ASCSA Program for Study in Greece

ASCSA PROGRAM FOR STUDY IN GREECE

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers incomparable opportunities and programs for graduate students enrolled in US and Canadian institutions to research, travel, and excavate in Greece. Facilities include three major libraries, a scientific laboratory, extensive archives, two excavation study centers at the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and a residence hall in central Athens providing room and board.

The ASCSA accepts and provides fellowships to two categories of students: Regular Members who participate in the full academic year program and Associate Members who pursue independent research.

REGULAR MEMBERS

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

Eligibility: Students preparing for an advanced degree in classical and ancient Mediterranean studies, post-classical Greek studies, or a related field. Well-qualified students with a B.A. will be considered for admission and fellowships, although preference is given to those who have completed at least one year of graduate study.

Program: The Regular Program runs from early September to late May. The program requires participation in the School’s fall and winter trips, covering much of the Greek mainland and Crete. During the winter, visits to sites in Attica and Euboea, museum visits, and seminars in Athens are required, with some additional trips. In the spring, members may participate in the School’s excavations at Corinth, pursue independent research, and/or participate in optional trips. Regular Members are expected to be in residence at the School throughout the academic year. Please note that applicants accepted for the cancelled 2020-21 program are deferred to the 2021-22 program; this means there is a maximum of six open spaces in the 2021-22 program.

For more information link to: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/regular-member-program

Fellowships: Fellows receive a cash stipend of $11,500, plus room and board in Athens, and waiver of School fees. Room, board, and other expenses on field trips outside Athens are paid out of the stipend. They are awarded on the basis of transcripts, recommendations and examinations.

Application: An online application and three letters of recommendation must be submitted. Applicants are required to submit pdf scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application. Scans of official transcripts are required. Applicants must also take the qualifying examination. Examinations in ancient Greek translation, history, literature, and archaeology (two of four are required) are held on the first Saturday in February. Information about the application and exams are available at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/apply-for-regular-membership

Applications and fellowship information are available online after September 1.
Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/regular-member-program
E-mail: application@ascsa.org
Applicants will be notified by mid-March.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Application Deadline: Various and Rolling

Eligibility: Advanced graduate students in classical and ancient Mediterranean studies, postclassical Greek studies, or related fields who have a specific project that requires extended residence in Greece. Candidates for Associate Membership should clearly state their specific reasons for seeking to work at the School.

Program: Generally, Student Associate Members pursue independent research although they may also participate in the activities of the Regular Program when space allows.

Fellowships: Information is available at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants. Review and follow the guidelines and deadlines for each specific fellowship application. Only returning or former ASCSA members are eligible for the Advanced Fellowships. Advanced Fellows are expected to share the results of their research in a formal public presentation at the School or elsewhere in Greece.

For first time applicants not applying for a fellowship: An application consists of an application form, letters of recommendation, and a detailed statement of the project to be pursued in Greece submitted online. Applicants are required to submit pdf scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application. For more information about the application, visit the ASCSA web site at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/types-of-membership-1.

Applications and fellowship information are available online.
Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply
E-mail: application@ascsa.org
Applicants for fellowships will be notified by mid-March.

The ASCSA is open generally to qualified students and scholars at colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada; restrictions may apply for specific programs and fellowships. The ASCSA does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of  membership or application for employment.

We invite applications to the following program. The specific implementation of all ASCSA programs will depend on all relevant public health advisories.

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Online Dante’s Inferno Course Offered to the Public

You are invited to embark in an extraordinary journey.  This virtual course focuses on one of the most important Italian masterpieces of all time: Dante’s Divine Comedy. By reading the original medieval text (alongside with modern Italian and English translations), students will deepen their understanding of the Inferno by appreciating its moral construction and satirical tradition as well as learning how Dante’s work connects to contemporary morality, literature, music, art, and cinema.

Dr. Nicolino Applauso will teach this 12-weeks course in Italian, which is open to the public, and will start on December 8th, and it will be geared toward the intermediate and advanced students of Italian (of all ages).

More information on the course is here:
https://www.applausoitaliancenter.com/dantes-divine-comedy.html

If interested, please contact applausoitalian@gmail.com

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Petition on behalf of the Istituto Storico Italiano

To the Members of the Medieval Academy of America:

Italy’s premier scholarly institute for the study of the Middle Ages, the Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo, has received an eviction order from the mayor of Rome that would effectively destroy this 138-year old institution—including its specialized library open to the public, funded research projects, editorial and publishing operations, and its national school for the study of the Middle Ages—by forcing it out its center on Piazza d’Orologio in Rome within 90 days. The Istituto has resided at Piazza d’Orologio 4 for close to a century. The reasons given for the eviction are patently false.

