The AAIA regularly hosts events in Sydney and in Athens.

Upcoming Events in Sydney

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

Abstract: From the very start of Greek settlement in southern Italy we find examples of the migration of ceramicists into indigenous Italian communities. The phenomenon intensifies from the second half of the 5th century onwards. The new evidence will be reviewed, with some shown to be completely at odds with traditional assumptions about the ethnicity of the artisans. We would not expect that all of the cultural knowledge, practices and meanings of Greek ceramics accompanied the migrant artisans, and there is plenty of evidence that they did not. There is also good evidence that the social and economic value of Greek‐type pottery changed very rapidly in indigenous contexts, and that there were dramatic differences across space. The successive redefinition and reappropriation of objects depends entirely on human signification. Interpretations must therefore be nuanced and context‐specific, but they encourage us to think about issues such as identity formation and regimes of value. The indigenous world of South Italy and the “Greek” cities are still largely thought of as quite separate spheres, even in the 4th century BC, after several centuries of cohabitation in the peninsula. Likewise Greek‐type pottery in indigenous settlements seems still to be regarded as a class of object used in something akin to a cargo‐cult, and without strong
implications for questions of broader cultural change. This paper will argue that the mobility of ceramic artisans and the movement of and reinterpretation/repurposing of associated cultural knowledge and practices should be viewed as symbolic of wider issues for mobility and cultural exchange in South Italy, in spheres for which there is much less physical evidence.

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

18-20 November, 2020
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

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.


The Antiquities of Greece during World War II
Dr Stavros Paspalas (Acting Director of the AAIA)
Wednesday, 18 March, 2020
6pm in the AAIA Boardroom

This lecture focuses on how Greece’s antiquities, ancient and mediaeval, fared during World War II, a period of upheaval, displacement and mass death. What were the attitudes of the occupying forces (German, Italian and Bulgarian) to Greece’s cultural heritage? How did the perceived role of Greece as one of the major sources of Western civilization impact on the occupiers? How did the Greek authorities prepare during the run-up towards the outbreak of hostilities? What was their stance during the subsequent Occupation? What symbolic role were the antiquities called to serve by the Greeks during these dark years? How did the antiquities themselves fare? These questions frame this lecture which presents insights into a little visited aspect of Greece’s recent past.


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.”

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Upcoming Events in Athens

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Past Events

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


Dr Stavros Paspalas – Acting Director
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