Friday Bulletin February 24, 2017

Published: March 1st, 2017

Category: Department Updates, Friday Bulletin, News

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International Journal of Arts and Humanities

ISSN 2415-122X (Online), ISSN 2415-1491 (Print)

Submission open for February– 2017

International Journal of Arts and Humanities (IJAH) is a Bi-monthly online, peer-reviewed and open-access journal which is published by Center for Global Research Development (CGRD). Center for Global Research Development is an independent virtual Research Center has been working for creating and nurturing talents in USA and Bangladesh since its inception. CGRD delivering supports and services to education and research in all over the world. 

International Journal of Arts and Humanities publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews.

The Journal Publishes in both print and online version. International Journal of Arts and Humanities publishes research paper in the field of: 

Anthropology, Archaeology, Applied Mathematics, Communication studies, Corporate governance, Criminology, Cross-cultural Studies, Demography, Development studies, Economics, Economic History, English Literature, Ethics, Geography, General Studies, History, Human Factor, Human Rights, Human Right Law, Human Resource Development, Human Computer Interaction, Human Studies, Industrial Relations, Information Sciences, Law, Linguistics, Library Science, Microbiology, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Psychology, Public administration, Sociology, Social Welfare, Statistics, Paralegal, Performing arts (music, theatre & dance), Religious studies, Visual arts, Women Studies, Translation Studies.

Date of Publishing: IJAH is inviting papers for Vol. 3 No. 1 which is scheduled to be published on March 10, 2017.

Acceptance Notification: Within 7-10 days from the date of manuscript submission

Submission deadline: February 27, 2017

For more information, visit the official website of the journal:  

Send your manuscript to the editor at: or

Dressing the Part: The So-Called “Aquitanian” Plate Buckles and Personhood in Early Medieval Gaul

Wednesday, 1 March, 12:00-1:00 pm, Walker Hall 200

Ralph Patrello, 2016-207 Rothman Doctoral Fellow (Department of History)

 The elaborately-decorated belt buckles of southern Gaul (modern France between the Loire River and Pyrenees) have long been a focus of archaeological and historical investigation. Found primarily in funerary contexts, scholars have presumed that the buckles adorned the interred as an expression of social status, or less frequently, ethnic origin. The origins of the buckles’ form and design have been chief among scholars’ concerns, although the mechanisms of circulation have likewise been addressed. However, few scholars have attempted to explore the social significance of buckles in sixth and seventh-century Gaul, or the role that such buckles played in the funerary rite. Moreover, all too often scholars have assumed the items were placed in the grave whole as adornments. Yet in a survey of 19 cemeteries from southern Gaul, 15 of which contained graves furnished with belt buckles, nearly one in four buckle sets recovered were incomplete.

 The apparent intentionality behind fragmented belt sets recommends a different approach to both the grave assemblage and the role belt sets played in the burial rite and, by extension, the ways in which such rites created and recreated social organization. Personhood, the social role a biological individual takes on, is central to the process of social reproduction. Indeed, personhood is often invoked at rites such as the funeral. Plate buckle sets were central to the formation of an elite form of personhood in the sixth and seventh centuries. Late sixth-century sources, such as the works of Gregory of Tours and Venantius Fortunatus, link buckles with social status, political allegiance, and perhaps more importantly with the dignity which accompanied rank. In considering broken or incomplete sets, this paper confronts the possibility that the social bonds confirmed through the exchange of buckle sets were similarly fragmented, and extended through the continued circulation of the constituent parts. Such a possibility raises further questions about the nature of personhood and identity in sixth-century Gaul, and the role of grave goods as heirlooms or keepsakes rather than as objects of personal adornment or wealth.

 This event is part of the 2016-17 Fellowship Brown-Bag Series, which features informal talks by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere’s Rothman Faculty Summer Fellows, Tedder Doctoral Fellows, and Rothman Doctoral Fellows. Fellows will speak for 20-30 minutes in length about their funded work, leaving ample time for questions and discussion.

 ·         This event is free and open to the public.

·         For more information contact or go to 

Georgia State University’s MA program in Anthropology

 I would like to alert you that the application deadline for fall 2017 admission to Georgia State University’s MA program in Anthropology is approaching:  Applications are due by March 1 for preferred consideration for funded Graduate Assistantships or by April 1 for all prospective students.  Please pass on this information to your professional and departmental listservs, and do inform any undergraduate students of yours who might be a good fit for us. 

To that end, a few key facts about our program:

 –          We are a four-field department:  the faculty includes sociocultural anthropologists, archaeologists, biological anthropologists, and a linguistic anthropologist.  We are recruiting graduate students in all sub-disciplines.