Most medievalists know the Istituto through its organization, funding, and publication of several important series of critical editions and studies, chief among them the Fonti per la storia d’Italia Medievale. But the ISIME’s library in the heart of Rome, open to all researchers, is also an essential resource for research on the Middle Ages.

We urge members to sign the petition posted by the Institute’s secretary and available at this link.

The Presidential Officers of the Medieval Academy of America have written directly to Professor Massimo Miglio, President of the Istituto, to express their support. Their letter will be forwarded to the appropriate officials of the comune.

Here is an English translation of the petition:

The Municipality of Rome (letter dated 9/11/2020, received on 16/11/2020) has evicted the Istituto storico italiano per il medioevo from its premises, which the institute has occupied since 1923 by decision of the then Minister Pietro Fedele. The Municipality has requested to “willingly release the premises, to free it from people and things, within 90 days from receipt of this letter…”. The Municipality further threatens the “forced reacquisition of the property” on the false grounds that the Institute owes 24,437.88 Euros, affirming that the premises are required for the Archivio storico capitolino, which had been placed in the Borrominian building by Fedele himself. This claim comes as a surprise, since in 2006 the same Municipality restored large spaces on the second and third floors of the same building on the Capitoline Hill, which are still completely unused.

The reasons for this eviction, which would deprive Rome of an institution that boasts worldwide recognition and intense cultural and editorial activity, are beyond belief.

We will oppose the request in every possible way and ask for the widest possible solidarity.

Istituto storico italiano per il medioevo
segreteria@isime.it

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Call for Papers: Power, Patronage and Production: Book Arts from Central Europe (ca. 800–1500) in American Collections

Call for Conference Papers

Power, Patronage and Production: Book Arts from Central Europe (ca. 800–1500) in American Collections

On January 13–15, 2022, the Index of Medieval Art (Princeton University), the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum (New York), and the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University will host a conference to accompany the exhibition, “Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, 800–1500,” presented at the Morgan Library from October 15, 2021 to January 23, 2022. The conference will include two days of papers as well as a study day at the Morgan Library. For each paper, 30 minutes of speaking time, followed by 15 minutes of discussion, will be allotted. In addition to a viewing of the exhibition, the study day will include an opportunity to view other, unexhibited materials in the Morgan’s collections.

Despite its scope, the exhibition cannot comprehend all the relevant material in American collections. Nor can the accompanying book treat all the exhibited items in depth. With this in mind, we solicit proposals for papers. Pending the usual peer-review process, the contributions will be published.

Paper proposals, no more than one page in length, should fall into one of the following categories or address one of the following topics:

– in-depth monographic discussion of a single manuscript in an American collection, whether or not it is included in the exhibition. Please contact Joshua O’Driscoll (jodriscoll@themorgan.org) for a list of objects that will be discussed in the book accompanying the exhibition (many but not all of which will be exhibited) and a list of all relevant materials in the Morgan Library’s collections. More information on many of these manuscripts, also those in other American collections, can be found at Digital Scriptorium: https://digital-scriptorium.org/.

– thematic treatment of one of a number of broader issues relevant to the exhibition’s concerns; these include but are by no means limited to the following:

Art & the politics of empire

Art & reform/Reformation

Borders of empire

Cosmopolitan contacts and exchanges

Geographic foci (e.g., Helmarshausen, Prague, Salzburg, Weingarten)

Humanism in Central Europe

Imperial patronage

Monastic networks

Manuscript illumination and the other arts

Paper, parchment & pen-drawing/production techniques

Patrician patronage in imperial cities

Panel painting

Psalters

Reception/collecting of German medieval art in the United States

Urbanism & the art of the book

Visualization & the vernacular

Proposals should be submitted to Prof. Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Harvard University (jhamburg@fas.harvard.edu) by February 1, 2021. A response indicating whether or not any given proposal has been accepted will be forthcoming by April 1, 2021. Finalized abstracts, which will be circulated to all participants, would then be due by August 1, 2021. The organizers will do their best to accommodate all relevant proposals within the confines of the program, the scope and format of which will be determined by the funding available and the current public health situation. In the event that an in-person meeting is feasible, speakers’ costs for travel and accommodation in Princeton and New York will be covered. Colleagues submitting proposals are asked to indicate their interest in presenting a paper by video call, should travel not be possible.

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Kress Publication Fellowships

KRESS PUBLICATION FELLOWSHIPS
Deadline: January 15, 2021

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the second year of a five-year program of fellowships funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation devotes its resources to advancing the history, conservation, and enjoyment of the vast heritage of European art, architecture, and archaeology from antiquity to the early 19th century.

