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.

2020 Visiting Professor: Professor Jenifer Neils

Notice: In December 2019 we announced Professor Jenifer Neils as our 2020 Visiting Professor. Organisation of Professor Neils schedule was well underway when the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted international travel globally. While it is not currently possible for Professor Neils to travel to Australia, we are very pleased to report that she will take up the Visiting Professorship in the first semester of 2021. The Institute has been working closely with Professor Neils, and our member institutions, who have reaffirmed their commitment to hosting the Visiting Professor when she travels to Australia next year.

Professor Jenifer Neils

The Institute is excited to announce that Professor Jenifer Neils will be its Visiting Professor in 2020. Professor Neils is currently the Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and is a world renown expert in the art and archaeology of classical Greece, especially of Athens. She has taught at a number of US universities including holding the professorship at Case Western Reserve University. Professor Neils has had a rich and varied archaeological career; she has excavated in Greece (at Torone with an Australian team directed by the late Professor Alexander Cambitoglou) as well as in Italy. From 1980 through to 1986 she was the Curator of the Cleveland Museum of Art where she organised two major exhibitions, the first on the goddess Athena and her relationship with Athens and the second on childhood in Classical Greece. The scholarly catalogues generated by these exhibitions have attained the status of classics. Professor Neils has a long publication list which testifies to her authoritative contribution to the field of classical archaeology. Our guest will tour Australia and will deliver seminars and public lectures in which the latest thoughts on and discoveries in the central field of archaic and classical Greece will be presented.

2019 Visiting Professor: Professor Clemente Marconi

Professor Clemente Marconi

The 2019 AAIA Visiting Professor, Clemente Marconi, is the James R. McCredie Professor in the History of Greek Art and Archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Università degli Studi in Milan.

Professor Marconi was educated at the University of Rome La Sapienza and at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. His main research interests are ancient Greek and Roman art and archaeology, with a focus on Greek art and architecture of the Archaic and Classical periods.

Since 2006, Professor Marconi directs the Institute of Fine Art–NYU’s excavations on the acropolis of Selinunte in Sicily.

Professor Marconi has published extensively on a very wide range of themes relating to Greek and Roman art and architecture.

Past Visiting Professors

  • 2018 – Professor Antonas Kotsonas, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University (formerly based at the University of Cincinnati)
  • 2017 – Professor James C. Wright, American School of Classical Studies at Athens/Bryn Mawr College
  • 2016 – Professor Katja Sporn, German Archaeological Institute at Athens
  • 2015 – Professor John H. Oakley, The College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA
  • 2014 – Professor W. Jeffrey Tatum & Dr Diana Burton, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2014 – Professor Alastair Blanshard,University of Queensland
  • 2013 – Professor Angelos Chaniotis, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton


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