CFP: ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant in the Republic of Armenia

Call for Applications: ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant in the Republic of Armenia 2013-14

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus invites proposals from collaborative teams in support of the preservation and conservation of the Republic of Armenia’s archaeological and historical heritage.  This ARISC program, generously funded by Project Discovery!, seeks to foster joint work between American and Armenian scholars and institutions dedicated to the proper curation and preservation of heritage materials such as artifacts, sites, and manuscripts.  Successful applications will demonstrate substantive collaborations that not only contribute to heritage conservation but also demonstrate efforts to build capacity and enhance local knowledge of current techniques and approaches to heritage management.  These grants require active participation of both American and Armenian principal investigators in all aspects of the collaborative project.

Proposals are submitted jointly by a team of two or more scholars and/or specialists.  At least one must be a citizen of the U.S. and one a citizen of the Republic of Armenia.  Proposals must show evidence of endorsement from all relevant institutions in Armenia in order to demonstrate the feasibility of the undertaking.  These grants are not intended for primary research.  The participants must demonstrate that the project requires true collaboration between both PIs, as well as active participation by both PI’s in all aspects of the work required to complete the project.

Awards are usually made for a period of 12 months during which the work described in the proposal must be completed.  Extensions will be granted only with the explicit approval of ARISC.  Grants will typically not exceed $3000.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, narrative description of the project, supporting documents, budget, budget summary, curriculum vitae, and evidence of endorsement from all relevant institutions in Armenia by January 17, 2014 to info “at” arisc. org.  All information must be received by January 17, 2014 in order for the proposal to be considered for the fellowship.

For a full description and application form, please see > Opportunities > ARISC Grants and Fellowships.

CFP: ARISC Graduate Fellowship

Call for Applications: ARISC Graduate Fellowship

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, and/or Azerbaijan).  Awards will be made for a maximum of $1500 each.  Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel and/or living expenses in the South Caucasus. During his/her stay in the South Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC-sponsored presentation on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried out during the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Friday, December 20, 2013, to info “at” Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted.  All information must be received by Friday, December 20, 2013, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship, as well as in any presentations of the research results.

Please see > Opportunities > ARISC Grants and Fellowships for the full description of the fellowship as well as the application form.

Caucasus Connections Conference: April 4-5, 2014

Call for Papers:

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) and the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington announce:

Caucasus Connections

Indiana University, Bloomington 

April 4-5, 2014

A Conference Sponsored by

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) and The Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington

Deadline: September 30, 2013

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus in cooperation with the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington announces an interdisciplinary conference focused on the institutions, languages, cultures and histories that connect (as well as divide) the various places and peoples of the South Caucasus.  We welcome papers that present original research or discuss challenges or innovations in teaching on the South Caucasus (defined as Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia). We particularly encourage scholars, however, to present work that is transnational or otherwise crosses traditional boundaries of nation, language, and culture to explore the breaching or blurring of these lines, both in the past and the present.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruce Grant (New York University)

Featured Speakers: Dr. Ed Lazzerini (Indiana University), Dr. Christina Maranci (Tufts University), Dr. Harsha Ram (University of California, Berkeley), and Dr. Kevin Tuite (University of Montreal)

For more information and to complete the registration form, please see

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.

This conference is supported with a grant from the US Department of Education and is co-sponsored by the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.

New Perspectives in Eurasian Archaeology

New special issue devoted to ancient Silk Roads and cultural contacts across Eurasia

BMFEA 75 – ”New Perspectives in Eurasian Archaeology”

Volume 75 of the Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities is a special issue, ”New Perspectives in Eurasian Archaeology,” also the title of a IIAS-ASEF sponsored symposium at the Museum in late 2003 — in commemoration of the museum’s illustrious founder, Johan Gunnar Andersson, and his explorations of the archaeology of prehistoric East-West contacts and the fascinating issues regarding possible early relations between prehistoric East and central Asia. The volume is a contribution to the vibrant new research in this field.

BMFEA 75 contains the following original articles and reports:

— LI Shuicheng: Ancient Interactions in Eurasia and Northwest China: Revisiting Johan Gunnar Andersson’s Legacy;

— MEI Jianjun: Qijia and Seima-Turbino: The Question of Early Contacts Between Northwest China and the Eurasian Steppe;

— Louisa G. FITZGERALD-HUBER: The Qijia Culture: Paths East and West;

— Bo LAWERGREN: Western Influences on the Early Chinese Qin-Zither;

— YUAN Jing and Rowan FLAD: Two Issues Concerning Ancient Domesticated Horses in China;

— Donald B. WAGNER: The Earliest Use of Iron in China;

— CHEN Xingcan: Where Did the Chinese Leather Raft Come From? –A Forgotten Issue in the Study of Ancient East-West Cultural Interaction;

— CHOE Chong Pil: Some Problems Concerning Korean Dolmens in Eurasian Perspective;

— Evgeny BOGDANOV: The Origin of the Image of a Predator Rolling up in a Ring in the Portable Art of Central Asia;

— Nguyen Kim DUNG: Johan Gunnar Andersson’s systematic research on Fai Tsi Long Archipelago archaeology and the Andersson collections kept in Viet Nam;

— Nils RINGSTEDT: Swedish Archaeology and the Archaeology of Long-Distance Trade.

In addition, there is a separate article by Lucie OLIVOVA, ”Forgotten Bridges: Dulinqiao and Shanqiao in Southern Hebei, China,” which discusses bridges which are favorite symbols of cultural contact, thus very near the theme of the volume as a whole, evoking the BMFEA credo of ”Dialogue, not diatribe.”

The BMFEA is available for purchase from the MFEA,, English section

Caucasus Panorama

Amongst the Eurasia-related events this semester at Cornell is a speakers series dedicated to the Caucasus.  Final details are still being arranged but our interdisciplinary roster of speakers includes:

February 20. Bruce Grant (NYU Anthropology)

March 7. Gerard Libaridian (UMich, History)

April 4. Harsha Ram (Berkeley, Slavic)

TBA. Ronald Suny

EAC Trends: Further Thoughts

In my opening remarks for the 4th Eurasian Archaeology Conference, I noted some geographic trends in the papers over the course of the last 11 years.  Here is the graph:

The increase in the representation of research in Mongolia explains the growth in the “non-USSR” category.  But it was hard to miss the expansion in international collaborative archaeological research in the former Soviet Republics represented at the Conference versus the decline in the representation of work in Russia.  It will be interesting to see if we can help reverse that trend in the next conference.

Conversations during the conference however suggest this is not just an idiosyncratic sample.  Various discussions suggested that incentives for collaborative work in the Republics and Mongolia versus considerable hurdles in Russia may be pushing international projects onto the edges of the Eurasian landmass.  This move will undoubtedly have a significant theoretical impact.  Compare how the exile of foreign archaeologists from Iraq and Iran in the late 20th century drove not only new projects in the periphery but new models of world systems and (post)colonial identity formation in antiquity.  One possible leading consequence of the reduced presence of Russian archaeology may be a tendency to focus on alternative geographic interlocutors.  For the Caucasus, this would be the Near East, for Mongolia and Central Asia, China.  This shift in the imagination of the geographic centers of gravity shaping the edges of Eurasia in the past was already visible in many of the excellent papers at the 4th EAC.