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Further Opportunities

Find here a list of the most recent call for papers, posters, grant applications and field schools in the field of heritage management.

The Balkan Heritage Field School is still accepting EARLY BIRD APPLICATIONS* through April 1st 2013 for four field school projects:



During the workshop participants will be guided through the consequent stages of  the conservation, restoration and  documentation, as well as the history and technology, of Roman and Late Roman mosaics. They will work with either authentic Late Roman mosaic fragments or on an original Late Roman mosaic floor in situ located/found in the ancient city of Stobi.

Academic credits available for students: 6

Dates: 15 - 29 June, 2013


The workshop will be hosted as usual by the National Institution Stobi, Macedonia at the Stobi Archaeological Park. It will guide the participants through the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman pottery and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Roman pottery found in the ancient city of Stobi.During the workshop participants will work with authentic Roman and Late Roman shards.

Academic credits available for students: 6

Dates: 15 - 29 June, 2013


Come and help the project team reveal the secrets of the forgotten temple of Apollo! Two field school sessions of the project are available in 2013 - each includes the following three modules: fieldwork including maintaining a field journal on a daily basis, filling out context sheets and labels, drawing an elevation plan/a ground plan/a cross-section, 3D positioning of finds, taking coordinates with a level device, and taking photographs at the site;lectures, workshops and field trainings in Classic and Field Archaeology as well as Finds processing and documentation and excursions to archaeological and cultural sites in Sozopol and Nesebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Academic credits available for students: 6 for one session, 9 for both

Session 1: 3 - 17 August, 2013 ; Session 2: 18 August - 1 September, 2013


The excavations in 2011 and 2012 were focused on the Northern Residential Area of Ancient Stobi, inhabited from the Late Hellenistic till the Late Roman period. Further excavations at the same area are planned for next season in conjunction with the efforts of the National Institute (NI) Stobi in order to preserve and display this part of the site. The layers to be studied in 2013 mainly include the Roman and Late Roman periods of the existing ancient neighborhood. They offer an amazing opportunity for all field school participants to study textbook clear stratigraphy, to practice all basic excavation techniques in the field and to look through centuries of the everyday life of the Roman citizens of Stobi.

Academic credits available for students: 6 for one session, 9 for both

Session 1: 3 - 17 August, 2013 ; Session 2: 18 August - 1 September, 2013

Detailed information about all the field school projects is available at:
On-line applications can be submitted at:

* Early Bird students benefit from up to 15% DISCOUNTS OFF THE REGULAR ADMISSION FEES.

Bard Graduate Center - American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture

New York City, July 1-26, 2013 

Objects matter. Material culture scholars use artifactual evidence such as consumer goods, architecture, clothing, landscape, decorative arts, and many other types of material.The Bard Graduate Center will host a four-week NEH Summer Institute on American Material Culture. The institute will focus on the material culture of the nineteenth century and use New York as its case study because of its role as a national center for fashioning cultural commodities and promoting consumer tastes. We will study significant texts in the scholarship of material culture together as well as in tandem with visiting some of the wonderful collections in and around New York City for our hands-on work with artifacts. The city will be our laboratory to explore some of the important issues of broad impact that go well beyond New York.

Scope of the Institute

“Material objects matter,” Ann Smart Martin has written, “because they are complex, symbolic bundles of social, cultural and individual meanings fused onto something we can see, touch and own.”  The study of material culture has developed into a rich interdisciplinary field with practitioners from art history, historical archaeology, anthropology, folklore, cultural history, literature and other areas. With the rise of the new social history of the 1970s, material culture studies held the promise that these objects of everyday life captured the experiences of people who typically did not leave written records but their objects and household goods.  Jules Prown told us that material culture’s great promise was engaging empathetically with other cultures: “By undertaking cultural interpretation through artifacts, we engage the other culture in the first instance not with our minds, the seat of our cultural biases, but with our senses. Figuratively speaking, we put ourselves into the bodies of the individual who made or used these objects; we see with their eyes and touch with their hands.”  A study of objects as performing symbolic action has been joined by recognition that objects represent some form of culture and we need to learn how to “read” it.  We have seen the use of humanities scholarship in history museums and historic houses as part of a broader cultural contextualization of the visual and material record. There has been a growing emphasis on studies of people-object relations with a concurrent use of an ethnographic approach to objects.  Most recently, scholars have developed the idea that objects have “social lives” and we need to take account of how objects have careers or trajectories whereby meaning for consumers changes over time.

While definitions of material culture still remain a matter of scholarly debate, there is little doubt that the study of objects made or modified by humans, what we call artifacts, remains underutilized by humanists because of the assumption that special training is required, along with the difficulties of obtaining access to museum and other repositories of the physical evidence of human culture. While graduate training has long been available in a few preeminent academic institutions and leading museum collections have offered fellowships to their collections to pursue research, the institute seeks to broaden the use of American material in teaching and research to include the many teachers and scholars who desire further training in “learning to look” and the analysis of artifacts.  We want to expand the ranks of college teachers who use these wonderful materials for their teaching and scholarship in a rigorous and meaningful way or pass along adequate training to their students, if their own backgrounds have not included formal instruction.


