Updates & News
- 2012 Annual Appeal Letter
- Four Scholars Honored at the 2012 Annual Meeting
- Position Opening: Director of the Albright Institute
- Call For Nominations: ASOR President & ASOR Secretary
- Seed Money Available for Lectures and Outreach Events
- Project Grants for Garden & Landscape Archaeology
- 2013 Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize
- Election for ASOR Board of Trustees
- Free Access to ASOR's Journals
- Exciting New Funding Opportunities from ASOR
- Thomas Schneider Appointed Editor of NEA
- The American Research Institute in Turkey: ARIT Research Fellowship Programs 2011-2012
- Strategic Planning
At this year's Annual Meeting, four recipients were presented with awards recognizing exceptional contributionsand dedication to their field. The honorees are Oded Lipschits, David Vanderhooft, Edward Wright, and James C. VanderKam.
The G. Ernest Wright Award is given to the editor/author of the most substantial volume(s) dealing with archaeological material, excavation reports and material culture from the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean. This year it was awarded to Oded Lipschits and David Vanderhooft for their book The Yehud Stamp Impressions: A Corpus of Inscribed Impressions from the Persian and Hellenistic Periods in Judah (Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2011 [pp. xvi + 796]). This book is the product of over ten years of research and analysis and displays the first comprehensive examination of these important artifacts from ancient Israel in about 40 years. The systematic study of Oded Lipschits and David Vanderhooft presents a comprehensive catalogue (through the winter of 2008–2009), classification, and analysis of all published and unpublished Yehud stamp impressions, with digital photographs and complete archaeological and publication data for each impression. This invaluable, insightful, and exhaustive resource provides a new historical typology for the development of the impressions and casts new light on the related fields of stratigraphy, paleography, administration, historical geography, and the Persian-period economy. The meticulous investigation includes distribution, petrographic analysis (of the clay), new readings of the seal legends, use of the toponym Yehud, and significance of the title. The quality of the volume is such that all future studies of these invaluable artifacts will employ this work both as a resource and as a basis for comparison. The authors have produced of a very substantial volume, dealing with both archaeological material and material culture from the ancient Near Eastern and eastern Mediterranean world.
The W.F. Albright Award is honors an individual who has shown special support or made outstanding service contributions to one of the overseas centers ACOR, AIAR, CAARI, or to one of the overseas committees - the Baghdad committee and the Damascus committee. This year, it was awarded to Edward Wright. Ed Wright has completed two three-year terms as President of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (2006-2012). Prior to that (2000-2006), he served the Institute as Treasurer, and as a trustee before that. Ed has given unstintingly of his time and effort to the Albright Institute. He has shepherded the Albright through the difficult period of the financial downturn of 2008-09, working closely with the Director, Seymour Gitin, to maintain the Albright’s excellent program and stellar reputation. He has cheerfully answered e-mails, phone calls, chaired countless meetings, skyped to Jerusalem, and otherwise made himself available for Albright matters at all times. For his steady leadership of the board, as well as his optimistic outlook, the Albright owes him a great debt of thanks. He is fully deserving of a service award named after the Jerusalem Institute’s most distinguished director!
The Frank Moore Cross Award is presented to the editor/author of the most substantial volume(s) related to ancient Near Eastern and eastern Mediterranean epigraphy, text and/or tradition. This work must be the result of original research published during the past two years. This year’s award was presented to James C. VanderKam. His book The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible offers detailed summaries of significant ways in which the scrolls can enrich the reading and study of the Bible. The substantial value of the Dead Sea Scrolls for biblical studies is well known. However, it can be difficult to remain on the cutting edge of Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship. Each chapter brings readers up-to-date with the latest pivotal developments, focusing on relevant information from the scrolls and expounding their significance for biblical studies. This rich compendium from a distinguished scholar is essential reading for all who work at understanding biblical texts and their contexts within the ancient world.
The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR) welcomes applications for the position of Director beginning June 1, 2014. The mission of the Albright is to develop and disseminate scholarly knowledge of the literature, history, and culture of the Near East, as well as the study of the development of civilization from prehistory to the early Islamic period. The Director is the chief executive officer of the Institute, responsible for the fellows’ program, budget, management of the staff and physical plant in Jerusalem, and fundraising.
