri Project, co-directed by Roger Bagnall (ISAW) and Rodney Ast (Institut für Papyrologie, Heidelberg). In 2013, ISAW and the Papyrological Institute at the University of Heidelberg in Germany were recipients of parallel grants from the US National Endowment for the Humanities and ...

Life at the Margins: Questions in Ancient Near Eastern Social History Workshop

Life at the Margins: Questions in Ancient Near Eastern Social History Workshop

by Maggie Pavao Apr 21, 2015

Last Friday – April 17, 2015 – ISAW hosted the Life at the Margins: Questions in Ancient Near Eastern Social History workshop, organized by ISAW visiting research scholar Nicholas Reid and ISAW graduate student Jonathan Valk. ...

2015 Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded to Carmela V. Franklin and Seth L. Sanders

News: 2015 Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded to Carmela V. Franklin and Seth L. Sanders

by Marc LeBlanc Apr 16, 2015

Carmela Vircillo Franklin, ISAW Affiliated Faculty Member, and Seth L. Sanders, former ISAW Visiting Research Scholar, were both recently awarded ...

Former VRS Hallie Franks Awarded NEH Fellowship

News: Former VRS Hallie Franks Awarded NEH Fellowship

by Maggie Pavao Apr 14, 2015

Former VRS and Assistant Professor at NYU Gallatin Hallie Franks was awarded a 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. She ...

Queen Puabi in Archaeology and Aesthetics Exhibition

News: Queen Puabi in Archaeology and Aesthetics Exhibition

by Maggie Pavao Apr 09, 2015

ISAW's current exhibition, Archaeology and Aesthetics: From Ancient to Modern, features a headdress, beaded cap, and jewelry from ancient Mesopotamian Queen Puabi. In addition to displaying modern and contemporary art influenced by the ancient aesthetic, ISAW's Archaeology and Aesthetics exhibition features some 50 outstanding ancient objects. Included in these objects are the diadem, headdress, and cape of Queen ...

VRS Research Spotlight: Ethan Harkness

VRS Research Spotlight: Ethan Harkness

by Maggie Pavao Apr 07, 2015

ISAW Visting Research Scholar Ethan Harkness talks about his research and work from his year at ISAW. How were the 3rd century BCE social changes that accompanied China’s first unification as an empire reflected in an evolving understanding of the natural world?  Although the rise of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE) is generally understood to have left ...

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