The Oriental Institute yearly appoints a Post-Doctoral Scholar for a twenty-four month (non-renewable) appointment. Post-Doctoral Scholars are selected from an international pool of applicants, based on their proposals to organize a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute. The conferences address important theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies — archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research. The Oriental Institute encourages cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas. The conferences generally have 12–16 participants, and take place annually in the beginning of March during the first year of the Post-Doctoral Scholar’s appointment. Following the conference, the Post-Doctoral Scholar assembles and edits the proceedings for publication in the Oriental Institute Seminar series. During the second year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Scholar will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute and other activities that build interaction and collaboration within the scholarly community. The Post-Doctoral Scholar is expected to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact closely with the Oriental Institute community. The Post-Doctoral Scholar may also, if he or she wishes, teach a course while in residence if approved by the OI/NELC faculty.

Potential applicants should take into consideration the research interests represented by the Oriental Institute, and are encouraged to review the descriptions and programs of previous successful proposals (see below) when preparing their applications.

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Miriam Müller

Miriam Müller is the 2012–2014 Oriental Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her MA from the University of Heidelberg (Germany), and in 2012 finished her PhD at the University of Vienna (Austria), where she worked on the material from the Austrian Archaeological Institute’s excavations in Tell El-Dab'a (Egypt). On the basis of the documentation and finds of a residential area she explored the field of household archaeology and its benefits for Egyptian archaeology. Within her MA and PhD studies Miriam has worked on settlements from different time periods, from core and periphery of the Egyptian empire. She is especially interested in the spatial organization of domestic architecture and its social implications as well as the formation of identity at the household level, in particular through ancestor cults. Her interest in the field formed the idea for suggesting an interdisciplinary symposium at the OI on recent developments in household studies with the aim of bringing the archaeological, textual, and scientific record together. A broad range of specialists from all over Europe and the United States participated at the conference that was held in March 2013. Miriam is working on the proceedings of the conference as well as the publication of her PhD. She is responsible for a newly inaugurated seminar series at the OI and has also taught a course at the Department for Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Miriam has participated in excavations in Egypt, Israel, Austria, and Germany.

Felix Höflmayer

Since 2013, Felix Höflmayer has been a post-doctoral scholar at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. He received his PhD in Egyptology from the University of Vienna and worked on Aegean-Egyptian chronology and synchronisms in the framework of the SCIEM 2000 project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Die Synchronisierung der minoischen Alt- und Neupalastzeit mit der ägyptischen Chronologie, published 2012, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press). In 2009 he joined the Orient-Department of the German Archaeological Institute, first at its branch in Amman (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan), and from 2011 to 2013 in Berlin, where he started a project on radiocarbon dating the Bronze Ages of the Levant in cooperation with the University of Oxford and funded by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation and the German Archaeological Institute. Felix Höflmayer's current research focuses on chronology and the application of radiocarbon dating and Bayesian statistics in the region of the eastern Mediterranean.

2014 Symposium

The Early/Middle Bronze Age Transition in the Ancient Near East: Chronology, C14, and Climate Change
March 7-8, 2014

Past Post Doctoral Scholars

2013 Symposium—Household Studies in Complex Societies: (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches  
2012 Symposium—Heaven on Earth: Temples, Ritual, & Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World
2011 Symposium—Iconoclasm and Text Destruction in the Ancient Near East and Beyond
2010 Symposium—Slaves and Households in the Near East
2009 Symposium—Science and Superstition: Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World
2008 Symposium—Nomads, Tribes, and the State in the Ancient Near East: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
2007 Symposium—Religion and Power: Divine Kingship in the Ancient World and Beyond
2006 Symposium—Performing Death: Social Analyses of Funerary Traditions In The Ancient Mediterranean
2005 Symposium—Margins of writing, origins of cultures: Unofficial writing in the ancient Near East and beyond