Durham University Rewriting World Archaeology: Dialogues on the Archaeology of the Global South

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Is your goal to become an internationally recognised archaeologist? Could your ideas help reshape world archaeology? Do you want to see your research published in international journals? Are you interested in developing an internationally significant research project? Are you committed to sharing the results of your research with the public? We warmly invite applications from early career researchers (ECRs) from developing countries in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa to participate in the ‘Rewriting World Archaeology’ mentoring programme.

Application Deadline: June 2021

About the Award: We believe that world archaeology must be rewritten more equitably, with a greater contribution from the Global South, whose archaeology is some of the richest in the world, yet whose archaeologists are often underrepresented in international publishing, research agendas, funding and networks.

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To achieve this, we have formed a diverse and expansive global coalition of partners, including a gender-balanced team of academic and professional experts working across the Global South, staff from Durham University’s Department of Archaeology, and Antiquity―a world-leading archaeology journal.

We have secured funding through the British Academy’s Writing Workshops 2021, which shares our ambition to tackle entrenched regional inequalities in publishing that have created significant gaps in international voice for Global South scholars and their research.

In practice, Rewriting World Archaeology is a mentoring programme for early career researchers (ECRs) from developing countries in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, designed to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to access and publish in academic journals, develop and lead bold research agendas, prepare grant applications, and share their results with the public. The programme will result in significantly advancing the careers of these ECRs, and strengthen their ability to rewrite the archaeology and heritage of the Global South to have a major and lasting impact on world archaeology. It will also result in a sustainable, mutually supportive and expansive fellowship of researchers in our three regions.

The programme consists of a structured 12-month programme using online resources and workshops, and one-to-one mentoring sessions. Three regional work groups are bringing together established researchers, heritage professionals and journal editors from the Global South and Durham University with 24 ECRs from a variety of countries and institutions. Each regional group is sharing their international networks, editorial expertise, and experience of professional training and mentoring. The programme will culminate with a global summit bringing together the participants of all three regional groups, with subsequent opportunities to publish in Antiquity and the Journal of the British Academy.

Type: Research

Eligibility: 24 ECRs from a variety of countries and academic/professional backgrounds will be selected from applications. Each will be assigned two mentors and will participate in one of three regional work groups, which bring together established researchers, heritage professionals and academic journal editors from the Global South, Durham University (UK), and Antiquity―a world-leading archaeology journal.

Eligible Countries: Early-career researchers from developing countries in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa

To be Taken at (Country): Online

Number of Awards: 24

Value of Award: The programme will be delivered entirely online. Each applicant will be eligible to apply for up to 125GBP to ensure access to a high speed Internet connection.

Duration of Award: 12 months

How to Apply: To apply for a place on the programme, ECR applicants should first read the Call for Applications and About the Programme documents, then complete the online application form and send a copy of their 2-page CV via email to [email protected]

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