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Visiting Professorship

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.

2019 Visiting Professor: Professor Clemente Marconi

Professor Clemente Marconi

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. He is also Director of the Institute of Fine Arts–NYU’s Excavations at Selinunte in Sicily.

Professor Marconi holds a BA (1990) from the University of Rome La Sapienza and was awarded his PhD in 1997 from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.

Professor Marconi’s 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 in its Mediterranean dimension. He has a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the ancient world that considers the visual arts beyond the narrow limits of connoisseurship, pursuing a hermeneutical approach, arguing for a closer interaction between the study of ancient art and disciplines such as semiotics and anthropology. Professor Marconi’s research is defined by a contextual approach and a particular interest in the form, meaning, and social function of images and monuments in their relationship with other media, including ritual performance.

Since 2006, Professor Marconi is the director of the IFA–NYU’s excavations on the acropolis of Selinunte in Sicily. The project is focused on the main urban sanctuary of the Greek colony, and it is producing major discoveries concerning the history of the site from prehistory to the Hellenistic period and the ritual dimension of Archaic and Classical Greek sacred architecture. In addition, Professor Marconi in also involved in the IFA–NYU’s investigations of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods in Samothrace, including a new study of one of the most important buildings at the site, the so-called Anaktoron.

Professor Marconi’s publications include work on a very wide range of themes relating to Greek and Roman art and architecture having published extensively on Archaic and Classical Greek urbanism, architecture, sculpture, and painting, with particular consideration of historiography and methodology. Professor Marconi has also published works on the archaeology of ancient Sicily and Archaic Greek settlement in the West. His books include Selinunte: Le metope dell’Heraion (Panini, 1994) and Temple Decoration and Cultural Identity in the Archaic Greek World (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Edited volumes include The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture (Oxford University Press, 2015); Greek Vases: Images, Contexts, and Controversies (Brill, 2004); and, the coedited volume Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome (Getty, 2013).

Upcoming publications include: Kosmos: The Imagery of the Archaic Greek Temple, a critical reassessment of the use of images in sacred architecture in the Greek world from the Geometric all the way to the end of the Archaic period; and the IFA–NYU’s Selinunte excavations. Volume 1, which presents the results of the first five years of work and revolves around Temple B, temple architecture in Sicily in the Early Hellenistic period, and the cross-cultural relations between Greeks and the Punics in western Sicily. Volume 2 is devoted to Temple R, which provides the first detailed knowledge of the biography of a Greek temple in Selinunte, from its construction in 580 BCE to its dismantling in the third century BCE during the First Punic War.

Professor Marconi is particularly interested in the problem of cultural property and has been actively involved in the repatriation of important works of Greek art to Sicily.

Sydney (The University of Sydney) - Wednesday August 7, 6:30pm: Toward an Archaeology of Cult in a Greek Colony in the West: New Excavations in the Main Urban Sanctuary of Selinunte. Purchase tickets here.

Sydney (Macquarie University) - Thursday August 8, 2pm: Toward an Archaeology of Cult in a Greek Colony in the West: New Excavations in the Main Urban Sanctuary of Selinunte.

Canberra (Australian National University and the Canberra Friends of the AAIA @ The Hellenic Club) - Tuesday August 13, 8pm: The Raw and the Cooked: Scenes of Animal Fights on Archaic Greek Sacred Architecture.

Armidale (The University of New England) - Thursday August 15, 5:30pm: Toward an Archaeology of Cult in a Greek Colony in the West: New Excavations in the Main Urban Sanctuary of Selinunte.

Newcastle (The University of Newcastle @ The New Space) - Monday August 19, 6pm: Ancient Greek Festivals and Temple Decoration: Mirror and Memory: Images of Ritual Actions.

Brisbane (The University of Queensland) - Thursday August 22, 6pm: Picasso and the Minotaur: A Chapter in Modern Mythmaking.

Sydney (The University of Sydney) -  Wednesday August 28, 6:30pm: Picasso and the Minotaur: A Chapter in Modern Mythmaking. Purchase tickets here.

Hobart (The University of Tasmania) - Thursday August 29, 6pm: Picasso and the Minotaur: A Chapter in Modern Mythmaking.

Melbourne (University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and the Classical Association of Victoria) - Wednesday September 4, 7pm: The Archaeology of Colonial Encounters in Western Sicily.

Adelaide (The University of Adelaide and the SA Friends of the AAIA) - Monday September 9, 7pm: Toward an Archaeology of Cult in a Greek Colony in the West: New Excavations in the Main Urban Sanctuary of Selinunte.

Perth (The University of Western Australia) - Wednesday September 11, 6pm: Picasso and the Minotaur: A Chapter in Modern Mythmaking.

  • Professor Antonas Kotsonas, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University (formerly based at the University of Cincinnati)
  • Professor James C. Wright, American School of Classical Studies at Athens/Bryn Mawr College
  • Professor Katja Sporn, German Archaeological Institute at Athens
  • Professor John H. Oakley, The College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA