Witzig, Sophia MA (Lyon/France) – Fonctions administratives et rôles politiques des gouverneurs de province dans l’empire d’Ur III (2112-2004 av. J.-C.) : le cas des gouverneurs de Girsu/Lagaš

This doctoral dissertation falls within the context of previous studies conducted on Ur III political history by assyriologists (see for instance J. Dahl on Umma). The project aims at shedding a new light on the administration of Ur III “core provinces”. It relies on prosopographical studies of the Girsu/Lagaš governors and builds upon the significant amount of textual sources – available online mainly thanks to the BDTNS – so as to answer questions regarding the following points:

-The distribution of power among the local elite
-The appointment of governors and their relation with the royal family
-The role of the governors with respect to taxation
-The extent and the nature of the governors’ social network

Sophia Witzig
University Lumière-Lyon II
Archéorient Laboratory
MSH Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée
7 rue Raulin – 69365 LYON cedex 07, France

Program Administrator, Oriental Institute

The National Museum of Afghanistan-Oriental Institute (NMA-OI)
Partnership consists of several related multi-year programs and grants
sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. This forms part of The
Oriental Institute’s ongoing commitment to the protection of cultural
heritage in Afghanistan and the development of locally sustainable
organizational infrastructure for the National Museum and related
cultural institutions as the focal point of cultural heritage
stewardship in that country.

Based in Chicago, the Program Administrator (PA) will oversee the
management of programs, grants, staffing and local partners operating in
Kabul, Afghanistan. The Program Administrator will also serve as advisor
to PI on all project-related functions including management of program
outcomes, budgets, cooperative agreements and preparing financial and
program reports as required. The PA will work closely with State
Department personnel to ensure timely response to inquiries and
submission of quarterly reports. Job responsibilities may require
periodic travel to Kabul to meet with program personnel, partners and
project stakeholders.

Strong project management skills are required, including experience
managing federal grants, preferably related to cultural heritage
projects. Archaeology or anthropology background preferred.

For more details and to apply for this position, please go to the
University of Chicago’s website, http://jobs.uchicago.edu/

Job posting number: _101588_

Online you will be asked to complete an application, and to upload both
a cover letter and resume.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, November 7. Email inquiries
can be directed to the oi-administration@uchicago.edu.

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application process should call 773-834-1841 or email
talentacquisition@uchicago.edu with their request.

Oriental Institute Job Posting: Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Rank of Instructor

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites applications for the Oriental Institute’s Annual Post-Doctoral Fellow Conference program for the 2017—2019 academic years. This is a twenty-four-month, non-renewable appointment. During the first year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize and conduct a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute on key comparatively oriented theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies (archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research). We encourage cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas. Applicants should take into consideration the research interests represented at the Oriental Institute. The conference will take place in early March 2018. Following the conference, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with publication staff to assemble and edit the proceedings for publication in the “Oriental Institute Seminars” series. During the second year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute and may have the opportunity to teach one quarter-length course on a topic of his or her choosing. The incumbent is also encouraged to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact with the Oriental Institute community.

Information on past Oriental Institute Annual symposia can be viewed at: https://oi.uchicago.edu/research/postdoctoral-fellow-program

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a discipline relating to ancient studies must be complete at the time of appointment.

Applicants should send:

a. Cover letter
b. 5-page proposal outlining the nature and structure of the conference (including the names and paper topics of six to eight key participants who have agreed to make presentations, should the conference be funded; for budgetary reasons, international participants should constitute no more than half of the list of six to eight invited speakers)
c. Curriculum vitae
d. 3 letters of reference

Please apply online to the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunity website at: http://tinyurl.com/jgxuv9z Posting number 03151

Review of applications will begin on Monday, January 9th, 2017. Start date is September 1st, 2017. Inquiries can be directed to oi-administration@… with the subject heading “Post-Doctoral Fellow”.

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Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email ACOppAdministrator@… with their request.

(Posted by Foy Scalf, Oriental Institute)

Post-doctoral fellowship – Yale Babylonian Collection

The Yale Babylonian Collection invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship of one year, full-time residence in New Haven, preferably beginning October 1, 2016.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to prepare a substantial group of cuneiform tablets for publication in hand copies and photographs in a volume to be published under the auspices of the Collection. Preference is given to publication of about forty Sumerian literary manuscripts, but other projects will be considered. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to participate in the academic life of the Collection and to teach one graduate level course.

The appointment is for one year and non-renewable. A Ph.D. in Assyriology and experience in reading and copying tablets is required. The annual salary is $42,000, plus benefits. Yale University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Send applications, consisting of letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of epigraphic skills, and the names and addresses of three referees to agnete.lassen@yale.edu.  Applications should be received by July 15, 2016.

