CReA-Patrimoine spring school 2022. Visualizing archaeological data: GIS mapping and network modeling

Archaeologists use different methods for visualizing their data – for analysis and for presentation. The international spring school will discuss successful ways to visualize these data and challenges and successes in the application of both GIS and network analysis (NA). Through an integration between theory, studies, and tutored practice, we aim to access the two learnt methods to each participant for independent use.

Monday 4.4.22: open for the public

09:30-10:30 • Registration for workshop participants

10:30-12:00 Introduction to the Spring School + The Importance of (good) Data Visualization in Humanities (part 1) Sébastien DE VALERIOLA(Université libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)

12:30-14:00>The Importance of (good) Data Visualization in Humanities (part 2), Sébastien DE VALERIOLA (Université libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)

15:00-16:30 • Keynote

From Mapping to Geospatial Modelling in Archaeology: Where Do We stand, and Where to Go Next?, Philip VERHAGEN (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

17:00-18:30 • Keynote

Archaeology, Materiality and Geo-Space Half a Century after the “Spatial Turn”, Piraye HACIGÜZELLER (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Tuesday 5.4.22: GIS workshop (9:30-17:30)

Soektin VERVUST (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Hagit NOL, Jean VANDEN BROECK-PARANT, Mostafa ALSKAF (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Wednesday 6.4.22: open for the public 


Network Analysis: Definitions and Basic Concepts

Nicolas RUFFINI-RONZANI (Université catholique de Louvain & Université de Namur), Sébastien DE VALERIOLA (Université libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)


An Introduction to the Gephi Network Analysis Software Nicolas RUFFINI-RONZANI (Université catholique de Louvain & Université de Namur), Sébastien DE VALERIOLA (Université libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)

15:00-16:30 • SNA case studies

Approaching the Social Networks of Temple Builders in 4th C. BC Greece: Methodological Reflections, Jean VANDEN BROECK-PARANT (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Can We Trust Centrality? The Robustness of Centrality Metrics in Historical Networks, Sébastien DE VALERIOLA (Université libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)

17:00-18:30 • Keynote

Does Archaeology Need Network Science? Illustrated through Medieval Visibility Networks in the Himalayas and Roman Economic Networks, Tom BRUGHMANS (Aarhus University)

19:00 • Dinner for workshop participants

Thursday 7.4.22: network analysis workshop (9:30-17:30)

Nicolas RUFFINI-RONZANI (Université catholique de Louvain & Université de Namur), Sébastien DE VALERIOLA (Université libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)

Friday 8.4.22: “Bring Your Own Data” workshop (9:30-15:30)

▶ Who is this for? Twenty PhD students and Postdocswith a preference for:• archaeologists• beginners in both methods (GIS and SNA)• people fluent in English

▶ How much does it cost? 100 €(notice that tuition includes coffee breaks but excludes accommodation, traveling expenses, and food!)

▶ Where and how to apply? Send us an email to and we will send you a short questionary (so that we know you and your research better). After a selection process, we will confirm or decline your application. The registration will be finalized after your payment of tuition.

▶ What is the deadline for applying? January 10th, 2022

▶ When are answers given? By February 5th, 2022

▶ What is the deadline for paying tuition? February 28th, 2022

▶ The workshop is organized by: Hagit NOL, Agnès VOKAER, Sébastien DE VALERIOLA, Nicolas RUFFINI-RONZANI, Soektin VERVUST

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no 801505

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Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture

Job Summary

Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on January 3, 2022.

The Fine Arts Library at Harvard University seeks an innovative, collaborative, and user-centered Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture to build and manage collections related to the art, architecture and visual culture of the Islamic world in all formats. Reporting to the Herman and Joan Suit Librarian of the Fine Arts Library, the incumbent will steward and develop collections, services, and programs to support the research, teaching, and learning needs of faculty, students, and fellows affiliated with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University, as well as the broader community at Harvard. To expand access to the library’s unparalleled holdings in Islamic Art and Architecture, the incumbent will participate in local, national, and international digital initiatives and collaborative collection development partnerships. Job-Specific Responsibilities

