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Offre de candidature à l’Institut oriental à l’académie des sciences (République Tchèque)

Offre de candidature au département du Moyen-Orient, par the Oriental Insitute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Deadline : 13 mai 2016

The Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Department of the Middle East is offering a position for researchers in the field of Ancient Near Eastern Studies.
Eligibility: This position is open to researchers with a PhD degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies or a related field. The candidates must hold their PhD degree at the time of applying for the position or guarantee that they will receive it before the beginning of the position.
Research focus: Philology, History, Cultures of the Ancient Near East.
We expect candidates with experiences in grant activities, a proven publishing record and a working knowledge of an Ancient Near Eastern language.

Terms:

The position is open beginning by September/October 2016. The duration of the position is 3 years with the possibility of extension. The Institute will provide an office space, computer, proofreading services, library services (including a modest amount for books purchase), and funding for conference or research trips abroad. Researchers are expected to be in residence at the Oriental Institute in Prague. During their residence, researchers are required to produce academic publications and participate in all Oriental Institute seminars and other events. This is a non-teaching position. We reserve the right not to fill this position.

Application: Please submit all of the following materials:
1) CV and Publication List;
2) Project proposal:
a. In three to five pages, double spaced 12 pt. font, please explain the project you would undertake in the starting stage of your residence. In addition please include a separate bibliography of works to demonstrate how this project relates to the current state of research;
b. A strong proposal articulates a clear hypothesis and methodology; outlines a clear and realistic work plan; and demonstrates how this contributes to the Ancient Near Eastern Studies.
3) Writing Samples:
a. Please include a writing sample of no more than 20 pages;
b. Please include a Dissertation Abstract of no more than 2 pages.
4) Two letters of Recommendation:
a. Please list the names, addresses and occupations of the two persons, not related to you, who will submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline for the application to be complete.

Notification: May/June 2016.

Inquiries: Please direct inquiries to Dr. Jan Zouplna, Head of the Department of the Middle East – mailto:zouplna@orient.cas.cz

Mailing Instructions: Please send the application and letters electronically to: zouplna@orient.cas.cz

Doctoral positions in the University of Mainz

6 doctoral positions in the University of Mainz

Deadline : 1 mai 2016

Call for Applications

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group 1876 “Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed” established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz invites applications for

6 doctoral positions (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 65%)

starting on October 1st, 2016. Initial appointment will be for two years. Subject to continued funding by the German Research Foundation, a further appointment for one more year will be made.

The Research Training Group is directed by scholars from the fields of Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Classics, Byzantine Studies, Medieval German Studies, and Medical History.

In the Research Training Group’s research programme, the object is to record concepts of man and nature in the Near Eastern, Northeast African and European area in the period from ca. 3200 BC until the Middle Ages – starting out from textual, pictorial and material sources – by means of examples and to study them in a culturally immanent as well as transcultural respect. In order to align the spectrum of potential fields of topics in a targeted manner four main focal points of research have been defined:

(1) The origin of the World and the primordial elements;

(2) Natural phenomena, the forces of nature, and natural catastrophes;

(3) Flora, fauna, and landscape;

(4) The conceptualization of the human body, of disease and healing.

Topics for PhD theses must be chosen from one of these four areas and belong to one of the academic the disciplines mentioned above.

We are looking for:

(c)     PhD projects that will connect with and complement dissertation projects within the Research Training Group and

(d)     individual dissertation projects for one of the four areas.

For detailed information regarding our programme for research and training and the academic staff involved with our graduate school, please refer to our homepage (http://www.grk-konzepte-mensch-natur.uni-mainz.de/).

Requirements for appointment:

          a diploma or master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent results in one of the disciplines mentioned above and fulfill the necessary requirements for studying for a doctoral degree in either Fachbereich (Faculty) 05 or 07 of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

We provide:

          a PhD programme with clearly defined steps and instruction

          ample opportunities for intensive professional and interdisciplinary exchange

          close supervision by two professors of different academic disciplines of the Research Training Group’s core faculty

          a mentoring programme with cooperating partners in Germany and abroad

          traineeships within cooperating institutes

          additional funding for staying for up to four weeks abroad at a research institute cooperating with our programme as well as for attending conferences inside and outside Germany

          classes helping you to acquire key qualifications (e.g. time-management or academic writing courses)

          a modern and pleasant working environment

          optional six months’ funding for a new research project once you have completed your PhD

