Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Digital Classicist Wiki

[First posted in AWOL 22 February 2010. Updated 23 August 2017]

The Digital Classicist Wiki
The Digital Classicist is a hub for scholars and students interested in the application of humanities computing to research in the ancient and Byzantine worlds. This wiki collects guidelines and suggestions of major technical issues, and catalogues digital projects and tools of relevance to classicists. The wiki also lists events, bibliographies, publications (print and electronic), and other developments in the field. A discussion group serves as grist for a list of Frequently Asked Questions. As members of the community provide answers and other suggestions, some of these may graduate into independent wiki articles providing work-in-progress guidelines and reports. 

The scope of the wiki follows the interests and expertise of collaborators, in general, and of the editors, in particular. As a general principle, key sections of the website or summaries of discussions will, where possible, be translated into the major languages of European scholarship: e.g. English, French, German, and Italian. 

We seek to encourage the growth of a community of practice, which is open to everyone interested in the topic, regardless of skill or experience in technical matters, and language of contribution. To become a editor of the wiki, please contact one of the administrators (Gabriel Bodard or Simon Mahony). (The "create account" option has been disabled due to spam bots.) Consult the Wiki editing page to familiarize yourself with formatting conventions. 

The Digital Classicist is hosted by the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London, and the Stoa Consortium, University of Kentucky.

In memoriam Ross Scaife (1960-2008)

Open Access Journal: Dissertation Reviews

[First posted in AWOL 5 June 3013, updated 23 August 2017]

Dissertation Reviews
Since 2010, Dissertation Reviews has featured more than 1000 overviews of recently defended, unpublished doctoral dissertations in a wide variety of disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our goal is to offer readers a glimpse of each discipline’s immediate present by focusing on the window of time between dissertation defense and first book publication.

Each review provides a summary of the author’s main arguments, the historiographic genealogy in which the author operates, and the main source bases for his or her research. The reviews are also anticipatory, making educated assessments of how the research will advance or challenge our understanding of major issues in the field when it is revised and published in the future.
In addition to the public, non-critical review that is published on the site, authors also receive private, critical commentary from their reviewers designed to help authors during the manuscript revision process. Critical comments are not published on the site or circulated in any way. They are expressly for the author.

Reviews form the bedrock of our project and we’re very proud of the immense work and dedication of our reviewers, writers and editors. Below is a map of these reviews mapped by Ph.D. institution. Please note that many universities have multiple reviews. When you click on of one them, you will see a > symbol and indication of the number of reviews from that university (1 of 23, for example). Scroll through the reviews using the > arrow. Click on “More info” to read any of the reviews  .
While Classics, Ancient Studies, Ancient Near East, Egyptology, Archaeology, and so on are not (yet) explicit categories, there are reviews of dissertations on subjects relating to antiquity in other categories. They are also soliciting Editors for additional categories. Volunteers?

Humanities for All: A National Survey of Public Engagement in the Humanities in Higher Education

Humanities for All: A National Survey of Public Engagement in the Humanities in Higher Education: CALL FOR ASSISTANCE
 The National Humanities Alliance Foundation is currently conducting a national study of public engagement in the humanities at institutions of higher education.

This national study surveys the range of ways that higher ed faculty, students, and administrators have connected with diverse communities through the humanities over the past decade (short abstract available here). We are especially interested in initiatives that have involved collaboration with the wide range of organizations that are also committed to the public humanities.

We are reaching out to ask for examples of projects that connect the humanities with the broader community.

If you have been involved with or know of any projects that fit this description, we would be grateful if you could please contact Daniel Fisher, Project Director (


This project has received generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The National Humanities Alliance Foundation advances the humanities by conducting and supporting research on the humanities and communicating the value of the humanities to a range of audiences including elected officials and the general public.

