A new investment at the Department of Energy’s EMSL is now being used in an international effort to study 1,800-year-old pieces of glass from a Roman shipwreck and ruin. The primary goal of the research is not archaeological; scientists are looking thousands of years into the future to assess the safe disposal of radioactive waste in glass.
1st Call for Papers
Second Workshop of the NeDiMAH Space and Time Working Group:
Here and There, Then and Now – Modelling Space and Time in the Humanities
A Satellite Workshop of Digital Humanities 2012, Hamburg, Germany.
Tuesday 17th July
Spatio-temporal concepts are so ubiquitous that it is easy for us to
forget that they are essential to everything we do. All cultural
expressions are related to the dimensions of space and time in the
manner of their production and consumption, the nature of their medium
and the way in which they express these concepts themselves. This
workshop seeks to identify innovative practices among the Digital
Humanities community that explore, critique and re-present these
spatial and temporal aspects.
Although space and time are closely related, there are significant
differences between them which may be exploited when theorizing and
researching the Humanities. Among these are the different natures of
their dimensionality (three dimensions vs. one), the seemingly static
nature of space but enforced ‘flow’ of time, and the different methods
we use to make the communicative leap across spatial and temporal
distance. Every medium, whether textual, tactile, illustrative or
audible (or some combination of them), exploits space and time
differently in order to convey its message. The changes required to
express the same concepts in different media (between written and
performed music, for example), are often driven by different
spatio-temporal requirements. Last of all, the impossibility (and
perhaps undesirability) of fully representing a four-dimensional
reality (whether real or fictional) mean that authors and artists must
decide how to collapse this reality into the spatio-temporal
limitations of a chosen medium. The nature of those choices can be as
interesting as the expression itself.
We invite those working with digital tools and techniques that manage,
analyse and exploit spatial and temporal concepts in the Humanities to
present a position paper at this workshop. Position papers should
discuss a generalized theme related to use of spatio-temporal methods
in the Digital Humanities with specific reference to one or more
concrete applications or examples. Position papers will be separated
into multiple panel sessions according to emergent themes. Those not
wishing to present a paper are warmly encouraged to attend the
workshop and take part in the extended discussion which will follow
the presentations. This workshop is part of the ESF-funded NEDIMAH
Network and organised by its Working Group on Space and Time (STWG).
Papers are invited on any topic that furthers these objectives. Topics
could be, but are not limited to:
- Spatial History
- Temporal analysis of ephemera
- Online contextualization of resources with data from related eras or regions
- Augmented reality applications
- Non-linear representations of space and time
- Digital analyses of fictional or mythical spaces or eras
- Modelling cultural dynamics and diffusion
- Comparisons between narrative, observer and ‘real’ times
Papers that are accepted will have their workshop fees covered.
Separate NeDiMAH STWG workshops cover GIS, Webmapping and ontological
approaches to representing space and time and the Humanities. While
these may naturally be an aspect of accepted submissions they should
therefore not form the main focus of the paper. Papers should be
submitted before 21st March 2012. We will endeavour to decide on the
final workshop programme by the end of March.
Please address submissions and queries to: email@example.com
STWG WG Committee are:
From the CLASSICISTS mailing list:
Call for papers: The Materiality of Texts. Conference at Durham University
September 24-26, 2012
Organizers: Dr Edmund Thomas, Dr Andrej Petrovic, Dr Ivana Petrovic
In recent years, the study of ancient texts has gained from a focus on the physicality of text. Epigraphists are interested more than ever in issues of context, reading and performance. Furthermore, studies of architecture have fed on literary approaches to take account of displays of writing and their implications.
The project ‘The Materiality of Text’ brings together these cross-disciplinary approaches to focus on material aspects of the written word. We invite scholars from a range of disciplines, including philology, epigraphy, ancient history, archaeology and art history, to join us in discussing the physical aspects of inscribed texts in the Greek and Roman world, in Greek, Latin and other scripts, and their relation to literature, art, cultural history, and aesthetics.
Papers are invited on both theoretical approaches and individual case-studies which seek to address questions such as: the visualization of text in a physical context, whether monumental or miniature; the relationship of inscriptions to their support, including steles and statue bases; the appearance of inscribed text in buildings and their impact on the perception of architectural space; the form and varieties of lettering, the aesthetics of writing, and its implications for the reading of a text; issues of visibility and legibility; the role of inscribed dedications or commemorative texts in the perception of buildings sacred or secular; the placement and arrangement of inscriptions in public, religious or private space; the aesthetics of particular genres of text such as building contracts, epigrams and sacred laws; specific techniques in the display of prose and verse texts, ritual or magical use and performative aspects of inscribed texts; re-dedication and re-use of inscribed texts; and the use and contribution of specialized media of support from monumental bronze letters to miniature gold plaques and precious metals.
- Professor Joseph W. Day (Wabash College),
- Professor John Mitchell (University of East Anglia),
- Professor Joannis Mylonopoulos (Columbia University),
- Professor em. Peter J. Rhodes (Durham University).
Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Ivana Petrovic
(firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31st May 2012.
Armed robbers have stolen dozens of artefacts from a Greek museum dedicated to the history of the early Olympics.
Two masked men smashed display cabinets and took more than 60 objects after overpowering a guard at the museum in Olympia, officials said.
