Wednesday, 2 December 2015

AIEP EVENTS 2016


As one of the positive results of our connection to AIEP, l’Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques, we are pleased being able to share with you the following information promoted by both our organizations. It is a list comprising important events related to the field of Patristic Studies that will take place during the first half of 2016:

 

1)      The panel ‘The Emperor Julian', sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity, will form part of the 2016 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (formerly the American Philological Association), to take place in San Francisco between 7 and 10 January 2016. For information, click here.

 

 

2)      On the occasion of the 1600 years after the promulgation of Pope Innocent I ’s Decretal Letter to Decentius, bishop of Gubbio (19 March 416), the Pontifical University of St. Anselm in collaboration with the Diocese of Gubbio, is organizing a study day on 18 March 2016. The deadline for proposals is 10 October 2015. For information, follow the link.

 

3)      The Department of Church History at the University of the Holy Cross, in collaboration with the University San Pablo CEU in Madrid, will organize the seventeenth Conference of the Faculty of Theology on the topic "Higher education in Church History: schools, teachers, methods ". The purpose of the meeting is to reflect on the relationship between Church and higher education on the basis of the study of some of the forms that this relationship has had along history. The conference will take place from 9 to 10 March 2016 in the Aula Magna of the Palazzo dell'Apollinare, where the University is situated, near Piazza Navona. All those who wish to participate with a communication (15 minutes) should send the title, along with a summary (150 words) and a short CV, by January 31, at the following address: convegnoth@pusc.it.

 

4)      The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and the Polish Patristic Section are organizing an international conference on the theme 'The Church Fathers in the polemics against heresies' on 17-19 May 2016. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 October 2015. For more information, click here.

 


5)      The XVIII International Conference on Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 13th to 14th June in 2016. The deadline for proposals is 14 October 2015. For information, go here.

 

6)      The Archdiocese of Tucumán, Argentina together with the National University of Tucumán is organizing the I Congreso Teológico Tucumán: "Eucaristía, del Mysterio de Cristo al Misterio del hombre-Dios" to be held 13-15 June 2016. For more information, go here.

 

Friday, 13 November 2015

RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE HARDT FOUNDATION

Today we would like to inform you of the Call for Candidates for 2016 that has been published by the Hardt Foundation (Fondation Hardt), a highly esteemed research centre based in Vandoeuvres, Switzerland. The foundation offers Research Scholarships for young researchers covering stays of two to four weeks.

Note that candidates, i.e. PhD candidates (2nd year, at least) or post-doctoral researchers, are required to be 35 years of age or younger at the time of application.

The deadlines for applications are the 30th of November for stays requested between early February and the end of June, and the 30th of April for those between early September and early December.


For more information, please visit the link.

JOB OFFER IN ANCIENT HISTORY, NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, UK

Furthermore, we would like to let you know that the Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology of the University of Newcastle is offering a full-time position of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in the field of Ancient History, commencing in January 2016.


Please be aware of the fact that the closing date for applications is the 4th of December 2015 and follow the link in order to get all the relevant information.

Monday, 9 November 2015

WORLD PHILOSOPHY DAY – 19th NOVEMBER 2015


This week, we would like to announce to you two significant events in the field of philosophy, the first of which will take place in only a few days:

The World Philosophy Day 2015 will be held on the 19th of November 2015 in Paris, France. There is going to be a roundtable debate on the topic “plurality of languages and places of philosophy”, which will be broadcast live on the internet from 2:00pm to 5:00pm (local time).

 

Please follow the link in order to find all the relevant information concerning the topic as well as the venue of the event.

 

In case you cannot attend in person, you will be able to follow the debate online:

 

Original language        

English                           

French                            

 

WORLD CONGRESS OF PHILOSOPHY ON ARISTOTLE; ATHENS, JULY 2016


Secondly, we would like to let you know that the World Philosophy Congress on the Philosophy of Aristotle will be held in Athens, Greece, from the 10th to the 20th of July 2016. The event will be organized by the Association of Greek Philosophy, the Greek Philosophical Society, the Philosophical Society of Cyprus and other Societies, Associations and Educational Institutions, under the Auspices of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP). It is no coincidence that the Congress will be held exactly 2400 years after the birth of Aristotle and in the city where the philosopher spent most of his life.

 

Please follow the link to read detailed information about the aims and the structure of the Congress. Be aware of the number of ways to contribute to the event: Round tables, student sessions, poster sessions etc.; please note that the deadline for the submission of abstracts is the 29th of February 2016.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

COLLEGIUM OF ROMAN LAW IN PAVIA, ITALY

This week we would like to let you know that CEDANT, the Center for Studies and Research on Ancient Law, is going to hold its thirteenth Collegium of Roman Law in Pavia from the 11th to the 29 of January 2016., The following theme has been proposed: “The Institutes of Gaius: adventures of a bestseller. Transmission, use and transformation of the text”.
The Collegium is an intensive course of study which brings together international professors and young scholars in a series of seminars.  One of its aims is the publication of its findings after a second phase of work in September 2016. Please follow this link to see all the relevant information.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

FIEC BLOG ENPANDS ITS SCOPE

We are pleased to inform you that the FIEC-blog will from now on will information distributed by AIEP, l’Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques (the International Association of Patristic Studies). This new connection has been established since it is the wish of both organizations to foster academic discourse between related disciplines. In this regard, we would like to thank AIEP for its support in order to create an online platform spreading all internationally relevant news pertaining to the study of antiquity. See the first pieces of information below.

LECTURESHIP IN PATRISTICS, CAMBRIDGE

The Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, intends to make a new appointment to a University Lectureship in Patristics, and invites applications from candidates with a research specialization in any field of Patristic thought and culture up to the end of the first millennium. The deadline for applications is the 6th of November 2015. For detailed information, follow the link.