We expect:

          prepare a doctoral thesis within our research programme

          scientific training within a structured dissertation programme

          continuous participation in the study programme

          cooperate with other PhD students and scholars from neighbouring fields and discipline

          presence at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

          after the three year funding period: doctorate at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

The following documents must be provided:

          application form (available on thewebsitefor download)

          a letter of motivation

          a curriculum vitae

          a complete transcript of academic records, including the last school report obtained before entering university (Abitur or equivalent)

          a résumé of the graduate thesis you submitted (3 pages)

          your graduate thesis in a pdffile

          an exposé for a PhD thesis in one of the areas of the Research Training Group, summarizing the idea, outlining research questions and state of the art, approach and methods to be used, work and time schedule (4 pages)

          two letters of reference from members of academic staff allowing us to judge your abilities (to be sent before the closing date directly to the spokesperson)

          if available: a list of attended conferences and publications 

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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is keen to increase the number of women among its scholars and thus encourages women to apply. Disabled persons will be given preference if equally qualified.

Further details regarding the application process and the selection of candidates are given on the homepage of our graduate school. You may also contact a member of the Research Training Group’s staff in your discipline if you have a specific question. For organizational questions you may contact the coordination office.

Please submit your complete application in electronic form (pdf) only no later than May 1st, 2016 to the Research Training Group spokesperson Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening (grk1876@uni-mainz.de).

[Séminaire] Capitales urbaines en temps de crise environnementale et/ou politique (VEPMO)

Séminaire VEPMO (ArScAn) à Nanterre (11/03/16)

Vendredi 11 mars 2016, à 14h, en salle 102f (MAE, Nanterre)

Assemblant les chercheurs d’Arscan, en particulier VEPMO et d’Archam,  avec Rafael Cobos, chercheur invité du LabEx DynamiTe, archéologue spécialiste de Chichen Itza (aire maya, Mexique) autour du thème:

« Capitales urbaines en temps de crise environnementale et/ou politique : résilience et prédation ».

Il s’agira de croiser les visions de l’Ancien et du Nouveau Monde sur les sociétés urbaines et leurs stratégies en temps de crise afin de comprendre les mécanismes sous-jacents à leurs adaptations. Nous aborderons différents cas d’émergences rapides de phénomènes urbains et/ou d’abandons en tenant compte des contextes de crises climatiques et politiques.
Ceux qui souhaiteraient présenter un exemple doivent me contacter rapidement Camille Clément (camille.clement@mae.u-paris10.fr). Même s’il s’agira d’échanges peu formalisés sur le mode de la conversation, une rapide présentation de 5-10 minutes avec quelques images/plans/cartes des zones d’étude dans un petit powerpoint permettra à tous de comprendre les enjeux du cas choisi.

[AMI] Bourse doctorale 2016/2017 à la mobilité sur la Péninsule arabique

Bourse doctorale d’aide à la mobilité internationale 2016/2017 sur la Péninsule Arabique.

Date limite d’envoi du dossier : 1er avril 2016
Début de la bourse : 1er octobre 2016

Le CEFAS propose une bourse d’Aide à la mobilité internationale (AMI), attribuée par le Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international, à des étudiants doctorants qui sont ou seront inscrits en thèse dans une université française à la rentrée universitaire 2016, et qui effectuent leur recherche doctorale sur la région de la péninsule arabique dans le domaine des Sciences Humaines et Sociales. L’obtention de la bourse est conditionnée à l’inscription en thèse.
Le CEFAS cherche en particulier à renforcer la formation doctorale dans le domaine des Etudes contemporaines, sur les monarchies du golfe Arabo-persique.

Cette Aide à la mobilité internationale (AMI) est attribuée pour une période de 12 mois, renouvelable une fois.
Le montant de l’aide est de 1 800 € par mois et d’un billet d’avion A/R pour le Koweit depuis la France.
Le boursier devra résider au Koweit. Il devra séjourner dans la région du Golfe durant au moins 9 mois dans l’année, et pourra effectuer des missions de travail dans les pays de la zone de compétence du CEFAS, à l’exclusion du Yémen (Koweit, Bahrein, Emirats Arabes Unis, Qatar, Sultanat d’Oman, Arabie Saoudite). Il lui reviendra de trouver lui-même à se loger.
Il est rappelé que l’AMI n’étant pas considérée comme un salaire, elle n’ouvre droit ni aux prestations sociales, ni aux allocations chômage et ne peut être prise en compte dans le calcul des droits à la retraite. Les bénéficiaires doivent donc souscrire eux-mêmes les assurances nécessaires pour une résidence à l’étranger concernant la couverture des dépenses de santé, accidents du travail et rapatriement.
La bourse prendra effet au 1er octobre 2016.

