Masterclass “Christian Archaeology across Borders” for MA, Ph.D. students & Postdocs at CIAC XVII (June 30, 2018)

Source: CIAC organizers (link): XVII International Congress of Christian Archaeology 2018
Utrecht-Nijmegen (The Netherlands) on Frontiers: The Transformation and Christianisation of the Roman Empire between Centre and Periphery

Preparations for the International Congress of Christian Archaeology (CIAC XVII) are in full swing.
Scholars and colleagues from many countries have already registered and a promising programme of lectures and presentations is now in place. Participants will meet in Utrecht and Nijmegen from July 2nd to July 6th. If you did not register yet, and if you are interested in the topic of boundaries, borders, borderlands, transitional zones, and frontiers in Late Antiquity, we invite you to register for the conference and join us in the Netherlands during the first week of July.
The wealth of proposals submitted by researchers from a wide range of countries has allowed us to draw up a programme that fulfills our ambition to explore the central subject Frontiers on different levels and to create a forum to debate the issues and research methodologies raised by the topic of our congress. The core of the programme consists of a set of geographically concentrated sessions focussing on all the border regions of the Late Antique empire. Sessions on the dynamics between centre and periphery, and on border crossing phenomena such as migration and Christianisation will tie these geographical sessions together. A special session will be dedicated to the dramatic situation of Christian material heritage in the warstruck regions of the Near East today. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to learn about new discoveries in the field of Christian Archaeology in the Novitates sessions, and in the shape of a wide variety of posters that focus on presenting recent research. Keynote speakers will open and close the conference with stimulating reflections on the central theme of the congress.
The attractive ancient cities of Utrecht and Nijmegen, both originating in Roman settlements on the limes of the Roman Empire welcome you during the first week of the summer month. Guided tours to discover the ancient roots of the hosting cities are included in the programme. In order to broaden the horizon an excursion is provided on the day following the congress (Saturday July 7th). We will visit the highly interesting copy of Roman catacombs in Valkenburg and the late antique and early medieval monuments and excavations in the beautiful cities of Maastricht and Tongeren in the Netherlands and Belgian region of Limburg.
Directly preceding the congress itself, a masterclass will be organized for master students, Ph.D’s, and postdocs. It intends to stimulate reflection on the discipline of Christian archaeology, on current-day  practices, challenges, and perspectives for the future. This class will be conducted by a select group of scholars who will present aspects of their research and discuss it with the participants. The masterclass, entitled Christian Archaeology across Borders, will take place in Utrecht on Saturday June 30th.
The congress is organized by the universities of Utrecht and Nijmegen, in collaboration with the Comitato Promotore dei Congressi Internazionali di Archeologia Cristiana, based at the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana in Rome. Further support comes from the Honorary Committee and a National Steering Committee of experts.
For detailed information on the congress subject and the programme, please go to the CIAC-website:
Registration can be made easily online:
Please note that registration with the regular fee expires May 1st, 2018, but online registration is possible until June 15th. Day-passes are available. For students there is a reduced fee. Additional registration for the master class and the excursion will open soon. Hotel accommodation in selected hotels in Utrecht and Nijmegen can also be booked online: All other information and latest news can be found on the congress website.
We hope to welcome many colleagues and students. We trust the congress will create an attractive and inspiring environment for scholarly and human exchange.
Conference Organizers
Sible de Blaauw, Radboud University Nijmegen
Stephan Mols,. Radboud University Nijmegen
Leonard Rutgers, University Utrecht
Conference Secretariat
Mariëtte Verhoeven, Radboud University Nijmegen
Aurora Raimondi Cominesi, Radboud University Nijmegen
Contact Email :

Call for Papers: The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity to 700 CE (Warsaw, 27-29 September 2018)