CONFERENCE ON ANCIENT CHRISTIAN LITERATURE, ROME

The Department of Humanistic Studies at the “Roma Tre” University is organizing a Conference on Ancient Christian Literature to be held on 30-31 October 2015. For more information contact Prof. Alberto D'Anna (e.mail alberto.danna@uniroma3.it).

VACANCY: CURATOR AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY

Apart from our new connection to AIEP, we would like to let you know that the British Library is recruiting a Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, with a special responsibility for Classical, Biblical and Byzantine Manuscripts. The closing date for applications is the 15th of November 2015.
Please follow the link in order to see the full job description.

LATIN ACCOUNTS ON TWITTER

On another note, we would like to share with you a somewhat amusing article on the use of the Latin language on Twitter. Its focus is on Spanish football fans supporting their teams, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, by posting Latin comments on social media. The article was published by the German website “bento” (http://www.bento.de/) that is part of the Der Spiegel-newspaper.

Monday, 28 September 2015

ANCIENT HISTORY POSITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

Furthermore, we would like to make you aware of the following job offer by the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. Read the full announcement below:

The Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History, to begin on August 15, 2016. Candidates are expected to be able to teach Ancient History at the undergraduate and graduate levels and Ancient Greek and Latin and Classical Civilization at the undergraduate level. A Ph.D. in Classics, History, or a related field by the time of the appointment is required. Tenure-track faculty are expected to make original contributions to knowledge through research and publication, to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, to advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and to fulfill reasonable service obligations to the scholarly and local communities. Preliminary inquiries can be addressed to Kathleen Lynch, Chair, Ancient History Search Committee, with subject line “Ancient History Search:” kathleen.lynch@uc.edu.
Candidates must apply online at https://jobs.uc.edu and search for Requisition #7601. In addition to completing the online application form, candidates should attach a cover letter (letter of application), a curriculum vitae and a writing sample with the online application. In addition, three confidential letters of reference should be sent via e-mail to: Classics@uc.edu with the subject line "Ancient History Search". The committee will review applications starting November 15, 2015, and conduct interviews at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Francisco, January 6-9, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We actively seek a broad spectrum of candidates including women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans.”

POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AT THE “LASCARBX” CLUSTER OF EXCELLENCE

We would like to share with you the following international call for applications by the LaScArBx, a cluster of laboratories, offering a 18 months postdoctoral position in Bordeaux, France. The deadline for applications is the 9th of November 2015. Read the full offer below:

Context
The LaScArBx Cluster brings together three laboratories of the Universities of Bordeaux working in the field of Archaeology (broadly defined), in order to implement a large collaborative research programme entitled “Using the world in ancient societies: processes and forms of appropriation of space”. The associated labs (AUSONIUS, PACEA, IRAMAT-CRP2A) and the main features and objectives of the programme are described at: http://lascarbx.labex.u-bordeaux.fr/

The LaScArBx is offering a 18 months postdoctoral position assigned to AUSONIUS, a research laboratory specialized in Classics, Ancient (Greek and Roman) History, Archaeology and Medieval Studies (http://ausonius.u-bordeaux3.fr)

Position profile
Applicants are expected to promote their own research project, which must be closely related to written/textual sources documenting either Antiquity or Middle Ages, in order to supply an original and significant contribution to the 3rd Axis of the LaScArBx programme  ("Written Memory") as well as to the 1rst Axis of AUSONIUS research topics ("Textual Corpora").
(http://lascarbx.labex.u-bordeaux.fr/Presentation-du-LaScArBx-Le-programme-scientifique/Axe-de-Recherche-III-Expressions-du-symbolique-et-espaces-de-la-memoire/r250.html;
 http://ausonius.u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr/index.php/axes-de-recherche/corpus-textuels)

*Regarding Antiquity, we are looking for a specialist in one or more of the following disciplines : philology (production, transmission and reception of Greek and Latin texts; critical edition, Byzantine studies, etc.), epigraphy of the Greco-Roman world, papyrology (documentary and literary).
*Regarding Middle Ages, we are looking for a specialist of Medieval writing pratices (in particular as an expression and instrument of political power). Skills are required in codicology, palaeography, ancient languages (Latin, vernaculars and Medieval Arabic), edition of diplomatic sources, etc.



Requirements
This call is specifically addressed to recognized level researchers, of any nationality, holding a doctorate degree (in Ancient History, Classical Studies or Medieval Studies) delivered by a French University (except Bordeaux) or a non-French institution. Fellows should not hold or have previously held a research position in Bordeaux area.
A fluent knowledge of French and/or English is a pre‐requisite. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, creative, with demonstrated abilities to work in a collaborative environment.

Location, duration and appointments
Host Laboratory: UMR 5607 AUSONIUS (Bordeaux-Montaigne University, FRANCE)
The duration of the stay is of 18 months.
In addition to the salary (€32,360 gross per year), a travel allowance and research funds (€5,000 for the duration) will be provided.

Procedure and Timetable
Applications must include:
Ø  a detailed curriculum vitae
Ø  a description of the research project (5 pages maximum)
Ø  letters of support from senior scientists
and will be sent before november 9th 2015 to the LaScArBx manager (sylvie.maleret@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr), with copy to Pr. Jérôme France (jerome.france@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr), head of the host laboratory, and Pr. Valérie Fromentin (valerie.fromentin@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr), coordinator of the LaScArBx.


The applicants preselected at this stage will be invited for an interview in december 2015. The successful applicant is expected to start working in Bordeaux on January 2016, but a later date is possible.”

9TH SYMPOSIUM PLATONICUM IN BRASILIA; JULY 2016

After the summer break we are glad to come back to you with the latest news concerning events, findings, and other internationally important issues in the field of Classics.

