The AAIA regularly hosts events in Sydney and in Athens.

Upcoming Events in Sydney

Our events are frequently advertised on Eventbrite

Fragment of a Queen’s Face ca. 1353–1336 BCE New Kingdom, Amarna Period. Metropolitan Museum of Art (26.7.1396)

‘Modern’ Women of the Past? Unearthing Gender and Antiquity
An International Conference
5 – 6 March, 2021
Online via Zoom

The AAIA, CCANESA, AWAWS, CCWM and the University of Sydney Departments of Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History warmly invite abstracts for our forthcoming conference on the reception of ancient women, to be held over 5-6 March 2021,ahead of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2021. Despite restrictions on their autonomy from the (mostly) patriarchal societies in which they lived, women of the past were astronomers, chemists, warriors, politicians, philosophers, and medical practitioners (to mention just a few examples). Women strove to understand the world around them, and through their observations and innovations, they demonstrated that gender provides no barrier to participating and excelling in a full range of human endeavours.

This conference sets out to tell the frequently neglected history of such women. It illuminates the remarkable historical contributions of the invisible pioneers of the past, andconsiders how a distorted perception of past women has shaped the realities and inequalities of our modern world. In the 21stcentury, a balanced representation of gender across a diverse range of societies and cultures remains a work in progress, and a more complete understanding of our past may remedy distorted perceptions of women’s capacities and contributions, both historically and as we move into the future.

The conference organisers invite abstracts (200 words max.) for papers of 15 minutes length. The conference timeframe is broadly imagined to include global women’s history and its reception, from prehistory to late antiquity. Diverse geographic, disciplinary, cultural, and conceptual responses to this theme are encouraged: calling on all disciplines ranging from archaeology to popular culture studies and everything in between. Pre-history and antiquity are defined globally, with an understanding of culturally and geographically diverse timescales, and we encourage responses from First Nations perspectives. Our theme of ‘women’ is intended to include trans and non-binary women, who are encouraged to participate in our exploration on the shaping of history through conceptions of gender.

Postgraduate students and early career researchers from any discipline are encouraged to submit an abstract.


The call for papers formally closed on Monday November 30th 2020 via email to We received a large number of submissions which are currently under review. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by the University of Sydney end of year shutdown on 22 December.

AAIA 40th Anniversary Conference “Mobility and Settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean”

***Postponed to November 2021***
University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

Confirmed key-note speakers to address the conference are:

  • Christina Ioannou (University of Nicosia), on the Connections between Cyprus and the Near East,
  • Antonis Kotsonas (New York University), on Mobility and Interaction in the Northern Aegean,
  • Nicholas Stampolidis (University of Crete), on Crete’s External Contacts between 1000 and 600 BC.

The full program and information for delegates will be available on our website:

Notice of Cancellation of Upcoming AAIA Face-to-Face Events (March and April, 2020)

In light of communications from the Office of The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, all public events hosted on University of Sydney campuses are to be cancelled or deferred until further notice.

Accordingly, the AAIA has cancelled all upcoming events, including:

  • “The Antiquities of Greece during World War II” by Dr Stavros Paspalas, which was scheduled to take place this Wednesday evening, 18 March.
  • The memorial service for the Late Professor Alexander Cambitoglou, scheduled for 23 March.
  • Professor Frankel’s public lecture: “A Tale of Five Villages: Glimpses of Bronze Age Cyprus”, scheduled for the 29 April.

Ticket purchases for Professor Frankel’s lecture will be fully refunded.

We are hopeful that these events will be able to take place later in the year and we will circulate updated notices for them in due course.

We thank you for your support of the AAIA, and we hope to see you later in the year.


Professor Alexander Cambitoglou: A celebration of a life
Public memorial in honour of our founding director
Monday, 23 March, 2020
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm AEDT
MacLaurin Hall
University of Sydney

Professor Alexander Cambitoglou was a visionary academic who fundamentally shaped the discipline of classical archaeology in Australia. He pioneered public engagement with university research culminating in the creation of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens in 1980, a national organization linking Greece and Australia.

Join us to celebrate his life. Please register via Eventbrite by 16 March for catering purposes.

We currently developing an exciting events program for 2020, including our 40th Anniversary Conference in November 2020, so please follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.


