Opportunity for IFA students: Archaeology, Heritage, and the Mediation of Time
Four or five bursaries of $1200 each are available for students at the Institute of Fine Arts to become active participants in the colloquium Archaeology, Heritage, and the Mediation of Time (April 12-13, 2013). The colloquium forms part of the Mellon Research Initiative, “Study on Future Directions in the Field of Art History, Archaeology, and Conservation.” Speakers at the colloquium include Alain Schnapp (University of Paris 1), Ian Hodder (Stanford University), Shannon Lee Dawdy (University of Chicago), Tim Murray (La Trobe University), Patricia McAnany (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Gavin Lucas (Institute of Archaeology, Iceland), and Zoe Crossland (Columbia University). The convenor is David Wengrow (University College London).
Exploring the visual cognition of time, and the mediation of temporal experience through cultural landscapes and materials, this colloquium forms a bridge to the art history and conservation strands of IFA/Mellon’s “Studies in Future Directions” project. It will consider how changing concepts, measures, and representations of time are redefining the field of archaeological enquiry, including the growth of cultural heritage studies and archaeological approaches to the recent past, as well as the impact of high precision dating methods on the understanding of “deep time.” Although the emphasis of the meeting will be upon research in archaeology and cultural heritage, we welcome applications from students whose primary interest is in other fields (e.g. conservation, art history), so long as their proposed projects address the central theme of time, and the mediation of temporal experience through image, material practice, and the experience of place.
Recipients of the bursaries will be expected to conduct original research on a focused case study, and to present their findings in the form of a poster presentation (to be displayed at the IFA prior to and during the conference) and a 10-minute talk to be incorporated into the conference programme. While there are no restrictions on chronology, location or subject matter, applications relating in some way to the IFAs international field projects are particularly welcome. Guidance on poster design and printing, as well as general advice on content of presentations will be provided to the successful candidates.
How to apply:
To apply for these positions, provide an outline of 500 words describing the kind of project you plan to undertake, and as specific an indication as possible of the subject matter you propose to cover. Please give the name of an IFA professor who will support this application, and act as a supervisor for the project. Applications must be submitted in hard copy to the office or mailbox of Yaelle Amir, Andrew W. Mellon Research Activities Coordinator, with a copy sent by attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, December 4 at 5pm. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, December 10.
In formulating your proposal you may find it useful to engage with ideas presented in some of the following publications, although other perspectives on the conference topic are very welcome:
[full text available online unless otherwise indicated]
Dawdy, S. 2010. “Clockpunk anthropology and the ruins of modernity.” Current Anthropology 51(6): 761-793 (with invited comments and debate)
Ingold, T. 1993. “The temporality of landscape.” World Archaeology 25(2): 152-174.
Kubler, G. 1962. The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things. New Haven: Yale University Press. [on reserve at the IFA library]
Lucas, G. 2005. The Archaeology of Time. London: Routledge. [entire book available online]
Parks, S, Mcanany, P.A., and Murata, S. 2006. The conservation of Maya cultural heritage: searching for solutions in a troubled region.” Journal of Field Archaeology 31 (4) 2006: 425-432.
Rowlands, M. 1993. “The role of memory in the transmission of culture.” World Archaeology 25(2): 141-151.
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