Job: Assistant Research Scholar, Digital Projects

Assistant Research Scholar, Digital Projects
New York University: NYU – NY: Division of Libraries
Location: New York, NY
Open Date: Nov 17, 2021
https://apply.interfolio.com/99046

Description
The Library of Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University seeks an Assistant Research Scholar (ARS) to help develop and support its growing portfolio of digital projects and services and to participate in the scholarly life of the ISAW community. A key component of the ISAW Library’s mission is to provide access to and support for new and innovative forms of digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and pedagogy in ancient studies. The ARS will help the ISAW Library fulfill this charge by collaborating with a diverse group of academic professionals at ISAW and other schools and divisions of NYU on the development and support of some or all of the following types of projects and services: digital libraries; digital publications; open linked-data projects; digital mapping; archaeological databases; and the digital preservation of ancient studies data and scholarship. The ARS will have the opportunity to contribute to the design and support of digital humanities curricula and public programming at ISAW. Finally, in addition to publishing and presenting on ISAW digital projects and services in appropriate academic and industry venues, the Assistant or Associate Research Scholar will be encouraged to pursue an independent research agenda in any area of ancient studies, information science, digital humanities, or at the intersection of any of these fields.

Term
The Assistant Research Scholar is a full-time continuing appointment, reporting to the Head of the ISAW Library.

Duties
Under the supervision of the Head of the ISAW Library, the Assistant Research Scholar will:

  • Participate in the planning, implementation, support, and ongoing development of ISAW digital projects and services
  • Write and document code for ISAW digital projects, databases, and web applications
  • Work closely with ISAW colleagues, staff, and faculty to help develop and provide high-quality instruction and research support for the ISAW community
  • Contribute to the design and supervision of internships and graduate student practica at ISAW related to digital projects, computational humanities, digital libraries, and digital publishing
  • Participate in the identification of, application to, and fulfillment of grant-funded projects related to the digital humanities, digital libraries, and/or digital publishing
  • Participate in the planning and organization of public programming related to the digital humanities, digital libraries, and/or digital publishing

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in a field related to ISAW’s academic mission or an MLIS
  • Experience with metadata processing, batch-loading, and transformation tools, such as MarcEdit, Oxygen XML Editor, OpenRefine, or other similar tools
  • Familiarity with a programming language, such as Python, R, Java, and/or Ruby
  • Familiarity with collaborative open-source development using tools such as GitHub
  • Familiarity with emerging trends in resource description, access, and open scholarly practices
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, project management, and instructional skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team of mixed professionals in an academic environment

Preferred not required:

  • A PhD in a field related to ISAW’s academic mission
  • Two or more years of experience with a digital humanities research or resource project
  • Familiarity with metadata in a digital library environment and/or traditional MARC-based systems
  • Experience with library uses of non-MARC metadata schemas and their applications, such as Linked Open Data (LOD), MODS, RDF, and XML
  • Experience with digital mapping and major tools (e.g., QGIS, ArcGIS, Leaflet)
  • Experience with digital imaging and on-line dissemination of imagery (e.g., IIIF)
  • Ability to work with a web framework (e.g., Flask, Django, Ruby on Rails) or a static website generator (e.g., Jekyll)
  • Working knowledge of one or more of the modern or ancient languages relevant to the areas of study at ISAW
  • Experience in archaeological field projects, museum curation, or other types of material culture projects

Application Instructions
We would love to hear from you! To ensure consideration, submit your resume and letter of application, including the contact information of three professional references. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute affiliated with Harvard University that supports research internationally in the field of Byzantine Studies. In addition to world-renowned library and museum collections, Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) holds more than a million unique items in a variety of media, including extensive material relating to the art and architecture of the late Antique and Medieval eastern Mediterranean. Dumbarton Oaks invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow to join a team working to create comprehensive access to photographic and archival documentation of the Byzantine world held by ICFA.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology will receive training in archival processing and digital curation and will support digitization initiatives to increase access to ICFA collections for scholars and the public. The Fellow will be fully integrated into the Library and Byzantine Studies Program and will work closely with staff and Dumbarton Oaks researchers. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) with processing, cataloging, and interpreting these collections. To date, much of the exhaustive documentation produced by the Byzantine Institute of America, including its work at Hagia Sophia, has been published in Harvard’s HOLLIS Images platform alongside documentation of San Marco in Venice and late Antique and medieval monuments in Syria. Collections awaiting online publication include extensive architectural studies of Hagia Sophia created by Robert van Nice, photographic documentation of monuments in Anatolia, the Levant and North Africa, and mosaics throughout the north Adriatic. Dumbarton Oaks is contributing content to open access platforms and is also exploring artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision techniques to enhance access to photographic collections. Outcomes of the fellowship may include scholarly publications on Byzantine art, architecture, and archaeology as well as contributions to digital humanities and further expansion of the online gateway to the Byzantine collections of ICFA. This fellowship offers unique opportunities to build career skills in special collections and digital technologies while benefiting from the unique resources of Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellow will participate fully in Dumbarton Oaks’ dynamic community of scholars and programming in Byzantine Studies and will devote 20% of the fellowship time to personal research.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Art History or Archaeology with a specialization in Byzantine Studies.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Byzantine art and architecture through archaeological excavation, museum curation, or other demonstrable close study and engagement.
  • Excellent research skills, particularly in the use of archival and photographic collections.

Preferred

  • Experience in a research library, archive, special collection, museum, or comparable environment.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience using relational databases, collection management software, and electronic library resources.
  • Experience with digital photography or digitization of photographs, slides, negatives, and other media, including photo editing software.

Term

This is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will have access to the outstanding resources of the institute and become part of the larger research community at Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $65,000 per year and the health insurance plan available to Fellows.

Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2022, to FellowshipPrograms@doaks.org. Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, a statement of interest describing their professional and academic experience (1000 words) and should secure two letters of recommendation, to be sent under separate cover directly by the recommender to: FellowshipPrograms@doaks.org. The Fellowship will begin on July 1, 2022. Applicants must have fulfilled all the requirements for the PhD by the time of application and must have received the PhD no later than June 30, 2022, and no earlier than July 31, 2018.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

BSANA funding for the International Congress of Byzantine Studies

For the first time in its history, BSANA is offering funds to support graduate and early career scholars who are presenting papers at the International Congress. Funds are limited, and are intended to supplement institutional or outside funding.

Eligibility is open to graduate students and early career contingent scholars who have received their PhD within the past 8 years and who do not hold permanent or tenure-track appointments. Applicants are required to be BSANA members in good standing (renew or become a member here), and to provide documentation of paper acceptance and Congress registration. Please note that the Early Bird registration deadline has been extended to February 15.
In addition to completing the online application form, please send documentation of paper acceptance and Congress registration to the BSANA Vice President (bsana.vp@gmail.com). Awards of a minimum of $600 will be distributed to applicants with demonstrated need on a first-come, first-served basis. Review of applications will begin immediately. After April 2 applications will no longer be considered.

On the online form, applicants will be asked to submit a list of other sources of funding they expect to receive or are applying for, as well as an estimated budget. Applicants will also be asked if they identify as a Byzantinist of Color to determine eligibility for subsequent funding to be made available by the BSANA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar, Hilary Term 2022

OXFORD BYZANTINE GRADUATE SEMINAR
HILARY TERM 2022

Mondays, 12:30-14:00 (GMT), via Zoom.

To register, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk.
Please note that there is no need to register if you have previously subscribed to the seminar mailing list.

7th February
Becca Grose (Royal Holloway)
Avitus of Vienne and Roman Approaches to Burgundian Royal Women: Ascetics, Virgins and Heretics

14th February
Marc Czarnuszewicz (St. Andrews)
Manzikert 1071: The Arabic and Persian Poetry

21st February
Benjamin Sharkey (Oxford)
The Minority Experience of a Central Asian Christian Community, Explored Through Syriac Gravestone Inscriptions (c. 1201-1345) from the Chu Valley, Kyrgyzstan

28th February
Carolyn Tyler La Rocco (St. Andrews)
Christianising Elites and the Religious Topography of Late Roman and Visigothic Iberia

7th March
Matthew Hassall (Cambridge)
Inventing the Tyrant and the Dissident: Procopius and the Limits on Acceptable Speech

14th March
Margherita Riso (Leicester)
Churches at a Crossroads: Archaeological and Landscape Assessment of a Rural Sacred Landmark in Central Sicily

21st March
Canan Arıkan (Vienna)
Clerics and Building in Early Byzantine Inscriptions

28th March
Blake Lorenz (KU Leuven)
The Epigraphy of the Dome of the Rock in Relation to the Sacred Landscape of Jerusalem

Mount Athos Foundation of America Travel Scholarships

The Mount Athos Foundation of America (MAFA) offers annually two Mount Athos Travel Scholarships of up to $1000 each to support research projects related to Mount Athos.

Eligibility
Consistent with MAFA’s Scholarship Policy, grant recipients are selected on a nondiscriminatory basis. Although women are not permitted to visit Mt. Athos itself, women may still be awarded MAFA travel scholarships for the purpose of undertaking travel to other sites for the purpose of Athos-related research, such as libraries, museums, and research institutes, or dependencies of the Athonite monasteries located outside Mt. Athos.

There is no restriction on what fields of research will be supported. For example, they may be ones that are traditional for Mount Athos, like Byzantine and post-Byzantine history, art, architecture, musicology, diplomatics and manuscript studies; Eastern Orthodox theology, literature, hymnology, monasticism, monastic spirituality, patristic studies, etc. They may also be in scientific or social-scientific subject areas like botany, geology, forestry, anthropology or sociology, or an interdisciplinary field. This list is by way of example only; other fields of research are acceptable, as long as the project is focused on Mount Athos and the significance of the project to the applicant’s research project is made clear.

MAFA and Mount Athos Center Support
The MAFA Scholarships are unique in providing the winners not only funding, but also logistical support for their projects. In cooperation with the Mount Athos Center (Αγιορειτική Εστία) in Thessaloniki, we
• introduce our scholarship winners to the monasteries in which they hope to work,
• provide orientation to patterns of work and life within the monasteries, and
• provide logistical support as needed upon arrival in Thessaloniki.
MAFA’s goal is to assure, to the extent possible, the acceptance of the researcher in the monastery or monasteries and thus the success of the winning projects.

Application Calendar
MAFA follows a “rolling applications” system, that is, MAFA will judge the applications as they are received. We do not observe any deadline for receipt of applications.

For application materials, additional information and examples of earlier successful applications: https://www.mountathosfoundation.org/scholarships/

Inquiries may be addressed to: grantsinfo@mountathosfoundation.org.

MA and PhD Programs at Central European University, Vienna: Call for Applications

The Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University (Vienna) is pleased to announce its call for applications for the academic year 2022/2023. The deadline is February 1, 2022.

Central European University is a graduate-level, English-language university with a multi-disciplinary Medieval Department that offers the following programs:

• 1-year MA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
• 2-year MA in Comparative History: Late Antique, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
• 2-year MA Cultural Heritage Studies
• PhD in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

CEU provides a variety of need- and merit-based scholarships and various other types of financial support available to students at all levels and from any country (tuition waiver, stipend, housing awards, health insurance coverage): https://www.ceu.edu/financialaid.

Interested applicants can contact us at medstud@ceu.edu. For further information, visit: https://medievalstudies.ceu.edu/.

Call for Applications: Mary Jaharis Center Grants 2022–2023

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2022–2023 grant competition.

*** NEW *** Mary Jaharis Center Co-Funding Grants promote Byzantine studies in North America. These grants provide co-funding to organize scholarly gatherings (e.g., workshops, seminars, small conferences) in North America that advance scholarship in Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We are particularly interested in supporting convenings that build diverse professional networks that cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, propose creative approaches to fundamental topics in Byzantine studies, or explore new areas of research or methodologies.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.

Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants support book-length publications or major articles in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. Grants are aimed at early career academics. Preference will be given to postdocs and assistant professors, though applications from non-tenure track faculty and associate and full professors will be considered. We encourage the submission of first-book projects.

Mary Jaharis Center Project Grants support discrete and highly focused professional projects aimed at the conservation, preservation, and documentation of Byzantine archaeological sites and monuments dated from 300 CE to 1500 CE primarily in Greece and Turkey. Projects may be small stand-alone projects or discrete components of larger projects. Eligible projects might include archeological investigation, excavation, or survey; documentation, recovery, and analysis of at risk materials (e.g., architecture, mosaics, paintings in situ); and preservation (i.e., preventive measures, e.g., shelters, fences, walkways, water management) or conservation (i.e., physical hands-on treatments) of sites, buildings, or objects.

The application deadline for all grants is February 1, 2022. For further information, please visit the Mary Jaharis Center website: https://maryjahariscenter.org/grants.

Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.

Consuming the Middle Ages: 2022 Medieval Studies Student Colloquium

The Medieval Studies Program at Cornell University is pleased to announce its thirty-second annual graduate student colloquium (MSSC), which will focus on the theme of ‘Consuming the Middle Ages’. The conference will take place on the 23rd of April, to be held virtually over Zoom. The colloquium will be preceded by a small lecture series.

We invite 20-minute papers that investigate consuming the Middle Ages as defined within a range of different disciplines and perspectives. Consuming can denote both physical consumption as well as the act of consuming and making sense of the medieval past through scholarly productions, creative media, and cultural phenomena and practices. How were medieval feasts organized and what socio-cultural function did food and the act of consuming it serve? What are possible connections between the life cycle stages of consumed goods (e.g., from cultivation to processing, to consuming, to disposal, etc.) and climate, migration, economics, etc.? What material and immaterial substances were subject to consumption and what religious or cultural roles did they play? How do postmedieval writers and thinkers configure the medieval? What are the ramifications of consuming the past and is this the nature of periodization? How are the traces, artifacts, or influences from the medieval past consumed by later or contemporary individuals, communities, and cultures? Papers may respond to (but are not limited to) one of these questions.

Preference will be given to papers from underrepresented backgrounds and disciplines. We strongly encourage 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 Asian Studies, Africana Studies, Critical Race Studies, Indigenous Studies, Near Eastern Studies, literature, history, the history of art, archaeology, philosophy, classics, theology, and others. Abstracts on all topics will be considered, though priority will be given to those which address our thematic strand.

Please send abstracts by January 30, 2022, to Sarah LaVoy at sfl39@cornell.edu.

Update: 2022 Summer Seminars, New Seminar, January 7 Deadline

ASCSA SUMMER SEMINARS
DEADLINE: January 7, 2022

The Summer Seminars of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens are 18-day programs that focus on specific cultural themes, historical periods, or geographical regions. The Seminars are led by exceptional scholars of Classics and related fields. Under their direction, participants study texts, visit archaeological sites and museums, and engage with expert guest speakers in order to deepen their understanding of Greece’s landscape, history, literature, and material culture.
For Summer 2022, the two seminars are:
Thanatopsis: Greek Funerary Customs Through the Ages (June 6 to June 24, 2022)
This seminar will introduce its members to the wide range of Greek funeral customs and monuments, methods of burial, inscriptions, curse tablets, funerary offerings and rituals, and conceptions of death, from antiquity to the present. Participants will visit a wide range of sites and museums in Attica, Boeotia, the Argolid, and Crete to get a sense of the variety of mortuary practices and remains. Taught by Professor Daniel B. Levine (University of Arkansas).
The Northern Aegean: Macedon and Thrace (June 30 to July 18, 2022)
In this seminar, participants will explore the Northern Aegean region during various time periods. The history of Macedon and Thrace bridges the East and West and offers a glimpse into some of the most significant developments in Greek history, such as colonization, cross-cultural relations, the Persian Wars, Athenian hegemony, and the rise of Macedon. Taught by Professors Amalia Avramidou (Democritus University of Thrace) and Denise Demetriou (University of California, San Diego).
Internationally known scholars of Greek history, art, and archaeology will participate as guest lecturers in both seminars. Students are expected to give on-site reports, which they will prepare in their home libraries before the program begins. Committed to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece’s rich history and archaeology, these seminars involve long days and extensive walking in the hot Mediterranean summer, and participants should be prepared for a rigorous program of study.

Eligibility: Enrollment is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, as well as to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects. Each seminar is limited to twenty participants. The language of instruction is English. Applicants who are not enrolled or teaching at English-speaking institutes, or schools, may be required to supply evidence of proficiency in English.

Cost: The fee for each summer 2022 Seminar is $2,750. This includes tuition, room for the entire 18-day period, partial board in Athens, travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare, most meals outside Athens and weekends in Athens, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility. Financial aid is available in the form of ASCSA scholarships, awarded on the basis of academic merit, and many classical professional organizations have funding opportunities. More information at https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/summer-session/ss-scholarships. Inquire about course credit option.
Application:  Applicants will complete an online application, for which they will submit scans of academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and arrange for the online submission of two letters of recommendation by the application deadline, January 7, 2022. All applicants will be notified in February 2022. More information and online application form are available through the website at: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115820/ascsa-summer-seminar-application-18-day-sessions
For more information on the seminars, view the website at https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/summerseminars or email ssapplication@ascsa.org.

2022 Dumbarton Oaks/HMML Syriac and Armenian Summer School

The introductory Syriac and intermediate Armenian schools will be held from July 11 to August 5, 2022. Applications are due February 4, 2022.

Building on six summers of success, HMML in collaboration with Dumbarton Oaks announces an intensive four-week course introducing the Syriac language and intermediate Armenian for the summer of 2022. This course is intended for doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Syriac or Armenian in their research. Priority is given to students who lack opportunities to continue studying Syriac or Armenian at their own institutions. The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.

Approximately ten places will be available for each language. If on-site, costs for tuition, housing, and meals will be covered by Dumbarton Oaks.

Applicants must be either enrolled graduate students in good standing with a demonstrated need to learn Syriac or Armenian for their research, or recent PhDs, including early-career faculty members, who can demonstrate the value of Syriac or Armenian for their teaching and research. Priority will be given to those who lack opportunities to learn Syriac or Armenian at their own institutions.

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