The Albright Institute seeks candidates who are leaders in the fields of Near Eastern Studies and/or related fields, including archaeology, biblical studies, history, museology, and religious studies. The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen and have administrative and grant-writing skills, and some experience in fundraising. Review of applications will begin January 2, 2013; preliminary interviews will be held in early spring; in-person interviews will be conducted at the spring meeting of the Trustees in Indianapolis April 19-21, 2013.
The search committee requests a letter of application, a full CV along with the name of three references. All communications should be sent to the chair of the committee, Eric M. Meyers, electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by hard copy to Box 90964, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0964, marked “Albright Search Committee.” Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
The Albright Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization and all candidates will be considered on the basis of their individual qualifications irrespective of religion, gender, and race. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be based on individual experience and qualifications.
The Officers Nominations Committee of the American Schools of Oriental Research announces a General Call for Candidates for service as Officers of the Corporation. Nominating an officer is an important way for members to speak into the governance of their organization, and we encourage you to nominate and participate!
Two positions are currently open for nominations:
- President of ASOR: leads the organization, supervises the Executive Director, and is the public face of ASOR.
- Secretary of ASOR: responsible for providing minutes of all meetings of the corporation and acts as custodian of the official records of ASOR.
Inquiries should be addressed to Gary Arbino, Chair of the Officers Nominations Committee. The other members of the committee are Carol Meyers, Christopher Rollston, Joe Seger, and Susan Sheridan.
Nominations should include the candidate’s name, the position for which the candidate is nominated, a one-paragraph academic biography (including membership and activities in ASOR), a brief statement as to why the candidate would be appropriate for the position, and the candidate’s contact information. Self-nominations are encouraged and should include the same information as well as a brief vision statement describing why the candidate is interested in the office.
Call for Nominations and Applications for Election of the Secretary of ASOR
The Officers Nominations Committee of ASOR announces a general call for nominations and applications for individuals to be considered for the position of Secretary of ASOR. The term of office for this position is three years beginning January 1, 2013. A general description of the Office of Secretary and its responsibilities is given in the ASOR Bylaws, (click on “Bylaws”, especially Article IV, Section 10). The Secretary is expected to attend all appropriate meetings of the corporation.
Nominations should be submitted via e-mail to Gary Arbino, Chair of the Officers Nominations Committee. Review of applications and nominations will begin on September 30, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. The Officers Nominations Committee expects to present a nominee for Secretary to the ASOR Board for a vote at the November 18 Board meeting in Chicago, IL.
Call for Nominations and Applications for Election of the President of ASOR
The Officers Nominations Committee of ASOR announces a general call for nominations and applications for individuals to be considered for the position of President of the Corporation. The term of office for this position is three years beginning January 1, 2014. A general description of the Office of President and its responsibilities is given in the ASOR Bylaws, (click on “Bylaws”, especially Article IV, Section 6). The President is expected to attend all appropriate meetings of the corporation and be available for other travel as necessary.
Nominations should be submitted via e-mail to Gary Arbino, Chair of the Officers Nominations Committee. Review of applications and nominations will begin on October 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. The Officers Nominations Committee expects to present a nominee for President to the ASOR Board for a vote at either the November 2012 meeting or the Board’s April 2013 meeting in Indianapolis, IN.
Tthe ASOR Lecture Committee and Regional Affiliations Committee are awarding seed grants to support ASOR members who are organizing lectures and events throughout the year. The goal is to increase ASOR presence in events throughout the year and to promote ASOR’s mission of public outreach and regional events. The committees have already awarded $2,000 in grants for the 2012-13 academic year, and there is $1,000 remaining.
Preference will be given to proposals for special programming at the regional meetings (including co-sponsoring a regional lecture event) that enhance ASOR membership and visibility, as well as to proposals for lectures/events beyond the regional meetings that promise to attract an audience of potential new ASOR members. Preference is given to proposals for $500, but the committee will consider proposals for smaller or larger amounts. The award of the funds carries the obligation that the host acknowledge the support of ASOR, provide a short description of some of ASOR’s principal projects, and designate a space where ASOR materials can be exhibited.
The deadline for this round of proposal is October 15, 2012. The committees hope to make a decision about the remaining funds by November 1st.
Please submit your short proposals (150 words or less), with description of the event and a budget, by October 15th to Britta Abeln.
If you have questions, please contact Jacob L. Wright or Suzanne Richard.
Dumbarton Oaks offers a limited number of grants to assist with scholarly projects in Garden and Landscape Studies. Grants can be used for a broad array of projects in heritage conservation, including field research, site analysis, botanical surveys, and restoration planning, with the goal of promoting the understanding and preservation of historic gardens and other significant designed landscapes. Learn more.