Call for Papers - The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity (Warsaw, 27-29 September 2018)
The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity is a major 5-year ERC-funded research project, based primarily in Oxford, supported by a team in Warsaw. The project is mapping the cult of saints as a system of beliefs and practices in its earliest and most fluid form, from its origins until around AD 700. Central to the project is a searchable database, in which all the literary, epigraphic, papyrological and documentary evidence for the cult of saints is being collected, whether in Armenian, Coptic, Georgian, Greek, Latin or Syriac. This database, which is continuously being added to, can already be accessed using this link: On 27-29 September 2018 we are organising a final conference in Warsaw, before the project closes at the end of the year. The topic of the conference is as broad as the project Ð the cult of saints in Late Antiquity. What we hope to achieve is a broad picture of this phenomenon, and so, although we will welcome papers studying the cult of a specific saint, cultic activity or region, we will give priority to those that set cults and cult practices against the wide background of cultic behaviour and belief, now readily accessible through our database (already operational and filling up fast).
Among the confirmed key-note speakers are Luigi Canetti, Vincent DŽroche, Stephanos Efthymiadis, Cynthia Hahn, Anne-Marie HelvŽtius, Robin Jensen, Xavier Lequeux, Maria Lidova, Julia Smith, Raymond Van Dam, and Ian Wood.
Those interested in presenting papers are requested to send a title and short abstract (c. 100 words) to Robert Wisniewski ( by 20 April 2018. There is no registration fee, but please, note we will not be able to cover travel and accommodation expenses.
Robert Wisniewski and Bryan Ward-Perkins

Catacomb Openings for “Giornate FAI di Primavera” 24-25 March 2018

The Catacombs at Castelvecchio Suberquo (AQ) will be open on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, 2018, during the "Giornate FAI di Primavera", an initiative of the Fondo Ambiente Italiano to provides public access to hundreds of historic sites throughout Italy. 

Also the same weekend, tours will be held of the churches of Sant'Ilario and Sant'Emidio alle Grotte on via Carso in Ascoli Piceno in proximity to an early Christian necropolis with hypogean chambers and tombs.

More FAI events here (link).


Research Associate in Christian Archaeology at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

(Source: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg): The Chair of Christian Archeology at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg has an immediate opening for a full time Research Associate (E 13 TV-L 100%) for an international research program for the study of the material culture of early Christianity along the so-called Silk Roads. This position is funded to the end of 2020. Applicants must have an advanced university degree in Christian Archeology or in a related field (Archaeological Sciences, Art History, Building Research, Cultural Studies, etc.), very good spoken and written German, and very good English. Preference is also given to candidates who have mastery of at least one modern foreign language of the study area (for example: Russian, Arabic, Farsi, Uzbek, Chinese). The full job description in German is here (link).

Please send the usual application documents as PDF by March 31, 2018 to:
For information, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Verstegen, Ute
Institut für Kirchengeschichte
Lehrstuhl für Christliche Archäologie
Kochstr. 6,
91054 Erlangen

Catacombs of Sant’Emidio to be Restored and Open to Public in 2019

(Source: PicenoNews24 of March 15, 2018). The Catacombs of Sant'Emidio in Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche are to be restored and opened to the public by 2019 thanks to the generous financial support of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio. While the project focuses on the medieval crypt of Sant'Emidio below Ascoli's cathedral, it also draws attention to the existence of fourth-century burial crypts in the city's Campo Parignano locality ("Sant’Emidio alle Grotte"), which the bishop of Ascoli, Giovanni D’Ercole, hopes to include in the official catalogue of catacombs of Italy under the supervision of the Holy See (link). A photogallery of these crypts with loculi, arcosolia, and formae tombs is here (link). To visit the Catacombs of Sant'Emidio and Church of Sant'Ilario, contact by e_mail:, or call +39 334 3565078 (Sig. Giuseppe Bachetti); +39 328 3247179 (Sig. Paolo Petrucci).

Scholarships for 2-year Postgraduate Degree Program in Judaism and Christian-Jewish Relations (Rome, Italy)

(Source: Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies) - The Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana (Rome, Italy) is offering scholarships to students, under the age of 30, enrolling in the two-year Postgraduate Degree Program in Judaism and Christian-Jewish Relations for the Academic Year 2018-2019. Each scholarship amounts to 9.000,00 Euros and is given for one Academic Year (two semesters), renewable for a second Academic Year. Scholarship applications are to be submitted online to by 15 April 2018. For more info:

AGCA 2018 Grant Program for MA, Ph.D. theses in Early Christian, Medieval & Byzantine Archaeology

