CFP: Asia Minor: An international and multidisciplinary Journal of ancient and medieval Anatolia

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
January 31, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Classical Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Social History / Studies

Asia Minor: An international and multidisciplinary Journal of ancient and medieval Anatolia

 

An  on-the-spot  meeting  in  Cappadocia  allowed  three  Italian  universities  (Padova,  Pavia  and Viterbo), each of them conducting research there under the guardianship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to join together in an unscheduled appointment. This led very naturally to a  dialogue  which,  through  cooperation  and  the  spirit  of  friendship,  developed  and  became consolidated in such a way that an informal group gradually emerged. In particular, common methods were created for the reading and interpretation of the ancient traces, for a historical study  of  excavations  and  restorations,  and  for  the  analysis  of  materials  and  pigments.  These common methods now serve as bridges linking different disciplines and different periods of history, from the Preclassical era to the Middle Ages via the so-called Classical period. Bridges which, in other words, stretch between the continuity and discontinuity found in the course of the various eras that have followed one another across the centuries.

 

This informal association, originating in a concrete operational context and nourished by a climate  of sympathy (in  the  original  sense  of  the  word),  was  then  cemented  and  reinforced through  the  signing  of  an  agreement  which,  together  with  the  cooperation  already  in  place between  the  three  universities,  emphasizes  and  highlights  research  which  is  intended  to comprehend and integrate a diachrony and to link facts and history drawn from a particularly important region of Turkey in a common discourse.

 

In  this  overall  framework,  the  opportunity  has  arisen  to  collaborate  with  the  publisher Fabrizio Serra in order to produce an academic journal which, in tandem with the other relevant historical  initiatives  already  established,  might  serve  to  chronicle  the contributions  of  the several  archaeological  missions  currently  operating  in  Asia  Minor;  missions  which  – in  our experience – have the broad aim of grasping the meaning of the transversalities of time and which   seek   to   penetrate   the   various   histories   that   can   be   encountered   in   the   many archaeological enterprises being conducted in the Anatolian region.

 

In our view this offer of editorial collaboration appears particularly apposite at the present time,  and  it  is  our  earnest  hope  that  what  has  been  developed with  so  much  passion  and enthusiasm in Cappadocia – which in a certain sense represents the heart of Anatolia – might be the start of something which will expand in concentric circles so as to engage the widest possible number of researchers and other interested parties in a wide variety of topics drawn from three periods: Pre-classical, Classical and Medieval.

 

Without excluding other topics of relevance, it seems to us that special attention needs to be directed towards certain key areas of research:

 

- the territorial context and the routes of communication, including the use of a GIS-based approach

 

- relationships and correlations between overland viability and sea routes (port towns and harbours)

 

- the manner in which areas under research became transformed over time, both in terms of settlements and morphologically

 

-  a  Landscape  Archaeology  that  is  capable  of  blending  together  culture  and  history, landscape analysis, manufactured goods and sources, synchrony and diachrony, as if to mirror the following quotation from Goethe’s Faust: was du ererbt von deinen Vätern hast/erwirb es, um es zu besitzen

 

- relationships with cultural factors which are either closer or are more distant in space and time

 

-  the more specifically  methodological  aspects  of  research  and  analysis,  including  those directly connected with restoration and enhancement

 

 -  the use of innovative technologies (such as 3D, for example) in the context of various research activities

 

-  Frontier  Studies:  interactions  between  Anatolian  civilizations  and  the  classical  worlds, and between the Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman worlds

 

- the Ancient World as perceived through the written accounts of travelers

 

-  Communicating  Archaeology:  the  relationship  between  archaeology  and  the  general public, in the sense that the public are deemed to be the ultimate recipients of the results of the archeological research  being  undertaken;  this  promotes  an  awareness  of  one’s  own  heritage which in turn will inform and guide future planning.

 

 

The main structural features of Asia Minor

 

The journal is to be under the joint direction of the three universities cited (Padova, Pavia and Viterbo), where there is already an agreement in place for mutual collaboration, and New York University.

 

The  editorial  board consists  of  two  Italian  members  (along  with  the  co-directors),  plus twelve members drawn from other nationalities, half of whom will be Turkish.

 

Editorial  secretaries:  there  will  be  one  secretary  for  each  of  the  three  historical  periods covered by the journal, plus a further secretary who is fluent in Turkish.

 

A list of scholars willing to serve as referees.

 

Languages: vehicular language; English is preferred. All submissions must be accompanied by a detailed abstract in Turkish.