The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem announces the 2013 Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize call for papers. This prize provides $650 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference by a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian or biblical archaeology. Authors may be of any nationality but the article or paper must be in English. Co-written or co-presented pieces may be submitted if all the authors or presenters are doctoral candidates; the prize, if awarded, will be divided equally among authors/presenters.
All submissions (in PDF format) must include the author’s academic affiliation, mailing address, email address, and phone number. Please indicate the department in which the author is enrolled and the expected date of graduation. Submission of conference papers must include the name and location of the conference and the date on which the paper was presented. Submission of published papers must include the full bibliographic citation. All submissions must be received no later than December 31, 2012. The prize will be announced on Sean’s birthday, March 9, 2013.
Send PDF of paper to:
Mr. Sam Cardillo, W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize Committee: Carol Meyers and Beth Alpert Nakhai, co-chairs; Aaron Brody, Seymour Gitin and Edward Greenstein, members; J.P. Dessel, ex-officio; Norma Dever, honorary member.
2012 Prize Recipient: Robert S. Homsher of University College London Institute of Archaeology. His paper was entitled “Mud-Bricks, Construction and the Process of Urbanization in the Middle Bronze Age Levant.” It was presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, in San Francisco.
The Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize was established in 2001 by Professor William G. Dever and Mrs. Norma Dever, in memory of their son, Sean.
Each year, ASOR’s membership has the opportunity to vote for some members of the Board of Trustees. Beginning in 2011, due to new by-laws that mesh with ASOR’s recently adopted Strategic Plan, the number of membership-elected trustees was reduced from six (3 institutional and 3 individual) to four (2 institutional and 2 individual). The term of service for each class of trustees remains three years. This makes your selection of trustees for the Class of 2015 all the more important. To read more about the responsibilities of the ASOR Board of Trustees, see Article III of the ASOR by-laws.
This year, eight candidates are running for four positions on the Board. Of them, four (Ackerman, Gittlen, Knoblauch and Younker) are running for reelection, while the four others (Charaf, Danti, Duff and Hawkins) are new candidates. Three (Ackerman, Gittlen and Younker) are running for the two institutional positions; they are elected by ASOR’s institutional representatives. Five (Charaf, Danti, Duff, Hawkins and Knoblauch) are running for the two individual positions; they are elected by the membership at-large.
Voting takes place at the Membership Meeting, during the Annual Meeting in November. This year, the Membership Meeting will be held on Friday, Nov. 16th, from 7:00-8:15 A.M. Please take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the candidates, their many contributions to the field of Near Eastern archaeology and to ASOR, and their visions for ASOR. Then, come and vote!
Learn about the candidates:
Beth Alpert Nakhai
Chair, ASOR Board Nominations Committee
The American Schools of Oriental research is excited to announce free access to the current content of all three of our publications during the month of April. You are now able to access all content published in Near Eastern Archaeology, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research and the Journal of Cuneiform Studies over the last four years! Simply follow the instructions outlined below. If you decide to take advantage of this promotion we ask that you like us on Facebook.
Please take the time to check out our publications for free! If you enjoy them during the month of the April please consider subscribing or becoming a member, both of which are great ways to continue your access after this promotion ends. You can join ASOR by following the links at www.asor.org.
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The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) has recently decided to allocate funds in support of members who are organizing lectures and events throughout the year. The decision is prompted by an interest in increasing ASOR presence in events throughout the year and in promoting ASOR’s mission of public outreach.
Preference will be given to proposals for special programming at the regional meetings (including co-sponsoring a regional lecture event) that enhance ASOR membership and visibility, as well as to proposals for lectures/events beyond the regional meetings that promise to attract an audience of potential new ASOR members.
Preference is given to proposals for $500, but the committee will consider proposals for smaller or larger amounts. The award of the funds carries the obligation that the host acknowledge the support of ASOR, provide a short description of some of ASOR’s principal projects, and designate a space where ASOR materials can be exhibited.
The funds will be awarded in keeping with these criteria and according to the following timeline:
April 10: Deadline for first round of proposals.
June 1: Deadline for second round of proposals, depending on amount of remaining funds.
October 1: Deadline for third review of proposal. Award of remaining funds.
Proposals that were not funded in the preceding round will be considered in the following round.
Please submit your short proposals (150 words or less), with description of the event and a budget, before midnight of the respective date to Britta Abeln.
