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Visiting Professorship

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, our Visiting Professorship was generously sponsored by Mr Sidney Londish. Subsequently Mr Peter Burrows, a governor and a member of the Council of the Institute, agreed to become sole sponsor and funded the 2001-2004 Visiting Professors.

Between 2005 and 2011, the program was sponsored by a group of Governors of the Institute 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 been committed to the Visiting Professorship by the Thyne Reid Foundation. We thank our sponsors for their generosity, commitment and support.

2018 Visiting Professor

Professor Antonis Kotsonas

Our 2018 Visiting Professor will be Professor Antonis Kotsonas from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Kotsonas will be touring Australia from 6 August to 14 September 2018.

Antonis Kotsonas specialises in the material culture, socio-cultural and economic history of the Early Iron Age and the Archaic period in Greece and the Mediterranean. His research interests extend, however, from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman period. He has conducted fieldwork and finds research on Crete, and in the Cyclades, Euboea and Macedonia; and comparative studies across the Aegean, and from Italy to Cyprus, engaging problems pertaining to state formation, trade and interaction, identity and commensality, memory, and the history of archaeology.

Before taking up his post at the University of Cincinnati, Kotsonas worked at King’s College London, the University of Crete, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Edinburgh. He has also served as a Curator of Greek Archaeology at the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam.


"The Cretan Labyrinth: Monument and Memory from Prehistory to the Present"

Wednesday 29 August at 8:00pm

Venue: The Hellenic Club


"The Discovery of Knossos by the Cretan Antiquarian Minos Kalokairinos"

Thursday 30 August at 6:00pm

Venue: The University of Tasmania


"Homer and the Archaeology of Crete"

Wednesday 5 September at 6:30pm

Venue: The University of Melbourne


"Greece and the Near East in the Early 1st Millennium BCE"

Tuesday 11 September at 7:00pm

Venue: The University of Adelaide


"The Cretan Labyrinth: Monument and Memory from Prehistory to the Present"

Thursday 13 September at 6:00pm

Venue: The University of Western Australia

Recent visiting professors

  • Professor James C. Wright, American School of Classical Studies at Athens/Bryn Mawr College
  • Professor Katja Sporn, German Archaeological Institute at Athens
  • Professor John H. Oakley, The College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA