Online Lecture | Gem Impressions in the Portuguese Royal Collections

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on July 16, 2021

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Ana Mónica da Silva Rolo and Noé Conejo Delgado, A Dactyliothec from Pietro Bracci in the Portuguese Royal Family’s Collections
Wallace Collection Seminars on the History of Collections and Collecting
Online, Monday, 26 July 2021, 17.30

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in Europe, the versatile education of erudite elites was indispensable to and synonymous with social distinction. In this cultural frame, travels through Europe, in the style of the Grand Tour, became especially appreciated among European aristocratic youth. At the same time, interest in Classical antiquity and collecting antiques was enhanced, giving rise to a flourishing activity of replica production and trade, especially in Italy.

The dactyliothec by the Italian artist Pietro Bracci (1700–1773) in the collections of the Museum-Library of the House of Bragança (Vila Viçosa, Portugal) illustrates eighteenth- and nineteenth-century taste, shared by the last generations of the Portuguese Royal House. The set presented is composed of 2,350 plaster moulds of gems and cameos, organized in three thematic series. The first and largest series is dedicated to emblematic pieces of ancient art and the Italian Renaissance. The second series is composed of a selection of reproductions of the best carvings originally made by eighteenth-century craftsmen, like Giovanni or Luigi Pichler and Natal Marchant. The third and last series brings together a total of 180 cameos dedicated to Emperors of Europe. Dated between the end of the eighteenth century and the first quarter of the nineteenth century, this dactyliothec reflects the importance that such casts assumed as souvenirs of Classical art and history for collectors and travellers, as well as their use as an educational resource in the academic training of young aristocrats.

You can register to view this talk via Zoom here, or plan to watch via The Wallace Collection’s YouTube channel.

Ana Mónica da Silva Rolo and Noé Conejo Delgado are both based at the Archaeology Centre UNIARQ of Lisbon University.


Tulane Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Africana Studies, 2021–22

Posted in fellowships by Editor on July 16, 2021

Tulane Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Africana Studies, 2021–22
Applications due by 26 July 2021

The Africana Studies Program at Tulane University is pleased to announce a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Africana Studies for AY2021–22 (with possible renewal through 2024). Applications will be accepted now through 26 July 2021. This Interfolio link contains a description of the position and mechanism to apply.

Tulane University invites applications for a one-year Africana Studies postdoctoral scholar for 2021–2022 (possible renewal through 2024). Centering the interdisciplinary and global study of Africa and its diasporas, Tulane’s vibrant Africana Studies Program is comprised of both joint and affiliate faculty drawn from across the university’s academic programs and departments. The Program has recently secured a major internal grant that, in addition to funding this post-doctoral fellowship, will also underwrite three new initiatives over the next three years.

In addition to contributing to and participating in the Black Studies intellectual community on campus and pursuing their own research agenda, the fellow will play a primary role in coordinating one of these new initiatives, “Black Studies Book Club,” with the guidance of Africana Studies Program faculty. Each semester, Black Studies Book Club will focus on a recently published text that has shifted the conversation in Africana Studies as a discipline. The author will be invited to Tulane to give a free and open public lecture in addition to facilitating a smaller, more intimate, ‘book club’ style conversation engineered to bring together some of the diverse constituencies of the program, including Tulane Africana Studies students and faculty as well as students and faculty from our high school and HBCU Black Studies Book Club partners.

Faculty in the Africana Studies Program will provide mentorship to the fellow via professional development advice, access to their own scholarly networks, and opportunities for the fellow to share and receive feedback about work-in-progress. The fellowship also includes a $2,500 research fund.

Given the inherently interdisciplinary nature of Africana Studies, we welcome applicants from any discipline whose primary research concerns center Africa and/or any part of its global diasporas. Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Duties will include
• Participating in and contributing the Africana Studies scholarly community on campus
• Teaching one intro-level undergraduate course in Spring 2022 which will feature the Book Club text
• Providing support for the Fall 2021 Black Studies Book Club which will already have been organized
• Organizing and promoting the Black Studies Book Club (planning public lectures and book club meetings, coordinating with our high school and HBCU partners) for spring 2022 and starting the planning for fall 2022
• Engaging with Black Studies Book Club scholars and participants
• Working on their own scholarly research and writing

• Ph.D. in any discipline but with evidence of a research agenda that centers the concerns of Africa and/or any part of its global diasporas. Those with graduate level training specifically in African Studies, African American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, or Black Studies are especially encouraged to apply.
• Excellent writing and analytical skills; experience in writing for different purposes and a diversity of audiences, including but not limited to scholarly audiences
• Flexibility, nimbleness, and creativity, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently
• Experience in project management and/or in organizing lectures and events
• Enthusiasm for working collaboratively with our high school and HBCU partners

Review of applications will begin July 12. Complete application must be received by July 26 to be considered. Applications must be submitted via Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/90018) and include the following:
• Completed application form
• Cover letter
• Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
• Research Statement (no more than 750 words)
• Writing sample (no more than 8,000 words)
• List of six scholars you would consider inviting for the Black Studies Book Club, with a few sentences of explanation about each detailing how you think their recent publication(s) have informed conversations about Black Studies as a discipline
• Names and contact information for two references

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