Today we would like to announce to you that the International Plato Society is going to host its next Symposium Platonicum, with the title “Plato´s Phaedo”, from the 4th to the 8th of July 2016 in Brasilia.


Please have a look at the website (http://plato2016.org/) in order to see all the relevant information. The site will be kept up to date by posting the latest details as soon as they are finalized.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

LATEST INFORMATION ON THE SCS 2016 ANNUAL MEETING

We would like to make you aware of the fact that the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), the former American Philological Association, has published the latest information on its annual meeting that will be held in San Francisco from the 6th to the 9th of January 2016:

“In addition to the presentation of individual papers and panels, features of the annual meeting include the Placement Service, for institutions advertising positions and candidates seeking them; an exhibit hall for browsing and purchasing the latest books from a variety of publishers; roundtable discussion sessions; dramatic performances by the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance; meetings and receptions of affiliated groups; and much more.”


Please follow the link (https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/147th-annual-meeting) in order to find all the relevant information concerning registration, accommodation, and exhibitions. You may also access the full preliminary program for the meeting, which is updated on a regular basis.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

NEW STUDY PROGRAMME AT THE UNIVERSITY OF STRASBOURG

We would like to inform you of the fact that the University of Strasbourg has introduced a new study programme enabling students to achieve a Diplôme d'Université "Mondes antiques et médiévaux. Langues Anciennes, Epigraphie, Papyrologie” (University Degree of Ancient and Medieval Worlds). The programme is the result of cooperation between the University´s Faculty of History, Faculty of Arts, and its Faculty of Protestant Theology.
Please follow the link in order to get all the relevant information.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP IN BERLIN

This week, we would like to let you know about a doctoral scholarship offered by the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies. The scholarship is available from October 2016 for three or four years and will be funded by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdiesnst - German Academic Exchange Service). The deadline for applications is the 1st of October 2015.
The following link will lead you to all the relevant information

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

INSULAE CONGRESS IN BARCELONA

This week we would like to let you know about a congress on insularity, identity and epigraphy which will be held on November 5-6th 2015 in Barcelona. Please read the full announcement by Prof. Javier Velaza Frías below:

“Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce that our research team LITTERA will be hosting an international congress on November 5-6th 2015 in Barcelona. It will be entitled “INSVLAE: insularity, identity and epigraphy in the Roman Mediterranean” and will be devoted to the particularities of the island territories during the Roman Age.

Several plenary lectures will be held during the congress, run by some scholars who are recognised to be among the most expert ones in their academic field. Along with those, participants are welcome to submit their papers to be presented in the congress. Any topics related to the Mediterranean islands under the Roman Empire, mainly in epigraphy, but also in literature, linguistics, anthropology or archeology are suitable for submission. Apply at insulae2015@gmail.com  
Please notice that deadline for paper submission is September 30th 2015.

We are addressing you to inform you about this upcoming congress and also to kindly ask you to transmit this information and make it known to your departments, schools and associations. Find attached our brochure and poster.
Further information at insulae

We hope this information was of your best interest.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Javier Velaza Frías

Sunday, 14 June 2015

OXFORD UNIVERSITY, GREEK INSTRUCTOR VACANCY

Please take note of following job offer published by Alison Broadby, the Head of Administration of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford:

The Faculty of Theology and Religion is currently advertising for a grade 6 Instructor in New Testament Greek. The post is fixed term until 30th September 2018.

The Instructor will be expected to give on average between 10 and 12 hours of instruction in every week of the University’s full term (there are three terms, and the ‘full term’ period within each term is eight weeks) and to undertake administration, course development and examining when required.

The successful candidate will have gained at least a Master’s degree relevant to the teaching of New Testament Greek, have excellent command of Biblical and Koine Greek, be fluent in English and be able to demonstrate a commitment to dynamic and effective language teaching.

The post is available from 1st October 2015.

For more information and to apply, please visit the University website here:

Sunday, 7 June 2015

OPEN LETTER TO THE FRENCH EDUCATION SECRETARY BY THE GERMAN MOMMSEN-ASSOCIATION

The Mommsen-Association, representing germanophone researchers in the field of Greek and Roman Antiquity, has addressed an open letter to the French Education Secretary. It concerns the possible reforms in the French educational system of which we have previously informed you (http://fiecnet.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/open-letter-to-french-education.html).
Read the full letter below:

Mommsen-Gesellschaft e.V. Verband der deutschsprachigen Forscherinnen und Forscher auf dem Gebiete des Griechisch-Römischen Altertums

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte, Universitätsplatz 12, 06108


Der Erste Vorsitzende Prof. Dr. Stefan Pfeiffer
Telefon +49 (0)345 – 5524021
(Sekretariat) +49 (0)345 - 5524014
Fax +49 (0)345 – 5527069
stefan.pfeiffer@altertum.uni-halle.de



Ministère de l'Éducation nationale de la France              
110, rue de Grenelle,
 75357 Paris SP 07
Fra nkreich
Halle, 05.06.2015


Madame la Ministre,

C'est avec inquiétude que nous, chercheurs et enseignants-chercheurs spécialistes germanophones de l'antiquité, avons entendu parler de votre projet de réforme du Collège et de l'importante réduction du nombre des heures qui seront consacrées à l'enseignement du grec et du latin qu'elle induit, qui a terme conduira à la suppression de cet enseignement des programmes des études secondaires.

La Société Mommsen, fondée en 1950, est la plus importante union de chercheurs germanophones spécialistes des sciences de l'antiquité. Elle sert à l'encouragement de la recherche scientifique dans les domaines des sciences de l'antiquité, au développement de la collaboration et des échanges inter-disciplinaires, à la promotion à l'université des études scientifiques dans ces domaines, et à la re-présentation des intérêts des chercheurs et des disciplines spécialisées vis-à-vis du grand public.