Research Fellow – Heidelberg University

(German below)

POSITION Research Fellow
Heidelberg University’s Collaborative Research Centre 933 (CRC 933) “Material Text Cultures“ offers a vacant job position for a Research Fellow (E 13 100%) in the sub-project B04 (Jewish Studies).

The Collaborative Research Centre 933 (CRC 933) “Material Text Cultures“ was established by the German Research Foundation in July 2011 at Heidelberg University (cooperation partner: University for Jewish Studies Heidelberg). Within the CRC’s conceptional framework, we investigate the material presence of written texts in societies to which means of mass production for written texts were unknown or unavailable (“non-typographic”). Based on that we look at reception practices whose implementation is likely because of their material presence. The material text cultures in non-typographical societies are systematically described and contrasted with typographical societies.

The CRC’s fundamental research focusses on script-bearing artefacts originating especially from the Mediterranean area. It is carried out in a conceptional framework that was developed from recent cultural-theoretical approaches (e.g. material turn). In the long run, we plan to establish a new methodological set of tools in order to analyse script-bearing artefacts in the text-interpretative cultural studies.

For this purpose, the sub-project B04 is looking for an exceptionally qualified research fellow (Post-Doc) willing to contribute their specialist competences to the sub-project B04. A thematic reorientation – either towards the Jewish ancient world or the late medieval period – is desired.

For being considered you need to have:

• – A completed dissertation in Jewish Studies.
• – Very good knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic.
• – Profound knowledge in the culture and literature theories relevant to the CRC 933.
• – Experience with project research.
• – Capacity for teamwork.Part of your job will be the
• – Further development of the sub-project B04.
• – Conception and commencement of a habilitation dissertation at the University of Heidelberg in the course of the CRC 933.
• – Communication of your research and results within the CRC 933 as well as within the teaching and research activities of the University of Jewish Studies.
• – Collaboration within the interdisciplinary CRC’s working and theory groups.
• – Scientific preparation of and contribution to conferences and workshops of the sub project B04.
• – Contribution to the draft for the third funding period.

The sub-project has the financial resources for a student assistant (25h/month, untested).

The compensation is made according to TV-L (E13).

The position can be split between two people and is limited to the 30th of June 2019. In case the CRC 933 and the sub-project B04 will be funded for a third period the position is available until the 30th June 2013.

Please apply with the regular documents until 30th of June 2016 by e-mail: Frau Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss: mailto:hanna.liss@hfjs.eu

Please note that application documents that were sent by post won’t be returned.

The University of Heidelberg seeks to raise the percentage of women in areas where they have been underrepresented so far. Qualified women are asked to hand in their application.

Severely handicapped with equal qualification receive preferential treatment.


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Wissenschaftlicher mitarbeiter am Sonderforschungsbereich 933 „Materiale Textkulturen“ der Universität Heidelberg ist ab 1. September die Stelle einer/eines Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin / Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiters (E 13 100%) im Teilprojekt B04 (Judaistik/Jüdische Studien) zu besetzen.

In dem von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft ab 1. Juli 2011 an der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Kooperationspartner: Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg) eingerichteten Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 933 „Materiale Textkulturen. Materialität und Präsenz des Geschriebenen in non-typographischen Gesellschaften“ erforschen Kulturwissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler die materiale Präsenz des Geschriebenen in verschiedenen Praxisfeldern solcher Gesellschaften, in denen keine Verfahren der massenhaften Produktion und Distribution von Geschriebenem verfügbar oder verbreitet sind („non-typographisch“). Darauf basierend werden diejenigen Rezeptionspraktiken dargestellt, deren Vollzug am Geschriebenen aufgrund seiner materialen Präsenz wahrscheinlich ist. Die so ermittelten ‚materialen Textkulturen‘ non-typographischer Gesellschaften werden schließlich systematisch beschrieben und mit denjenigen typographischer Gesellschaften kontrastiert.

Die im SFB 933 „Materiale Textkulturen“ zu leistende Grundlagenforschung an schrifttragenden Artefakten insbesondere des zirkum-mediterranen Raums erfolgt in einem konzeptionellen Rahmen, der aus rezenten kulturtheoretischen Ansätzen entwickelt wurde (ibs. der material turn). Langfristig soll dadurch ein neuartiges methodisches Instrumentarium zur Analyse von schrifttragenden Artefakten in den text-interpretativen Kulturwissenschaften etabliert werden.

Hierfür sucht das Teilprojekt B04 im SFB 933 „Materiale Textkulturen“ eine herausragend qualifizierte Wissenschaftlerin / einen herausragend qualifizierten Wissenschaftler (Post-Doc), die / der bereit ist, ihre / seine fachspezifischen Kompetenzen in das TP B04 einzubringen. Eine thematische Neuausrichtung entweder auf die jüdische Antike oder die spätmittelalterliche Periode ist dabei gewünscht.