Eligibility: Senior (post-doctoral) scholars working on a publication assignment from Corinth, the Athenian Agora, Lerna or from an affiliated project of the School are eligible to apply. Current staff of the School are not eligible.

Terms: The School awards up to three grants each year. Stipends are for a minimum of three months (up to $10,000) to a maximum of nine months (up to $30,000) during the ASCSA fiscal year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). School fees, travel costs, housing, board, residence permits (if applicable), and other living expenses are to be paid out of the stipend by the recipient. Fellowship stipend cannot be used towards salary replacement. A final report and budget are due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Blegen Library or another relevant library of the School.

Application: Submit an online application; curriculum vitae; proposal (maximum of 5 pages, single-spaced, including project outline, explanation of goals, statement of the significance of the project, work completed to date, schedule for completion, and budget); letter of support from the appropriate excavation director; and two letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to include costs for the preparation of illustrations in their budgets. For more information about the application, see: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-andgrants/postdoctoral-and-senior-scholars

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-andgrants/postdoctoral-and-senior-scholars

E-mail: application@ascsa.org

The award will be announced March 15.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

We invite applications to the following program. The specific implementation of all ASCSA programs will depend on all relevant public health advisories.

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Apply to join the MAA’s Graduate Student Committee!

The Medieval Academy of America is currently accepting self-nominations for vacancies opening up on the Graduate Student Committee (GSC) for the 2020-2022 term. The GSC comprises six members appointed for a two-year term on a rotating basis. There are three openings to be filled. Self-nominations are open to all graduate students, worldwide, who are members of the MAA and have at least two years remaining in their program of study.

The GSC represents and promotes the participation of graduate student medievalists within the MAA and the broader academic community. In addition to fostering international and interdisciplinary exchange, the GSC is dedicated to providing guidance on research, teaching, publishing, professionalization, funding, and employment, as well as offering a forum for the expression of the concerns and interests of our colleagues. Our responsibilities, thus, include organizing pre-professionalizing panels and social events annually at ICMS Kalamazoo, the MAA Annual Meeting, and IMC Leeds. We also run a successful and popular Mentorship Program that pairs graduate students with faculty to discuss any aspect of our profession such as teaching, publishing, finding a successful work/life balance, maneuvering the job market, and more. In addition, we seek to bring together graduate students through virtual communities such as the growing Graduate Student Group on the MAA website, Facebook, Twitter, the med-grad listserv, and a regular newsletter.

GSC members are asked to attend the Committee’s annual business meeting at Kalamazoo (either in person or virtually) for the duration of their term and to communicate regularly with the group via email and virtually. Ideal applicants are expected to work well both independently and as part of a team in a collaborative environment. Previous experience with organizing conference panels and social events, as well as facility with social and digital media are not required, but may be a benefit.

Interested applicants should submit the following by January 15, 2021:

The Self-Nomination Form;
– A brief CV (2 pages maximum) uploaded as part of the Nomination Form;
– A recommendation letter from your faculty advisor, sent to the Executive Director of the Medieval Academy by mail or (preferably) as a PDF attachment (on letterhead with signature), to LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org.

New members will be selected by the MAA’s Committee on Committees (in consultation with the current GSC) and confirmed by the Council of the Medieval Academy at the (virtual) 2021 Annual Meeting hosted by Indiana University, Bloomington, 15-18 April. If you have any questions, please contact us at gsc@themedievalacademy.org.

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Jacob Hirsch Fellowship for Research in Greece

THE JACOB HIRSCH FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: January 15, 2021
Field of Study:  Archaeology
Eligibility:  U.S. or Israeli citizens who are either Ph.D. candidates writing their dissertations in archaeology, or early-career scholars (Ph.D. earned within the last five years) completing a project, such as the revision of a dissertation for publication, which requires a lengthy residence in Greece.

Terms:  Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School.

Duration:  Commensurate with the School’s academic year, from early September to June 1.

Application: Submit online application form for “Associate Membership with Fellowship”, curriculum vitae, a detailed description of the project to be pursued in Greece (250-word abstract and a statement up to three pages, single spaced). Arrange for three letters of recommendation. Student applicants are required to submit scans of official academic transcripts as part of the online application. For more information about the application, visit the ASCSA web site at https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/graduate-and-postdoctoral.

Web site: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/graduate-and-postdoctoral

E-mailapplication@ascsa.org

The award will be announced March 15.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

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Conference – The Total Library: Aspirations for Complete Knowledge in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at Barnard College is pleased to announce the following conference:

The Total Library: Aspirations for Complete Knowledge in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Saturday, December 5, 2020

Plenary speakers:
Elias Muhanna, Brown University
Ann Blair, Harvard University

REGISTRATION AND FULL SCHEDULE CAN BE FOUND HERE:
https://medren.barnard.edu/2020-total-library

According to Borges, “The fancy or the imagination or the utopia of the Total Library has certain characteristics that are easily confused with virtues.” This one-day conference will explore the aspiration for complete knowledge in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, an aspiration expressed in atlases, herbals, encyclopedias that were meant to mirror and maybe tame the diversity of the earth by including in their pages everything. Whether virtuous or problematic, the fantasy of the complete mastery of knowledge created utopias of learning. In our current moment when the value of knowledge is under question, we invite you to join scholars of multiple disciplines to raise questions about the technologies, social structures, and modes of thought that shape what knowledge means at a given moment.

Please note that registration is free but required. All those who register will receive, in early December, links to attend the Zoom sessions.

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ASCSA Medieval Greek Summer Session at the Gennadius Library, Summer 2021

MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY, SUMMER 2021
Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces the summer session focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek, from June 28 to July 28, 2021.

Founded in 1881, the American School is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of ancient and post-classical studies. One of the two major research libraries of the School, the Gennadius Library, which houses over 146,000 volumes and archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization.

The Library invites applications for a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate to Advanced Level. The objective is to familiarize students who have a sound foundation in Classical Greek with Medieval Greek language and philology by exposing them to primary sources, different kinds of literary genres, paleography and epigraphy, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The two Professors leading the session are Professor  Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina, and Professor Stratis Papaioannou, Brown University/University of Crete.

Format
The month-long full-time program will include daily translation of Byzantine texts; introduction to Greek paleography and Byzantine book culture; use of the collections of the Gennadius Library; visits to area museums and libraries including the Byzantine, Benaki, and Epigraphical Museums; and visits outside Athens including Corinth, Mistra, Thessaloniki, and Hosios Loukas. Individual tutorials and assignments for each student will be determined by specific needs and field of study. The language of instruction is English. Participants should plan to arrive on June 29 and depart on July 29.

Eligibility
The program is offered at the intermediate to advanced level for up to twelve students enrolled in graduate programs in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide; preference may be given to students who have limited access to instruction in Byzantine Greek at their home institutions. A minimum of two years of college-level or post-doctoral Classical Greek (or the equivalent) is required. If there are available slots, faculty or postdoctoral scholars affiliated with any university worldwide may also be considered. A diagnostic test (available electronically) may be administered to finalists before the final selection of students is made.

Academic Credit
The American School is not a degree-granting institution. No grades are given for its programs, nor are transcripts provided. Upon request, an optional final exam at the end of the program may be provided and the directors will write a letter to the participant’s home institution, recommending that credit be granted, provided that the student has satisfactorily participated in the program and passed the final exam.

Costs and Scholarships
Twelve Leventis Foundation scholarships cover the costs of tuition, School fees, housing, required travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare to and from  Greece, meals, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility.

Applications
Submit online application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (one from the  academic advisor and one from a Greek language teacher). Direct link to application:
https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/116263/ascsa-gennadius-library-summer-sessionapplication

Applicants are required to submit scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application.

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/gennadius-library-medieval-greek-summer-session

E-mail: application@ascsa.org

The selection results will be announced March 15.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

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Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute

Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in public humanities. The fellow will devote the majority of the fellowship time to working closely with the Institute’s staff, especially its director of undergraduate studies and engagement, in the Institute’s outreach and engagement efforts directed at local schools as well as potential donors, alumni, and undergraduate majors and minors. The Institute will be celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2021–22, and the fellow will be an integral part of the planning and execution of events connected to that celebration. The remainder of the fellow’s time may be devoted to research and/or teaching.

The fellow will be provided with a workspace in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in some area of the humanistic study of the Middle Ages, or have it in hand by the beginning of the fellowship term. Applicants must have relevant experience in public engagement in the humanities, highly effective people skills, and multimedia digital literacy. Experience with digital humanities is highly desirable.

Stipend: $48,000 per year, plus benefits

Start Date: anticipated August 16, 2021 | End Date: anticipated August 15, 2023

Application procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of application that includes reflection on how this postdoctoral position would fit into their broader career goals, a current c.v., and three confidential letters of recommendation. Digital portfolios and similar supporting materials may also be uploaded for consideration. Submit applications through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/81010. Further details regarding the fellowship are available at https://medieval.nd.edu/research/grants-fellowships/#public-humanities.

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