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Material Witness Blog







The Material Witness blog is up!

Material Witness is an interdisciplinary training program for PhD students from the seven UK universities that makes up the CHASE consortium – The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex.

The Material Witness workshops have ranged from manuscript handling sessions at the British Library to discussions on the implications of digitalizing art collections. By taking place outside the classroom and by welcoming PhD students from varied backgrounds, this series has championed the interdisciplinary approaches that characterize today’s most cutting-edge scholarship. At the same time, the opportunity to handle works of art reminds participants of the pleasures and responsibilities of original doctoral-level research.

To find out more about the workshops and to hear from the participants themselves, you may checkout the blog here. Suggestions and comments are encouraged!

Call for Journal Submissions: “Cultural Heritage” (Middle East – Topics & Arguments)

Call for Journal Submissions: “Cultural Heritage”
Journal: Middle East – Topics & Arguments
Deadline: January 15 2014

cover_issue_36_en_USThe peer-reviewed online journal “Middle East – Topics & Arguments” is calling for papers for its next issue to appear in November 2014.

In order to bridge the gap between ancient and modern Near Eastern studies, the issue will deal with the tangible and intangible “cultural heritage” of the Near and Middle East, and its treatment from the invention of writing (or even before) until the modern era.

We are happy to accept articles from a broad array of disciplines which involve the Near and Middle East, including cultural studies, archeology, history, philology, anthropology, literature studies, sociology, political science, and economics. With regard to the interdisciplinary and debate-oriented culture of META, innovative approaches and controversial hypotheses are particularly welcome.

For more detailed information on the topic see 
Aims and scope of the journal are explained on

Call for Papers: Galloping History (Ankara, 2014)

Call for Papers: Galloping History
Ankara, 16-19 April 2014
Deadline: Dec 20, 2013

img225There would hardly be any exaggeration in assuming that horses have been one of the most important companions to humankind since the development of civilized societies. Horses and equine culture have played great many roles in almost all historical epochs. Thus, historical inquiry has encountered this phenomenon in a diverse spectrum of fields, including but not limited to military, social, economic, cultural, and literary aspects of human life and its historical evolution. However, since the Industrial Revolution and the technological progress it brought about, especially in transportation, horses and equine culture gradually digressed from the realm of everyday life. The perception of horses and the culture associated with an interest in horses in the contemporary world, as being distinctive of a certain socio-economic class, undermines the true significance of humankind’s relationship with these animals.

For the purpose of elucidating this point, I. D. Bilkent University Department of History and Bilkent Historical Society, are jointly organizing a symposium entitled “Galloping History,” whose scholarly framework utilizes “horses” and “equine culture”. The panels to take place on the 17th and 18th of April, will specifically focus on “horses” and “equine culture” in Ottoman, European and American History. Researchers in the field, graduate students of all levels and history
enthusiasts are welcome to submit abstracts, to be evaluated by a board comprising of the Department of History faculty.

Galloping History Symposium welcomes abstracts that relate to the history of horses and equine culture, irrespective of any topic and field of study, so long as they have an Ottoman, European and/or American focus. The organisation committee welcomes history papers borrowing from various fields, related but not limited to:

– Socio-economic, military, diplomatic, cultural history
– Sociology
– Literature
– Art History
– Anthropology
– Philosophy
– Psychology
– Media, Modern Art
– Social and daily life

Abstract submissions are accepted either in Turkish or English. There
will be no simultaneous translation service. Abstracts of no more than
350 words should be sent to, accompanied by
a short biographical note, no later than December 20, 2013.

During the course of the four-day-long event, all expenses at I.D. Bilkent University (accommodation and meals) will be covered but the participants are otherwise responsible for their own travel expenses. The finalized schedule of events and panels, will be shared with the
participants soon after the evaluation of abstracts is completed.

For further information and questions, please contact:

Fellowship: Jews, Christians, and Muslims (Cambridge, 2015)

Fellowship: Jews, Christians. and Muslims
Woolf Institute Cambridge, 2015
Deadline: 24 January 2014

Woolf-InstituteThe Woolf Institute, which specialises in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship. The Fellowship is tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2015:

Lent term: 13 January–13 March 2015
Easter term: 21 April–12 June 2015

The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research, public education or of the arts in an area relevant to the Institute’s work. The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.

There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and round-trip travel from their country to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.

The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work, or an artist (writer, painter, photographer, etc.) and will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute’s teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found at:

A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to:

Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, Wesley House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BJ, UK or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at

Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr Shana Cohen at

Early Career Fellowship: School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London

Early Career Fellowship: School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London
University College London
Deadline: 31 January 2014

imgres-1The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) will be sponsoring applications for the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship competition in 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for early career researchers to access substantial and prestigious funding.

SSEES offers the largest UK concentration of research in the history, economics, politics, sociology, anthropology, culture, literature and languages of Central, East and South-East Europe and Russia. You can learn more about us on our web pages at:

For matters pertaining to the proposed research field, please contact Professor Simon Dixon (Arts & Humanities), or Professor Susan Morrissey (Social Sciences) in the first instance.

Guidelines for the Leverhulme’s ECF Scheme:

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Durham International Junior Research Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Durham International Junior Research Fellowships

imgresDurham University’s Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) scheme is designed to attract the most talented researchers in Europe and beyond, and build international networks of scholars with a common passion for the deepest theoretical questions and most pressing practical problems facing humanity.

The JRF scheme is aimed at researchers with significant post-doctoral experience, but recent doctorands of exceptional ability and researchers who have followed non-traditional academic career paths (such as in public corporations, NGOs or industry) are also encouraged to apply. JRFs will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration with academic researchers at Durham University.

Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse spectrum of opportunities offered by the Institutes at Durham, which span the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities (and include the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, IMEMS).

– In order that the JRFs can complete a significant piece of original research during the Fellowship, the normal period of the Fellowship is 12 – 15 months. The EU – Durham University contract expires on 30th September 2015 thereby limiting the maximum Fellowship length that we can currently advertise. We have formally applied to the EU for a extension to the DIFeREns project until 30 September 2016 to extend Fellowships to that date (to a total of 24 – 27 months) if Fellows so desire. It is our intention that we have the extension granted by time of appointment. Should the project extension not be granted Fellowships must be completed by 30 September 2015 and should the extension not be granted by the date of appointment, contracts will be given for the normal 12-15 month period in the first instance.
– There are no nationality restrictions, but the award of a Fellowship will be conditional on a visa and work permit being secured, if required, from the UK Border Agency.
– A member of the Durham academic staff will act as host and Mentor for each Fellow. Before applying, applicants MUST seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host.

For further details about this scheme and how to apply consult the website: here.