Nous sommes très étroitement liés à nos collègues français et partageons leur crainte que les ré-formes projetées ne portent un coup très dur au prestige de la France, laquelle constitue l'une des nations les plus importantes dans le domaine de l'enseignement et de la recherche en sciences de l'antiquité classique. En effet, c'est grâce à un important enseignement des humanités classiques, dès le collège et le lycée, que les universités françaises occupent une place considérable, et cet ensei-gnement se fonde principalement sur l'apprentissage des deux langues fondamentales européennes, le latin et le grec.

Au nom de la Société Mommsen, et à titre personnel, je voudrais, Madame la Ministre, que vous puissiez reconsidérer la situation de la réforme du collège et de ses conséquences négatives sur l'enseignement des humanités classiques. J'espère beaucoup qu'il sera possible de trouver une solu-tion permettant de concilier les avancées sociales que vous liez à la réforme du collège et la préserva-tion de l'enseignement des langues anciennes. De manière commune en Autriche, en Suisse et en Allemagne, où malgré des interventions structurales considérables, le latin et le grec ont su trouver une place dans les programmes des études secondaires, c'est aussi notre héritage culturel commun que nous devrions transmettre, dans un monde globalisé, aux générations futures, pour renforcer l'identité européenne dans un monde tout à la fois multipolaire et centrifuge.

Au nom de la Société Mommsen, je vous prie, Madame la Ministre de recevoir l'expression de ma dé-férente considération.

Veuillez recevoir mes plus cordiales salutations


Stefan Pfeiffer

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION: MATERIAL TEXTUAL CULTURES, UNIVERSITY OF HEIDELBERG

Please have a look at the following job offer by the University of Heidelberg, Germany. The deadline for applications is the 19th of June:

Postdoctoral Position in Ancient Studies within the University of Heidelberg's Collaborative Research Center 933 "Materiale Textkulturen". 

Start date:  July 2015 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

Assignments: The position is embedded in the research project “Writing on Ostraca in the Inner and Outer Mediterranean”. The aim of the project is to produce a synthetic study of the practice of inscribing texts on ceramic sherds (ostraca) across different ancient cultures of the Mediterranean or connected areas. To this end, the project aims to study ostraca not simply as texts that just happen to be preserved on sherds, but as artifacts produced, used, and reused within a specific socio-cultural milieu and subject to a particular life cycle. Such issues as the choice of the writing medium, the ceramological composition of the material, peculiarities of circulation, and the relation of ostraca to other modes of writing and transmission of information are among topics that could be addressed both diachronically and synchronically.

Results of the research are to be published in a monograph.

Requirements: Candidates should have a PhD in Ancient History, Classics, Egyptology, or Archeology with some experience in documentary papyrology and/or epigraphy and museum studies and/or fieldwork. Applicants should also show willingness to engage in intensive interdisciplinary cooperation within the Collaborative Research Center. Basic knowledge of German is recommended but not required.

The successful candidate will be employed full-time within the Collaborative Research Center at the University of Heidelberg and will work closely with members of the Center for Ancient Studies (http://www.zaw.uni-hd.de/). Applications should be sent not later than June 19, 2015 by email to Dr. Julia Lougovaya: lougovaya@uni-heidelberg.de. Applicants should submit a CV, a publication list, a short letter of intent describing their interest in the project and qualification, and addresses of three potential referees. 

The salary is in accordance with TV-L, and the position will run until 30 June 2019.

Additional information can be found at www.materiale-textkulturen.de.

WALTER BURKERT OBITUARY

We would like to let you know that an obituary of Walter Burkert by Robert Parker has been published in The Independent. Burkert, who died on the 11th of March in Zurich, is described as a “Classical scholar whose fascinating books on Greek mythology and religion were packed with fresh insight” and who “combined awesome learning with a passionate intellectual curiosity”. Please follow the link to read the full obituary.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

OPEN LETTER TO THE FRENCH EDUCATION SECRETARY

At the end of March we informed you of the French government´s plan to significantly lower the status of the ancient languages within the French educational system. This modification would undoubtedly lead to a substantial decline in the number of students studying either Ancient Greek or Latin. Follow the link in order to see the relevant entry (http://fiecnet.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/petition-to-maintain-status-of-latin.html).

Seeing that the French Ministry of Education does not show any intention to reconsider their plan, FIEC has decided to address an open letter concerning the issue to the Education Secretary, Mme N. Vallaud-Belkacem. Please read the full letter below:


FIEC,
Le Président :                                                                                                        
Prof. Franco Montanari
Via San Luca 8
I – 56011 Calci (PI)

tél. (prof.) + 39 010 209 9724
tél. (privé) + 39 050 93 93 19
franco.montanari@unige.it

Lettre ouverte
à Madame la Ministre
de l’Éducation nationale,
de l’Enseignement supérieur
et de la Recherche,
Mme N. Vallaud-Belkacem


