Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellowships

From The Morgan Library & Museum:

The Morgan Library & Museum announces the creation of two new two-year curatorial fellowships, the Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellowships, to be awarded to promising scholars from communities historically underrepresented in the curatorial and special collections fields. Named for the Morgan’s first director, one of the most prominent American librarians and cultural leaders of the first half of the twentieth century and a woman of color, this full-time program will equip Fellows with a strong working knowledge of museum and special collections library operations and will provide Fellows with resources and mentorship to support them in their professional careers.

The Morgan seeks candidates who are interested in working on specific projects as outlined below. The program will provide Fellows with experience in a variety of core curatorial activities, such as exhibition and publications planning, research on the collection and on potential acquisitions, the creation of public programs, and donor relations. Fellows will also have the opportunity to propose and curate their own installation in the museum. Fellows will join all departmental meetings as well as the Morgan’s Curatorial Forum, a monthly gathering of all curators and conservators. Regular interaction with colleagues in other departments, including the Thaw Conservation Center, will give each Fellow a good grounding in the key functional areas of a museum and special collections library. Travel funds will support Fellows’ professional development.


Graduate degree in relevant field or equivalent professional experience required (see more details below). General qualifications include experience conducting archival research using primary sources, deep intellectual curiosity and versatility, and a demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and efficiently. Candidates should have excellent writing and public speaking skills.

Compensation and Benefits
$42,000 annually for two years (from September 2020 to August 2022); excellent benefits. Fellows will also have a travel budget of $1500 per year for research and for activities supporting their professional development, such as attendance at a conference.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Posted in Fellowships | Leave a comment

€10 Million ERC Synergy Grant Awarded for Study of Medieval Populations


The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and its international partners have received a €10 million Synergy Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to fund a multidisciplinary study of more than 100 medieval cemeteries located across central and eastern Europe. The project, HistoGenes, will seek to understand the impact of migrations and mobility on the population of the Carpathian Basin from 400–900 CE, based on a comprehensive analysis of samples from 6,000 ancient burial sites. HistoGenes will, for the first time, unite historians, archaeologists, geneticists, anthropologists, and specialists in bioinformatics, isotope analysis, and other scientific methods in understanding this key period of European history.

The team’s four principal investigators, representing these various disciplines, are Patrick Geary (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA), Johannes Krause (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany), Walter Pohl (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria), and Tivadar Vida (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary). In the U.S., the research team includes Professor Krishna Veeramah, a population geneticist from Stony Brook University. Geary and Veeramah had previously led a pilot study, published in Nature Communications in 2018, which sequenced the genomes of entire ancient cemeteries to examine the relationship between the genetic background of these communities and the archaeological material left behind.

For additional information, please contact Patrick Geary at

Posted in Announcements | Leave a comment

Bikakis Fellowship: Ancient Greek Law and ASCSA Excavations Research

Deadline: January 15, 2020
This fellowship was established by Lloyd E. Cotsen, Chairman emeritus of the Overseers of the Gennadius Library, to honor Harry Bikakis, attorney of the American School, who exhibited much devotion and loyalty to the School during his term from 1979 to 1995.

Eligibility:  Graduate students at North American institutions, or Greek graduate students, whose research subject is ancient Greek law and who need to work at ASCSA libraries; or Greek graduate students working on excavations conducted by or affiliated with the ASCSA.

Terms:  Stipend of $1,875. School fees are waived. Fellowship does not include travel costs, housing, board, and other living expenses. 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.

Application:  Submit an online application, curriculum vitae, and a project proposal. Arrange for two letters of recommendation. For more information about the application, visit the ASCSA web site at:

Link to online posting:

Posted in Fellowships | Leave a comment

Call for Papers – The Medieval at Home: Domesticity in the Middle Ages

The Medieval Studies Program at Cornell University is pleased to announce its thirtieth annual graduate student colloquium, which will take place on the 15th of February 2020 at the A.D. White House on Cornell’s Ithaca, NY campus.

This year’s colloquium focuses on medieval domesticity. The domestic sphere includes the political, everyday, spiritual, and economic dimensions of medieval life. From the subterranean rock houses of Cappadocia to the family dynamics represented in Konrad von Würzburg’s Herzmäre, from Late Antique religious values of the household to late medieval visual representations of everyday household tasks, such as bread-making, feasting, farming, and weaving, domestic spaces and activities were driving forces in conceptualizing religion, gender, politics, sexuality, race, and family life. We also welcome papers that critique modern nationalist fantasies of a medieval “homeland.”

We invite 20 minute papers that investigate domestic space in the Middle Ages from all disciplines and perspectives. Possible topics may include:

  • Household archaeology
  • Spatial politics
  • Communal spaces
  • Domestic labor
  • Displacement from the home
  • Hospitality
  • Home as a literary motif
  • Gendering the household
  • Regulating domestic activities
  • Public and private spaces
  • Religious/spiritual homes
  • Othering of space/Othering of people
  • Political rhetoric of the household
  • Everydayness

Furthermore, we welcome submissions that expand these themes and categories of inquiry beyond Christian, Western European contexts. We invite submissions in all disciplines allied to Medieval Studies, including literature, history, the history of art, archaeology, philosophy, classics, theology, Near Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, and others. Abstracts on all topics will be considered, though priority will be given to those which address our thematic strand.

Please send 300-word abstracts by December 7th to Ryan Lawrence at

Posted in Call for Papers | Leave a comment

Call for Papers – International Conference for Byzantine and Slavic Studies

International Conference for Byzantine and Slavic Studies
Colloquia Ceranea II, 24-26 April 2020
Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2020

We cordially invite you to participate in the international scholarly conference Colloquia Ceranea II, which will be held April 24–26, 2020 at The Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe “Ceraneum”, University of Łódź, Poland.
The conference is targeted at scholars who study the history and culture of the Mediterranean (the Greco-Roman world, the Byzantine Empire, the Slavic world, the Balkans), the Middle East, and the Caucasus over the period from Antiquity to the Early Modern Times.

During Colloquia Ceranea II, we wish to focus particularly on the following topics:
–Food and Medicine from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
–Polemical Literature in Byzantium and Slavia Orthodoxa
–Realia and Imagination in Byzantine Rhetorical Texts
–An Ethnic and Religious Potpourri – the Eastern Border of the Byzantine Empire(4th-11th Century). Policy, Religion, Culture
–Translatorica Mediaevalia. The Role of Translations in the Culture of South-EastEurope and the Mediterranean
–State Administration in the Early Byzantine Period (AD 284–641)
–Rivalry and Cooperation in the Medieval Balkans and the Mediterranean

Four plenary lectures will be delivered. Our keynote speakers are:
Prof. Albrecht Berger (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Prof. Ivan Biliarsky (Българска Академия на Науките)
Prof. Philip van der Eijk (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Prof. Marcello Garzaniti (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

For more details, please visit our website:

Posted in Call for Papers | Leave a comment

The Jacob Hirsch Fellowship

Deadline: January 15, 2020
Field of Study:  Archaeology

Eligibility:  Students who hold U.S. or Israeli citizenship, and who are Ph.D. candidates writing their dissertations in archaeology, and 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

Web site or

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.

Posted in Fellowships | Leave a comment