The ΑΙΓΕΙΡΟΣ lecture series at the German Archaeological Institute at Athens offers a forum in particular for younger scholars, who wish to present their research – results, preliminary results and/or approaches – to and discuss them with a critical audience.
To ensure a lively and productive discussion as well as a useful feedback for presenters, one or more usually two respondents are invited to each lecture, researchers working in a field relevant to the topic of the respective lecture who are given the opportunity to offer more detailed comments before the general discussion is opened.
Prospective speakers who are interested in presenting a lecture in the ΑΙΓΕΙΡΟΣ series are requested to suggest a title and submit an informative abstract of 200-400 words. Lecture proposals for the months of January to May 2015 should be submitted by November 15, 2014 and for October to December 2015 by July 15, 2015 respectively.
Speakers in the ΑΙΓΕΙΡΟΣ series can be offered accommodation at the German Archaeological Institute for up to a week (depending on availability of rooms); travel expenses, however, cannot be refunded.
Lecture proposals and enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: Anne Fohgrub, Johanna Fuchs, Torben Keßler, Martina Riedl, Ulrike Schulz, Dimitra Spiliopoulou, Sandra Zipprich.
Guidelines for prospective speakers, speakers and respondents
Prospective speakers, who are interested in presenting a lecture in the ΑΙΓΕΙΡΟΣ lecture series, are requested to suggest a title and submit an informative abstract of 200-400 words. The submitted abstracts are used not only in the selection of lectures but also and more importantly in the search for respondents; accordingly, no suggestion can be considered without submission of an abstract.
Lectures are usually selected semi-annually for the fall and spring programme respectively. This should allow adequate advance planning for both speakers and organizers and in most cases permits us to provide accommodation for speakers in the German Archaeological Institute. Travel expenses, however, cannot be refunded, so it is advisable to coordinate lecture dates with other planned trips. Accordingly, possible and preferred dates for proposed lectures should be indicated from the beginning. Lectures may be presented in German, English or Greek.
Speakers whose proposals have been accepted for the ΑΙΓΕΙΡΟΣ programme are requested to submit the full text of their presentation one month before the lecture, if possible, and two weeks before it at the very latest. The text will be forwarded to the respondents to serve as a reference for formulating their comments. Since sufficient time for preparation is indispensable for meaningful responses, we reserve the right to cancel a lecture if the speaker fails to submit his/her text in time. Also out of consideration for the respondents – as well as the audience – speakers should seek to limit the length of their presentation to 30 min, with 40 min of an acceptable maximum.
Formal requirements aside, we wish to encourage speakers to present, in their own best interest, a lecture which is, in a positive sense, “debatable”, i.e. one developing debating points rather than arguing issues to a stand-still – it may well be an unanswered question or a methodological sore spot that provides the basis for a fruitful and productive discussion.
Respondents will be contacted and invited by us. Suggestions on the part of (prospective) speakers are welcome, but not required. Responses will follow the actual presentation directly with 5-10 min allotted to each respondent.
Given the time constraints of a lecture format featuring a total of three speakers, it is also advisable for respondents to focus on specific thematic and/or methodological aspects – whether a critical review of methodology, a discussion of results or of their relevance in a broader context is foregrounded is up to each respondent. Responses may expand the discussion to issues closely related to the topic of the presentation, but not referred to previously, or include references to relevant material which the respondent studies; all these, however, should meaningfully contribute to the topic set out by the main speaker in his/her presentation.