If you read a little further into the article you’ll see that Greek museums are short 1500 guards because of government budget cuts. This is what “austerity” does – it doesn’t solve problems, it creates them. Germany and France are forcing the Greeks “to take their medicine” for their former profligacy. However Germany in particular — as an export-driven economy — has benefitted from the low Euro value that the Greek crisis precipitated. They weren’t asking questions when they were still selling BMWs in Greece. Not every economy can be like Germany’s. If the Europeans really want a properly federated Euro zone, they have to face the fact that the richer regions have to subsidise the poorer regions. It’s what happens in Australia – Tasmania and South Australia get far more money back than they put in. It’s a necessity to have a functional federation.
archaeology, experimental archaeology, hairdressing, hairstyles of the rich and famous, Julia Domna, research, Roman women, scholarship, Septimius Severus, Severan dynasty, social history, style, women
A really interesting look at very interesting research in “experimental archaeology” – but with hairstyles! Janet Stephens (a qualified hairdresser working in ‘ancient hairstyle reconstruction’) creates ancient hairstyles using only the appropriate available tools. Her research has upended past views on how ancient women achieved the hairstyles we see in statues and busts. Video and interview.
Her work in this field is unique because her experience as a stylist gives her particular insight into how hair works and what can be accomplished with what tools. She upends a number of assumptions — that Roman women must have used wigs to achieve their more elaborate hairstyles, that they used hairpins — and injects a whole new simplicity and accuracy to the very vocabulary of ancient hairdressing.
(Via The history blog.)
Digital Classicist 2012: Call for Papers
The annual Digital Classicist London seminar series on the subject of
research into the ancient world that has an innovative digital component
will run again in Summer 2012.
We warmly welcome contributions from students as well as from
established researchers and practitioners. Themes could include digital
text, linguistics technology, imaging and visualization, linked data,
open access, geographic analysis, serious gaming and any other digital
or quantitative methods. While we welcome high-quality application
papers discussing individual projects, the series also hopes to
accommodate broader theoretical consideration of the use of digital
technology in Classical studies. The content should be of interest both
to classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, and to information
scientists or digital humanists, and have an academic research agenda
relevant to at least one of those fields.
The seminars will run on Friday afternoons (16:30-18:00) from June to
mid-July in Senate House, London, hosted by the Institute of Classical
Studies (ending early this year to avoid clashing with the Olympic
Games). In previous years collected papers from the seminars have been
published in a special issue of Digital Medievalist; a printed volume
from Ashgate Press; a BICS supplement (in production). The last few
years’ papers have been released as audio podcasts. We have had
expressions of interest in further print volumes from more than one
There is a budget to assist with travel to London (usually from within
the UK, but we have occasionally been able to assist international
presenters to attend, so please enquire).
To submit a paper for consideration for the Digital Classicist London
Seminars, please email an abstract of 300-500 words to
email@example.com, by midnight UTC on April 1st, 2012.
More information will be found at
(AGI) Tripoli – In his first visit outside of Europe, the Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti brought back to Tripoli an ancient roman sculpture, the so-called “Domitilla’s head”, in a bid to show that relations with Libya have now changed.
Domitilla was Emperor Vespasian’s daughter. The sculpture dates back from the first century b.C and it was stolen in Sabrata in 1990. “Domitilla’s head” was taken away from the body of the statue and ended up in an auction at Christie’s in London. It was then bought by an art collector from Rome, to be eventually found by the Cultural Heritage Division of the Italian Carabinieri.
So … how long before some 2nd assistant grip chisels a chunk off a column so they can get their 35mm Arri rig on the dolly shot fixed right? Any takers on that?
The ministry says the move is a common-sense way of helping “facilitate” access to the country’s ancient Greek ruins, and money generated would fund the upkeep and monitoring of sites. The first site to be opened would be the Acropolis.
Archaeologists, however, have for decades slammed such an initiative as sacrilege.
(Via Brisbane Times.)
This has been all about the news in recent days. It’s pretty interesting: must have been an impressive hat when new! Alternative explanations, from the one given (Celtic cavalry serving in the Roman army) for the helmet include: it was a donative for tribal co-operation during the invasion or it was straight-up war booty (which might explain its possible ritual context of being buried with a huge coin hoard and pig bones). I did see one description of it that said it had a picture of a cavalry man trampling “a barbarian” but from the reconstruction drawing in the linked news article below this doesn’t seem apparent – the figure below the equestrian & winged victory seems separate to them, to my eye.
The decorated Roman cavalry helmet was discovered at a site in Leicestershire.
Experts said its date, close to the Roman invasion of 43 AD, meant it could be evidence of Celtic tribes serving with the Roman army.
The artefact, which was found in fragments, has been restored by a team at the British Museum.
The high-denomination octadrachm — or eight-drachma — coin was struck by a little-known Thracian ruler named Mosses around 480 B.C., the time of the second failed Persian invasion of Greece.
Thessaloniki University professor of archaeology Michalis Tiverios said examples of Mosses’ currency are very rare.
“There are very few coins struck in his name,” Tiverios said. “Octadrachms were heavy coins used for transactions abroad, usually for mercenaries’ wages, which is why they are very rarely found in Greece.”
Coins of Mosses are indeed rare – see here – but … the same scholar in some ways also argues for it having been found outide Greece (my blod).
(Via Dorothy King’s PhDiva)