Welcome to the blog of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens. The AAIA is a unique Australian institution, one which straddles Australia and Greece. Established in 1980 by the late Professor Alexander Cambitoglou, then Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Sydney, the Institute aims to strengthen academic, research and educational links between the two countries.
As one of 18 foreign research institutes based in Athens, recognised by the Greek Ministry of Culture, we have responsibility for facilitating Australian led archaeological fieldwork in Greece. Fourteen Australian universities are institutional members of the AAIA and we are proud to assist their students and academics in furthering their studies. We organise educational programmes in Greece for Australian students, and assist researchers’ access to various research materials.
The AAIA’s remit extends beyond archaeology. Greek studies from deepest prehistory until the present day fall within its area of interest. Indeed, our Contemporary Creative Residency programme is designed specifically to introduce Australian artists, visual and literary, to the vibrant creative scene of 21st-century Athens.
Many of the Institute’s activities focus on the research of the Greece’s complex past, Australian engagement with it and, with active research programmes in Greece. Archaeological expeditions organised by different Australian universities have been, and continue to be undertaken, in Greece under the Institute’s aegis. We hope to share some of their experiences and discoveries with you through our blog.
The Institute also supports Australian students and academics whose interests lie primarily in the variegated literary output in the Greek language over millennia. This is an enormously rich literary cannon and our blog offers a chance to explore some of the insights being revealed by current research into these works.
The AAIA is committed to disseminating the results of its members’ research, and more broadly current developments within Greek studies. This is done through a range of public engagement activities, both within Australia and Greece. These activities range from Australia-wide lecture series, to monograph and journal publications as well as social media platforms. The launch of the AAIA blog is an important new avenue for the AAIA to facilitate the voices of Australian and Greek researchers and amplify their work on a globally accessible platform.
Next year, 2020 will mark the 40th anniversary of the AAIA, and we look with confidence towards future successes and will continue to promote Greek studies in Australia through various projects in Greece, scholarships for Australian students and public events throughout Australia.
I am certain that the postings on this blog will keep you informed of the various activities undertaken by Australian researchers, both students and academics, and I encourage you to contact us if you have any questions. And I would like to close with a sincere “thank you” to all who have shared the Institute’s vision and supported its activities over the years.
All good wishes,
AAIA Acting Director