Collection Development, Management, and Access 

  • Performs collection development processes for Islamic art and architecture in all formats to maintain a comprehensive research collection and cultivate new acquisitions on an ongoing basis, ensuring that diverse perspectives, underrepresented artists and artistic traditions, multiple languages, and at-risk cultural heritage within the Islamic world are meaningfully represented. 
  • Establishes effective working relationships with approval, firm order, serial, and electronic resource vendors, as well as works collaboratively with Information Technology Services staff to ensure efficient vendor relations and  materials processing workflows.  
  • Stewards FAL’s annual allocation from the Aga Khan endowment fund and other related endowed funds, in collaboration with Suit Librarian, including budget planning and monitoring acquisition fund assignments. 
  • Continuously evaluates scholarly publication trends in Islamic art and architectural history, so that the collection responds to evolving disciplinary areas and methods of scholarship. 
  • Works collaboratively with FAL librarians to oversee overall collection management, preservation, and access to the library’s holdings.
  • Collaborates with FAL librarians to negotiate, acknowledge, and process gifts of materials and funds. 
  • Together with the Photographic Resources Librarian and Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture, acquires photographic materials and prioritizes items for digitization, preservation, or special projects. 
  • Together with the Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture, develops long-range digital strategy for Islamic visual collections and implements projects involving exhibition, digitization, and dissemination. 
  • Contributes to the promotion of FAL materials related to the Islamic world, using social media tools, online exhibition platforms, and emerging technologies. 
  • Exchanges information and best practices with selectors across Harvard Library to coordinate acquisitions, in particular the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Division in Widener Library and the Frances Loeb Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 
  • Contributes to professional organizations at the national and international level and uses knowledge to enrich local collections, services, and programs. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience 
  • Advanced degree or equivalent work experience in the history of art and architecture of Islamic cultures, or the equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or background, etc. 
  • 2+ years related professional experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively support the information needs of faculty, students, and advanced researchers  
  • Knowledge of at least one language relevant to the collection (e.g., Arabic, Turkish, Farsi, Urdu, etc.)  

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • 5+ years related professional experience preferred 
  • Extensive in-depth subject knowledge of the field of Islamic Art and Architectural History 
  • Working knowledge of more than one language relevant to the collection (e.g., Arabic, Turkish, Farsi, Urdu, etc.)  
  • Working knowledge of Western European languages (e.g., French, German, Spanish, Italian, etc.) 
  • Hands-on experience with library acquisitions, budgeting, and reporting applications 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and colleagues 
  • Experience working with special collections in an academic setting 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of print and digital publishing and scholarly communications in the Islamic world 
  • Strong technology skills and an enthusiasm for adopting innovative approaches that expand access to collections and to facilitate their use in research, teaching, and learning 
  • Record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature

Physical Requirements

  • The ability to use desktop (keyboard, monitor, and mouse) and mobile computing tools, such as laptops and tablets
  • The ability to lift, carry, and position books and other materials weighing up 15 lbs.

Additional Information

Job Specific Responsibilities Continued 

Outreach and Engagement 

  • Provides subject-specific reference, research, and instruction services for Islamic art and architectural history for faculty, students, and researchers throughout the University community 
  • Promotes services and sets collection priorities based on research and curricular needs of faculty, students, fellows, and staff affiliated with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University, as well as the Department of History of Art and Architecture, The Aga Khan Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Center for Middle East Studies, The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Art, Film, and Visual Studies, and The Harvard Art Museums, among others 
  • Participates in FAL’s general research, teaching, and learning services, including contributing to regular hours of support for special collections researchers in collaboration with other librarians  
  • Collaborates with FAL staff in developing, assessing, and promoting services and collections to effectively meet user needs 
  • Actively participates in relevant committees, working groups, and task-forces across Harvard Library 
  • Cultivates strategic external partnerships to develop and expand access to collections, in particular the Aga Khan Documentation Center @ MIT Libraries  

Job Function

USA – MA – Cambridge

Job Code
386057 Library Professional


Fine Arts Library

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
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Harvard Library inspires collaboration, reflection, experimentation, and discovery connecting users to related disciplines and to University-wide teaching resources. The Library engages users through curated discovery, digital collections, reimagined physical space, and specialized research support.  Today, Harvard Library’s holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding access to digital resources. Harvard Library provides the University’s faculty, students, and researchers-now and in the future-with exceptional experiences and comprehensive access to these materials.

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Professorship (W1 with Tenure Track) for Islamic Archaeology and Art History

The Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Dept. I: Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology, at the Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures and Arts of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main invites applications for the following position as civil servant or public employee starting at the earliest possible date:

Professorship (W1 with Tenure Track) for Islamic Archaeology and Art History

The initial tenure track appointment as Assistant Professor civil servant is for six years (§ 64 of the Higher Education Act of the State of Hessen (HHG)). Upon positive evaluation, the incumbent will be promoted to a permanent position at a higher level (W2). According to § 64 (3) HHG candidates should not have obtained their PhD at Goethe University Frankfurt or should have worked as a researcher at an external institution for at least two years after their PhD. The doctorate should not date back to more than four years.