As you know, ASOR’s mission is to support archaeology in the Near East, and now we have an exciting opportunity for you to support students of archaeology directly! Every year ASOR gives out several Platt and Heritage Fellowships to deserving students to defray the costs of excavating in the Near East. Last year we gave out a total of 38 scholarships to a pool of 85 applicants, but this year the number of applicants has more than doubled to 179! While we already have funding for 33 scholarships, we would love to seize this opportunity to send more students into the field.
Help us raise the money to fund 53 of our 179 applicants. We already have 33 fellowships, so we need to raise funds for 20 more, or $20,000 in the next 3 weeks. Our goal during the next month is an ambitious one, some might even say mad, which is why we are calling this campaign “March Fellowship Madness!”
Can you give a tax-deductible donation of $25, $100, $1000 or whatever your budget allows, today? Donate now. Each person who donates will receive a report from the student their money helps send to a field project. You can check out the experiences of past recipients on our blog.
Our goal is to raise $20,000. If 800 of our 1,450 members gave $25 today, our drive would be over and twenty more students could afford to travel to their excavations.
Here’s what some of last year’s fellowship recipients had to say about their experiences:
“Each and every day I learned more than I ever hoped, but most importantly this experience enhanced my desire to continue studying archaeology and I am forever grateful to ASOR for supporting me in my endeavors.” –Alexandrea Barogianis, 2011 Fellow
“Although a month of 3:30 AM wake-up times and countless hours spent digging under the hot sun in one of the dustiest places I have ever seen certainly had its challenges, the value of the knowledge and familiarity I gained with the Iron Age material culture and history of this region made it all well worth the effort. I am very grateful to ASOR and its funding donors for the assistance the Heritage Fellowship provided me this summer, without which I could not have participated in this productive and educational field season.” –Adam Bean, 2011 Fellow
Thank you for being a member of ASOR and supporting our mission. For professors and project leaders, donating is a great way to support the students you rely on each field season! We hope you can help us support students of archaeology today.
“Being in the field is the most rewarding experience, in my opinion, as an archaeologist. Not only are you excavating and experiencing something that has not been seen in many hundreds or thousands of years, but you are working and living in the same rooms and streets which these people used daily. Each day you are given the opportunity to discover something new about these people, something that no one else in modern times has ever seen or known.” –Peter Epler, 2011 Fellow
At its November 2011 meeting in San Francisco, the ASOR Board of Trustees elected Professor Thomas Schneider (University of British Columbia) as the new Editor of Near Eastern Archaeology (NEA). Schneider has extensive experience in journal and monograph editing as Editor-in-Chief of the Culture and History of the Ancient Near East series (Brill) where he has overseen the production of the last 25 volumes on topics ranging from Household Archaeology in Israel to Ancient Near Eastern Art and Neo-Assyrian Society, and as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Egyptian History (Brill).
Schneider will work with ASOR’s Committee on Publication and the NEA Editorial Board to continue to articulate the editorial vision of NEA, presenting a balanced ratio of archaeological field reports, broad cultural and historical syntheses, and overviews of current methodological debates—conveying important scholarly work to a wide readership.
Schneider began the position on January 1, 2012 when the term of Professor Ann E. Killebrew ended. Killebrew was the journal’s editor since June 2008. During her tenure, Near Eastern Archaeology became up-to-date in its publication schedule, and the journal benefited greatly from her energy, enthusiasm, and editorial skill.
As of January 1, 2012, all issues of ASOR’s journals (NEA, BASOR, and JCS) are available online through the JSTOR Current Scholarship Program. The available issues include the most
current ones as well as all of the back issues dating to 1920.
The American Schools of Oriental Studies is pleased to announce that we will be joining the JSTOR Current Scholarship Program. Effective January 2012, the following electronic subscriptions for current issues will be available on the JSTOR platform:
ASOR members who choose an online or a print and online subscription may access the complete run of these titles through JSTOR for the price of their membership without any additional fees. Institutional and individual subscribers may access current issues, plus the past four years of back issues. Subscribers may access back issues through the traditional JSTOR platform. With back file and current content available on a single platform, subscribers may enjoy convenient access to a rich and robust resource. The platform will enable powerful discovery, linking, and other features to aid research and scholarship.
