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Rising from the Depths cited as best practice at UNESCO meeting

The Rising from the Depths project was cited as an example of best practice in sustainable marine heritage management at the Meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body on the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage last week (23rd April 2018). Ulrike Guerin, UNESCO Programme Specialist responsible for the 2001 Convention, stated that the project could act as ‘a driver for cohesion between social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development’. The exchange day meeting, held on the 23rd April at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, focused on the potential role marine cultural heritage could play in in the understanding, promotion and protection of Oceans within the forthcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). It was attended by representatives of the 58 state signatories to the 2001 Convention and held in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), the body responsible for the organization of marine science within the UN system.

Dr Jon Henderson, who attended the meeting on behalf of Rising from the Depths project, said ‘The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are setting the global agenda and, as a result, are going to be instrumental to academic research for the next 12 years. If marine cultural heritage is to progress, establish itself in modern practice, and realise its full potential, then it needs to respond to these challenges. Rising from the Depths has a key role to play in this as it is harnessing the potential of marine heritage to inform solutions to real challenges in East Africa such as rapid coastal development, climate change and unsustainable fishing practices.’

 

JOB OPENING: Rising from the Depths Project Manager

Rising from the Depths Project Manager (fixed term)

The University of Nottingham has received funding from the RC UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund which is a £1.5Bn initiative aiming to tackle global challenges in the national interest. The project ‘Rising from the Depths: Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits’ is a multi-partner interdisciplinary research project with an ambitious programme for delivery.

Rising from the Depths will identify ways in which marine cultural heritage can benefit coastal communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. The project will establish and maintain a trans-boundary and cross-sector network of arts and humanities-led researchers, government officers, scientists, policy makers, UN officials, NGOs, ICT professionals and specialists working in heritage, infrastructure and the offshore industry, to identify new opportunities and methodologies for utilising the marine cultural heritage of East Africa to stimulate alternative sources of income, foster local identities, and enhance the value and impact of overseas aid in the marine sector. Information about the project can be found at: http://risingfromthedepths.com.

The University of Nottingham is leading the network and is seeking to appoint a Project Manager. The successful candidate will have previous experience of administration and project management as well as proven experience of financial planning and reporting. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills with proven experience of maintaining effective working relationships and experience of working with a diverse set of stakeholders including senior academics and funders.

In the role you will be required to manage and coordinate the programme of international network and engagement events (including booking travel and arranging all aspects of the events), support and manage the distribution of a series of project funding calls, act as a liaison point for all project members, network members and external partners, monitor and report on the project budget ensuring all expenditure is in line with University Policies, are ODA compliant and are in line with the terms and conditions of the grant. Other duties include supporting all project meetings, assisting with the production of reports and other material for dissemination as well as ensuring effective delivery of day-to-day administration for the project. The role holder will be based in the UK.

The project team will require the successful candidate to work flexibly to meet the objectives of what will be a challenging programme, requiring effective monitoring and organising people across a range of countries. You should have proven experience of prioritising changing workloads, meeting tight deadlines and setting and achieving milestones. You will have excellent IT skills and experience of using these within a project management setting.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 31st September 2021 and is a full time post. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Jon Henderson, tel: 0115-9514842 or email
Jon.henderson@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The closing date for completed applications is: Monday 26 March 2018

Salary: £29799 to £30688 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience.

 

For more information on the post and to apply online go here:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ARTS030218X1

 

JOB OPENING: Rising from the Depths Post-Doc Position (Anthropology)

Rising from the Depths Post Doctoral Researcher (Anthropology)

The University of Roehampton is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our Life Sciences department as part of an AHRC-funded research project, Rising from the Depths: Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits. Applicants should have a PhD in social anthropology, have conducted ethnographic research in Mozambique, Tanzania or Kenya, and have a good knowledge of one of the local languages. Knowledge of Swahili would be especially useful. The successful candidate will be able to develop their own research project within the remit of the project – particularly in the areas of cultural memory, indigenous understandings of the past, relationships with marine/maritime cultures. You will help with identifying potential areas of research, relating to the themes above, for 4 PhD projects that will form part of the overall project and work with other researchers in the team to explore issues relating to marine cultural heritage.