The Working Group on Christian Archeology for the Study of Late Antiquity, Early Medieval and Byzantine Culture (AGCA) is offering funding of 2,000 euros for the year 2018 to support scientific theses on work areas of the AGCA. 
The funds serve to promote and support scientific qualification work (master theses, dissertations) in the field of early Christian, early medieval and Byzantine archeology.
Preference will be given to members of the AGCA and especially to junior researchers.
Bachelor's theses are excluded from the grant program. Travel expenses for site study, and library or archival research can be supported.
Applications for grants may be submitted by 30 April 2018. They are to be addressed to the Senior Chair of the AGCA (address below).
The AGCA Board of Management will decide on the applications in May 2018. Accordingly, funding cannot be disbursed until June 2018 at the earliest. If the AGCA board accepts several applications, the maximum amount of EUR 2,000 will be distributed among several projects.
Other program details:
The award will be subject to the financial situation of the AGCA.  If applicants apply for or receive grants for the same project from other sources, this must be communicated to the AGCA when making the application.
After completion of the funded project, the treasurer of the AGCA must be sent a short report on the work done and a budget statement. 
Written applications for the allocation of funding for the year 2018 are to be sent with a detailed description of the project, a professional c.v., and a list of the estimated or requested costs in a maximum of 10 DIN A4 pages to be sent in a single copy and electronically as a PDF attachment to the First Chairman of AGCA by 30 April 2018. The application must be accompanied by a letter of support from a supervisor of the qualification work, which may also be sent to the first chairman separately.
Applications should be directed to: Prof. Dr. med. Ute Verstegen, LS Christian Archeology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Kochstr. 6, 91054 Erlangen; eMail:

Catacombe di Roma – Aperture ed eventi nel marzo 2018

Mostra "La Catacomba di Monte Stallone a Formello, nuova luce dopo un decennio di ricerche"
Dal 24 febbraio al 15 aprile 2018
Sala Ward-Perkins del Palazzo Chigi di Formello
Orari visita:
Martedì 9-13; Mercoledì 10-12; Giovedì 9-13; Venerdì 15-19; Sabato 10-18' Domenica 11.30-13.30 / 14.30-18.30

Catacombe di San Pancrazio
Giovedì 8 Marzo 2018 ore 10.
Appuntamento: Piazza San Pancrazio 5, Roma
Costo: 6,00€
+39 339 7786192; email

Catacomba Ad Decimum (Grottaferrata)
Domenica, 11, 18, 25 marzo 2018: 10:00 - 12:30 / 16:00 - 18:30
Per informazioni: tel. 3484066708; email:

Domenica 11 marzo 2018
Stazione quaresimale alle Catacombe di San Callisto

Sant'Agnese, Santa Costanza e le catacombe
Sabato 17 marzo 2018 ore 09:30
Appuntamento davanti davanti all’ingresso della Chiesa di Sant'Agnese, su Via Nomentana

Le ville romane sotterranee sotto S.Sebastiano
Domenica 18 marzo 2018;

Catacombe dei Ss.Marcellino e Pietro
Martedi 20 Mar 2018 ore 10:30
Via Casilina, 641 - Roma
tel 3451167481/3475010807; email

Catacombe dei Santi Marcellino e Pietro
Sabato 24 marzo 2018 ore 10:30
Appuntamento in Via Casilina, 641

Via Crucis presso le Catacombe di San Callisto per la Riunione pre-sinodale
Venerdi 23 marzo 2018

Conferenza alla Pontificia Accademia di Archeologia
Venerdì 23 marzo 2018 ore 17
Sarcofagi di S. Sebastiano al restauro. Dalle rarità bibliche alle innovazioni teofaniche, del prof. Fabrizio Bisconti, s.e.
Sala dei Cento Giorni del Palazzo della Cancelleria

Apertura straordinaria Catacombe di San Sebastiano e visita alla Cripta di San Filippo Neri.
Domenica 25 marzo 2018, 9:30-16.
Visita speciale alla riscoperta dei luoghi e della spiritualità di San Filippo Neri attraverso un percorso nuovo tra luci e ombre.
via Appia Antica 136, Roma
Info e prenotazioni:

Domenica, 25 marzo ore 15: Catacomba di Santa Savinilla a Nepi
Ingresso cumulativo Catacomba e Rocca € 4.00 (adulti e bambini)
Costo visita guidata € 10.00 (adulti) € 5.00 (bambini fino a 13 anni) o sms allo 0039 333 4854287

Corso introduttivo alla Roma Sotterranea: Programma

  1. Mercoledi 28 marzo - Prima giornata: teoria
    Presso la Sede di Roma Sotterranea, Via Appia Antica 26
    21.00 - 23.00 Perchè Roma Sotterranea? Introduzione alla speleologia urbana
  2. Sabato 31 marzo - Seconda giornata: esplorazione
    09.00 - 15.00 Esplorazione degli acquedotti imperiali presso Gallicano
    Attrezzatura richiesta: scarpe da trekking, torcia e guanti antitaglio
  3. Mercoledì 4 aprile - Terza giornata: teoria
    Presso la Sede di Roma Sotterranea, Via Appia Antica 26
    21.00 - 23.00 Origine e tipologia delle cavità sotterranee
    Attrezzatura richiesta: nessuna
  4. Domenica 8 aprile - Quarta giornata: visita
    Appuntamento di fronte alle catacombe di S. Sebastiano, via Appia Antica 136
    09.00 - 11.30 Le Catacombe ebraiche di Vigna Randanini
    Attrezzatura richiesta: Torcia e scarpe con suola in gomma

Call for Applications for the 2018-2019 Ph.D. Student Residencies at the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities /Centro per la Storia dell’Arte e dell’Architettura delle Città Portuali

(Source: UTDallas) Call for Applications for the 2018-2019 Ph.D. Student Residencies at the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities /Centro per la Storia dell’Arte e dell’Architettura delle Città Portuali

We are pleased to announce the launch in Fall 2018 of the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities / Centro per la Storia dell’Arte e dell’Architettura delle Città Portuali, a collaboration between the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples and the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas, with the participation of the Université Paris-Sorbonne.

Housed within the Capodimonte’s bosco in an eighteenth-century agricultural building called La Capraia (the goat farm), the Center is a laboratory for innovative research in the cultural histories of port cities and the mobilities of artworks, people, technologies, and ideas. Research and programs at La Capraia are dedicated to exploring global histories of art, architecture, and cultural production, while grounded in direct study of artworks, sites, and other materials in Naples as well as Campania. Through Research Residencies and regular site-based Research Workshops and Symposia, the Center at La Capraia supports scholarly access to Naples, fosters new research on Naples and on other port cities, and creates a network of students and scholars working on related projects.

The Advisory Committee of the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities invites
applications for Research Residencies for PhD students in the early stages of their dissertation. Projects, which may be interdisciplinary, may focus on art and architectural history, music history, archeology, or related fields. All projects must address the cultural histories of Naples as a center of exchange, encounter, and transformation, while making meaningful use of research materials in Naples and Campania including artworks, sites, archives, and libraries. Residencies will run for 4½ or 9 months (mid-August through December, January through mid-April, or mid-August through April). Research Residents will be awarded free lodging and work space at La Capraia, as well as the cost of travel to and from Naples at the beginning and end of the period of residency. Residents will be responsible for all other personal expenses during the residency period. Research residents will be granted privileged access to collections and research resources at the Capodimonte; access to other sites, collections, and research materials will be arranged as needed. At the end of the research period, residents will submit a written report on their progress, and share their research in a public lecture, gallery talk, or site visit.

We welcome applications from scholars of any nationality. Applicants are invited to submit a CV, a
letter of intent, and a proposal of 1,000-1,500 words that outlines the research project and the resources that will be used in Naples. Materials should be sent in a single PDF file to and In addition, applicants must invite three recommenders to send letters of support directly to the same email addresses. All materials including letters of recommendation are due by Monday, April 16, 2018.
Learn more about the Center at


Incontro “Sguardi geoarcheologici su Roma – catacombe e cave ipogee” (6 marzo 2018)

Incontro “Sguardi geoarcheologici su Roma – catacombe e cave ipogee”
martedì, 06 marzo 2018 ore 16:00 (link)
Fondazione Marco Besso, Largo di Torre Argentina, 11 – 00186 Roma

16.00-16.20 Saluti
Prof.ssa Gilda BARTOLONI (Presidente – Fondazione Marco Besso)
Maurizio LANZINI (Presidente – SIGEA Lazio)

!6.20 – 19.00 Interventi (coordina: Marina FABBRI – SIGEA LAZIO)
16.20-16.50 Daniela ROSSI (Sopr. Sp. Beni Arch. di Roma), Le catacombe ebraiche di Monteverde
16.50-17.20 Michele CONCAS (Roma sotterranea), La scoperta delle cave ipogee di Monteverde
17.20-17.50 Carlo ROSA (SIGEA Lazio), La geologia della città ed i materiali da costruzione nella Roma repubblicana
17.50-18.20 Stefania NISIO (ISPRA), La ricerca delle catacombe di Felice sulla Portuense

18.20-19.00 Domande ai relatori

Fondazione Marco Besso
Largo di Torre Argentina, 11 – 00186 Roma
Segreteria – Tel.: +39 06.68 65 611 – Fax: +39 06.68 21 63 13