Pour des informations complémentaires contacter : michel.mouton@cefas.com.ye
Le formulaire (voir ci-dessous) doit être complété en deux exemplaires, et envoyé à chacune des deux adresses suivantes accompagné des pièces demandées (CV, publications, copie du dernier diplôme, projet de recherche doctorale, attestations) :

La date limite d’envoi des dossiers est le 1er avril 2016.
Les candidatures seront examinées par le Conseil scientifique du Pôle ESPAR (Egypte, Soudan, Péninsule arabique) le 9 mai 2016.

Plus d’information et dossier de candidature sur le site : http://cefas.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article252

[Expositions] Regards posés. Hammams de la Médina de Tunis.

Regards posés. Hammams de la Médina de Tunis.

Exposition de photographies à Paris – Institut des Cultures de l’Islam (19 rue Léon, 75018)

Du 11 février au 3 avril 2016.invitation-vernissage-expo-238x300

Vernissage le 11 février 2016 de 18h à 20h.

L’exposition Regards Posés. Hammams de la Médina de Tunis présentée à l’Institut des Cultures d’Islam tente de restituer auprès du public parisien les multiples dimensions matérielles et immatérielles des hammams de la Médina de Tunis ainsi que les défis posés à leur sauvegarde contemporaine. Les images suggèrent l’évanescence de ces espaces oniriques, leur profonde intégration dans la vie sociale de la Médina, la précarité et l’exclusion de certains usagers des hammams ainsi que la brûlante passion de la dernière génération de propriétaires, viscéralement attachés à leurs patrimoines.

19 photographes tunisiens et étrangers ont été sélectionnés et invités à combler le vide iconographique sur les hammams et à poser de nouveaux regards sur ces différents univers. Bien que ce terrain d’étude soit délicat, intime et complexe, une complicité artistique a pu naître grâce à l’accueil et à l’enthousiasme des propriétaires, à la disponibilité des clients, ainsi qu’à la délicate pudeur des photographes et à la détermination passionnée des habitants.

Cette exposition photographique s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un projet original de mobilisation citoyenne pour la sauvegarde des bains historiques de la Ville de Tunis, lancé par l’association L’Mdina Wel Rabtine,  Actions Citoyennes en Médina.

Les recherches de terrain ont permis de recenser près de 50 hammams historiques, inventoriés dès le XIXème siècle en Médina et faubourgs. En avril 2014, seulement 26 hammams étaient en activité, 17 avaient disparu et 7 autres étaient fermés.

Les hammams en fonction sont menacés de disparition si aucune intervention réfléchie de sauvegarde n’est engagée.

La résidence photographique préalable à l’exposition a été menée en partenariat avec la Maison de l’Image, avec le soutien précieux de l’Institut français de Tunisie et de l’Ambassade de Suisse en Tunisie. Les courts-métrages ont été réalisés par les étudiants de l’Ecole Nationale d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme de Tunis.

Commissariat : Association L’Mdina Wel Rabtine – Actions Citoyennes en Médina

Avec les photographies de Mohamed Amine Abassi • Sophia Baraket • Aglaé Bory • Hamideddine Bouali • Marianne Catzaras • Mahdi Chaker • Ness Cheikh-Ali Chehine Dhahak • Rania Dourai • Hichem Driss • Arnaldo Genitrini • Pol Guillard • Yassine Hakimi • Max Jacot • Arthur Perset • Jacques Pion • Anna Puig Rosado Aziz Tnani • Patricia K. Triki et la participation de Yacine Blaeich

http://www.institut-cultures-islam.org/agenda/vernissage-de-lexposition/

[Conférences] 9th Meeting of the Forum for the Research of the Chalcolithic Period

