'Tis the Season....Fellowship Season Find us
The demands of living in Cairo with roughly 20 million other people coupled with the complex labyrinth of permissions and clearances can baffle even veteran researchers. And this is where ARCE steps in to guide and assist its fellows. We know and work closely with officials at the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education, institutions central to the fellowship experience.
ARCE staff and fellows meet following the January 25 Revolution. Many fellows found their research to take on new meaning and relevance.
According to former pre-doctoral ARCE fellow, Zachary Berman, “I had begun research at Dar al-Wathaiq (National Archives) last year when I was in Egypt without a fellowship, but found the institution intimidating… I had all but given up on using these archives for my research. After my tenure began with ARCE, however, I was encouraged by some of the other fellows to revisit Dar al-Wathaiq…With their help, and through the new research room system, I was able to access some very critical documents.”
Administrative, logistic and moral support are crucial elements of ARCE’s fellowship program. As pre-doctoral scholar Thomas Landvatter explained, he found learning to navigate and negotiate the antiquities ministry in Cairo and its governorate offices throughout Egypt to be critical for his professional development and a significant outcome of his fellowship. He additionally noted that the contacts he made and networks he established with American and European expeditions, archaeologists, Ministry of Antiquities inspectors and Egyptologists were invaluable as a scholar and in the field.
Liz Cummins (L), Egyptologist, presents her fellowship research as part of the ARCE lecture program.
October signals the start of the application and selection process for the upcoming academic year. All applications and supporting documentation are due by mid-January with the Selection Committee meeting taking place in late February.
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Dr. Dina El Gabry (L), Egyptologist, and Dr. Adam Sabra (M) , historian, discuss ARCE conservation projects with ARCE staff in Darb al Ahmar, Islamic Cairo.
In November ARCE Membership Coordinator, Jeff Novak, and Academic Programs Coordinator, Djodi Deutch, go on the road to Denver to set up an information table at the annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) meeting. Last year’s MESA meeting yielded over 40 papers presented by ARCE current and former fellows. Other professional association meetings at which ARCE fellows participate include: American Academy of Religion, Archaeological Institute of America, American Philological Association, American Political Science Association, American Anthropological Association, American Research Center in Egypt, World Congress of Middle East Studies, Historians of Islamic Art and Architecture, Association of Middle East Women's Studies, International Congress of the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, International Association of Egyptologists, American Geographical Association, British Middle East Studies Association, American Association of Teachers of Arabic, and the American Oriental Society.
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INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.