Open Access Journal: Studies in Ancient Art and Civilization

[First posted in AWOL 4 October 2009. Updated 23 August 2017]

Studies in Ancient Art and Civilization
ISSN: 0083-4300

Studies in Ancient Art and Civilization were created in 1991 as an irregular series which in the first place served as a forum for the presentation of the Jagiellonian University Institute of Archaeology and studies provided by its researchers. The series was originated by professor Joachim Śliwa, who was also its first Editor in Chief, and since 2010 this function has been fulfilled by professor Ewdoksia Papuci-Władyka. Since vol. 10 (2007) SAAC has become a regular yearly periodical. 
Until present fifteen volumes have been published, among them two monographic studies (vols. 3 and 11, the latter being Pontika 2006 conference proceedings edited by E. Papuci-Władyka) and three volumes dedicated to distinguished researchers from our Institute on occasion of their jubilees (vols. 8 – professor Maria Ludwika Bernhard, 14 – professor Joachim Śliwa and 15 – professor Janusz A. Ostrowski).
SAAC publishes papers in the fields of archaeology, art and civilization of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and its colonies, Cyprus and Rome, as well as other, non-Mediterranean ancient civilizations, and also in history of archaeology, collecting of antiquities and reception of ancient culture in modern Europe. Special attention is being given to topics concerning predynastic and early-dynastic Egypt, the Greek and Roman periods in the Black Sea region, and archaeology of Cyprus, due to the excavations conducted by researchers from our Institute in these areas. Objects and artefacts from these excavations are being published in SAAC.
Since 2011 (vol. 15) the publisher has been Księgarnia Akademicka Ltd. in Krakow. Starting with volume 16 (2012) external review procedure will be introduced, compliant to the double-blind review process (anonymity of both reviewed author and reviewer). The referees will be both members of the Editorial Board and other researchers. The list of referees will be published on the journal’s website.
All SAAC volumes as well as other publications are available on the library exchange base.
Recent issues can be purchased at the Księgarnia Akademicka, also in e-book format (www.
    All articles through volume 12 are available as PDF files.
    To read the requested volume use the links below:

      Open Access Journal: Bulletin of the International Association for Paleodontology

      [First posted in AWOL 10 August 2010. Updated 23 August 2017]

      Bulletin of the International Association for Paleodontology
      ISSN: 1846-6273 (Online)
      logo Bulletin of the International Association for Paleodontology
      The International Association for Paleodontology (IAPO) was established in 2007 and has members worldwide. The IAPO's mission as a non-profit organization is three-pronged: It works to advance research and increase knowledge about oral and general health of ancient populations by promoting paleodontological and bioarchaeological researches. IAPO supports and represents the scientific community interested in paleodontology by facilitating professional development within the research community and providing member services. IAPO strives to facilitate the communication and application of research findings within other scientific areas.
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      Open-Access-Publikationen des RGZM (Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum)

      Open-Access-Publikationen des RGZM (Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum)


      Jahrbuch des Römisch-Germanischen ZentralmuseumsDas Jahrbuch des RGZM ist eine jährlich erscheinende archäologische Fachzeitschrift. Zusätzlich zu der Druckausgabe erscheint sie ab 2014 bei der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg im Open Access. Weitere Ausgaben sollen kontinuierlich retrodigitalisiert werden.
      Archäologisches KorrespondenzblattDie Online-Ausgabe erscheint im Open Access mit einem Jahr Zeitverzug auf einem Server der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg. Der Zugang erfolgt dort bzw. über die Homepage des RGZM. Die Onlinestellung der älteren Jahrgänge ist noch im Aufbau.
      Restaurierung und ArchäologieDie Zeitschrift „Restaurierung und Archäologie“ ist ein wissenschaftliches Forum zu Themen der Konservierung/Restaurierung. Zusätzlich zur Printausgabe erscheint sie ab 2014 bei der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg im Open Access. Weitere Ausgaben sollen kontinuierlich retrodigitalisiert werden.


      Byzanz zwischen Orient und OkzidentDie Reihe „Byzanz zwischen Orient und Okzident“ (BOO) dient als Publikationsorgan für das Forschungsprogramm des Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Mainz, das Byzanz, seine Brückenfunktion zwischen Ost und West sowie kulturelle Transfer- und Rezeptionsprozesse von der Antike bis in die Neuzeit in den Blick nimmt. Ein Jahr nach Erscheinen der Printausgabe werden alle Bände der Reihe im Open Access verfügbar gemacht.
      Forschungen zur Urgeschichte aus dem Tagebau von SchöningenDie Reihe »Forschungen zur Urgeschichte aus dem Tagebau Schöningen« erscheint neben der Printausgabe auch Open Access. Herausgeber der Reihe sind das Römisch-Germanische Zentralmuseum, das Niedersächsische Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und die Römisch-Germanische Kommission des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts.

