Archive for January, 2016

BL Labs competition 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Forwarded for Mahendra Mahey:

It’s that time of year again and we are proud to announce the annual BL Labs Competition and BL Labs Awards, celebrating the use of the British Library’s digital collections, are open for 2016!

The BL Labs Competition (http://labs.bl.uk/British+Library+Labs+Competition+2016), which closes on 11 April 2016, is looking for innovative project ideas which use our digital collections in new and exciting ways. Two winners will be selected who will get the opportunity to work on their projects in residence with BL Labs at the British Library for 6 months,  where they will receive the necessary support to make their ideas happen. The Competition winner and runner up will receive £3000 and £1000 respectively.

The BL Labs Awards (http://labs.bl.uk/British+Library+Labs+Awards+2016), which closes on 5 September 2016, recognises outstanding and innovative work carried out using our digital content in four key areas: Research, Commercial, Artistic and Teaching / Learning. A prize of £500 for the winner and £100 for the runner up  will be awarded in each category.

The winners, runners up and other entrants’ work will be showcased and the prizes given at the annual BL Labs Symposium on the 7 November at the British Library, St Pancras, London.

More information about the Competition and Awards is available via the Digital Scholarship blog:

http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digital-scholarship/2016/01/bl-labs-competition-and-awards-for-2016.html

Why not come to one of the 15 ‘BL Labs Roadshow 2016’ UK events we are running between February and April 2016, to learn more about our digital collections and discuss your ideas? This year, we are visiting institutions in: Aberystwyth, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Lancaster, London, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Sheffield and Wolverhampton. Please find further Roadshow details below:

http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digital-scholarship/2016/01/the-bl-labs-roadshow-2016.html

Seminar: Networks in the Ancient World (Oxford)

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Please find below the programme for the Corpus Christi College Classical Seminar programme HT 2016. All papers will take place on Wednesdays at 5 PM in the Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford. The full programme is available at: https://www.ccc.ox.ac.uk/Seminars/

All are welcome to attend.

Networks in the Ancient World

27th January
Elton Barker (Open): Network thinking: textual maps, conceptual frameworks, scholarly practice

3rd February
Eivind Heldaas Seland (Bergen): Rome and the not so friendly king: The social networks of local rulers in the Roman Near East

10th February
Tom Brughmans (Konstanz): The potential of network science for archaeology illustrated through a network study of the Roman economy

17th February
William Mack (Birmingham): Social Networking for Poleis

24th February
Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv): title tbc

2nd March
John Tully (Cardiff): Social Proxenoi: SNA in the Hellenistic Cyclades

9th March
Esther Eidinow (Nottingham): ‘What Will You Give Me?’: Networks, Narratives and the Sacred

For a printable poster for the series or any other enquiries please contact: virginia.campbell@classics.ox.ac.uk

Job: LGPN, Greek and Eastern languages

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint a full-time researcher for the AHRC funded Lexicon of Greek Personal Names project, directed by Professor Robert Parker. The appointment will be for a fixed period of 3 years from 1 April 2016 or as soon thereafter as can be mutually agreed. The appointee will be a member of a research group which will prepare volume VI of the Lexicon, that covering names from the Roman provinces of Syria, Palaestina, Arabia, and areas further East. The special responsibility of the appointee will be for names attested in non-Greek sources; s/he will have excellent knowledge of at least one relevant ancient Semitic language and willingness to acquire competence in others, and a good knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin and relevant modern languages. S/he will have, or be near completion of, a relevant PhD.  For the further particulars please go to http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/jobs.html.

Grade 7: £30,738 – £37,768 p.a.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via www.recruit.ox.ac.uk and enter Vacancy ID 121799

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 18 February 2016. It is expected that interviews will be held in late February 2016.

Contact Person : Miss Clare Jarvis

Contact Phone : 01865 288391

Contact Email : recruitment@classics.ox.ac.uk

Digital Roman Trials (UCL, Feb 19, 2016)

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Workshop: Roman Republican Trials: a Digital Edition

Venue: Skutch Room, Gordon House, University College London
Date: Friday 19th February 2016, 2-6.30pm

This workshop will explores different dimensions of Roman Republican trials, which are emerging from a current research project aimed at the creation (alongside of a printed monograph) of a digital database of all Republican trials, both public and private.