The establishment of this professorship has been made possible by a grant of the VolkswagenFoundation (Program “World Knowledge – Structural Support for Rare Subjects“). The successful candidate will work to realize the approved research- and teaching-strategy. This includes above all the development of independent research projects, the consolidation and aggrandizement of the subject and the implementation of an international exchange program in cooperation with the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften / Institute for Advanced Studies.

The successful candidate is expected to represent the field of Islamic Archaeology and Art History in research and teaching in its full extent and participate in the establishment of a corresponding BA/MA-curriculum within the archaeological paths of study. The position holder should actively participate in interdisciplinary cooperations of the faculty or the university and the Rhine-Main-University association and in relevant research network initiatives in fields such as History, Art-History, Cultural Anthropology, Byzantine Studies or Islamic Studies. The professorship ought to make intensive efforts to attract third-party funds. Research activities and field-work on an international scale in the relevant areas of the subject are required.

Prerequisites for admission is a doctoral degree in one of the following fields: Archaeology (focus on Islamic Archaeology) or Architectural History / Building History or Art History (focus on Islamic Art History) or Islamic Studies (focus on the material culture of Islam). Besides pedagogic aptitude, knowledge in German language is welcomed; the candidate is expected to be able to hold classes in German after three years. Goethe University emphasis an intensive supervision of students and expects a high presence of its staff at university.
The designated salary for the position is based on the German university pay scale or equivalent. Goethe University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion. In particular, we are welcoming applications by qualified women and people with a migrant background. At Goethe University, a special emphasis is placed on creating and sustaining a family-friendly work and research environment. Where applicants are otherwise equally qualified, preference is given to candidates with disabilities or equivalent. The same applies to women in fields in which they are under-represented. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments, please see:

Scientists who are excellently qualified in research and teaching and can prove internationally visible research achievements are invited to submit their applications with curriculum vitae, credentials and certificates, list of publication, list of courses taught independently, teaching evaluations, list of previous and current third party funding, concept of research strategy and future research projects until 10.12.2021 via email to the Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures and Arts of the Goethe University:

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Dirk Wicke:

Webinar: “Revisiting the history of medieval libya”


Webinar 2021-2022

Sources, Analyses, Projects

Coordinated by Aurélien MONTEL and Sébastien GARNIER

Although Libya is well studied regarding the Ancient Greco-Latin period, it remains poorly known in the Medieval period. Taking note of this historiographic silence, the webinar Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries) aims to reactivate academic interest in this crucial space within medieval Islam, at the junction of the Maghreb and the East, the Mediterranean and Saharan Africa.

Webinar only, third Wednesday of the month (November to June),
6pm to 7.30pm Central European Time
Webinar login link on request: libyemedievale[at]

For programme and informations, see the poster or go to the CIHAM website.

First Ḥajar Online Workshop, 29 OCTOBER 2021

Muslim and non-Muslim identities through
material culture in the medieval Islamic world

Friday, 29th of October 2021
15:45 – 19:00 UTC+2 (Paris/Brussels time)

Chairs: Sterenn Le Maguer-Gillon (Institut Catholique de Paris) and José C. Carvajal López (University of Leicester)

First Part (speakers: 25 min each)

Marcos García-García (University of York): Eat not its flesh: food and Islamic identity during the emergence of al-Andalus (8th-11th c.)
Atiyeh Taghiei (University of California): Porous boundaries and unexpected practice: aninterdisciplinary lens on identity in early Islamic Iran
Robert Carter (Bahrain Authority for  Culture and Antiquities): Material culture, identity and faith at the Christian sites of the Arabian Gulf region (ca. 6th-9th centuries AD)

Question session (15 minutes)

Break (15 minutes)

Second Part (discussants: 25 min each)

Uriel Simonsohn, University of Haifa
Delphine Ortis, ceias-EHESS/INALCO

Open debate (30 minutes)
Public invited to participate

Free registration at
A link will be sent in due course
Deadline: 26th of October 2021

Poster: workshop_2

Hajar Archaeology

Ḥajar is a collective of archaeologists working in different parts of Islamic history and geography and on different topics. We search to celebrate and learn from the variety of approaches in our field by encouraging debate of selected topics between scholars with different backgrounds, and especially with researchers from disciplines outside the field. In the world post-pandemic, we believe that we can use our now wide experience with online conferencing to organise events where scholars from different parts of the world can connect and discuss.

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