History

The idea of creating an Aegean Conference at the University of Warsaw was born as a students’ initiative in January 2013. Its’ first edition was organized by Mare Nostrum, a students’ academic organization interested in Aegean Archaeology, and the stuff of the Aegean Archaeology Department at University of Warsaw, Poland. Its’ main aim was to give students an opportunity to present their work developed in the field of Aegean Archaeology to a broader public and exchange ideas and observations concerning presented topics, since no other academic event was giving them such a possibility. The first conference gathered thirteen speakers (Edyta Byrska, Patrycja Danyło, Katarzyna Dudlik, Anna Filipek, Beata Kaczmarek, Kinga Kopańska, Anna Malinowska, Jakub Niebieszczański, Paulina Szulc, Agata Ulanowska, Monika Wesołowska, Katarzyna Zeman-Wiśniewska, Katarzyna Żebrowska) representing undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from Polish and foreign universities (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, University of Warsaw, Trinity College in Dublin).

The proceedings of the 2nd students’ conference in Aegean Archaeology entitled Methods – Researches – Perspectives, took place again at the Institute of Archaeology in Warsaw on April 25th 2014. Positive feedback received by the organizers, Prof. Kazimierz  Lewartowski, Dr Agata Ulanowska and Katarzyna Żebrowska, PhD candidate, after the first edition opened the conference to international speakers and broadened the range of discussed subjects. Initial beliefs, that a conference dedicated strictly to this specific discipline and destined for young researchers was indeed needed, were now fully confirmed. This time the speakers were: Spyros Bakas (Kapodestrian University of Athens; University of Warsaw), Kinga Bigoraj (Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre, UW), Angela Marzia Catania (University of Sheffield), Mateusz Cwaliński (UAM), Patrycja Danyło (UW),  Anna Filipek (UW), Wojciech Jenerałek (UAM), Agnieszka Kaliszewska (Institute of Archeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences), Monika Koźlakowska (UW), Karolina Michałowska (UW), Jakub Niebieszczański (UAM), Stefanos Skarmintzos (Living History Association „Koryvantes”), Dr Agata Ulanowska (UW), Monika Wesołowska (UW), Katarzyna Żebrowska (UW). The results of the second meeting of young Aegean Archaeology’s adepts will be published in the fourth volume of Syndesmoi series (Quaderni del corso di laurea in Archeologia – opzione internazionale, Università degli studi di Catania).

The following year (2015), the Aegean Archaeology Department teamed up with the Institute of Prehistory, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The Conference was divided into a two-paneled event. The Institute of Prehistory hosted the undergraduate and graduate students part of the conference, while the proceedings of young researchers conference (PhD students and doctors who were recently assigned the title) was held in Warsaw. The conference was opened with a lecture by Prof. Janusz Czebreszuk (UAM), then followed by the presentations of Mariya Avramova (Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre, UW), Kinga Bigoraj (Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre, UW), Christos Boutsidis (University of Thrace), Katarzyna Dudlik (UAM), Agnieszka Kaliszewska (Institute of Archeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences), Monika Koźlakowska (UW, UAM), Ester Messina (University of Trieste, Udine and Venice), Giulia Muti (University of Torino), Carissa Nicholson (University of Florida), Jakub Niebieszczański (UAM), Dr Małgorzata Siennicka (The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research, SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen), Dr Agata Ulanowska (UW), Dr Rik Vaessen (University of Sheffield), Monika Wesołowska (UW), Katarzyna Żebrowska (UW).