Festschrift for Helen C. Evans: tabula congratulatoria

Work is underway on a festschrift in honor of Dr. Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator Emerita of Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We, Jennifer Ball, Christina Maranci, Brandie Ratliff, and Thelma Thomas, the editors of Beyond Byzantium: Essays on the Medieval Worlds of Eastern Christianity and their Arts. In honor of Helen C. Evans invite friends, colleagues, students, and scholars who have known Helen in some capacity to sign the tabula congratulatoria and join us in congratulating Helen for her outstanding career, service to our field, personal mentorship, and many publications.

Helen has advanced medieval studies through her teaching, exhibitions, and scholarship. Moreover, Helen’s service to the fields of Byzantine and Armenian studies and to art history and the museum profession more generally has been long and transformational. As president of the International Center of Medieval Art, she helped to broaden the scope of the field to envision a truly global Medieval world, encompassing Afro-Eurasia.

The volume, to be published by De Gruyter next year, is organized around themes that reflect Helen’s contributions to Byzantine studies, the global medieval world, Armenia and the Caucasus region, and curating and exhibitions. Given her extensive career, Helen has touched the lives of so many scholars that it made the task of determining the scope of this festschrift difficult. We invited participation from authors whom she has mentored directly or with whom she has collaborated closely on a project.

Now, we invite all to sign the tabula congratulatoria using this Google form: https://forms.gle/Rcs5hsRyYk9KfEW18. Please note that our tabula is a way to thank and congratulate Helen. We are not asking for any donation for the publication.

We ask that you add your name to the tabula no later than August 15, 2024.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at hcefeschrift@gmail.com.

Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches

The field school is designed for students and young specialists in heritage, archaeology and conservation as well as artists, but we also welcome anyone interested in:

  • medieval civilization in Southeastern Europe (especially Byzantine and Christian Orthodox architecture, arts and iconography during the late medieval period: 13th to 17th centuries)
  • digital photography
  • documentation of ecclesiastic architecture and frescos
  • cultural heritage preservation
  • travel to significant heritage sites in western Bulgaria.

Dates: 25 May – 08 June, 2024

For more information and to apply: https://www.bhfieldschool.org/program/medieval-fresco-photo-expedition

Academic credits available through our partner New Bulgarian University

Chriselpida Kamma

Admissions Officer

Balkan Heritage Field School

7 Tulovo, 4th Floor, Apt.6, 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria

+359 988250901

DIRECTORS OF THE ASCSA SUMMER SESSION AND SEMINARS

DIRECTORS OF THE ASCSA SUMMER SESSION AND SEMINARS

GERTRUDE SMITH PROFESSOR(S)
Deadline: January 31, 2024

Summer Session (traditional six-week program): One Position
Summer Seminars (18-day courses): Two Positions
SIX-WEEK ASCSA SUMMER SESSION
Term: Summer 2025. The specific dates for the 6-week program will fall between June 1 and August 15 each year. The program cannot begin before June 1 or end after August 15.
Eligibility: Applicants should have experience designing and leading travel study programs, preferably in Greece, and at least two years of teaching in a post-secondary educational institution. Joint applications by two scholars who have worked well together in the past are welcome. Gertrude Smith Professors should have at least some knowledge of modern Greek and the ability to be engaging, organized, flexible and positive under often-demanding conditions. Qualified applicants in all areas of classical studies, including archaeology, art history, epigraphy, history, and languages are encouraged to apply.
Description: See more information about the ASCSA Summer Session: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/summer-session.
Duties: Plan the itinerary of the session, in consultation with the staff in Athens, at least six months prior to the session; collaborate with the Committee on the Summer Sessions in the selection of participants; correspond with participants concerning travel, equipment, academic requirements, etc.; supervise all aspects of the program in Greece, including teaching, coordinating with on-site expert lecturers, keeping a detailed log of the sessions, managing incidental expenses within a pre-approved budget, and submitting a report to the Director of the School.

Compensation: Stipend of $10,000, plus travel and expenses, housing for the Summer Session leader(s) for eight weeks in total as available June 1 to August 15. See the policy online.