Traditionally, Roman trials have been perceived as generated by personal motives or as part of political factionalism in the elite’s struggle for power. More recently, however, trials have been read as loci where disputes about real contemporary concerns took place and new venues for future conduct were explored. As historical analysis of the Roman political system has widened, trials and forensic rhetoric have taken centre stage as moments of ideological formation. Attended not only by those involved in the trial but also their friends, supporters, and random bystanders, trials have also constituted loci for the formation of public opinion as well as the exercise of public pressure beyond formal institutions. Within this context, this digital reference work aims at providing a user-friendly research tool which will enable to provide a quick and comprehensive answer to questions, such as, for example, how often the same advocates and witnesses appeared together, or the comparative frequency of over time of which crimes were prosecuted, as well as investigating issues of daily life, such as debts, property, and obligations.

Following Michael Alexander’s Trials of the late Roman Republic successful model, the database will contain all essential information concerning the trial (date, charge, etc.) in a user-friendly format. There will be a commentary containing case summaries, discussion of the thorniest historical and legal issues, the explanation of how certain conclusions have been reached), and direct links to related ancient sources The structure of the database will allow for continuing expansion and updating.

Programme

2.00 Introduction

Chair: Valentina Arena
2.15 Federico Russo (University of Vienna, Austria)
‘The ambitus in Mid-Republican Rome: Legislative measures and Historiographical Reflection’

Chair: Andrea Raggi
2.55 Tracy Deline (MacEwan University, Canada)
‘Vestal Virgins on Trial’

Chair: Simon Corcoran
3.35 Kirsten Jahn (University of Magdeburg, Germany)
‘A difficult inheritance – one or two trials against Pompey?’

4.15 coffee break

4.30 Chiara d’ Aloja (University of Bari, Italy)
‘The political significance of Cornelius trial and definition of maiestas’

Chair: Gabriel Bodard
5.10 Alice Borgna (University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy)
‘Let’s go digital: Classics and Digital Humanities, some case-studies’

5.50 Michael Sperberg-McQueen (Black Mesa Technologies LLC, USA)
‘Technical challenges of TLRR2: infrastructure on a shoe-string for a distributed project’

6.30 drinks

All welcome!

For information please contact Valentina Arena (v.arena@ucl.ac.uk)

CFP, People of the Ancient World (Cluj-Napoca, October 2016)

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Call for papers: People of the Ancient World
International Conference
Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, 13–15 October 2016

Population studies for the Ancient World have always been an appealing research field. From demographic reconstructions to onomastical researches and from networks analyses to prosopography and familial micro-history, ancient people are a constant and continuous source of inspiration.Today, more than ever, by employing digital methods and online resources, the study of ancient people is evolving greatly, in new and exciting directions.

As part of the project Romans 1by1, the Centre for Roman Studies of the University of Cluj-Napoca organizes a 3-day conference focused on the population(s) of the ancient world. Our aim is tobring together scholars interested in the research of ancient population froma variety of fields, dealing with the matter from different perspectives. We support any subject related to ancient population and encourage all approaches, inviting proposals for an inter-disciplinary conference. Although our focus will be on the Graeco-Roman world, our interest is not restricted to this area.

We are especially, but not exclusively, interested in:

  1. Theories and methodologies of population research for the ancient world
  2. Onomastics, naming practices and name interpretation
  3. Network studies and groups’ reconstruction
  4. Differences in the research of the elites and the non-elites. Work and labour in the ancient world
  5. Ancient population databases: present work, future directions
  6. Social interaction between the local population and foreigners

Abstracts (max. 300 words) for 15-20 minutes presentations can be submitted at the conference address, romans1by1@gmail.com, until 15th of June2016. Notification of acceptance will be given by1st of July 2016. We strongly encourage submissions from post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers.

The official language of the conference will be English, but in special cases
we can also accept presentations in other languages.

For further information, please use the same address: romans1by1@gmail.com.