                                                      Università di Genova, le 19 mai 2015

Madame la Ministre,

La réforme annoncée du collège et ses conséquences pour l’enseignement du latin et du grec suscitent depuis plusieurs semaines une émotion qui dépasse désormais les frontières de la France et justifie que la Fédération Internationale des Associations d’Études Classiques (FIEC), que nous représentons, se permette d’intervenir dans le débat en vous adressant ce courrier.
La FIEC, créée en 1947, est une organisation faîtière qui regroupe la plupart des associations d’études classiques dans le monde. Elle a pour but de favoriser la collaboration entre les savants mais aussi de soutenir et d’encourager les classical studies à tous les niveaux et sur tous les continents, et notamment l’apprentissage des langues anciennes.
Sans un tel apprentissage, les sciences de l’Antiquité (philosophie, philologie, archéologie, histoire, littérature…) et leurs nombreuses sous-disciplines (épigraphie, numismatique, paléographie, papyrologie…) n’existeraient tout simplement pas. En effet, les textes documentaires ou littéraires écrits en grec ou en latin qui sont parvenus jusqu’à nous constituent le socle commun sur lequel se fondent ces sciences et, partant, notre connaissance de la civilisation gréco-romaine. Or si ces sciences, développées par les humanistes de la Renaissance, sont encore vivantes et productives au XXIe siècle, c’est parce que ce patrimoine textuel, loin d’être une sorte de mémoire morte, s’enrichit chaque jour. Non seulement les savants découvrent de nouveaux témoins (papyri, ostraka, inscriptions, manuscrits), mais surtout ces découvertes suscitent en permanence de nouvelles interprétations qui intéressent tous les champs des sciences humaines. Leur écho se fait entendre bien au delà de la seule communauté savante.
Autrement dit, la disparition ou l’affaiblissement significatif des langues anciennes dans l’enseignement secondaire aura des effets – aujourd’hui ignorés ou sous-évalués – catastrophiques pour la recherche française de haut niveau : ce sont des domaines entiers des sciences humaines dont la vitalité, sinon l’existence, seront, par ricochet, menacés, en particulier en archéologie et en histoire. En sapant les fondations des études classiques, on affaiblira et condamnera à court terme un secteur de la science française qui, malgré un contexte international de plus en plus concurrentiel, reste dynamique et conserve une place éminente, comme l’a encore montré le dernier Congrès mondial de la FIEC, qui s’est tenu à Bordeaux en août 2014.
Puisque les sciences humaines ne peuvent se passer d’hellénistes et de latinistes sérieusement formés, leur vocation doit pouvoir être éveillée dès le collège. C’est un moment essentiel, où se sont dessinées dans de petits collèges de province, et pas seulement dans des établissements de grandes villes, les carrières de certains de ceux qui aujourd’hui illustrent l’image de la recherche française en grec ou en latin à l’étranger. Pour cela, des enseignements de civilisation ne suffisent pas : il faut donner aux élèves un accès direct aux langues anciennes, offert à tous ceux qui en expriment le désir. Le but n’est évidemment pas de former des spécialistes dès le collège, mais de maintenir ouverte, pour tous ceux que l’Antiquité passionne, la possibilité de se construire un parcours où le grec et le latin aient leur place. Cette liberté est l’une des spécificités de l’enseignement secondaire français : l’apprentissage des langues anciennes n’y a jamais été, comme ailleurs, cantonné à certains établissement privés et réservé à des publics privilégiés, mais ouvert à tous ; et il a largement contribué, pendant des décennies, à la réputation de rigueur et d’excellence du modèle éducatif français.
À ces enjeux stratégiques s’ajoute la nécessité, qui revient principalement à l’école, de transmettre aux jeunes générations une histoire et une culture communes. Or c’est autour de la Méditerranée que se sont formées les grandes civilisations qui ont permis de construire l’Europe : Grecs, Romains, Arabes, Carthaginois, Hébreux, et bien d’autres peuples encore ont communiqué dans une interaction féconde dont nous devons préserver et faire connaître les précieux témoignages. Construire la France de demain ne passera que par une compréhension du passé ; et cette constatation vaut pour tous les autres pays affiliés à la FIEC par l’entremise de leurs associations d’études classiques.
Dans l’espoir que cette lettre saura trouver votre intérêt et votre compréhension, nous vous prions de recevoir, Madame la Ministre, l’assurance de nos sentiments respectueux.


Franco Montanari, Président de la FIEC


EGYPTOLOGY JOB OPENING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD


Apart from the open letter, we would like to make you aware of a job opening at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford. The opening is for a Departmental Lectureship in Egyptology (including Demotic and Coptic). Please follow the link to see all relevant information: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form

Friday, 15 May 2015

COMPETITION HELD BY THE ACCADEMIA VIVARIUM NOVUM

This week´s news consists of two pieces of information.
Firstly, we would like to let you know about the competition titled “Latin, Greek and Humanities” which has been announced by the Academy Vivarium Novum in Rome, Italy. See below to read the full announcement referring to the academic year 2015/16:

“The Academy Vivarium Novum is offering ten full tuition scholarships for high school students (16-18 years old) and twenty-eight full tuition scholarships for University students (18-24 years old) of any part of the world. The scholarships will cover all of the costs of room, board, teaching and didactic materials for courses to be held from October 5, 2015 until June 18, 2016 on the grounds of the Academy’s campus at Rome.

Application letters must be sent to candidati@vivariumnovum.net by July 10. For early consideration, applications sent by May 31 will receive an answer at the beginning of July. Otherwise, candidates will receive a response before the end of August.


The courses will be as follows:
- Latin language (fundamental and advanced)
- Greek language (fundamental and advanced)
- Latin composition
- Roman History
- Ancient Latin literature
- History of ancient Philosophy
- Renaissance and Neo-Latin literature
- Latin and Greek music and poetry
- Classics reading seminars

The goal is to achieve a perfect command of both Latin and Greek through a total immersion in the two languages in order to master without any hindrances the texts and concepts which have been handed down from the ancient times, middle ages, the Renaissance period and modern era, and to cultivate the humanities in a manner similar to the Renaissance humanists.

All the classes will be conducted in Latin, except for Greek classes which will be conducted in ancient Greek.

In the letter the prospective student should indicate the following:

1. Full name;
2. Date and location of birth;
3. What school you currently attend;
4. How long you have studied Latin and/or Greek;
5. Which authors and works you have read;
6. Other studies and primary interests outside of school.

In addition, please attach a recent photograph and a copy of your passport or your ID card.