Application: An online application consisting of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of support. More information can be found at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/about/staff/positions-available.

The selection committee may conduct a short interview as part of the application process, the finalists will be notified in advance.
Inquiries can be sent to: application@ascsa.org.
The appointments will be announced by March 29.

18-DAY ASCSA SUMMER SEMINARS
Term: Summer 2025. Two seminars are offered each summer, one in June and one in July. The first seminar cannot begin before June 8 and the second seminar cannot end after August 7. Seminars start on a Monday and run 19 days, inclusive of arrival day (1st day/the Monday start) and departure day (no activities planned for departure day).

Eligibility: Applicants should have experience designing and leading travel study programs, preferably in Greece, and at least two years of teaching in a post-secondary educational institution. Joint applications by two scholars sharing similar interests and/or complementary areas of expertise are welcome. Gertrude Smith Professors should have at least some knowledge of modern Greek and the ability to be engaging, organized, flexible and positive under often-demanding conditions. Qualified applicants in all areas of classical studies, including archaeology, art history, epigraphy, history, and languages are encouraged to apply.

Description: The theme of the 18-day field seminars is open. Possible topics include: a “major sites” program (Athens, with short trips to Delphi, the Argolid, or other regions or sites); Mycenaean Greece; ancient athletics; pottery; sculpture; epigraphy; religious, public, and domestic architecture; ancient literature; numismatics; topography of myth; historical geography; the ancient economy; Roman Greece; Byzantine Greece; Ottoman Greece; the population exchange between Greece and Turkey; modern folklore; etc. Previous Seminar offerings have included: Caves in Greece; Ancient Gender and Sexuality, Greek Sculpture, Myth on Site, Greek Warfare and Culture, Greek Religion, Finding the Spartans, Greece from the Sea, The Northern Aegean, and Greek Funerary Customs through the Ages.

Residence in Loring Hall is available, though not required, for program participants during the first and third week of the seminar. The itinerary, however, must include at least one week of travel in the middle of the seminar.

Duties: Plan an 18-day seminar, in consultation with the staff in Athens; collaborate with the Committee on the Summer Sessions in the selection of participants; correspond with participants concerning travel, equipment, academic requirements, etc.; supervise all aspects of the program, including teaching, coordinating with on-site expert lecturers, keeping a detailed log of the program, managing incidental expenses, and submitting a report to the Director of the School.

Compensation: Stipend of $5,000, plus travel and expenses, housing for four weeks in total including the dates of the seminar. See the policy online.

Application: An online application consisting of a cover letter which discusses your qualifications; a curriculum vitae; a description of the seminar and a preliminary 18-day itinerary indicating which sites would be visited and how much time would ideally be spent in and out of Athens, and three letters of support. More information can be found at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/about/staff/positions-available.

The selection committee may conduct a short interview as part of the application process, the finalists will be notified in advance.
Inquiries can be sent to: application@ascsa.org.
The appointments will be announced by March 29.

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

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
321 Wall Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-1515
Email: programs@ascsa.org
Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr

New Network on Medieval Poetry at Oxford

Reminder: DOP Virtual Open House

The editors of Dumbarton Oaks Papers wish to remind you about our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, October 18, from 12:00–1:00pm EDT.

Join Colin Whiting and Nikos Kontogiannis for a conversation about Dumbarton Oaks Papers. We will cover the scope and current direction of DOP, the submission and review process, and tips for submitters. Following our discussion, there will be an open Q&A in which audience members are welcome to ask the editors any questions about the journal.

The event will take place on Zoom; registration is required at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dumbarton-oaks-papers-virtual-open-house-tickets-722788599157?aff=oddtdtcreator

Research Opportunities for Ancient Culture Enthusiasts

Studies in Late Antiquity [https://online.ucpress.edu/sla ] has launched an exciting new ‘diversity, equality and inclusion’ initiative. Please would you share the announcement [below] with any ‘future scholar’ (from High School through to graduating UG) who might be interested and also circulate via your wider networks.

