The Oriental Institute yearly appoints a Postdoctoral Fellow for a twenty-four month (non-renewable) appointment. Postdoctoral Fellows 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 Postdoctoral Fellow’s appointment. Following the conference, the Postdoctoral Fellow assembles and edits the proceedings for publication in the Oriental Institute Seminar series. During the second year of the appointment, the Postdoctoral Fellow 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 Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact closely with the Oriental Institute community. The Postdoctoral Fellow 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.
Current Postdoctoral Fellows
Ilan Peled (2014–2016 Oriental Institute Postdoctoral Fellow) earned his BA and MA degrees from Tel-Aviv University (archaeology and ancient Near Eastern cultures), and his PhD from Bar-Ilan University (Hebrew and Semitic languages, 2012). Prior to having been appointed a Postdoctoral Fellow at the OI, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) and New York University (Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies) during 2012–2013, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Institute of Archaeology) during 2013–2014. He has a background in archaeology, anthropology, and sociology, and was trained in the fields of Hittitology and Assyriology. His research interests and publications focus on sexuality and gender in the ancient Near East, but also include social and cross-cultural perspectives of religion, cult, ritual practices, and jurisdiction. The 2015 Oriental Institute Symposium focuses on the interface between gender and law in the ancient world: the Near East and beyond.
Felix Höflmayer (2013–2015 Oriental Institute Postdoctoral Fellow) 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.
2015 Symposium:Structures of Power: Law and Gender across the Ancient Near East and Beyond
To be held at the Oriental Institute, March 6–7, 2015