The Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG) is a privately-funded, not-for-profit educational institution, incorporated in Canada by Federal charter, which seeks to promote Canadian research and education in fields relating to Greece’s heritage. From its founding in 1974 until 2006 it was called the Canadian Archaeological Institute at Athens (CAIA).
The Institute advances knowledge of Greece in all periods by sponsoring and promoting archaeological fieldwork, providing resources for scholarly research, and disseminating the results. CIG was officially recognized in 1976 by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture as a foreign archaeological institute, with primary responsibility for Canadian archaeological research in Greece; as such, the Institute seeks to support the investigation, preservation, and presentation of Greece’s cultural heritage.
CIG’s facilities in Athens include its offices, archives, a 6,000+ volume library (specializing in the anthropology, archaeology, science in archaeology, environment, history and literature of the Mediterranean, but with particular emphasis on Greece), and a five-bedroom apartment for the accommodation of visiting scholars and students.
The Institute promotes research in all aspects of ancient, Byzantine and modern Greek studies, including classics, history, art history, archaeology, anthropology and the fine arts. This is achieved through:
(1) an academic programme of seminars, lectures, and conferences;
(2) publication of conference proceedings and other works in the Institute’s own monograph series, Publications of the Canadian Institute in Greece;
(3) the provision of services for its members, including applications for study and fieldwork permits; advice on the development of research programmes; access to accommodation and library facilities in Athens; and
(4) the provision of fellowships for graduate and post-doctoral research in Greece, and internships for undergraduate and graduate students to experience academic life in Athens through the services of CIG. The Institute also sponsors Canadian cultural activities in Greece.
Directors of the Canadian Institute
2005- David W.Rupp
2002-2005 Stefanie Kennell
2000-2002 Nigel Kennell
1995-2000 David Jordan
1994-1995 David W. Rupp
1992-1994 Susan Young
1987-1992 Jacques Perreault
1986-1987 Caroline Williams
1984-1986 Susan Young
1980-1984 Hector Williams
1976-1980 John Fossey