(For more information about the Academy, you may visit the website www.vivariumnovum.net or read the presentation: www.vivariumnovum.net/presentation)”

THREE POST-DOC POSITIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NAPLES

Secondly, we would like to make you aware of three post-doc positions of two years (renewable up to a maximum of four years) which are offered by the Dipartimento Studi Umanistici of the University of Naples, Italy. The positions have been designed in order to contribute to the project called PLATINUM (Papyri and LAtin Texts: INsights and Updated Methodologies). Please follow the links to get all the relevant information concerning each position:





If you have any further questions, please contact Dott. Maria Chiara Scappaticcio
Principal Investigator ERC-Starting Grant 2014 PLATINUM - Papyri and LAtin Texts: INsights and Updated Methodologies (mariachiara.scappaticcio@unina.it)


Monday, 11 May 2015

TWO POSITIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FREIBURG, SWITZERLAND AND THREE VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS IN CHINA

TWO POSITIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FREIBURG, SWITZERLAND

In this week´s entry we would like to announce to you a number of job openings at two different Universities.
Firstly, we would like to make you aware of two positions offered by the Arts Faculty of the University of Freiburg, Switzerland:
On the one hand the Faculty advertises a position of a lecturer and researcher (50%) in the field of Neo-Latin language and Literature (Latin Studies of the Renaissance). Applicants should be experienced lecturers as well as scholars who have specialized in the area of Neo-Latin.
On the other hand there is the position of an Associate Professor in the field of Latin Language and Literature (100%). Applicants should be versed in all genres of classical Latin.
Both jobs will commence on the 1st of September 2016. The deadline for applications is the 31st of August 2015.
The languages of instruction for both jobs are French and German. This is the reason why the advertisements for the positions were published in these languages. Read the full offers below:

First offer in French:

 La Faculté des lettres de l’Université de Fribourg (Suisse) met au concours un poste de
Maître d’enseignement et de recherche (50%)
en Études latines de la Renaissance (langue et littérature néo-latines)
Le ou la candidat-e est titulaire d’un doctorat ou de qualifications jugées équivalentes. Il ou elle possède les compétences scientifiques requises pour enseigner, au niveau universitaire (programmes d’études Bachelor et Master), la langue et la littérature latines de la Renaissance. Il ou elle possède une expérience adéquate dans l’enseignement, dans la conception et la gestion de projets de recherche, ainsi qu’un solide dossier de publications pertinentes et un réseau d’échanges académiques et scientifiques.
Le ou la candidat-e sera un-e chercheur-euse latiniste spécialisé-e dans la littérature latine de la Renaissance, mais disposant d’une formation en latin classique et d’une solide expérience dans l’enseignement de la langue et de la littérature latine de la Renaissance, et capable d’établir des liens à la fois avec la littérature antique et ses prolongements dans les littératures modernes.
Les enseignements liés à ce poste seront intégrés dans les programmes de Philologie classique en collaboration avec les programmes de littérature du Département des langues et littératures ainsi que d’autres domaines de la Faculté des lettres.
Langues d’enseignement : français et allemand.
Entrée en fonction : 1er septembre 2016.
L'Université de Fribourg promeut la relève féminine dans la carrière scientifique et encourage les femmes à faire acte de candidature.
Les dossiers de candidature, munis des documents usuels (lettre de motivation, curriculum vitae, liste des publications et des enseignements, liste des projets de recherches terminés ou en cours) ainsi que trois publications majeures sont à adresser avant le 31 août 2015, sous forme électronique uniquement, à jobs-lettres@unifr.ch.

Renseignements supplémentaires :
Prof. Thomas Schmidt, Département des langues et littératures, Domaine « Philologie classique », Université de Fribourg, Institut du monde antique et byzantin, Rue Pierre-Aeby 16, 1700 Fribourg (Suisse) – Email: thomas.schmidt@unifr.ch#

First offer in German:


 Die Philosophische Fakultät der Universität Freiburg (Schweiz) schreibt folgende Stelle aus:
Lehr- und Forschungsrätin bzw. Lehr- und Forschungsrat (50%)
für neulateinische Sprache und Literatur (lateinische Renaissancestudien)
Die Bewerberin oder der Bewerber verfügt über ein Doktorat oder äquivalente Leistungen. Sie bzw. er bringt die notwendigen wissenschaftlichen Kompetenzen mit, die es ihr bzw. ihm erlauben, die neulateinische Sprache und Literatur auf dem Niveau Bachelor und Master zu unterrichten. Sie oder er hat Erfahrung in der Lehre, in der Konzeption und Leitung von Forschungsprojekten und verfügt über ein umfassendes Publikationsdossier sowie über ein wissenschaftliches Netzwerk.
Die Bewerberin oder der Bewerber ist eine ausgewiesene Latinistin bzw. ein ausgewiesener Latinist mit Spezialisierung im Bereich Neulatein, verfügt aber über eine Ausbildung in klassischem Latein sowie über eine solide Lehrerfahrung im Bereich Neulatein. Sie bzw. er ist in der Lage, sowohl Verbindungen mit der Literatur der Antike als auch zu den Literaturen der Neuzeit herzustellen.
Die von der Inhaberin oder dem Inhaber der Stelle zu leistende Lehre ist integriert in die Lehrprogramme der klassischen Philologie in Zusammenarbeit mit den Literatur-Lehrprogrammen des Departements für Sprachen und Literaturen sowie anderer Studienbereiche der Philosophischen Fakultät.
Unterrichtssprachen: Deutsch und Französisch
Stellenantritt: 1. September 2016
Die Universität strebt die Erhöhung des Frauenanteils an; somit sind Bewerbungen von Frauen besonders willkommen.
Bewerbungen sind mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Motivationsschreiben, Lebenslauf, Schriftenverzeichnis, Verzeichnis der Lehrveranstaltungen, Verzeichnis der abgeschlossenen oder laufenden Forschungsprojekte) unter Hinzufügung von drei aussagekräftigen Schriften ausschliesslich auf elektronischem Weg bis zum 31. August 2015 an folgende Adresse zu richten: jobs-lettres@unifr.ch

Weitere Auskünfte:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt, Departement für Sprachen und Literaturen, Studienbereich „Klassische Philologie“, Universität Freiburg, Institut für Antike und Byzanz, Rue Pierre-Aeby 16, 1700 Fribourg (Suisse) – Email: thomas.schmidt@unifr.ch.