We welcome applications from college teachers and other scholars with some experience doing object-based work, as well as those who have never taught or studied material culture. This Institute is designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the seminar or institute. Current full-time graduate students in the humanities are now eligible to apply to NEH Summer Institutes for college and university teachers. Three institute spaces will be reserved for qualified graduate students.

Application materials and other information about content, qualifications, stipends, housing, etc. is available at The application deadline is March 4, 2013.

For more information, please contact:

Katrina London
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
212.501.3026 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Jaffee, Bard Graduate Center (Director)
Kenneth L. Ames, Bard Graduate Center
Debra Schmidt-Bach, New-York Historical Society
Joshua Brown, Graduate Center, CUNY
Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Yale University
Cynthia Copeland, New York University
Ivan Gaskell, Bard Graduate Center 
Katherine C. Grier, University of Delaware
Bernard L. Herman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kimon Keramidas, Bard Graduate Center
Amelia Peck, Metropolitan Museum of Art
John Kuo Wei Tchen, New York University
Diana di Zerega Wall, City College and Graduate Center, CUNY
Catherine Whalen, Bard Graduate Center

American Folk Art Museum
American Museum of Natural History
Glenview, Hudson River Museum
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Chinese in America
New-York Historical Society
New York Public Library
The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
Yale University Art Gallery 

Vrije Universitiet Amsterdam: Challenging Eternity

Rome, June 3 - 13, 2013

Deadline: Jan 20, 2013

International Heritage Course: Challenging Eternity

Poster heritage course

Rome is the city par excellence to study the complex interrelations between urban development, politics and the preservation and transformation of cultural heritage. The aim of this course is a better understanding of the historical roles that cultural heritage has fulfilled within the broader framework of national and European identity construction. Next to that, the students develop their own view of how ancient and recent heritage can be preserved and transformed within a setting of urban dynamism and rapid transformations.

The course is open for MA students from all universities with an interest in the relation between Archaeology, (Art-) History, Heritage Studies and Urban Planning and Urban or Landscape Design. Students are asked to write an application letter, containing their motivation, education, c.v. and list of marks and to fill in an application form.These can be downloaded from:

Deadline for the letters: 20th of January 2013. The letters must be sent by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 If you’re studying ancient Rome or the Etruscans, or Renaissance art and architecture, Italy will clearly expand your horizons. There again, students of modern Italian language, literature and film, will find plenty of reasons to visit this unique, boot-shaped country. For those with Italian ancestors, Italy is the mother country, the land of wine and olive oil from which grandparents or great-grandparents emigrated to America. But for all its glorious past and associations with la dolce vita (“the good life”), modern Italy is a fast-evolving, vibrant nation, an increasingly cosmopolitan part of the European experiment. In between studying, you’ll want to take your Italian skills on the road, or railway. In the north of Italy, you can explore Venice, fashion-conscious Milan, alpine Turin, and the fishing villages of Cinque Terre. Moving south, there’s Bologna, Florence with its treasure house of art, the Uffizi Gallery, the vineyards of Tuscany, and the eternal city, Rome. And further down toward the toe of Italy you’ll find Naples, the extraordinary ruins of Pompeii, and Sicily.

Located in the Sabina region of Italy is the small medieval town of Casperia. No cars are allowed in Casperia, making the area a quiet and pedestrian friendly place to live. Everything is nearby so there really is no need for a car. You can take a train from Casperia to Rome in approximately 40 minutes. Casperia is rarely visited by tourists; however, those who have visited the town are taken aback by Casperia’s beauty.


Inside Casperia’s medieval city walls are winding streets and centuries old buildings. There are many festivals in Casperia including a Pasta Festival and a Medieval Festival. Surrounding Casperia, you will find the beautiful countryside of Sabina complete with rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, and other quiet medieval towns. Be sure to try the olive oil while you are there, Sabina is famous for its olive oil!Program Description

The Archeology Field School in Sabina program will introduce you to a variety of archaeological techniques while working with faculty from Rutgers University. The archeological project is entitled “The Upper Sabina Project” and is supported by the Rutgers History Department and Earth and Environmental Sciences Department on the Newark Campus and by the American Academy in Rome. You will be researching the Republican period of the Sabina region (ca. 290-30 BCE). This program will also introduce you to a variety of conservation and preservation techniques.
Information at a Glance

For more information about this program, please contact the Rutgers Study Abroad office and visit the Upper Sabina Tiberina Archaeological Field School website.

Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  Phone 848.932.7041
Fax 732.932.1261