Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oriental Institute Job Posting: Chief Curator, Oriental Institute Museum

Oriental Institute Job Posting: Chief Curator, Oriental Institute Museum

The University of Chicago's Oriental Institute is an internationally recognized research center for studying the archaeological and textual record of the ancient Near East. A primary unit within the Institute is its Museum, which houses over 300,000 registered objects from across the Near East. We seek applicants for the position of Chief Curator, who reports to the Director of the Oriental Institute and is responsible for the successful management of all museum operations, notably exhibits and collections management. The ideal candidate combines museum experience with a commitment to research and publication. The Chief Curator interacts regularly with the Institute's research faculty, who serve as its governing board. Candidates must have academic qualifications in a Near Eastern field of specialty, ideally in one of the areas covered by the Oriental Institute's collections (Egypt, Nubia, Mesopotamia, Syria-Palestine, Anatolia, Iran). Candidates must also have demonstrated leadership and project management skills enabling them to conduct and supervise curatorial tasks, exhibit development and grant writing. Based on the selected applicant's qualifications, a secondary academic appointment as Research Associate in the Oriental Institute will be considered. To apply for this position, please go to, create a profile and apply for requisition #085902.
Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2010.
Email inquiries can be directed to with the subject heading "Chief Curator Search".

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oriental Institute Symposia

The Oriental Institute has just announced the seventh in its annual symposia series:

Iconoclasm and Text Destruction in the Ancient Near East and Beyond, organized by Natalie Naomi May.
To be held April 8-9, 2011.

Past symposia include
And the 2004 proto-symposium Changing Social Identity with the Spread of Islam: Archaeological Perspectives
After the conference, the Fellow assembles and edits the proceedings for publication in the series  Oriental Institute Seminars (OIS),  each volume of which is available for sale or for download:
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