This post is available on a fixed-term basis for 12 months.

For enquiries relating to this position please contact Professor Garry Marvin, g.marvin@roehampton.ac.uk.

This is an exciting time for the University; our new £35m state-of-the art library has just opened and we are continuing to develop a number of external partnerships across the globe.

We have a strong emphasis on supporting our students to reach their full potential in order to launch themselves onto successful graduate careers and we are embarking on a radical programme of enhancement in learning and teaching across all our academic areas. ‘In the Complete University Guide 2018, Roehampton is the highest-ranked modern university in London. Modern, or new, universities are defined as those granted university status post-1992. Complete University Guide does not itself define modern universities and does not produce a separate league table in which these are ranked.’

The University has a beautiful, vibrant parkland campus, is located in the heart of south-west London and offers excellent facilities for researching, learning, teaching and working.

To find out more information about the role and what we’re looking for, visit the Working at Roehampton section of our website where you will find full details, how to apply, as well as further information about the benefits of working for us.

http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Working-at-Roehampton/

The closing date for completed applications is: Thursday 1 March 2018

It is expected that interviews will be held on: during March 2018

The University is an equal opportunities and ‘disability confident’ employer

For more information on the post and to apply online go here:

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BHQ056/postdoctoral-research-associate/

 

JOB OPENING: Rising from the Depths Post-Doc Position (Heritage/Development)

Rising from the Depths Post Doctoral Researcher (Heritage/Development)

The University of Nottingham has received funding from the RC UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund which is a £1.5Bn initiative aiming to tackle global challenges in the national interest. The project ‘Rising from the Depths: Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits’ is a multi-partner interdisciplinary research project with an ambitious programme for delivery.

The Rising from the Depths Network will identify ways in which marine cultural heritage can directly benefit coastal communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. The project will establish and maintain a trans-boundary and cross-sector network of arts and humanities-led researchers, government officers, scientists, policy makers, UN officials, NGOs, ICT professionals and specialists working in heritage, infrastructure and the offshore industry, to identify new opportunities and methodologies for protecting and utilising the marine cultural heritage of East Africa to stimulate alternative sources of income, foster local identities, and enhance the value and impact of overseas aid in the marine sector.

The University of Nottingham is leading the network and is seeking a PDRA with a research interests in East African cultural heritage and/or development studies. Applicants should have a PhD in a related archaeology, heritage or development field. Experience of working on research or development projects in East Africa would be an advantage. The PDRA will have specific responsibility for scoping and reporting on development and heritage methodologies that could be applicable to conducting, assessing and monitoring Arts and Humanities led research in an East African context.

The person appointed will be expected to plan and conduct work in close collaboration with the project Co-Is, PDRAs at other institutions as well as with project partners in the region.  They will be responsible for writing up their work for publication. The person appointed will be based in the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham and is expected to work in close collaboration with our University project partners (Roehampton, Bournemouth, Ulster, York, Uppsala in Sweden and Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique) and engage with organisations part of the network (including UNESCO, The World Monuments Fund, The British Museum, the British Institute in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association). The person appointed will be expected to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research development and extend their own research portfolio.

This is a part time position working 29 hours per week (0.8 FTE), fixed term until 1 April 2019.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Jon Henderson, tel: 0115-9514842 or email jon.henderson@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

For more information on the post and to apply online go here:

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ARTS028318

JOB OPENING: Rising from the Depths Post-Doc Position (Geosciences/Physical Geography)

Rising from the Depths Post-Doctoral Researcher (Geosciences/Physical Geography)

The Faculty of Science & Technology, University of Bournemouth, is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and competent researcher to contribute to the Rising from the Depths Network project.

The post offers the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary team of academic staff, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, providing a stimulating and challenging opportunity to develop research with social impact in East Africa. The person appointed will be based in the Department of Life & Environmental Sciences at Bournemouth University and is expected to work in close collaboration with project partners (Nottingham, Roehampton, Ulster, York, Uppsala in Sweden and Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique) and engage with organisations part of the network.

