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- Search and browse over 80,000 ancient Greek, Latin and Coptic documents preserved on papyrus and other materials. Images, texts, translations and descriptions contributed by scholars and institutions around the world. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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- Use, create and share information about ancient places, spaces and geographic names. Over 30,000 places registered (and growing). Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Sarah Laursen is one of two 2-year scholars at ISAW for 2011-13. She holds a BA in East Asian Studies and Art History from New York University and an MA and PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses primarily on gold personal adornments from Eastern Han to Sui dynasty (26 – 618 CE) tombs and explores how this facet of material culture reflects Chinese interactions with the nomadic populations of the northern steppe. In addition to working on her research project, "Unearthing the Ancient Craft: The Art of Goldsmithing in Early Medieval China,” which will investigate gold objects excavated throughout China and their relationship to the metalworking traditions of Inner Asia, the Mediterranean, and Mesopotamia, she will also be teaching an ISAW graduate seminar and undergraduate NYU courses.
For more information on Dr. Laursen and her upcoming lecture on October 18th, visit http://isaw.nyu.edu/events/visiting-research-scholar-lecture-1.
Each year the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, makes about 7-10 appointments of visiting research scholars. We are now accepting applications for fellowships beginning in fall 2012. ISAW's scope embraces the history, archaeology, and culture of the entire Old World from late prehistoric times to the eighth century AD, including Asia and Africa. Projects of a theoretical or comparative nature relevant to this domain are also welcome. Academic visitors at ISAW should be individuals of scholarly distinction or promise in any relevant field of ancient studies who will benefit from the stimulation of working in an environment with colleagues in other disciplines. Applicants with a history of interdisciplinary exchange are particularly welcome. They are expected to be in residence at the Institute during the academic terms for which they are appointed and to take part in the intellectual life of the community.
For details about the categories of fellows, financial support, and the application, please visit http://isaw.nyu.edu/academics/visiting-scholars. The deadline for applications is December 10, 2011. New York University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
On 28 September 2011, The Ancient World Online (AWOL) posted an entry on Zephyrvs, a Spanish journal of archaeology and Prehistory. With this entry AWOL's index of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies reaches the milestone of one thousand titles.
We first assembled the Alphabetical list of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies in observance of Open Access Week 2009, just under two years ago. It was based on journals cited in AWOL since its beginning in January 2009 . At that time the list included more than two hundred titles - a surprisingly large number - or so we thought at the time. In an effort to make the List canonical and comprehensive, we began adding in groups of twenty titles additional journals, all (or nearly all) of which had been accessible via Abzu for varying lengths of time. At the same time, we continued to add newly discovered and newly emerging titles to the list, constantly verifying older links and repairing broken ones. On February 17, 2010 the list reached six hundred titles, on July 7, 2010 the list reached seven hundred titles, and on May 5, 2011, with the addition of Engramma, the list reached nine hundred titles.
- Ancient World Digital Library Book Viewer - The first fruits of an effort to accelerate and enhance access to the emerging global library of digital publications on the ancient world, the AWDL Book Viewer lets users read and search digitized copies of previously printed scholarly materials.
- Ancient World Online - Find out about all the latest online and open-access material relating to the ancient world, regardless of where it's published.
- Abzu - A guide to networked open access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world.
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Daniel Caner is one of nine new visiting research scholars at ISAW for 2011-12. Dr. Caner’s home institution is the University of Connecticut, Storrs where he is Associate Professor in History and Classics. He specializes in the social and religious history of late antiquity, more specifically Christian monasticism in the Roman World. Recently his focus has centered on the complex issues of gift-giving and religious wealth. At ISAW he is working on a book entitled The Rich and the Pure: Christian Gifts and Religious Society in Early Byzantium. He will be giving the first Visiting Research Scholar Lecture of the year on Tuesday, October 4th at 6pm on “Christian Wealth and the Challenge of Charity in Early Byzantium.” For more information on Dr. Caner and his upcoming lecture, visit http://isaw.nyu.edu/events/visiting-research-scholar-lecture.
The latest exhibition at NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World opens today: Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews, and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos. It runs through January 8, 2012. Admission for individuals is free. Hours are 11am - 6pm (11am - 8pm on Fridays), closed Mondays.
