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Durham University: Position in Zooarchaeology

The Department of Archaeology at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of zooarchaeology from any part of the world and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants capable of directing research on the zooarchaeology of East and South East Asia and Africa.

Postdoctoral position in East and Central Asian archaeology, art history or paleozoology/-botany


The Traditional China Chair at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
of the Uni­versity of Zurich is looking for a postdoc in East and Central
Asian archaeology, art history or palaeo­zoology/-botany. Postdoctoral work
will be carried out under the aus­pices of the Swiss Na­tional Science
Foundation (SNSF) project “Sino-Indo-Iranica rediviva – Early Eurasian
migratory terms in Chinese and their cultural im­plications” (PI: Prof.
Wolfgang Behr). The project will investigate Central Asian loan words of
Ira­nian, Indian, Tocharian and other linguistic origins in Chinese
epigraphical and transmitted texts from early antiquity to the Sui
unification (581 CE). Linguistic results will be compared to evidence from
from material culture and the natu­ral environments with the aim of gaining
deeper in­sights into the devel­opment of the flourish­ing trade routes
linking China and Cen­tral Asia since the onset of writing in China.
As part of the project, a database of Chinese terms with their (putative)
foreign equiva­lents and material culture correlates will be compiled and
published online. The successful appli­cant will conduct a thorough
investigation of material traces re­flecting contact during the time of the
investigated textual evidence in close coordina­tion with the other three
project partici­pants as well as external collaboration part­ners.

Doctoral position in the linguistics of early Sino-Iranian contacts


The Traditional China Chair at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies of the University of Zurich is looking for a doctoral candidate in Middle Iranian linguistics. Work towards the Ph.D. will be carried out under the auspices of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) project “Sino-Indo-Iranica rediviva – Early Eurasian migratory terms in Chinese and their cultural implications” (PI: Prof. Wolf­gang Behr). The project will investigate Central Asian loan words of Iranian, Indian, Tochar­ian and other linguistic origins in Chinese epi­graphi­cal and transmitted texts from early antiq­uity to the beginning of the Sui dynasty (581 CE). Linguistic results will be compared to evi­dence from material culture and the natural en­viron­ments, as reflected by archaeological, paleob­otanical, -zoological or art historical data, with the aim of gaining deeper insights into the de­velopment of the flourishing trade routes lin­king China and Central Asia since the on­set of writing in China. 

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Call for Papers: TAG 2020 at Stanford University

TAG 2020 at Stanford University

May 1-3, 2020

TAG 2020 Stanford aims to facilitate archaeological conversation across a range of topics, formats, and media. The conference will include a variety of events: a full-day plenary debate on the “Potentials and Limits of Big Data” in archaeology; two days of thematically open, concurrent breakout sessions; and a range of art exhibitions to stimulate conversations about the intersections of ethics, politics, and archaeological practice. In the spirit of the Stanford Archaeology Center, a space that fosters collaboration and discussion among archaeologists in different disciplines, we welcome sessions and papers on all current archaeological topics. 


Position, Assistant Professor, Asian Environmental Studies, Vanderbilt University

The Asian Studies Program at Vanderbilt University is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Asian Environmental Studies to begin in the Fall 2020 semester. Regional specialization is open to any area(s) of East, South, and Southeast Asia. Academic training may come from any discipline(s) in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Furman University Professor in Archaeology of East Asia

The Department of Asian Studies and Anthropology Program at Furman University invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Archaeology of East Asia position beginning August 2020 at the assistant, associate or full level.

We seek an archaeologist with teaching and research specialization in East Asia and/or Southeast Asia and experience directing or running a field school and/or willingness to start one. 

The Forbidden City (China) and Parthenon (Greece) display dramatically different conservation approaches, reflecting varied cultural understandings of what counts as “authentic” in the presentation of the past.

Call for Papers: Understanding Authenticity in China’s Cultural Heritage

What we deem to be genuine or fake is not an objective determination, but something that we agree upon as communities. Debates about authenticity, moreover, are often intimately bound to question who owns the past and its representation. Please join us at Oxford on May 28th-30th, 2020, for a discussion on the construction of “authenticity,” both historically and today, in relation to China’s cultural heritage (those objects and texts concerned with China’s past). Applications are now invited for the presentation of papers (~20-30 minutes in length) on this theme.

Grants in Modern Chinese History or Archaeology from the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation

The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation is pleased to announce its fourth annual competition for small grants of up to $5,000 to support projects in modern Chinese economic, social, and political history or in archaeology.

Grants will support travel to China for research or field work.   Grants are available for graduate students and untenured faculty. 

Established in 2016 by Joseph W. Esherick and Ye Wa, the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation supports solid, careful, empirically based, and clearly reasoned scholarship—the sort of work that Esherick encouraged from the students he mentored at the University of California, San Diego, and that Ye Wa has promoted in archaeology.  

University of Texas - Austin, Asian Studies: Assistant or Associate Professor, Asian Humanities (China/Japan)


The Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a faculty position in Asian Humanities at either the assistant (tenure-track) or associate (tenured) level with a regional specialization in either China or Japan, to begin August 2020. We seek applicants with research interests in literature, intellectual history, visual culture, or other fields in the humanities, focusing on premodern, modern, or contemporary periods. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in scholarly research, to teach two courses per semester, to supervise students at the undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. levels, and to contribute to the intellectual life and service needs of the department and the university.


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