The ancient Empire of Macedonia through the conquests of Alexander the Great.

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AIMS

The Australian Institute for Macedonian Studies (AIMS) was formed in August 1986 by a group of academics, teachers and professionals, aiming to promote the cultural and historical identity of Macedonian Hellenism and to conduct research on various domains and disciplines including anthropological, socio-cultural, linguistic and historical pertinent to Hellenism; the scope of studies extends over the wider geographic region of Macedonia from the 11 century BC to the present day, covering the ancient, medieval and post-liberation period.The founding members assembled at the premises of the then St. Basil’s Brunswick Grammar School in Blyth Street, Brunswick,  Melbourne  and elected the Board of Management, electing P. Liveriadis Chairman of the Board, Professor Dr A. M. Tamis inaugural President of the AIMS, Dr D. Iakovidis and P. Iasonidis Secretaries, N. Halatzoukas treasurer and M. Kasapides, Th. Karabatsas, N. Katris, P. Gogides, M. Kasnaksis, C. Mantzios and K. Hatzistavros members of the Board of Directors.

The AIMS managed over the last twenty eight years to widen its authority nationally and internationally, organizing lectures and seminars in state capitals, publishing six monographs and collective volumes, organizing three international conferences, over 25 seminars and colloquia and numerous public lectures. The Institute also produced a literary journal entitled Makedonikos Logos (Macedonian Logos) in 1986, a monthly Macedonian Bulletin distributed to its members and community organizations and a large number of cultural events including concerts in classical music, lectures, symposia and seminars. In 2013 it published the bi-annual Journal on Macedonian Series published in Greece by Tziola Technical Publications.

Over the years, the members of the AIMS published a number of  articles in referred Journals on historical, linguistic and socio-cultural issues pertaining Macedonia; presented review studies on Macedonian Hellenism and the complex issues on  Macedonia; advised Australian, Greek and Cypriot governments and its agencies, including diplomatic representatives; submitted studies on ancient Macedonian language, the Slavonic and Greek dialects spoken in the wider geographic region of Macedonia; compiled reports and offered erudite advice to government advisers on issues relevant to the Macedonian Question and its controversy amongst the involved ethnic groups; promoted the music, culture, folklore and national costumes of the wider Macedonia and the similarities and differences between the Greek Macedonian compared with the Macedoslavs; researched and compiled books on the migration and settlement experience of Macedonian Hellenes from the 16th to the present date.

In 1997, the AIMS was academically amalgamated within the National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research at La Trobe University until the eradication of the Centre in December 2008. In 2011, the Board of Directors of the Institute, which convenes regularly  once a moth, entered a Memorandum of Collaboration with the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria;  entered a research collaboration with the Research Committee of the Society for Macedonian Studies (20011), the Academy of Institutions and Cultures of Greece (2012), the Institute for Balkan Studies in Greece (2009) on research matters and publications.

In 2013, the Institute remains as a self-standing and independent research and scholarly institution concentrated mainly on research and publication activities; in 2013 the study on Macedonian Hellenes is expected to be completed and published under the patronage of the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and the financial support of the Benevolent Society of Men of Thessaloniki (F.A.A.TH) and a team of Australian Greek businessmen. In 2013-2014 the Institute is undertaking a research project with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki under the title Macedonian Communities in the Twentieth Century.