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Grants to participate in Minerva School Workshop - Sept. 11-15, 2022

Laura Gonnermann, Vanessa Workman, and Shira Albaz, RIAB Center members, received funding from the Minerva Stiftung to organize a Minerva School Workshop on "Dynamics of Cult, Craft Production, and Socio-Technological Identities," that will be held in Israel on September 11–15, 2022.

They are offering a limited number of fellowships for German or Israeli PhD or Post-doc scholars to participate in the workshop with all costs covered.

If you are interested in applying for this, see below (and contact:


CRAFTING FOR THE GOD(S): Dynamics of Cult, Craft Production, and Socio-Technological Identities, Israel, September 11–15, 2022

We welcome doctoral students and early career researchers to participate in a four-day workshop in Israel (Bar-Ilan University and Jerusalem) on the relationships between craft production and cult in the ancient world. Applicants must be affiliated with either a German or Israeli academic institution.

This workshop aims to consider cult and craft production in a coherent way and in their mutual influences in the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE for the regions of the Levant, Aegean, Arabia, and Egypt by integrating scholarship on the ancient world with experiential, anthropological and ethnographic methodological approaches to observe these relationships in modern practice. Within this framework, the four-day workshop will incorporate in-person and virtual lectures on a cult and craft in the ancient world, experiential activities, and visits to contemporary workshops that produce goods for modern religious and secular consumption.

Eight scholarships are available for participation. Travel and accommodations will be covered from September 11-15th for international participants and accommodation on these dates for Israel-based participants.

Preferred applicants engage in research pertaining to the focus of the workshop. Diverse methodological approaches are welcome in the spirit of this multi-disciplinary workshop.


• Actively enrolled doctoral student, post-doctoral or early career researcher

• Affiliated with either an Israeli or German academic institution

• Active passport for international participants (valid for 6 months passed Sept. 2022)

• Must comply with COVID regulations as mandated by the Israeli Health Ministry at the time of the workshop

Application (all application materials should be in English)

• One page describing your research and why participating in this workshop could benefit your research

• CV of applicant (maximum 2 pages)

• Letter of recommendation from an advisor

Applications should be submitted to by Sunday, May 1st, 2022. For any questions, do not hesitate to contact the workshop organizers by email.

Laura Gonnermann, Vanessa Workman, Dr. Shira Albaz


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