Second offer in French:


 La Faculté des lettres de l’Université de Fribourg (Suisse) met au concours un poste de
Professeur-e associé-e en langue et littérature latines (100%)
Le ou la candidat-e est titulaire d’un doctorat et d'une habilitation ou de qualifications jugées équivalentes. Il ou elle possède les compétences scientifiques requises pour enseigner, au niveau universitaire (programmes d’études Bachelor et Master), la langue et la littérature latines des origines à la fin de l’Antiquité tardive. Il ou elle possède une expérience adéquate dans l’enseignement, dans la conception et la gestion de projets de recherche, ainsi qu’un solide dossier de publications pertinentes et un réseau d’échanges académiques et scientifiques.
Le ou la candidat-e sera un-e chercheur-euse latiniste de haut niveau, dont le profil scientifique de spécialisation est ouvert en termes de genres littéraires, mais se situe dans le champ du latin classique. Des compétences dans le domaine de l’édition critique et de la théorie littéraire seront considérées comme des atouts. Le ou la titulaire du poste sera amené-e à collaborer activement avec l’Institut du monde antique et byzantin de l’Université de Fribourg ainsi qu’avec le Département des langues et littératures et d’autres domaines de la Faculté des lettres. Il ou elle participera également au programme doctoral de la CUSO pour les sciences de l’Antiquité.
Le ou la candidat-e devra contribuer à des formations post-grade et encadrer des travaux de recherche à tous les niveaux (travaux de Bachelor, mémoires de Master, thèses de Doctorat). Il ou elle devra également participer à la gestion et à l’administration, à différents niveaux, au sein de la Faculté des lettres.
Langues d’enseignement : français et allemand.
Entrée en fonction : 1er septembre 2016.
L'Université de Fribourg promeut la relève féminine dans la carrière scientifique et encourage les femmes à faire acte de candidature.
Les dossiers de candidature, munis des documents usuels (lettre de motivation, curriculum vitae, liste des publications et des enseignements, liste des projets de recherches terminés ou en cours) ainsi que de cinq publications majeures sont à adresser avant le 31 août 2015, sous forme électronique uniquement, à jobs-lettres@unifr.ch.

Renseignements supplémentaires :
Prof. Thomas Schmidt, Département des langues et littératures, Domaine « Philologie classique », Université de Fribourg, Institut du monde antique et byzantin, Rue Pierre-Aeby 16, 1700 Fribourg (Suisse) – Email: thomas.schmidt@unifr.ch


Second offer in German:


 Die Philosophische Fakultät der Universität Freiburg (Schweiz) schreibt folgende Stelle aus:
Assoziierte Professur in Lateinischer Sprache und Literatur (100%)
Die Bewerberin oder der Bewerber verfügt über ein Doktorat und eine Habilitation oder äquivalente Leistungen. Sie bzw. er bringt die notwendigen wissenschaftlichen Kompetenzen mit, die es ihr oder ihm erlauben, die lateinische Sprache von den Anfängen bis zum Ende der Spätantike auf dem Niveau Bachelor und Master zu unterrichten. Sie bzw. er hat Erfahrung in der Lehre, in der Konzeption und Leitung von Forschungsprojekten und verfügt über ein solides Publikationsdossier sowie über ein wissenschaftliches Netzwerk.
Die Bewerberin oder der Bewerber ist eine ausgewiesene Latinistin bzw. ein ausgewiesener Latinist, deren/dessen wissenschaftliches Profil nicht auf eine bestimmte literarische Gattung festgelegt ist, sich aber im Feld des klassischen Lateins bewegt. Kompetenzen im Bereich der kritischen Editionswissenschaft und der Literaturtheorie sind von Vorteil. Die künftige Stelleninhaberin oder der künftige Stelleninhaber ist eingeladen, aktiv mit dem Institut für Antike und Byzanz der Universität Freiburg sowie mit dem Departement für Sprachen und Literaturen und anderen Bereichen der Philosophischen Fakultät zusammenzuarbeiten. Sie bzw. er wird sich auch am Doktoratsprogramm der CUSO für Altertumswissenschaften beteiligen.
Die künftige Stelleninhaberin bzw. der künftige Stelleninhaber trägt zur Postgraduiertenausbildung bei und betreut Forschungsarbeiten auf allen Stufen (Bachelor-, Master- und Doktorarbeiten). Sie bzw. er übernimmt ebenfalls Verwaltungsaufgaben auf verschiedenen Ebenen innerhalb der Philosophischen Fakultät.
Unterrichtssprachen: Deutsch und Französisch
Stellenantritt: 1. September 2016
Die Universität strebt die Erhöhung des Frauenanteils an; somit sind Bewerbungen von Frauen besonders willkommen.
Bewerbungen sind mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Motivationsschreiben, Lebenslauf, Schriftenverzeichnis, Verzeichnis der Lehrveranstaltungen, Verzeichnis der abgeschlossenen oder laufenden Forschungsprojekte) unter Hinzufügung von fünf aussagekräftigen Schriften ausschliesslich auf elektronischem Weg bis zum 31. August 2015 an folgende Adresse zu richten: jobs-lettres@unifr.ch

Weitere Auskünfte:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt, Departement für Sprachen und Literaturen, Studienbereich „Klassische Philologie“, Universität Freiburg, Institut für Antike und Byzanz, Rue Pierre-Aeby 16, 1700 Fribourg (Suisse) – Email: thomas.schmidt@unifr.ch



THREE VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS AT NORTHEAST NORMAL UNIVERSITY IN CHANGCHUN, CHINA

Secondly, we would like to inform you of three job openings at the Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China. This is how Dr. Sven Günther, the current visiting professor, gives an overview on the University and about the available jobs in general:

“The Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC) at Northeast Normal University (NENU) in Changchun, Jilin Province, P. R. China, invites applications for a full-time Visiting Professorship in Classics. The appointment will be fixed term from 1st September 2015 through 15th July 2015, with the possibility of an extension for the following year.