–          Despite this broad representation, our faculty and students find common ground around a number of themes, including but not limited to:  medical anthropology and forensics, material culture and museum studies, urban and applied anthropology, biocultural approaches to race, food anthropology, and the anthropologies of Latin America, Europe, and the United States.

–          With 11 faculty members and approximately 50 graduate students, we offer a space for intellectual collaboration in the heart of downtown Atlanta. This is a face-to-face, supportive community of teacher-scholars and diverse urban dwellers.  Faculty have active, funded research agendas and provide close mentoring to their MA advisees, who typically conduct independent field research to complete the MA. Others complete internships at organizations and agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control.

–          Our graduates go on to work in fields from public health to refugee resettlement to museums or marketing research.  Others enter PhD programs in anthropology – often with full funding. This is an excellent program both for students who wish to enter professional fields immediately following the MA and for those who aspire to pursue doctoral work but may not yet have the background, skills, and professionalism to do so.

For more information about GSU Anthropology, please view our website: 

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions you might have about the program or to write directly to our Director of Graduate Studies, Jennifer Patico, at

Tropical Conservation & Development

TCD Field Research Grants (deadline Monday March 6th)
TCD Field Research Grants support field research addressing the issues of biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being in the tropics at Master’s and preliminary doctoral levels (i.e. Doctoral level funding is intended for initial site visits and preliminary research activities only).

Grants will average $2,000 each, but may vary depending on travel costs to the research site, the availability of funds, and whether the recipient has received research funding from other sources. The TCD Field Research Grant is made possible by The Ford Foundation Endowment. TCD funds may be used for international travel, in-country travel, lodging, meals, and other research-related expenses.

Safety Abroad

Important information on health and safety abroad.

Eligibility Preferences

  • Proposals may be from any TCD-affiliated department and any discipline associated with those departments. Preference is given to students enrolled in the TCD certificate / concentration program.
  • Students may receive only one TCD field research grant per degree program.
  • Doctoral level funding is intended for initial site visits and preliminary research activities only.
  • Preference is given to interdisciplinary projects and those that bridge theory and practice. Proposals should make an explicit link between the research topic and conservation and/or development in the tropics, including sub-tropical and temperate areas in developing countries (e.g., southern Africa, southern cone of South America, Greater Himalayan region.)
  • Proposals are reviewed and ranked by an interdisciplinary committee of UF faculty with expertise in conservation and development issues.

Application Requirements

The following materials are required:

  • A completed application form
  • A completed budget form
  • One letter of recommendation from the student’s adviser, with its release form
  • UF transcript (unofficial copy OK)
  • An ‘Abstract‘ (200 words or less) that describes your planned research and its significance in non-technical language
  • A timetable for the proposed research project
  • A proposal that includes:
    • Clear research questions/hypothesis
    • Description of methods
    • References to the relevant literature
    • Feasibility and significance of the proposed project
    • Strategy for disseminating research findings to appropriate audiences
  • Please also note about the proposal:
    • PhD proposals should outline the overall Ph.D. project (and specify the research goals for the initial site visit)
    • It should be written in language accessible to reviewers from different discipline
    • The proposal + timetable should be 4 single-spaced pages, without counting bibliography.

Application Deadline: March 6, 2017

Electronic submission required:

  • Please send documents as single PDF
  • Required documents in the same order as listed above
  • Recommendation and support letters should be sent directly by email to the contact below.


Patricia Sampaio

Program Coordinator

343 Grinter Hall


TCD Conference Funding (deadline Monday April 3rd)

The TCD Program announces a competition for conference funding for TCD students presenting a paper or poster at an academic conference or meeting. The semi-annual competition is held each Fall and Spring semester. Awards of $350 or less will be given each semester. The number of awards to be released depends on availability of funds. TCD Conference Funding is made possible by an endowment from The Ford Foundation and the State of Florida.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled in the TCD Certificate or Concentration Program
  • The paper/poster topic must fit within the context of advancing biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being in the tropics.

Application Requirements

To apply for TCD Conference support, submit the following materials:

  • Application form
  • Abstract of paper or poster.
  • Proof of acceptance to the conference or meeting.
  • Budget of anticipated costs using the following categories: travel, registration, meals, and miscellaneous.
  • A short statement (250 words) of how the presentation/poster matches the goals of the TCD Program. *new*

Application Deadline: April 3, 2017 (Spring)

Electronic submission required:

  • Please send documents as single PDF
  • Required documents in the same order as listed above
  • Recommendation and support letters should be sent directly by email to the contact below.


Patricia Sampaio

Program Coordinator

343 Grinter Hall




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