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

News: Swiss Grant to Sabine Huebner to Digitize Basel Papyrus Collection

by Roger Bagnall Mar 31, 2015

The Swiss Nationalfond has awarded Sabine Huebner, a former visiting research scholar at ISAW and now professor of ancient history at the University of Basel, a grant of $300,000 for the cataloguing, digitization, and publication of the Basel papyri. The Swiss Nationalfond has awarded Sabine Huebner, a visiting research scholar at ISAW in 2007/8 and now professor of ancient history at the University of Basel, a ...

Archaeological update from Prof. Robert Hoyland

News: Archaeological update from Prof. Robert Hoyland

by Maggie Pavao Mar 31, 2015

Robert Hoyland, Professor of Late Antique and Early Islamic Middle Eastern History, shares about his archaeological mission to Azerbaijan and what they hope to find this summer. The Arab Islamic conquest of the seventh century changed the face of the Middle East, but its causes and consequences are not well understood. The processes that it unleashed, Arabization and Islamization, proceeded at different speeds in different places, and ...

Contemporary Art in ISAW's Archaeology and Aesthetics Exhibition

News: Contemporary Art in ISAW's Archaeology and Aesthetics Exhibition

by Maggie Pavao Mar 25, 2015

Contemporary artist Michael Rakowitz is featured in ISAW's current exhibition, Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics, on view until June 7th. ISAW's current exhibition, Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics, features contemporary artists alongside ancient objects, a first for ISAW. Several pieces from Michael Rakowitz's 2007 project, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, ...

New “Roman” Sword Discovered

News: New “Roman” Sword Discovered

by Sebastian Heath Mar 24, 2015

The latest article in ISAW Papers reports on a well preserved sword excavated in 2006 in Egypt. In ISAW Papers 9 (2015), "A New 'Roman' Sword from Soknopaiou Nesos (El-Fayyum, Egypt)," Paola Davoli and Christian Miks report on the discovery, conservation, and characteristics of a long and well preserved sword that was recorded in 2006 during the ...

Lorenzo d'Alfonso Promoted to Associate Professor With Tenure

News: Lorenzo d'Alfonso Promoted to Associate Professor With Tenure

by Maggie Pavao Mar 17, 2015

We are delighted to announce that NYU Provost David W. McLaughlin has approved the recommendation of ISAW's faculty to promote Lorenzo d'Alfonso from assistant professor to associate professor, with tenure, effective September 1. Professor d'Alfonso was educated at the Universities of ...

Why History Mattered in Early China

News: Why History Mattered in Early China

by Vincent Leung, ISAW Visiting Research Scholar Mar 18, 2015

This early March, I had the pleasure of delivering a lecture, “Why History Mattered. On the Politics of the Past in Early China,” at the Columbia Early China Seminar. Co-hosted by Professor Jue Guo at Barnard College and ...

Ancient to Modern Exhibition Currently on View

News: Ancient to Modern Exhibition Currently on View

by Roberta Casagrande-Kim Mar 12, 2015

From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics opened on February 12, 2015 and has been met with great praise from the public and the press (read the New York Times review here). ...

Sixth Annual M.I. Rostovtzeff Lecture Series

News: Sixth Annual M.I. Rostovtzeff Lecture Series

by Maggie Pavao Mar 03, 2015

Gonzalo Rubio of Pennsylvania State University to present the 2015 Rostovtzeff Lecture Series This year's Rostovtzeff series will be presented by Gonzalo Rubio, Associate Professor of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and History at Pennsylvania State University. The title of the series is "Sumer in the Mesopotamian World: Reading Traditions & Traditions of ...

News: Jill Golden becomes ISAW's New Assistant Head Librarian

News: Jill Golden becomes ISAW's New Assistant Head Librarian

by David Ratzan Feb 27, 2015

Jill Golden joins the ISAW Library this week as its new Assistant Head Librarian. Jill comes to ISAW from the Hoover Institution Library and Archives at Stanford University, where she had worked as an archivist in charge of special projects, ...

