Contrats doctoraux – Johannes Gutenberg University, Mayence

Call for Applications
6 doctoral positions Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

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 (

 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

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 (

Conférence – Signs in Texts, Université de Liège

The department of Egyptology (University of Liège) and CEDOPAL

 « Signs in Texts: Research on Continuities and Changes in Scribal Practices in Pharaonic, Graeco-Roman, and Byzantine Egypt. »

The conference aims at gathering scholars working on several languages and writings used in Ancient Egypt. It will be held at the University of Liège from June 2nd to June 4th, 2016.

Please find a provisional schedule (pdf-file) at

 Practical information can be found on our website:

Registration is free, but please send an email to one of the organizers.

Organizing committee: Aurore Motte ( Nathan Carlig ( Guillaume Lescuyer ( Nathalie Sojic (

Appel à contribution – Colloquium Session for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America


« Interwoven Lives: The Eastern Mediterranean in the 14th–17th Centuries », Proposed Colloquium Session for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Toronto, Ontario, January 5-8, 2017

Organizers: Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos and Rebecca Seifried on behalf of the AIA Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology Interest Group, Deadline for Abstract Submission: March 13, 2016

The Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology Interest Group invites proposals for papers on the topic of « Interwoven Lives: The Eastern Mediterranean in the 14th–17th Centuries » for a colloquium at the next AIA Annual Meeting. The panel will focus on patterns of interaction in a variety of spheres in the Late Medieval and Post-Medieval periods. Of particular interest are papers that address:

  • Exchange (traffic, trade networks, etc.)
  • Cross-cultural interaction and influence
  • Applications of network analysis
  • New fieldwork or new interpretations of data from local contexts
  • Research that brings together different data sources

 The selected proposals will be used to develop a fuller abstract for the colloquium.

If you are interested in submitting a paper for consideration, please email the following information to Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos ( by March 13, 2016:

  • Name, institutional affiliation, and contact information for the author(s)
  • Preferred presentation length (15 or 20 minutes)
  • Paper title
  • Abstract (maximum of 400 words and conforming to the AIA Style Guidelines

Ecole d’été – King’s College, Londres (Grec, Latin, Syriac, Copte, Hébreu biblique)

London Summer School in Classics


The London Summer School in Classics (5-14 July, 2016) offers 8 days of intensive teaching in Greek or Latin, along with additional lectures and workshops. Language classes are offered at all levels from beginners to advanced.  We also offer beginners’ classes in Syriac, Coptic and Biblical Hebrew. The course is non-residential and costs £150.  Full-fee bursaries and travel grants will be available, and we are grateful for the support of the Classical Association and Hellenic Society.  The deadline for applications is 1 June, 2016.

To register for this course, please contact the Classics Department:

King’s College London Summer School
Intensive courses in Ancient Greek
Intensive courses in Latin

This year King’s College London is again running two 6-week courses (27 June – 5 August, 2016) in Ancient Greek and Latin as part of the KCL Summer School.  These courses offer students who have not previously had the opportunity to study Greek or Latin intensive training designed to bring them from complete beginners to a point where they are able to read simple texts.  They are ideal for students who intend to study for a Masters or Doctoral degree to get ahead during the summer, thus acquiring an essential skill for their future research. They are also appropriate for teachers, undergraduates, mature students and anyone with an interest in the Hellenic or Roman world.

It is also possible for complete beginners to take just the first half of the course (27 June – 15 July), and for those who already have a basic knowledge to take the second half of the course (18 July – 5 August).

In addition to language learning, we offer workshops giving an introduction to skills such as epigraphy and papyrology, and there will be some specially arranged museum visits.

Accommodation is offered for these courses by King’s College London.

Bursaries to help cover the cost of fees will be offered by the Classics Department, and we are grateful to the Classical Association for their support. The closing date for bursary applications is 16 May. The closing date for applications to the Summer School is 31 May.

For further information and to apply, please see the King’s College London Summer School website:

To apply for a bursary, please see:
For any general queries about these courses, please contact Dr Fiona Haarer (