Every year IHAC employs three visiting professors in the fields of Egyptology, Assyriology, and Classics. The Institute has been established for the past 30 years and is the largest in China for the study of the ancient Near East and Western Classics. IHAC has its own journal, The Journal of Ancient Civilizations (http://www.hsozkult.de/journals/id/zeitschriften-684) as well as an up-to-date library.
The visiting professor will be expected to teach between 8 and 12 hours per week, all in English, and contribute to the research output of the department. Term dates are roughly 1st September to 10th January and then 1st March to 10th July, but these are subject to change depending on the lunar calendar; the Chinese holidays as well as the major national holidays of the appointee’s country will be observed. Salary will be around 5,000 RMB to 6,500 RMB per month, depending on experience, but the university will also pay and provide accommodation for the appointee and to a certain extent cover municipal expenses, such as electricity. Funding is also available for travel around China, and the university will pay for one round-trip flight from home country to Changchun. Health care will be provided by the university, but this does not cover the cost of prescriptions.

Northeast Normal University (http://en.nenu.edu.cn/) is located in the city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The city consists of about 4 million people and is home to a large number of universities. A ‘normal’ university in China refers to a university for future teachers, and there are over one hundred normal universities in China, of which NENU is ranked no. 4. Living expenses are very low in Changchun, and a single person will generally not spend more than 1,000 RMB per month on food. The climate is normally dry, but has very extreme winters (-20° C) and summers (+20° C).”

The following paragraph lists further information concerning each of the three available positions:

1.       Position: Visiting Professorship in Classics

Duties and responsibilities:
The appointee will be responsible for designing and teaching courses to MA- and PhD-level students on the following subjects: Ancient Greek, Latin, and Greek and Roman History. There is also the possibility for designing other courses upon agreement from IHAC. It is also possible that the appointee may be asked to supervise students if so required. All teaching is done in English. The appointee will also be co-editor of the IHAC-journal, The Journal of Civilizations, which is accredited by the Chinese Social Science Citation Index and Thomson Reuters-web of science.

Requirements:
- A PhD in Classics.
- Research experience and a publication record that is reflective of the career stage.
- Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content and didactics.
- Excellent command of the English language.
- Editing experience desirable.
Chinese scholars are not permitted to apply for this post.

Application:
Deadline for applications: June 15th, 2015.
All applications have to be sent to Dr. Huipeng Ge (huipengge@163.com)
Applications should be in English and contain the following: cover letter, CV, details of 3 referees with email addresses, and a publication sample (a chapter from a PhD thesis is also acceptable).

Informal inquires can also be made to Dr. Huipeng Ge, or to the current post holder: Dr. Sven Günther, M.A. (sveneca@aol.com)



2.       Position: Visiting Professorship in Egyptology

Duties and responsibilities:
The appointee will be responsible for designing and teaching courses to MA and PhD level students on the following subjects: Middle Egyptian, Late Egyptian, Hieratic, and Egyptian Civilization. There is also the possibility for designing other courses upon agreement from IHAC. It is also possible that the appointee maybe asked to supervise students if so required. All teaching is done in English. The appointee will also be co editor of the department journal, The Journal of Ancient Civilizations, which is accredited by the Chinese Social Science Citation Index and Thomson Reuters-web of science.

Requirements:
- A PhD in Egyptology.
- Research experience and a publication record that are reflective of career stage.
- Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content and didactics.
- Excellent command of the English language.
- Editing experience desirable.
Chinese scholars are not permitted to apply for this post and a preference will be given to experienced candidates.

Application:
Deadline for applications: June 15th, 2015.
All applications have to be sent to Dr. Huipeng Ge (huipengge@163.com)
Applications should be in English and contain the following: cover letter, CV, details of 3 referees with email addresses, and a publication sample (a chapter from a PhD thesis is also acceptable).

Informal inquires can also be made to Dr. Huipeng Ge, or to the current visiting professor: Dr. Sven Günther, M.A. (sveneca@aol.com


3.       Position: Visiting Professorship in Assyriology

Duties and responsibilities:
The appointee will be responsible for designing and teaching courses to MA and PhD level students on the following subjects: Akkadian, Sumerian, Near Eastern History and Culture. There is also the possibility for designing other courses upon agreement from IHAC. It is also possible that the appointee may be asked to supervise students if so required. All teaching is done in English. The appointee will also be co-editor of the department journal, The Journal of Ancient Civilizations, which is accredited by the Chinese Social Science Citation Index and Thomson Reuters-web of science.

Requirements:
- A PhD in Assyriology or related field.
- Research experience and a publication record that are reflective of career stage.
- Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content and didactics.
- Excellent command of the English language.
- Proficiency in Akkadian and Sumerian (it is currently not possible to teach other Near Eastern languages).
- Editing experience desirable.
Chinese scholars are not permitted to apply for this post and a preference will be given to experienced candidates.

Application:
Deadline for applications: June 15th, 2015.
All applications have to be sent to Dr. Huipeng Ge (huipengge@163.com)
Applications should be in English and contain the following: cover letter, CV, details of 3 referees with email addresses, and a publication sample (a chapter from a PhD thesis is also acceptable).


Informal inquires can also be made to Dr. Huipeng Ge, or to the current visiting professor: Dr. Sven Günther, M.A. (sveneca@aol.com)