Die Voraussetzungen für die Besetzung der Stelle sind:

• – Eine abgeschlossene Dissertation in Judaistik / Jüdische Studien
• – Sehr gute Hebräisch- und Aramäischkenntnisse
• – Fundierte Kenntnisse in den Kultur- und/oder Literaturtheorien, die für den SFB relevant sind
• – Erfahrung mit Projektforschung
• – Teamfähigkeit

Zu Ihren Aufgaben gehören:

• – Wissenschaftliche Weiterentwicklung des Teilprojektes
• – Konzeption und Beginn einer Habilitationsschrift im Rahmen des SFB 933
• – Kommunikation der Forschung und ihrer Ergebnisse in den SFB 933 sowie in den Lehr- und Forschungsbetrieb der Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg
• – Mitarbeit in den interdisziplinären Arbeits- und Theoriegruppen des SFB
• – Wissenschaftliche Vorbereitung von und Mitarbeit an Konferenzen und Workshops des Teilprojektes
• – Mithilfe bei der Ausarbeitung der wissenschaftlichen Teile des zweiten Fortsetzungsantrages für die dritte Förderperiode

Dem Teilprojekt ist eine studentische Hilfskraft mit ca. 25 Stunden / Monat (ungeprüft) zugeordnet. Die Vergütung erfolgt nach TV-L (E13).

Die Stelle ist grundsätzlich teilbar. Die Stelle ist befristet zum 30.06.2019; im Falle der Weiterförderung des SFB 933 und des TP B04 ist sie bis zum 30.06.2023 verlängerbar.

Bewerbungen mit den üblichen Unterlagen sind bis zum 30. Juni 2015 und zwar per E-Mail zu senden an Frau Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss: mailto:hanna.liss@hfjs.eu

Wir bitten um Verständnis, dass per Post eingegangene Bewerbungsunterlagen nicht zurückgesandt werden.

Die Universität Heidelberg strebt eine Erhöhung des Anteils der Frauen in den Bereichen an, in denen sie bisher unterrepräsentiert sind. Entsprechend qualifizierte Frauen werden um ihre Bewerbung gebeten.

Schwerbehinderte werden bei gleicher Eignung vorrangig eingestellt.

PhD position, Leiden University

Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics has vacancy for a:

PhD position: Language contact and genetic relationships in pre-Roman North West Anatolia (1.0 fte; four years; start September 2016)

Project Description
The Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, and the Bosporus form the most important natural boundary between Europe and the Near East, and the regions encompassing these waterways have therefore always been the area where East and West collide, being home to all kinds of mixture of peoples and languages.
Yet, very little is known about the ethnolinguistic situation in this border area in pre-Roman times, due to an almost complete lack of written sources from this period. Exciting new discoveries in Daskyleion (a city that from 550-330 BC functioned as the seat of the Persian satrap that ruled North West Anatolia) may change this. During recent excavations, executed by the University of Muğla, a multitude of pot shards have been unearthed with Greek, Phrygian, and Lydian graffiti on them, giving a first insight into the linguistic landscape of this area in pre-Roman times.

Key responsibilities
The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) invites candidates for a PhD position to write a dissertation on the topic of ‘language contact and genetic relationship in pre-Roman North West Anatolia’ (under supervision of prof.dr. A.M. Lubotsky and dr. A. Kloekhorst), with the following duties:

1. To cooperate in producing a full description and analysis of the graffiti that thus far have been excavated at Daskyleion.

2. To reconstruct the nature and origins of the linguistic landscape of North West Anatolia in the first millennium BCE, using the following approaches / sources:
a. Historical sources: 2nd millennium sources, classical authors, epigraphic material;
b. Archaeological sources;
c. Historical linguistics: the genetic relationships between the languages from this region; especially the genetic affiliation of Phrygian is likely to provide important clues and will therefore form a major part of the research;
d. Contact linguistics: how did the languages of this region influence each other?

Apart from writing a PhD thesis, the candidate will also carry out the following tasks:

– Submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals;
– Presenting papers at (international) conferences;
– Some teaching in the second and third year of the appointment;
– Organizing and participating in reading and discussions groups, seminars, workshops within LUCL.

Selection Criteria

– You have a completed MA or equivalent degree in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Classics, or any other relevant field;
– You have demonstrable affinity with historical linguistics and good working knowledge of Greek and preferably of any of the other languages mentioned in the advertisement;
– You have a curious, enterprising and creative mind and excellent analytical skills, evidence of which should emerge from the MA thesis;
– Good writing skills;
– Proficiency in English.