9th Meeting of the Forum for the Research of the Chalcolithic Period

The periodization of the Ghassulian and other contemporary Chalcolithic entities of the second half of the 5th-beginning of the 4th millennia BC

Weizmann Institute, Rehovot (Israel) Schmidt Auditorium March 10th, 2016

Lectures will be in English

9.00-9.30 Gathering

9.30-9.45 Greetings Elisabetta Boaretto (Max Planck-Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology, Weizmann Institut)

Introduction Ianir Milevski (Israel Antiquities Authority)

Lectures 9.45-11.15

First session Chair: Eliot Braun WF Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem)

The synchronization of Chalcolithic cultures in the southern Levant: the radiocarbon view – Elisabetta Boaretto (Max Planck-Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology, Weizmann Institute)

Early and late in the Ghassulian culture – Isaac Gilead (Archaeological Division, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

The stratigraphy and the chronology of the Late Chalcolithic period in the Galilee and the Golan – Dina Shalem (Institute for Galilean Archaeology, Kinneret College) & Nimrod Getzov(Israel Antiquities Authority)

11.15-11.45 Coffee break

11.45-13.15 Second session Chair: Eli Yannai (Israel Antiquities Authority) Radiometric dating and material culture of the Judean Desert caves: back to the « end of the Ghassulian culture » hypothesis? –  Uri Davidovich (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The chronology of the Tall Hujayrat al-Ghuzlan and Tall al-Magass in Jordan and the Ghassulian Chalcolithic: Absolute chronology and material culture – Florian Klimscha (Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut, Eurasien Abteilung)

The herding revolution in the desert and the chronology of the Timnian culture – Steven A. Rosen (Archaeological Division, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) & Jacob Vardi (Israel Antiquities Authority)

[Call for Papers] Landscapes of Settlement in the Ancient Near East

Call for Papers: Landscapes of Settlement in the Ancient Near East

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual, San Antonio, TX, November 16-19, 2016

This session brings together scholars investigating regional-scale problems of settlement history and archaeological landscapes across the ancient Near East.  Research presented in the session is linked methodologically through the use of regional survey, remote sensing, and environmental studies to document ancient settlements, communication routes, field systems and other evidence of human activity that is inscribed in the landscape.  Session participants are especially encouraged to offer analyses of these regional archaeological data that explore political, economic, and cultural aspects of ancient settlement systems as well as their dynamic interaction with the natural environment.

Organizers/Chairs: Jesse Casana (Dartmouth College); Emily Hammer (University of Chicago)
Applicants must send in their abstracts (250 words or less) through ASOR’s online application system by Feb. 15, 2016:
http://asor.conference-services.net/authorlogin.asp?conferenceID=4981&language=en-uk

[Call for Papers] 2nd Meeting on the Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula

2nd Meeting on the Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula (14-15/02/16)

Territories, space organization, mobility and interactions in the Arabian peninsula

14th – 15th February 2016 at the National Library of Kuwait, Kuwait Citylogos

LABEX DynamiTe
CEFAS
National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters

Conveners :
Guillaume Gernez (Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Sophie Méry (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Michel Mouton (Centre Français d’Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales)
Shehab A. Shehab (National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters)

The program ARABIA was initiated in June 2013 by Guillaume Gernez (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Sophie Méry (CNRS). After being a partner for the « Rencontres Sabéennes » in Paris (June 2013), it then took part of the LabEx DynamiTe, with the first workshop held in Nanterre in May 2014.

The main aim of this 5 years program is to create links between specialists and to build a group of researchers and PhD students in ancient Arabia, focusing on topics related to the concept of territoriality. Annual workshop will take place, and a final conference (then published) is previewed in 2018. This project also intended.
For this second workshop, in February 2016, the CEFAS and the National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters offer the opportunity to organize a meeting in Kuwait, with international researchers, a large part of them being directors of archaeological operations and actors of archaeology and heritage in the region, dealing with new data, new methods and recent works.
The diachronic theme will be focused on « territories, settlement patterns and interactions in Arabic Peninsula », including the questions of sedentism and nomadism, from Neolithic to the eve of the Islamic period.