      weitere Open-Access-Publikationen des RGZM

      Monographie: Bazzano – ein Gräberfeld bei L’Aquila (Abruzzen), Italienische Übersetzung online (Mainz, 2014)Um die für italienische Archäologie so wichtige Monographie »Bazzano – ein Gräberfeld bei L’Aquila (Abruzzen). Die Bestattungen des 8. - 5. Jahrhunderts v. Chr.« von Joachim Weidig auch dort einem breiten Publikum zugänglich zu machen, hat das RGZM die wichtigsten Kapitel ins Italienische übersetzen lassen und veröffentlicht sie im Open Access.
      Monographie: Das kaiserzeitliche Gräberfeld von Halbturn (Mainz, 2014)Die vierbändige Monographie »Das kaiserzeitliche Gräberfeld von Halbturn, Burgenland« von Nives Doneus (Hrsg.) erscheint neben der Printausgabe gleichzeitig kostenfrei im Open Access.
      Tagungsband: Sustainable Documentation in Archaeology. Technological Perspectives in Excavation an Processing (2014)Der Tagungsband »Sustainable Documentation in Archaeology. Technological Perspectives in Excavation an Processing« erscheint im Open Access und ist hier jetzt kostenfrei abrufbar. Die englischsprachige Tagung fand vom 6.-8. Mai 2013 in Xi'an/P.R. China statt.
      Tagungsband: Wissen für die Gesellschaft. Wissenstransfer als Schlüsselherausforderung für Forschungsinstitutionen und Forschungsmuseen (2013)Eine neue Publikation der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft beleuchtet die komplexe Beziehung zwischen Forschung und Öffentlichkeit: »Wissen für die Gesellschaft« beschäftigt sich mit der Rolle, die Forschungsinstitutionen und Forschungsmuseen bei der Vermittlung von Wissen spielen.
      D. Gronenborn: Faszination Jungsteinzeit (Mainz, 2007)Das 24-seitige Heft zur Jungsteinzeit ist ab sofort kostenfrei im Open Access abrufbar.

      Monday, August 21, 2017

      Eidolon: Eidolon makes the classics political and personal, feminist and fun

      Eidolon: Eidolon makes the classics political and personal, feminist and fun
      Eidolon makes the classics political and personal, feminist and fun.
      Classics, as a discipline, could be more of these things, and we’re determined to make that happen. We publish on the main site about the ancient and modern world, pedagogy, pop culture, culture only classicists care about, issues in the field, etc., and occasionally on idle musings, our blog, about all sorts of nonsense and whimsy.

      When we first launched in 2015, the fact that no equivalent publication existed gave us the freedom to make up the rules as we went along. We’ve come up with a few since then, and we’d like to share them with you as a new and improved Eidolon.

      First, in the spirit of bringing politics into Classics, we’ll be clear about our own: we err on the progressive side, broadly defined but with the general sense of working from the margins and for the marginalized, encouraging cutting-edge scholarship, and tirelessly trying to improve whatever we’re doing. Feminism, also broadly defined (and inclusive!), is at the heart of our work, although that doesn’t necessarily restrict our content — indeed, the fact that “women’s topics” are seen as narrow while men’s topics are just “topics” is precisely part of the problem.

      We welcome critique left and right, from the left and the right, and hope to encourage spirited debate. But make no mistake: we don’t believe that every opinion is equally valuable, and we don’t care about both sides, many sides, all sides, or backsides. “Objectivity” is often nothing more than a cover for upholding the status quo, and to hell with the status quo.

      The logical extension of that is a commitment to opening up Classics to voices of all kinds at all levels in the field. The discourse has been monotonous for too long, and that’s not only unjust: it’s boring. We care about personal voices, we want to bring out idiosyncratic tones, volumes, pitches, cadences, and speeds in the articles that we publish.

      We don’t want to eclipse the good work that the academy’s doing — we want to supplement it. We want to be just as intellectually rigorous, but we also want to take full advantage of the leeway to be freer and funnier than traditional scholarship.

      Above all, we want to create a space where good ideas meet good writing. We believe in clarity, flair, and paying writers for their work; you can find our rates here.

      Now have a read, have a think, and have a part in making Classics better.
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