For the full text of the advertisement, see: http://werkenbij.leidenuniv.nl/vacatures/phd-posities/16-177-vacatures-jobs-universiteit-leiden-university-phd-position-language-contact-and-genetic-relationships-in-pre-roman-north-west-anatolia-.html

Postdoc – The Würzburg Centre for the Study of Ancient Cultures

The Würzburg Centre for the Study of Ancient Cultures (Würzburger Altertumswissenschaftliches Zentrum – WAZ) advertizes a 4-month resident research fellowship (Postdoc; within 2016; application deadline 22 April 2016).

The prospective fellow is expected to conduct independent research on a specific topic within the study of ancient cultures (disciplinary restrictions apply). At the end of her/his fellowship, the fellow will be able to submit a substantial application for funding of a larger research project on the chosen topic to be conducted at Würzburg University.

For more details, please consult the advertisement published on the Jobbörse of Würzburg University at


Contact: Prof. Daniel Schwemer, Chair WAZ (mailto:daniel.schwemer@uni-wuerzburg.de)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology and the Ancient World – Brown University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology and the Ancient World
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University, Providence, RI

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University invites applications from exceptional junior scholars who augment or complement the present strengths and diversity of the Joukowsky Institute community, and who enhance our commitment to inclusive education and outreach.

We seek candidates who have demonstrated a capacity for innovative research and cross-disciplinary thinking.  We are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in individuals whose work focuses in one or more of these five spheres: 1) archaeological perspectives on diversity and inclusion; 2) environmental studies; 3) public archaeology; 4) digital archaeology; 5) Late Antiquity.

In addition to pursuing their research, successful candidates will be expected to teach half time – i.e., one course per semester.  Teaching may be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; interdisciplinary offerings are desirable.  Applicants must have received their Ph.D. from an institution other than Brown within the last five years.  Successful candidates will be expected to make substantive contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, such as the organization of reading or working groups, a topical symposium, or another project intended to foster a stimulating intellectual environment in which to pursue research and to develop new interdisciplinary connections.  This will be a one-year position, with the possibility of a one-year renewal, beginning on July 1, 2016.

All candidates should submit a letter of application, short descriptions of 3-4 proposed courses, and curriculum vitae by April 10, 2016. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference be submitted via Interfolio by the application deadline.  Applications received by April 10, 2016 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

Please submit application materials online at apply.interfolio.com/34219.  There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.

For further information:
Professor Peter van Dommelen
Chair, Search Committee
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Nicholas Kraus – Cuneiform Education in Sargonic Mesopotamia

Cuneiform Education in Sargonic Mesopotamia

The purpose of this dissertation is to examine cuneiform education in Sargonic Mesopotamia, with the aim of understanding the structure, goals, development, and context of scribal education in this period. The material used for this study includes all texts that can be considered school texts or didactic in nature. The investigation will first cover the texts at each stage in the education process and second, the curriculum of education will be examined as a whole, in its socio-historical context and in relation to other didactic structures from Mesopotamia.

email: nicholas.kraus@yale.edu

PhD Studentship in British Museum and SOAS

PhD Studentship in British Museum and SOAS

AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) in the British Museum and SOAS

Deadline: 31 March 2016

AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA): ‘Individuality and identity in cuneiform: personalising economic documentation from the 21st and 20th centuries BC’

Duration of studentship: 3 years (to start 1 October 2016)

The Department of the Middle East at the British Museum and the Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East at SOAS invite applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a full-time, 3-year Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council on the subject of ‘Individuality and identity in cuneiform: personalising economic documentation from the 21st and 20th centuries BC’. Supervision will be provided by Dr Mark Weeden at SOAS and Dr Jonathan Taylor at the BM.

The successful candidate will investigate individuality and identity in cuneiform through study of carefully selected text corpora from the Ur III and Old Assyrian periods. (S)he will develop methodologies to draw out differences along temporal, geographical and social axes, using approaches based around:

1) The tablet as text carrier: clay type, manufacturing techniques, tablet size and shape.

2) The inscription as artefact: text layout, spelling, character forms, stroke order within characters, and non-textual features.

Award:  Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, which include residence conditions, the full studentship award covers tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses (a fees-only studentship award covers tuition fees only).  The value of the stipend for 2016/17 is yet to be confirmed and is only available to UK nationals and usually to EU-citizens if they have three years of residence in the UK. It is likely to be £14,296 plus £550 additional stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students. Students registered at a London Higher Educational Establishment have an additional £2,000 London Weighting. Additionally the award contains up to £1,000 a year from the British Museum to support research costs such as research trips or conference attendance etc.). Non-EU overseas applicants are normally not eligible for the award.

For further information and instructions on how to apply, please go to:


Queries regarding the project are welcome. Please email Dr Mark Weeden at mailto:mw41@soas.ac.uk and Dr Jonathan Taylor at mailto:jjtaylor@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk