Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology and Professor of Modern Greek Studies



Yannis Hamilakis has studied at the University of Crete (BA History and Archaeology), and the University of Sheffield (MSc and PhD).  He has taught at the University of Wales Lampeter (1996-2000) and the University of Southampton in the UK (2000-2016).  He has been Wiener Lab Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (1993-1994), Mary Seeger O'Boyle Fellow at Princeton University (1999), Library Fellow at Princeton University (2000), Margo Tytus Fellow at the University of Cincinnati (2003), Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2005-2006) a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (2012-13), a Remarque Institute Fellow at NYU (2018), and Bard Graduate Center Fellow (2021). He has also been a Fellow at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University (2017-2018 and 2019-2020), and Pembroke Center Faculty Fellow (Brown University) in 2018-2019 and 2022-2023.

His main research and teaching interests are the socio-politics of the past, the body and bodily senses, the archaeology of eating and drinking, human-animal relationships, the ontology and materiality of photography, archaeology and nationalism, archaeological ethnography, the archaeology of contemporary migration, and critical pedagogy in archaeology.  His main geographical research focus has been Greece and the Aegean, and   although much of his fieldwork is to do with the prehistoric (Neolithic and Bronze Age) Aegean, he is equally interested in the archaeology of the contemporary. In fact, many of his projects are multi-temporal. 

From 2007 to 2010 he directed the archaeological ethnography project at Kalaureia (Poros) Greece, and since 2010 he co-directs a major new field project, the Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography Project. This centres around the excavation of an important Middle Neolithic tell site in central Greece but also includes ethnography, as well as a range of art projects, including a theatre-archaeology program. Since 2016, he directs a field project on the archaeology of contemporary migration, centered on the border island of Lesvos.

Yannis is committed to an anthropologically-informed, critical archaeological engagement with past and present material culture, and to the inter-disciplinary nature of archaeological work.  This position recognises the historically contingent nature of archaeology as a device of western modernity, as well as its potential to enable a critical and reflexive experiential encounter with the material world. He also believes on a politically commited archaeological and academic practice, devoted to social justice. He has published several books and many articles, and his work has been translated to Greek, Macedonian, Turkish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Swedish, Chinese, Hebrew).   


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