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Audio Visual Methods in Archaeology and Heritage Studies (6-13 October)


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The Netherlands Institute at Athens in collaboration with the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University, the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Centre for Global Heritage and Development of Leiden University organizes this intensive one-week course in Athens for last years-BA, Master and PhD students in archaeology and heritage studies. A number of scholarships will be available for accepted students. 
No doubt, audio visual applications are nowadays broadly used in heritage - and mueseum studies, fostering the communication between researchers and visitors and the promotion of heritage sites and museum collections. Furthermore, as digital media become increasingly affordable and accessible, visual representation is expanding across several dimensions in archaeology, becoming a prominent tool of analysis within the discipline. By discussing the available methodological tools and reflecting critically on their application within urban or rural contexts, we are focussing on how such tools can be incorporated into our research. Students will be learning how to make use of audio-visual methods in one of the most interesting urban landscapes of Europe, in order to produce multimedia works, like short-clip films, featuring alternative archaeological narratives. 
All teaching will be in English

Click here for information and application (deadline: 26 August!). 


Summer School 2019 " Visual Ethnography of Cityscapes "

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For the fifth consecutive year, the intensive and highly successful summer school Visual Ethnography of Cityscapes is taking place between 1-21 July at the Netherlands Institute at Athens (NIA) in collaboration with the Ethnographic Film Festival of Athens (Ethnofest) and VU University Amsterdam (VU). Teaching staff will be joining the school from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Leiden, Panteion University and the University of the Aegean.

It is apparent that today the visual, in all its manifestations, possesses a special place in the "world" of anthropology and social sciences. Besides the internal changes in the academia and the technological developments that have reshaped the relationship of anthropology/ethnography with the use of audio-visual means, the field of visual anthropology has by now expanded both in terms of scope and institutional role. These recent changes have not been thoroughly explored in the cityscapes of Greece. Although the social, political and economic transformations of the last years are being examined by social and political scientists, there is a need to add to our toolbox visual ethnography and visual anthropology in a more systematic way. In our summer school we are having a focus on the theoretical position of the visual within social/political theory and on the practical use of audio-visual means in the ethnographic process. In examining the use of visual methods, the courses will focus on both historical and contemporary examples of ethnographic film and photography.

Only outstanding students from all over the globe at last year BA, Master and first year PhD students can participate in the school. Students can apply by sending the application form to Dr. Tryfon Bampilis Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. until the 10th of May 2019 and successful applicants will be notified by the 17th of May. The number of participating students is limited (max. 30 students), so we encourage early registration. Selecting criteria will apply.

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Summer School: 6-20 July 2019 Early Byzantine City of Gortyn, Crete



Summerschool Gortyn 

This summer (July 2019) Archaeology students from Dutch Universities will be able to participate in post-excavation work at Gortyn on the island of Crete. Since 2002, fieldwork has been carried out here by the University of Siena and the Italian Institute at Athens, supervised by Prof. dr. Enrico Zanini. The focus is on the so-called 'Byzantine District' within the ancient city. The project has produced large amounts of excavated material dating from ca. the 4th until the 9th centuries AD. Our team will start processing the finds from this excavation, under the supervision of Prof. dr. Joanita Vroom (Leiden University). This study will mainly investigate Early Byzantine ceramics. Students will learn how to document and interpret Byzantine material culture. Furthermore, fieldtrips, museum excursions, presentations and lectures on related topics are planned.

The Summer School is suitable for BA as well as (R)MA students of Archaeology. The internship is two weeks (workdays from 6 till 20 July) and is equal to 5 ECTs. Maximum 6 students are able to participate. For any additional information please contact Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken..

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The deadline for application is 15 May 2019.

Cursus Retorica in Athene 2019

In samenwerking met Stichting Landmerk organiseert het Nederlands Instituut Athene van 20-28 mei 2019 opnieuw een cursus over filosofie, retorica en politieke geschiedenis. Een week lang zullen de deelnemers worden ondergedompeld in klassieke teksten, spreekoefeningen doen op prachtige locaties in Athene en nadenken over de grote vragen die ooit al gesteld zijn door Aristoteles, Thucydides en Plato.

Het doel van deze cursus is een intensieve kennismaking met enkele geschriften van klassieke schrijvers zoals de Gorgias van Aristoteles en De Peloponnesische oorlog van Thucydides. Studenten worden uitgedaagd om beter te leren lezen, te reflecteren op belangrijke filosofische vraagstukken en te spreken als een ware Griekse redenaar.

Deze cursus is geschikt voor gemotiveerde BA/MA studenten van UvA, VU, UL, UU, RUN en RUG die graag nadenken over grote vragen uit de politiek, recht, filosofie, retorica en geschiedenis.


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Leiden-NIA Workshop ‘Conservation and physicochemical study of Nisyros Shipwreck Pottery’


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During two weeks in the summer of 2019 (17-28 June 2019), a workshop for the 'Conservation and Physicochemical Study of Nisyros Shipwreck Pottery' will take place at Athens in Greece. The course will be organized by the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University (NL), in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute at Athens (NIA), the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities at Athens and the Greek Research Center/Laboratory 'NCSR Demokritos' at Athens.
This workshop provides an unique opportunity for BA, MA, RMA and PhD students to gain more knowledge and a hands-on experience in Byzantine, Medieval and Post-Medieval pottery conservation. It guides the participants through the history and technology of Byzantine, Medieval and Post-Medieval pottery in Greece, and through stages of the study, conservation, restoration and documentation of archaeological artefacts. Both the theoretical and practical classes will be based on authentic pottery finds from Nisyros shipwreck. Finally, a first approach of physicochemical analyses will be presented.
All teaching will be in English

Click here for registration (deadline: 10 May!). 

Taalcursus Nieuwgrieks I en III op het NIA 2019


(Please scroll down for information in English on our next course Modern Greek)

Nieuwgrieks is de fascinerende opvolger van het Klassieke Grieks, de taal waarin beroemde schrijvers, wetenschappers en filosofen uit de oudheid hun gedachten en ideeen vastlegden. Daarnaast is het de moedertaal van miljoenen Grieken in Griekenland en daarbuiten. Het NIA biedt in samenwerking met Taalhuis Amsterdam opnieuw een intensieve taalcursus op twee instroomniveaus aan. Zo krijgen studenten en onderzoekers van de in het NIA participerende Nederlandse universiteiten de kans om kennis te maken met deze boeiende taal, of hun kennis van het Nieuwgrieks te vergroten. Door een dergelijke cursus in de dynamische Griekse hoofdstad Athene te volgen, kunnen de deelnemers zich echt onderdompelen in de Griekse taal en cultuur.

Van 21 tot en met 31 juli 2019 vindt er een cursus Nieuwgrieks plaats op de niveaus I (naar A1-niveau) en III (startend op A2-niveau en leidend naar B1-niveau). Deze cursus geeft, afhankelijk van het gevolgde niveau en met enige zelfstudie, BA- en MA-studenten toegang tot de tentamens Taalverwerving I en III van Nieuwgrieks op de UvA.
Deadline voor aanmelding: 1 juni 2019! 

Meer informatie

Niveau I: Aanmeldingsformulier 
Niveau III: Aanmeldingsformulier


The next course Modern Greek will take place from 21 - 31 July 2019 and will be conducted on two levels: I (leads to level A1) and III (starts at A2 and leads to level B1). With some self-study BA and MA students can gain access to the language acquisition exams I & III of Modern Greek at the University of Amsterdam. 

Deadline for registration: 1 June 2019!

More information

Level I: Application form
Level III: Application form



Nederlands Instituut Athene

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