All ticket sales have been fully refunded.

A Tale of Five Villages: Glimpses of Bronze Age Cyprus
Emeritus Professor David Frankel (La Trobe University)
Wednesday, 29 April, 2020
6pm in the AAIA Boardroom

Emeritus Professor David Frankel is a preeminent figure in Australian & Cypriot archaeology. Join him as he shares his insights on Bronze Age Cyprus.

“Over many years I have had the privilege of excavating or working up the material from a series of Bronze Age sites in different regions of Cyprus. Each has its own complex story to tell. In this lecture I will present highlights of five settlements and cemeteries: Marki, Psematimenos, Karmi, Ambelikou and Deneia. Their individual stories can be woven together to provide insights into individual lives, community structures and developments over a thousand years of history.”

Upcoming Events in Athens

Upcoming events in Athens are advertised via our Facebook page. Please be sure to follow us there for updates.

Past Events

2020 Events

Phidias’ Workshop/Pantheon/Church at Olympia

From Chariot Racing to a Christian Church: Olympia and the last Olympic Games of Late Antiquity
Dr Amelia R. Brown (University of Queensland)
Wednesday 11 November, 7pm Sydney time / 6pm Brisbane / 10am Athens
Online via Zoom (Free)

The Antiquities of Greece and World War II
Dr Stavros Paspalas (Acting Director of the AAIA)
Wednesday, 30 September, 2020
7pm via Zoom

University of Sydney Classical Archaeology Seminar Program:
‘Mobility of ceramicists in southern Italy’
Dr Ted Robinson (University of Sydney)
Tuesday 5 May, 2020, 3pm Sydney time, via Zoom
To register contact Brett Myers

2019 Events

The Poet’s Aesop: appropriating fable
Dr Graeme Miles (University of Tasmania)
Wednesday, 11 September, 2019

AAIA Lecture Series. Ancient Warfare in the Greek and Roman World
Dr Yvonne Inall and Adam Carr
Saturdays, 7-28 September, 2019

Picasso and the Minotaur: A chapter in modern mythmaking
Professor Clemente Marconi (AAIA 2019 Visiting Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York)
Wednesday, 28 August, 2019

Toward an Archaeology of Cult in a Greek Colony in the West: new excavations in the main urban sanctuary of Selinunte
Professor Clemente Marconi (AAIA 2019 Visiting Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York)
Wednesday, 7 August, 2019

Of Beasts and Men. Iconography and tales in the eighth-century BC Aegean
Dr Stavros Paspalas
Wednesday, 17 April, 2019

The Tomb of the Diver: death, drinking and living it up in the Ancient Greek World
Dr Gillian Shepherd (La Trobe University)
Wednesday, 27 March, 2019

AAIA Guided tour for Athens Friends of the AAIA: of the Pyrgos Vasilissis, Athens
Dr Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory
Sunday 17 March, 2019

Iron Age Site of Zagora

Ancient Andros Revealed: Zagora in Context
Dr Stavros Paspalas
Thursday, 7 March, 2019 (Hobart)
Thursday, 14 March, 2019 (Canberra)

AAIA Workshop, in conjunction with Archaeopolis: “Experiencing the Music of Ancient Greece”
Antonios Ktenas (Ancient Greek music composer, performer and researcher) and Konstantinos Fragkis (National and Kapodistrian University-Hermēs: Music Archaeology Project),
Wednesday, 13 February, 2019

AAIA Guided tour for Athens Friends of the AAIA: “Crete: Emerging Cities” Exhibition (Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art)
Dr Stavros Paspalas (AAIA)
Sunday, 10 February, 2019.

AAIA Lecture Series. Pompeii Revisited: the life and death of a Roman town
Professor Jean-Paul Descœudres
Saturdays, 9 February to 2 March, 2019

AAIA Guided tour for Athens Friends of the AAIA: “Forbidden City” Exhibition (Acropolis Museum)
Dr Stavros Paspalas (AAIA)
Sunday, 27 January, 2019

AAIA, University of Sydney Summer School in Athens
Co-ordinated by Dr Lesley Beaumont (University of Sydney) & Dr Stavros Paspalas (AAIA)
January 4-25, 2019


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