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Rubina Raja elected Corresponding Member of AIA

UrbNet’s centre director has received the great honour of being elected Corresponding Member of the Archaeological Institute of America

Rubina Raja. Photo by Martina Bogdahn.

Early January 2023 the Council of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) held their 144th meeting. At this meeting, Professor Rubina Raja was elected Corresponding Member of the Institute.

As stated on the AIA’s webpage, “Corresponding Members of the AIA are distinguished scholars outside the United States and Canada who have attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of archaeology, or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of education, conservation and museums.”

Potential members are nominated by their peers and then elected by a vote of the Council. Rubina Raja was unanimously approved by the AIA’s Council after she had been nominated. The election also includes a lifetime membership of the AIA.

At present, the AIA has 137 Corresponding Members from 34 different countries. You will find a list of Corresponding Members of AIA on the Institute’s webpage.

The Archaeological Institute of America

Founded in 1879, the AIA is the oldest archaeological non-profit organisation in North America. It has more than 200,000 members, and there are local societies connected to the AIA in the United States, Canada and Europe. Both professional archaeologists, students and non-specialists interested in archaeology are among the many members of the Institute. The Institute organises public lectures and trips to archaeological sites around the word, they award fellowships and grants to students and scholars, they publish the magazine Archaeology, they host an Annual Meeting every year and much more. You can read more about the AIA on their webpage.