Program

Day 1 – 14th February 2016 – Early and Late Prehistory of territories and interactions
Morning session
Chairman : Michel Mouton
09.30 am
Sophie Méry and Kévin Lidour
Neolithic mobility in coastal Oman peninsula – a review
10.10 am
Guillaume Gernez, Jessica Giraud and Tara Beuzen-Waller
Settlement patterns in the area of Adam : from Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age
10.50 am Break
11.20 am
Kimberly Williams
Reuse and Disturbance : Maintenance, Reimagination, and Recreation of Ancestral Mortuary Landscapes in Bronze Age Arabia
11.50 am
Nasser Al-Jahwari, Khaled Douglas & Mohammed Al-Belushi
Umm an-Nar settlement at Dahwa : Interaction between Inland and Coastal Regions in Northern Oman
12.40 pm Lunch
Afternoon session
Chairman : Shehab A. Shehab (National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters)
03.00 pm
Guillaume Gernez
Production and diffusion of copper/bronze weapons in Eastern Arabia during the Bronze and Iron Age.
03.40 pm Break
04.10 pm
Anne Benoist
Space organisation in Iron Age settlement areas : a re-assessment
04.50 pm
Carmen Del Cerro
Mobility and interactions in al Madam plain (Sharjah Emirate) from Bronze to Iron Age
05.30 pm End of Day 1
19.30 pm Reception at the residence of the French Embassy

Day 2 – 15th February 2016 – The Historical periods
Morning Session
Chairman : Pierre Lombard
09.00 am
Julien Charbonnier
The impact of falaj technology on the formation of oases and settlement pattern in Southeast Arabia
09.40 am
Solène Marion de Procé
The Wadi Matar settlements : A millenary mobility (Farasan Islands, KSA)
10.20 am Break
10.50 am
Mounir Arbach & Charly Poliakoff
The Rock-art : A source for the history of Arabia before Islam
11.30 am
Andrea Di Miceli
The occupation and the space organization at the Al Qurainiyah site from the early to late islamic period : an overview
12.10 pm
Robert Carter
Historical Interactions in the Arabian Gulf : Pearls and the Archaeology of Globalization
12.50 pm Lunch
14.30 pm
Sarah Khazindar
Heritage interactions in Arabia. Urban morphology and architectural typology interactions
15.10 pm
Shehab A. Shehab
A project for Failaka : An island dedicated to archaeology and cultural tourism.
16.00 pm Break and end of the day

[Médiation] Intervention au collège Victor Hugo de Nanterre

Routes de l’Orient propose, dans le cadre de son pôle  médiation culturelle, des interventions dans des établissements scolaires avec pour objectif de faire découvrir l’archéologie et l’Orient.

Notre dernière intervention s’est déroulée dans le collège Victor Hugo de Nanterre le 13 novembre 2015 dans deux classes de sixième (matin et après-midi), pour un atelier de trois heures sur la naissance de l’écriture.

L’atelier était organisé en différentes étapes, chacune dirigée par un référent (membre de l’association Routes de l’Orient), expliquant et contrôlant le déroulement de l’activité.

Le but de chaque étape était de faire comprendre aux élèves les causes et les conséquences de l’invention de l’écriture.

Ces étapes sont constituées d’une saynète jouée par l’équipe de Routes de l’Orient, pour amener les élèves à comprendre la nécessité de créer des symboles simples pour communiquer. Cela est mis en pratique lors d’un atelier de simplification du motif de la vache. Puis, l’activité de scellement permet aux élèves d’appDSCN3496réhender l’importance de l’écriture dans les échanges commerciaux. Enfin, l’atelier se conclu par un déchiffrement de rébus et l’écriture de son nom, en cunéiforme, sur tablette d’argile.

Les classes sont séparées en deux après l’introduction de l’atelier et de la saynète, puis en petits groupes de cinq pour les activités suivantes. Nous leur distribuons un calame, une tablette d’argile et une photocopie avec l’alphabet cunéiforme qu’ils pourront ramener chez eux.

Plusieurs moments sont réservés aux questions des élèves, avant la pause récréation, après les activités et à la fin de l’atelier. Les membres sont bien sûr disponibles s’ils ont des questions pendant les différentes étapes.

[Call for Papers] ASOR 2016: The Archaeology of Iran

Call for Papers: ASOR 2016: The Archaeology of Iran

American Schools of Oriental Research, Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX

La Cantera Hill Country Resort. November 16-19, 2016

The Archaeology of Iran session(s) will provide a forum for researchers currently engaged in the study of archaeological materials from Iran, bringing together field reports and material studies spanning early prehistory to the Islamic period. Sessions devoted to the Archaeology of Iran will include both Iranian and non-Iranians allowing scholars to disseminate their latest results, share ideas, receive feedback and make contacts.

