Mobility and Settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean

***Notice – Conference postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic***

Owing to the uncertain circumstances caused by the corona virus and their international impact the Organising Committee has decided to postpone the conference, originally scheduled for November 2020, for 12 months.

The conference has been postponed indefinitely.
New dates will be announced when they are determined.

Founded in 1980, the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2020.

To commemorate the anniversary the AAIA will be hosting an international conference in Sydney.

The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, in collaboration with the Chair of Classical Archaeology at the University of Sydney, are pleased to announce our intention to organise a conference in 2020 to celebrate its 40th anniversary: Mobility and Settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean focussed on the Early Iron Age through to the Archaic Period.

The conference will be held over three days at the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of the University of Sydney, from 18 to 20 November, 2020.

Conference Theme: Mobility and Settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean

Why did Greeks from both the mainland and the islands go West and North between the 9th and the 7th centuries BC, while at the same time emulating Eastern influences?

It has long been recognised that mobility is one of the defining characteristics of the ancient Eastern Mediterranean societies. While the intensity of this phenomenon may have varied through time and space, mobility – and the connectivity it engendered – endowed the region with its particular characteristics.

The interaction between the various modes of mobility will form the main focus of the conference. Is it possible to identify and define cultural changes that reflect variations in mobility? Can established paths be identified, and if so, how did they change through time? Did the unequal and mutable intensity of interconnectivity play a role in rendering some communities more resilient than others through times of stress?

Mobility may be recurrent, or it may have involved what was deemed to be a one-off movement as imagined by those who have been called ‘colonists’ – and mobility need not be long-distance. Multiple categories of evidence and a large range of approaches and methods can be brought to bear on the question that the conference aims at elucidating by attempting to gain a better understanding of the cultural ferment which characterised the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean both in coastal regions and the sea’s
hinterland between the 9th and the 7th centuries.

The early stages of preparation are underway. Please check back at this page, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on this event.

Call for Papers

Delegate Information




Dr Stavros Paspalas – Director
Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Room 480, Madsen Building (F09), University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia
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