Ideally, you will have a PhD in a subjected related to geosciences or physical geography or demonstrate clear evidence of research experience at a commensurate level. You will have experience in analysing quantitative and qualitative data to quantify/assess environmental changes in coastal and/or marine settings. A track record of publications in journals is essential. You will need to be self-motivated and a team player with good written and oral communication skills.

The successful candidate will have specific responsibility for scoping and reporting on anthropogenic and climate-driven environmental changes and coastal management practices affecting risks and preservation of marine cultural heritage in East Africa. The key objective of the work will be to collate and analyse data to identify areas where coastal and marine cultural heritage are at greater risk from human-induced and climate-driven environmental change. The PDRA will contribute strongly to the project by creatively applying relevant research techniques and methods to develop the research agenda and be actively engaged in collaborative work, in writing new research proposals and disseminating the work through publications and presentations.

This post is available on a fixed-term basis for 12 months; the post is part-time 0.8 FTE.

For informal discussions contact Dr Luciana S. Esteves, lesteves@bournemouth.ac.uk, tel. +44 (0)1202 962446.

Apply here:

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/post-doctoral-researcher-fixed-term-part-time

 

First Museum of Archaeology opens in Mozambique

The first ever Museum of Archaeology in Mozambique was opened at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo on the 19th December 2017. The museum is affiliated with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FLCS) and managed by the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. It is the first to chart the prehistory and history of Mozambique from early humans up until the modern era. As well as archaeological exhibits there is lecture space and galleries for sculpture, painting and photography exhibits.

Read more about the inauguration of this important new museum here:

http://www.uem.mz/index.php/noticias-recentes/954-uem-inaugura-museu-de-arqueologia

http://africatimes.com/2017/12/22/mozambique-university-opens-new-archaeology-museum/

UNESCO and Italian underwater archaeologists meet in Kenya

Safeguarding underwater cultural heritage for sustainable development in Kenya

UNESCO joined forces with the Italian Cultural Institute in Kenya to participate in a two-day lecture series and film presentation entitled “Italian Archeologists: Between Desert and Sea”, which took place 10 and 11November 2017 at the Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

For more details of the meeting click here or below:

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/nairobi/about-this-office/single-view/news/safeguarding_underwater_cultural_heritage_for_sustainable_de/

For further information on Italian underwater archaeologists working with Kenyan archaeologists click here or below:

http://www.iicnairobi.esteri.it/iic_nairobi/it/

African Archaeology Research Day 2017

The 2017 African Archaeology Research Day (AARD) meeting, which will be hosted on Saturday 25 November at the Department of Archaeology, University of York.

The African Archaeology Research Day has been an annual event in the UK since 2002 and the first meeting held at the University of Oxford. The meetings are informal and are aimed at encouraging both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as established academics, to present their research. They include plenty of time for informal discussion. Since 2002, the conference has been led by various academics in the field, at different venues across the country. Last year’s event at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, was extremely successful at showcasing the range of research being undertaken on Africa’s past.

Stephanie Wyne-Jones, a member of the organising committee, will present a paper on the Rising from the Depths project at the meeting.

More information on the meeting can be found on the project website here.

Coastal management

Sustainable ecosystem-based management of estuaries and coasts

If you are an early career researcher based in the UK or South Africa and interested in sustainable ecosystem-based management of estuaries and coasts, watch this space as in February we’ll be selecting 30 participants for a South Africa-UK Researcher Links Workshop taking place in Durban on 19-21 June 2018.

Workshop coordinators and mentors include: Lu Esteves (Bournemouth University); Trevor Hill (Univ Kwazulu-Natal); Bronwyn Goble (Oceanographic Research Institute); Louis Cellier (CSIR); Mike Elliot and Katie Smyth (University of Hull) and Andrew Cooper (University of Ulster).

Venue: Oceanographic Research Institute – uShaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa

Grant Success

Major AHRC-GCRF grant success for Rising from the Depths project

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have just announced five major new interdisciplinary networks that will be based at universities across the UK using more than £9m from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The 5 networks will run from October 2017 for up to 4 years, and will showcase the distinctive contribution that arts and humanities research can bring to development in low and middle income countries.

The Rising from the Depths Network has won £2 million for a 4 year project (2017-21) which aims to help East African communities better understand and benefit from marine cultural heritage.

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