The exhibition illustrates the international, indeed pluralistic character of Dura-Europos, highlighting objects that demonstrate the coexistence of multiple religions — including polytheistic cults, Judaism, and Christianity — the great variety of languages employed by its population, and its role as an international military garrison.
More information is available on ISAW's Exhibitions webpage.
New Faculty Opening - Professor (Open Rank), Near Eastern Art & Arch., Late Prehistoric and Early Historic Periods
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, seeks to make an appointment (tenured or tenure-track, rank open) of a scholar with a focus in the archaeology and art of the Near Eastern world, broadly defined, in the late prehistoric and early historic periods, who can blend disciplinary approaches to interpret objects, sites, and landscapes. We are looking for someone with a broad range of interests and a commitment to the study of cultural connections across geographical and chronological lines. For application details, please visit http://isaw.nyu.edu/jobs/faculty/professor-open-rank-near-eastern-art-archaeology-late-prehistoric-and-early-historic-periods.
On September 9, Nate Nagy, the Managing Editor of ISAW's Ancient World Image Bank, released 9 new photographs of the ancient site of Edfu in Egypt. These photos, taken and contributed by Erik Hermans, depict architectural components and reliefs from the Ptolemaic temple to Horus of Behdet at Edfu (ancient Apollonopolis Magna/Behdet).
Image: Falcon Statue at Edfu. A granite statue of Horus, depicted as a falcon, at the Ptolemaic temple at Edfu. By Iris Fernandez (2009).
Josh Sosin has just announced several significant upgrades to the papyrological information resources provided at papyri.info, a collaborative project in which ISAW is a major partner. These upgrades include the addition of new individuals to the editorial boards that review site content; the improvement of some search, display and editing functions; and the addition of new documents (some 2,000 in the last year). More information is available via Josh's blog post at digitalpapyrology.blogspot.com.
The screen capture (click image to enlarge) shows part of the papyri.info display for a 4th century CE loan contract from Karanis in Egypt. This document is now held in Bobst Library at NYU. You can learn more about it by viewing the full papyri.info display for P.NYU 2 23).
PD Dr. Sabine Huebner, Privatdozentin at Freie Universitaet Berlin, has been awarded a 5-year Heisenberg grant by the German Research Foundation. The predominant aim of the generously endowed Heisenberg grant is to support young scientists who are already eligible for professorships and in addition distinguish themselves through especially outstanding scientific achievements. Apart from other ongoing projects, Sabine is planning on writing a book on the family in later Roman and early Byzantine times. She will spend the first two years at the Collège de France in Paris and the following three years at the University of Cologne. Sabine was a member of the first cohort of visiting research scholars at ISAW in 2007-8.
On 27 July 2011, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced the award of a $217,000 grant for a two-year series of summer seminars on the possibilities of the Linked Open Data model for use in humanities scholarship with a particular focus on Ancient Mediterranean and Near East studies. The seminars will be hosted by New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and by Drew University. They are designed for humanities scholars, library and museum professionals, and advanced graduate students.
This award is one of five funded this year as part of the NEH's Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program. Tom Elliott is the project director for NYU. Sebastian Heath will act as project manager for ISAW. John Muccigrosso will serve as the project director at Drew. More information on the seminars will announced next month.
Between 8-18 July, Tom Elliott visited the Jakarta Research Centre of the École française d'Extrême-Orient as a guest of Prof. Arlo Griffiths. The primary purpose of the visit was to evaluate the suitability of the EpiDoc method for digital encoding of ancient documents to a range of projects in the epigraphy of South and Southeast Asia being undertaken by the Jakarta Centre.
EpiDoc has already been successfully used for a range of Greek, Latin and circum-Mediterranean projects, including http://papyri.info. The successful workshop in Jakarta opens new opportunities, including collaboration between ISAW and EFEO on the Corpus of the Inscriptions of Campā, which comprises over 250 texts in Sanskrit and Old Cam from Vietnam.
More information about the EpiDoc sessions in Jakarta is available on the EFEO blog.
Annalisa Marzano, Visiting Research Scholar at ISAW during 2010-11, has been promoted to the rank of Reader at the University of Reading. Promotion to Reader is based on distinction in research. Last fall Dr. Marzano received the VIII Premio Romanistico Internazionale Gérard Boulvert, honoring her book Roman Villas in Central Italy.