The Current Scholarship Program was created to help the academic community benefit from investment in a shared technology platform and related services, to support the publication, dissemination, and use of new scholarship. ASOR is pleased to join others in the academic community in making this type of access available to our members and subscribers. For more information on the Current Scholarship Program, please contact JSTOR at email@example.com. For more information on ASOR’s publications in the JSTOR CSP Platform, please contact ASOR Membership & Subscription Services, 617-358-4376.
The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) is initiating two annual travel scholarships to assist Jordanian scholars in participating in and delivering a paper at the American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting in mid-November in the United States. This scholarship is to be applied for in the year of the scheduled meeting, which moves from city to city, namely San Francisco (2011), Chicago (2012), and Baltimore (2013).
ASOR hosts its annual meeting in mid-November each year, and the academic program includes sessions on specific, pre-determined themes (www.asor.org/am). To present a paper in one of the ASOR or Member-Organized Sessions, interested scholars must submit applications according to the schedule announced on the ASOR website, where the list of session-topics is also posted. It is recommended that scholars interested in delivering a paper in a specific session email the Session Chair considerably in advance of the Abstract Deadline to notify the Session Chair of their interest. All presenters must submit their own applications to be approved by the ASOR Program Committee.
Abstracts should be submitted electronically using ASOR’s online abstract submission system. Jordanian applicants may submit abstracts without meeting the ASOR membership requirement, but membership will be required for all scholars whose papers are placed on the final program. Abstracts for papers of Jordanian applicants should be submitted to ASOR no later than February 1, 2011.
Only those applicants whose papers have been accepted to be delivered in the academic program of ASOR’s Annual Meeting will be eligible to be considered for this scholarship. Awardees will be identified in time for ASOR's March 15 “no late Abstract/Participation Forms accepted” date. This schedule should give awardees time to commit or be replaced by alternates, if they are unable to accept.
Each award is $3500 to cover ASOR annual membership fees, registration fee for annual meeting, U.S. visa (to be applied for by awardees in a timely fashion after notice of receipt of funding with letter of acceptance), international airfare from Jordan to the United States, and hotel costs at the meeting. This award is funded by ACOR.
Applicants will be notified in March 2011.
For additional information and assistance please contact: ACOR Amman Office, P.O. Box 2470, Tel: 9626-534-6117; Fax: 534-4118; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For assistance with the ASOR online application process contact the ASOR Boston Office at email@example.com.
- April 2, 2011: Recommendations for Changes to the ASOR By-Laws
- January 31, 2011: revised recommendations
- November, 2010 documents
- March 24, 2010: planning document for strategic plan
The American Research Institute in Turkey is a non-profit academic organization founded in 1964 for the purpose of supporting research and promoting scholarly exchange in Turkey. ARIT administers a number of fellowship programs to support research and exchange in Turkey as described in the attached release. In addition, ARIT maintains two research institutes in Turkey, one in Istanbul and one in Ankara.
Both branches include a library, hostel, and administrative offices for the support of American and Canadian based scholars conducting research in Turkey.
Please contact this office for further information about ARIT research centers, programs, or membership.
ARIT RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS 2011-2012
American Research Institute in Turkey / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2011-2012ARIT/NEH Advanced Fellowships cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training. The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year. Stipends range from $16,800 to 50,400.
ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2011-2012
ARIT Fellowships are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences. Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, from one to three months up to terms of a year. Stipends range from $4,000 to $16,000.
Kenan T. Erim Fellowship, 2010-2011
The Erim fellowship will support excavation or field study of excavated material remains at Aphrodisias during the summer 2011, $2,375. Applications for ARIT fellowships must be submitted to ARIT before November 1, 2010. The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January, 2011.
For more details please contact Nancy Leinwand
American Research Institute in Turkey
University of Pennsylvania Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-6324 Fax 215 898 0657 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced that The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) has received an outright grant of $300,903 for a 27-month long project to digitize, arrange, describe, and make accessible ASOR's geographically dispersed archives. The archives focus on archaeological excavations and the history of archaeology in the Middle East from 1871 to the present. The archives are presently located at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, at the Semitic Museum at Harvard University, and at ASOR's headquarters at Boston University. The project will also create finding aids and mount digitized materials on the internet. The project is directed by Eric Meyers (Duke University). The ASOR Archives Initiative Advisory Committee will be co-chaired by Meyers and Rachel Hallote (Purchase College SUNY). Other members of the advisory committee include Jeffrey Blakely (University of Wisconsin), Joseph Greene (Harvard University), Phillip King (Boston College), Lawrence Mykytiuk (Purdue University), and Andrew Vaughn (ASOR).