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Research Opportunities for Ancient Culture Enthusiasts

Calling on all history nerds, myth buffs, and lovers of ancient art, literature, and religion…
Studies in Late Antiquity, a scholarly journal published by the University of California Press
(https://online.ucpress.edu/sla), invites talented high school and undergraduate students from
underrepresented backgrounds to participate in a new research initiative. We encourage students
interested in any aspect of premodern Mediterranean society (and we mean any!) to apply for this newly
launched program that aims to promote diversity among the ranks of future scholars and teachers of the
ancient world. There are no prerequisites or costs: this is a free opportunity to learn more about a favorite
topic, how to conduct historical research, and to potentially publish your work in a scholarly journal.
How the program works: Each student will be paired with a university professor in their area of interest.
They will work with this mentor on a chosen topic for a period of six months to one year. During the
mentorship (conducted online), students work towards producing a final research project, which can take the form of a blog, long-form essay, podcast, or website.

Studies in Late Antiquity looks forward to publishing the final product in the journal. Because this
program seeks to build diversity, equity, and inclusion among university instructors across the world, we
especially encourage applications from BIPOC/BAME and LGTBQ+ identifying students, along with
first-generation university students and those from challenging economic backgrounds, veterans, and
people with disabilities.

Questions about the program and the application process (which is also free!) should be sent to
studiesinlateantiquity@ucpress.edu.

FOR APPLICANTS: Please send the following to studiesinlateantiquity@ucpress.edu
1. A cover letter that explains in brief how your academic and/or personal experiences contribute to the
DEI goals of the program.
2. A short statement (300-500 words) that describes your intellectual interests and the topic, theme, or
question you hope to explore through this program.

From: Caroline Humfress

Professor of Medieval History

School of History, University of St Andrews

BSANA Governing Board Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations

Join the Governing Board!  We are accepting nominations for 4 new members. Candidates should consult the list of those four members whose terms are ending on the BSANA website Leadership page. The Governing Board reflects our mandate for diversity and inclusion, with representation of our diverse fields of study, of early career, independent, tenure-earning and retired members, and of public and private institutions. Each member serves for four years. Make your voice heard!

Please send your nominations and self-nominations to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Lynn Jones, at lajones@fsu.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

DOP Virtual Open House

The editors of Dumbarton Oaks Papers are pleased to announce a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, October 18, from 12:00–1:00pm EDT.

Join Colin Whiting and Nikos Kontogiannis for a conversation about Dumbarton Oaks Papers. We will cover the scope and current direction of DOP, the submission and review process, and tips for submitters. Following our discussion, there will be an open Q&A in which audience members are welcome to ask the editors any questions about the journal.

The event will take place on Zoom; registration is required at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dumbarton-oaks-papers-virtual-open-house-tickets-722788599157?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

 

ASCSA Summer Education for Teachers

2024 SUMMER EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS AND UNDERSERVED YOUTH

Deadline for applications: October 31, 2023

Thanks to a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) invites high schools and other organizations that work with high school-age students to apply for a ten-day summer education program in Greece. This summer experience, developed for underserved youth and their teachers, will introduce students to the archaeology of Ancient Greece and the culture of the modern country while providing their teachers with guidance in designing lesson plans relating archaeology to curriculum objectives in various subject areas.

This unique opportunity will open students’ horizons to new ideas and experiences. For teachers interested in teaching history, literature, philosophy and other humanistic subjects with a hands-on, experiential model, this opportunity will help create new curricula and lessons to engage students. This program aims to give students with few study-abroad opportunities expanded insight into cultural diversity, global and historical awareness, and the humanities.

Term: Ten days, inclusive, during summer 2024. Specific dates to be determined.

Eligibility and Qualifications: High schools, school districts, foster youth organizations or other similar organizations serving high school students in the United States are eligible to apply. Applicant organizations must demonstrate a clear focus on serving underrepresented or underserved high school students. The person who submits the application should be the point of contact with the ASCSA, if awarded the grant.

Description: The student experience will focus on the archaeological expertise of the ASCSA, with guidance in Athens from the Director of the Athenian Agora Excavations, Dr. John Papadopoulos (UCLA), and in Corinth and the surrounding area from excavation directors in that region. The students and teachers will visit archaeological sites and museums, and engage with expert guest speakers to deepen their understanding of Greece’s landscape, history, literature, and material culture. The program offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the ancient sites, monuments, and culture of Greece first-hand with exclusive access to archaeological sites and storerooms with excavated artifacts. Committed to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece’s rich history and archaeology, this program involves long days and extensive walking, often over uneven terrain, in the hot Mediterranean summer, where many days over 85ºF can be expected.

The school, school district, or other organization awarded this program will select the 10 students and 9 teachers who will participate. Once in Athens, Dr. Dawndria Cox will be the group leader for summer 2024. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management in 2013 from Alliant International University, and currently teaches at Lynwood Middle School (Lynwood, California). She is a board member of the Los Angeles County Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and a former fellow of the ASCSA.

Dr. Cox will work with the awardees and the ASCSA staff to develop the specific itinerary for the summer program. Attached to this call for applications is last year’s program itinerary as an example of what can be accomplished during the program. Participants will be transported to various historical sites and museums by van with a professional driver. Hotel accommodations are planned with two to three students sharing a room and likewise double occupancy for teachers.

Outcome: The program aims to provide teachers with material to enhance their curriculum, to provide students with hands-on, on-site learning experiences. Teachers will come away with many ideas for a teaching unit about ancient Greece and the ancient Mediterranean. Students will be assigned a short homework assignment before the trip, and during the trip will use the knowledge from their assignment on-site. Schools can also add their own homework assignments to the program, if they wish. The students and teachers will gain experiences with new cultures, new ideas, and first-hand interactions with history.

Stipend, Budget, and Logistics: The ASCSA provides the awardee with up to $27,500 USD in support of the program. The funds are dispensed as reimbursement upon submission of receipts (lump-sum invoices from travel agencies may be payable directly by the ASCSA). Funds may be used to cover travel, room and board costs for student and adult participants, for example: $15,500 airline/roundtrip expenses, $4,500 bus rental/in-country travel costs, $5,000 hotel rooms, $2,500 board/food expenses. The awardee is responsible for booking travel arrangements (such as flights, bus rentals, hotel accommodations, etc.) but is urged to consult with ASCSA staff before finalizing any arrangements. The ASCSA will coordinate some in-Greece logistics, and will also connect the awardee with a Greek travel company for in-Greece travel coordination. Please be aware that the awardee is responsible for any surplus of costs associated with the program, as the ASCSA can only reimburse up to $27,500 USD in total. The ASCSA is neither responsible for nor will be held liable for any overspending associated with the program. Thus, the applying school or school district must be prepared to take on any extra costs that may be incurred during the planning and execution of the program. Likewise the ASCSA provides logistical advice and support as well as scholarly expertise, but the awardee bears full responsibility for the health, safety and security of all participants.

Application Process: Submit an application statement (max. 1300 words) addressing your school’s/school district’s or other organization’s interest in the program, foreseeable benefits to your participation, eligibility for the program (addressing the population the school/organization serves), as well as any previous experience in planning travel programs (locally, nationally, or internationally) by October 31, 2023.
Link to the online application form: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/a5a75173-3802-4d98-8aa8-6d6bbc39f9b7/summer-education-program

Questions? Contact Alicia Dissinger, the Programs Administrator, at adissinger@ascsa.org.

The ASCSA is an EO/AA employer.  The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.


Alicia M. Dissinger, PhD
Programs Administrator

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
321 Wall Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-1515
Telephone: +1 609-454-6819 (direct dial)
Email: adissinger@ascsa.org
Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Bob Ousterhout Celebration of Life

Please see below for two ways to participate in a Celebration of Life of Bob Ousterhout on Saturday, September 9, 2023. Those who wish to attend in person should RSVP, and anyone who wishes to attend online can participate via zoom.

Bob Ousterhout Celebration of Life

Saturday, September 9, 2023 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Online participation:
https://upenn.zoom.us/j/99883566316?pwd=a0V5THlLRHVGMFd6bVBJNk84ODNzQT09

In-person participation:

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. RSVP to Libby Saylor at esaylor@sas.upenn.edu by August 31, 2023

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