 

Editors:

Prof.ssa    Maria Andaloro    (Università    degli    Studi    della    Tuscia,    Viterbo): andaloro.turchia@gmail.com

Prof. Lorenzo D’Alfonso (New York University): lda5@nyu.edu

Prof.ssa Clelia Mora (Università degli Studi di Pavia): clelia.mora@unipv.it

Prof. Guido Rosada (Università degli Studi di Padova): guido.rosada@unipd.it

 

Deadline is January 2017.

For Author Instructions, contact guido.rosada@unipd.it

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

Authors intending to submit articles to the Journal are requested to follow these instructions carefully.

 

1. The Journal will consider articles on the following subjects:

- the territorial context and the routes of communication, including the use of a GIS-based approach;

- relationships and correlations between overland viability and sea routes (port towns and harbours);

- the manner in which areas under research became transformed over time, both in terms of settlements and morphologically;

- a Landscape Archaeology that is capable of blending together material culture and history, landscape analysis, manufactured goods and sources, synchrony and diachrony, as if to mirror the following quotation from Goethe’s Faust: «was du ererbt von deinen Vätern hast/erwirb es, um es zu besitzen»;

- relationships with cultural factors which are either closer or are more distant in space and time;

- the more specifically methodological aspects of research and analysis, including those directly connected with restoration and enhancement;

 - the use of innovative technologies (such as 3D, for example) in the context of various research activities;

- Frontier Studies: interactions between Anatolian civilizations and the classical worlds, and between the Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman worlds;

- the Ancient World as perceived through the written accounts of travellers;

- Communicating Archaeology: the relationship between archaeology and the general public, in the sense that the public are deemed to be the ultimate recipients of the results of the archeological research being undertaken; this promotes an awareness of one’s own heritage which in turn will inform and guide future planning.

 

2. The Journal publishes articles of a maximum of 20-25 printed pages (accompanied by a 10-line abstract in English), as well as 3-5 page reviews and book announcements of circa 10 lines regarding the topics outlined in (1).

 

3. The total number of printed pages (20-25) includes notes and bibliography. A page consists of 30 lines, corresponding to 2000 characters including spaces. Text (together with illustrations) must be submitted electronically to asiaminor.journal@gmail.com. Any manuscript that does not conform to the editorial guidelines will be sent back to the author.

 

4. Illustrations may include black and white line drawings and photographs, whose dimensions are compatible with the size of the Journal (17 x 24 cm) or if possible, already reduced. Furthermore, no halftone screens should be used in the creation of line illustrations; they may be substituted by graphic symbols. We invite Authors to produce illustrations so that their correct positioning can be clearly identified by the graphic artist responsible for the Journal’s layout. Normally, the use of colored illustrations is not foreseen. Any illustrations that do not comply with these general guidelines will be evaluated by the editorial committee as to the possibility of their publication.

 

5. Submission of articles for publication in AsMin («Asia Minor. An international and multidisciplinary Journal of ancient and medieval Anatolia») should be proposed by the Scientific Committee and/or the Authors using the appropriate forms enclosed with each issue of the Journal and sent to the following e-mail address asiaminor.journal@gmail.com. ( or to Asia Minor, prof. Guido Rosada, Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali: archeologia, storia dell’arte, del cinema e della musica, Università degli Studi di Padova, Piazza Capitaniato 7 (Palazzo Liviano), I 35139 Padova; Fax ++39 049 8274613, e-mail: guido.rosada@unipd.it). Submissions will be considered by the Journal’s editorial board according to their order of arrival. If there would be insufficient space in the current year’s issue, the articles may be published in the next year’s issue. Naturally, it will be up to the author to decide (by written communication to the Journal) whether or not to withdraw the article from publication.

 

6. The number of pages (including footnotes and bibliography) and of illustrations must correspond to what has been stated when proposing the paper for publication. For any special requirements the Author should contact the editorial board directly. Authors are advised to follow the editor’s instructions to authors closely as well as the guidelines for the final Bibliography, published in each issue of the Journal. Members of the Scientific Committee are also advised to review all material with care before it is sent to the editorial board. Papers will be only published further to a positive evaluation by anonymous referees.

 

7. The galley proofs will be corrected by the Authors. Proofreading will only involve checking for typographical errors; no changes in the original text are permitted. The press proofs, based on the initial corrections, will normally be checked by the editorial board. Consequently, Authors are requested to provide all indications for a correct layout of texts and illustrations at the time of their submission in original copy.

 

8. Authors must adhere scrupulously to the deadlines for submission of articles and correction of proofs.

 

Thank you for your attention, we are certain that the scrupulous observance of these guidelines will ensure the continuing excellence of the Journal, and its readiness for the publication within each calendar year.

 

 

 

 

Contact Info: 

Prof. Guido Rosada, Università degli Studi di Padova

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