Organized by: Holly Pittman

Presenters can submit an abstract of 250 words or less via ASOR’s online ASOR’s Online Abstract Submission Site. http://asor.conference-services.net/authorlogin.asp?conferenceID=4981&language=en-uk

Please note that the deadline for abstracts is February 15, and that ASOR membership and meeting registration is required in advance for participation. For more information on the rules and regulations visit http://www.asor.org/am/2016/papers.html

For any other questions feel free to contact me at hpittman@sas.upenn.edu

[Call for Papers] Senses and Sensibility in the Near East (ASOR 2016)‏

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), San Antonio, Texas, November 16–19, 2016

Senses and Sensibility in the Near East
Chair: Kiersten Neumann, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, mailto:neumann@uchicago.edu

Description: The emergence of phenomenological approaches to landscape and the built environment has encouraged the present and ever-growing interest in sensorial experience and affectivity in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, and text studies (Merleau-Ponty 1962; Tilley 1994; Hamilakis 2013). Questions of the tactile, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory phenomena of objects, spaces, and practices are starting to be explored with as much ardor as the visual, visuality being the most accessible sense for archaeologists and historians to reconstruct. Such pursuits benefit from a treatment of the senses and sense-making not as isolated passive encounters of an individual moving through the world, but rather as being intricately connected and constituted by a person’s active cultural and social context and memory.

Contributions to this session will take a multiplicity of theoretical and methodological approaches that individually yield insight into representation, reception, and interaction in the ancient world, the traces of which are preserved and accessible in both material and textual forms. This broad spectrum of papers will help bring to light culturally meaningful sensory experience, as well as the social and political dynamics of past worlds and human encounters.

[Call for Papers] International Conference: Finding, Inheriting or Borrowing : Construction and Transfer of Knowledge about Man and Nature in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

to be held on 14th to 16th September 2016
at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany).

The overall aim of the Research Training Group (RTG) 1876 is to study early concepts of man and nature based on texts, iconography and material evidence from the Near East, North-Eastern Africa and Europe dating from c. 3.200 B.C. to the Middle Ages. It is interested in establishing where and when similar beliefs and concepts originated, whether this happened independently, if such concepts were transmitted or exchanged between early cultures and how they then changed over time.

For its International Conference the RTG wants to focus on the process of developing and legitimizing knowledge.

The conference aims at answering questions dealing with the creation and justification of knowledge, such as: How is ‘foreign’ knowledge given authority? What are the mechanisms of legitimation? Are the ascriptions by the sources concerning the knowledge’s origin (inherited or borrowed) traceable or artificial and unfounded? Does transferred knowledge create new concepts during the act of borrowing? Are there special fields of knowledge that are linked to certain societies or social groups?

In this conference we want to apply a broad definition of knowledge that includes cultural practice.

In order to open up a coherent discussion of our research questions, we will focus on four thematic sections, each dealing with a special field of knowledge on man and nature:
A) Of man and moon – Knowledge and cultural meaning of the moon
B) The end of the world in fire – Imaginations from antiquity to the middle ages
C) Creating « volcanological » knowledge from antiquity to modern age
D) Pejorative description and delineation based on human perceptions of animals
Besides we are looking for papers dealing more generally with our questions from a cross-cultural and theoretical perspective.

We want to invite interested scholars of the academic fields of our RTG (Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Philology, Classical Archaeology, Medieval German Studies, Byzantine Studies, and Medical History) to apply and to deliver papers fitting to one of the four sections or to methodological and theoretical aspects. We in particular also encourage scholars of academic fields not included in the RTG but related to any other field of cultural studies (including the study of modern societies) to apply.
We ask those interested in delivering a paper to send an abstract of about 300 words along with a short academic biography to the RTG at mailto:grk1876@uni-mainz.de by Monday, 29th of February 2016. Papers should be presented in English. Travel and accommodation costs will be paid for all successful applicants.

More information about the RTG, its aims, the disciplines involved and the projects of the PhD students can be found on its website: http://www.grk-konzepte-mensch-natur.uni-mainz.de/.