The Annual AAIA Visiting Professorship
Each year the Institute brings to Australia a distinguished academic who undertakes a lecture tour to all Institutional members across the country. From its foundation in 1987 until 2000 the AAIA Visiting Professorship was generously sponsored by Mr Sidney Londish. Subsequently Mr Peter Burrows, who is a governor and a member of the Council of the AAIA agreed to become sole sponsor and he funded the 2001-2004 Visiting Professors.
Between 2005 and 2011 the programme has been sponsored by a group of Governors of the AAIA including: Mr Peter Burrows, Professor John Chalmers, Mr Michael Diamond, Mr Timothy Harding, Mrs Pauline Harding, Dr Robert Harper, Dr Monica Jackson and the late Professor J.A. Young. In addition money has also be committed to the Visiting Professorship by the Thyne Reid Foundation. The Institute thanks the sponsors for their generosity, commitment and support.
The 2017 AAIA Visiting Professor
Professor James C. Wright, Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, will be the 2017 Visiting Professor. Professor Wright was previously based at Bryn Mawr, where he has taught since 1978. From 1981 until today he has been Director of the Nemea Project, which focuses on the diachronic history and archaeology of the area surrounding the Sanctuary of Zeus in the north-east Peloponnese. He has excavated widely, including at Kommos on Crete and at Corinth. He is a specialist in the Greek Bronze Age, with a particular interest in the Mycenaeans in the Peloponnese, the Mycenaean heartland, and our understanding of ceramics, land use and feasting. He is well known for his volume "The Mycenaean Feast". Professor Wright will tour the country in August & September, visiting Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Armidale and Newcastle.
The 2016 AAIA Visiting Professor
Professor Katja Sporn toured Australia in August and September as the 2016 AAIA Visiting Professor. Professor Sporn is the Director of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens and a professor at the University of Munich. Her fields of expertise range from Crete in the Classical and Hellenistic period through to Greek funerary art and religion.
She has directed archaeological field work at Kolonna, Aegina, and now runs excavations at the important sanctuary of Apollo at Kalapodi, thought by many to be ancient Abai, in Phokis. Her tour - a great success - took her to Sydney, Armidale, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Brisbane, Newcastle, and Melbourne.
- Sydney (University of Sydney) - Monday August 1, 6.00pm: Natural Features in Greek Cult Places. The Case of Athens
- Sydney (University of Sydney) - Wednesday August 10, 6.00pm: Ancient Phokis. Settlements, Fortifications and Sanctuaries
- Armidale (University of New England) - Thursday August 11, 5.30pm: Greek Classical Grave Reliefs beyond Attica. Mirrors of Ancient Societies
- Perth (University of WA) - Monday 15 August, 6.00pm: Natural Features in Greek Cult Places. The Case of Athens
- Adelaide (SA Friends of the AAIA) - Thursday August 18, 7.00pm: Greek Classical Grave Reliefs beyond Attica. Mirrors of Ancient Societies
- Adelaide (Adelaide University) - Friday August 19, 7.00pm: Natural Features in Greek Cult Places. The Case of Athens
- Hobart (University of Tasmania) - Tuesday August 22, 6.00pm: Greek Classical Grave Reliefs beyond Attica. Mirrors of Ancient Societies
- Canberra (Australian National University) - Thursday August 25 8.00pm: Natural Features in Greek Cult Places. The Case of Athens
- Brisbane (University of QLD) - Thursday September 1, 6.00pm: Natural Features in Greek Cult Places. The Case of Athens
- Newcastle (University of Newcastle) - Monday Sept 5, 6.00pm: Ancient Phokis. Settlements, Fortifications and Sanctuaries
- Melbourne (University of Melbourne) - Wednesday Sept 7, 6.30pm: Natural Features in Greek Cult Places. The Case of Athens
- Melbourne (La Trobe University) - Sunday Sept 8: Greek Classical Grave Reliefs beyond Attica. Mirrors of Ancient Societies
Natural Features in Greek Cult Places and Ritual. The Case of Athens
Greek sanctuaries have long been associated with monumental architecture, especially temples, altars and auxiliary buildings. However, it is important to note that natural features were sometimes predecessors of these architectural elements. At times, even into the Hellenistic period and later, natural features actually delineated sacred areas, as has recently been shown in various cities in Asia Minor. This lecture will examine various types of natural elements associated with ritual localities in Athens: caves, rock-cut features, trees and groves, as well as bodies of water. It will, moreover, examine the role they played in the cultic practices conducted at these sites.
Ancient Phokis. Settlements, Fortifications, and Sanctuaries
Ancient Phokis lies in the pivotal region of central Greece and extends from Delphi in the west to Kalapodi in the east, neighbouring Boiotia, Western and Eastern Locris and the Doric Tetrapolis. It is dominated by mount Parnassos (highest peak 2457 m) and includes the fertile Kephissos plain in the north-east. Today the region is barely known, although it is full of remains especially of fortification walls, to a lesser extent of sanctuaries (mainly Delphi and Kalapodi), and of settlements. The lecture will offer an introduction into the topography and history of this neglected area of ancient Greece.
Greek Classical Grave Reliefs beyond Attica. Mirrors of ancient societies
The best known and thoroughly studied Greek grave monuments are the funerary reliefs of classical Attica. Roughly 2700 examples are known; the figured representations they carry are rather formulaic and aim to represent the role of the deceased as normative members of Athenian society rather than to portray specific traits of any individuals. A large –yet unpublished– study of non-Attic grave reliefs of the period from 500 to 300 BC has shown that such reliefs were not as common elsewhere in the Greek world as they were in Attica. This lecture will present examples from various regions in Greece and will highlight the varying spatial arrangement of cemeteries and the different approaches to the display of graves. It will conclude that the various types of funerary reliefs and manner of burial mirror different societal forms in the various regions of Ancient Greece
The John Atherton Young and Alexander Cambitoglou Professorial Research Fellow
Thanks to a generous donation and matching sum given by the University of Sydney, the AAIA has been able to establish a Professorial Research Fellowship enabling an eminent scholar to visit Australia for the period of at least three to four months.
2014 Professorial Research Fellow
Professor Irene Lemos is Reader in Classical Archaeology at Oxford University, and Director of the Lefkandi-Xeropolis excavations in Euboea. She is the author of The Protogeometric Aegean: The Archaeology of the Late Eleventh and Tenth Centuries BC (Oxford, 2003) and of numerous publications on the Lefkandi excavations as they relate to elite burials in the Iron Age, tell formation processes and ceramic statistical analyses.
Her interests include: Early Greek Archaeology and Art; State formation in Early Greece from the Late Helladic IIIC to the Archaic period; Literacy; Late Bronze and Iron Age exchange patterns in the Mediterranean; the archaeology of Ionia.
Past Professorial Research Fellows
In 2010 the inaugural John Atherton Young and Alexander Cambitoglou Professorial Research Fellow was Professor Jacques Perreault from the University of Montreal (left), whose six month visit commenced in February.
In 2012 the Professorial Research Fellow was Professor Hermann Kienast whose three month stay was from February to May.