ISAW Research Associate appointed Faculty Fellow at NYU

News: ISAW Research Associate appointed Faculty Fellow at NYU

by Maggie Pavao Feb 11, 2015

ISAW Research Associate, Anne Hrychuk Kontokosta, appointed a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art History at NYU. ISAW Research Associate Anne Hrychuk Kontokosta has been appointed a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art History at New York University. Her appointment is for a three year period and she will begin teaching courses in Roman art and architecture in September 2015. ...

Potts's Nomadism receives honorable mention for PROSE Award

News: Potts's Nomadism receives honorable mention for PROSE Award

by Maggie Pavao Feb 19, 2015

ISAW Faculty member Daniel Potts received a PROSE Award honorable mention ISAW faculty member Daniel Potts, Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History, received an honorable mention in the Archaeology and Anthropology category of the PROSE Awards for his book, Nomadism in Iran: From Antiquity to the Modern Era ...

ISAW Spring 2015 Newsletter now available

News: ISAW Spring 2015 Newsletter now available

by Maggie Pavao Feb 11, 2015

ISAW Spring 2015 Newsletter now available for download The ISAW Spring 2015 Newsletter, Issue 12 is now available. This semester's newsletter includes publication announcements from members of the ISAW community, archaeological updates from faculty members Dan Potts and Sören Stark, as well ...

New York Times reviews new ISAW exhibition

News: New York Times reviews new ISAW exhibition

by Maggie Pavao Feb 13, 2015

The New York Times reviews ISAW's spring exhibition, From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics New York Times art critic Ken Johnson reviewed ISAW's new exhibition in today's paper. A first for ISAW, the exhibition combines ancient objects with modern works of art. Johnson writes of the exhibition's duality, that it "tells a fascinating tale ...

Exhibitions Lecture: Glam-UR-ous: The Art of Archaeology and Aesthetics

Exhibitions Lecture: Glam-UR-ous: The Art of Archaeology and Aesthetics

by Jennifer Babcock Feb 08, 2015

With the show From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics opening to the public on February 12, 2015, this week is especially busy and exciting for ISAW’s Exhibitions team!  There are many interesting lectures planned in conjunction with this ...

Archaeology in 3D

News: Archaeology in 3D

by Sebastian Heath Jan 22, 2015

ISAW Clinical Assistant Professor Sebastian Heath has contributed a chapter to a new, open-access book on three-dimensional imaging for Mediterranean archaeology. Heath's chapter, "Closing Gaps with Low-cost 3D," appears in the newly published volume Visions of Substance: 3D Imaging in Mediterranean Archaeology, eds. B. Olson and W. Caraher. The book is the print version of a series of posts that appeared ...

Save the Date! New Exhibition Opens February 12, 2015

News: Save the Date! New Exhibition Opens February 12, 2015

by Jennifer Babcock Jan 17, 2015

ISAW’s Exhibitions team is in the middle of working on final preparations for the upcoming exhibition From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics. The exhibit examines the process through which archaeological objects are transformed into works of art, and sometimes ...

Bransbourg honored with the Ordre des Palmes académiques

News: Bransbourg honored with the Ordre des Palmes académiques

by Roger Bagnall Dec 18, 2014

ISAW Research Associate Gilles Bransbourg has been named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by decree of the French Prime Minister, on nomination by the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, and Research. According to the website of the ...

Charles Jones Receives Digital Archaeology Award

News: Charles Jones Receives Digital Archaeology Award

by Tom Elliott Dec 12, 2014

Ancient World Online Blog recognized for outstanding work in digital archaeology ISAW Senior Fellow and former Head Librarian Charles Jones has been honored by the Archaeological Institute of America among its 2015 AIA Award Winners. Jones will receive the award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology ...

Hard-science Metrics Come to the Humanities

News: Hard-science Metrics Come to the Humanities

by Karen Rubinson Dec 02, 2014

During November I was asked to review proposals of archaeology-related projects for the NSF/NEH equivalent in a country of which the archaeological past is part of my scholarly work. In order to be qualified to participate in grant review, one ...

Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology publishes sixth volume

News: Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology publishes sixth volume

by Judith A. Lerner Nov 24, 2014

In 1995, several enterprising graduate students in the Department of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, founded the Circle of Inner Asian Art (CIAA) to serve as a forum for ...