In the Project Bamboo blog, Dr. Eric Kansa writes about the proposed "Places-Text" service. The blog post includes links to a demonstrator site and an introductory video. As explained by Kansa, the Places-Text demonstrator makes use of geographic content from our Pleiades project, by way of an on-going collaboration with Google Ancient Places.
The Places-Text service demo is one of several anticipated demonstrations of existing and possible applications and infrastructure being explored by the Mellon-funded Project Bamboo.
The Spring 2011 ISAW Newsletter is now available as a PDF file from the Newsletter page on the ISAW website.
It includes the following sections:
- Letter from the Director
- ISAW Community News
- Recent Publications
- Research and Teaching
- Faculty and Scholars
- Digital Programs
- Spring Exhibitions & Events
- Current Exhibition
- Lectures and Conferences
Jinyu Liu, associate professor of classical studies at DePauw University, and a 2007-2008 Visiting Research Scholar at ISAW, is one of the recipients of a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The award will fund innovative cross-cultural research on the impact of Greek and Roman classical works on the intellectual history of China. Based on a systematic investigation of the dissemination and reception of Graceo-Roman classics in late imperial and modern China, this project explores the roles Graeco-Roman antiquity played in the Chinese discourses on the value of classical traditions, both Chinese and non-Chinese, and strategies of constructing and appropriating the West in the context of China’s tormenting journey towards the formation of its modern culture.
This project represents a research direction that is distinctive from Jinyu Liu’s past scholarship, which focused on Latin inscriptions and Roman socio-economic history. The Fellowship will allow her to receive extra disciplinary training in languages, Modern Chinese History, Translation Theory, and Postcolonialism, and enable her to redirect her scholarly career into an area that allows for greater interdisciplinary inquiry. In 2011-2012, she will be based in Beijing as a visiting professor at Peking University. In 2012-2013, she will be resident in New York and taking various courses at Columbia University.
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University is pleased to announce the addition of two new professors to the faculty: Lorenzo d'Alfonso and Roderick B. Campbell.
Lorenzo d'Alfonso, Assistant Professor of Ancient Western Asian Archaeology and History
Professor d'Alfonso earned his MA in Ancient Civilizations from the University of Pavia (1997) and his PhD in Ancient Anatolian and Aegean Studies from the University of Florence (2002). Since then he has worked as a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct professor at the Universities of Mainz, Konstanz, and Pavia.
His main research interests concern the social, juridical, and political history of Syria and Anatolia under the Hittite Empire and during its aftermath (16th-7th centuries BC). On these themes he has published a monograph on the judicial procedures of the Hittite administration in Syria (2005), a website of textual references (The Emar Online Database), more than 30 articles in volumes and journals, and co-edited two important volumes.
From 2006 to 2009 he was the director of an archaeological survey in Southern Cappadocia, and since 2010 he has concentrated his efforts on the site of Kınık Höyük (Nigde, Turkey)
Roderick B. Campbell, Assistant Professor of Early Chinese Art and Archaeology
Professor Campbell graduated from Harvard in 2007 with a dual degree in Anthropology (Archaeology) and East Asian Languages and Civilizations (Chinese History). Prior to coming to ISAW he was the Peter Moores Research Fellow in Chinese Archaeology at Merton College, University of Oxford. His research has been focused on theorizing ancient social-political organization, social violence and history and his geographical and temporal focus has been late 2nd millennium BC north China although an interest in broader comparison and long-term change is beginning to draw him beyond Shang China. With training as an archaeologist, historian and epigrapher, his work attempts to unite disparate sources of evidence with contemporary social theory.
Professor Campbell’s current fieldwork project, a collaboration with archaeologists from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is a zooarchaeological production analysis on what may be the world’s largest collection of worked bone at Anyang, the last capital of the Shang dynasty. Recent publications have included an article on early complex polities for Current Anthropology and a report on the Origin of Chinese Civilization Project (with Yuan Jing) for Antiquity. He has recently finished an edited volume manuscript on Violence and Civilization for the Joukowsky Institute publication series and is finishing up another manuscript on the archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age for the Cotsen Institute. He has received numerous fellowships, awards and grants for his work including ones from the Luce Archaeology Initiative, the Chiang Ching-kuo foundation, and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Professor Campbell will begin offering seminars this fall, and Professor d'Alfonso in the spring of 2012. Please join us in welcoming them to our community.
Roger Bagnall, Leon Levy Director