Histories of Archaeology Conference

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On 23–27 March 2020 the ‘Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific’ (CBAP) Australian Research Council Laureate Project, led by Professor Matthew Spriggs, will be hosting the Histories of Archaeology conference at The Australian National University in Canberra, airing new ideas on the history of archaeology worldwide. Invited keynote speakers include Margarita Díaz-Andreu, Stephanie Moser, Oscar Moro-Abadia, Tim Murray, Lynette Russell and Nathan Schlanger. The conference concludes the CBAP Project and launches the CBAP linked international museum exhibitions under the title of Uncovering Pacific Pasts: Histories of Archaeology in Oceania, which will take place at approximately 40 museums and cultural institutions worldwide.

Themes for the conference include: History of archaeology, archaeological theory and method; Objects and archives: history of archaeology through collections research; History of archaeology in the Pacific and Australia; Women in archaeology and the archaeology of gender; and, Indigenous agency and individuals in the history of archaeology.

With many thanks to:

The Gender Institute (Australian National University)

The Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation Inc.

The Australian Research Council

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

The Australian National University

Keynote speakers

Professor Nathan Schlanger (École nationale des chartes)

Research interests: material culture studies, heritage management and the history and politics of archaeology.

Professor Oscar Moro Abadia (Memorial University)

Research interests: Palaeolithic archaeology, art history, the history and philosophy of science and the history of archaeology.

Professor Stephanie Moser (University of Southampton)

Research interests: the construction of knowledge about the past as communicated through images, museum displays, art and exhibitions.

Professor Tim Murray (La Trobe University)

Research interests: history, philosophy and sociology of archaeology, theoretical archaeology, historical archaeology, the archaeology of the modern world and heritage.

Professor Margarita Díaz-Andreu (ICREA, Universitat de Barcelona)

Research interests: History of archaeology, identity: gender, ethnicity and nationalism, archaeoacoustics and heritage.

Mr Dave Johnston (Australian National University)

Research interests: Australian Indigenous archaeology. 

Professor Lynette Russell (Monash University)

Research interests: Nineteenth century ‘race’ relations in Australia and New Zealand, historical anthropology, appropriation and identity, comparative epistemologies and cultural constructions of knowledge and knowledge production, gender and the relationship between gender and ‘race’, interdisciplinary research, especially the nexus between anthropology, archaeology and history.

Conference Registration

The registration fee covers the full cost of conference attendance, including a welcome reception on 23 March and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea from 24–26 March 2020 ***

Please see the early bird and standard rates below. The early bird cut off is 1 March 2020 and registration closes on 15 March 2020.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held from 6–9pm at University House on 26 March 2020. This will include a sit down two-course meal and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) for three hours.  All conference dinner tickets need to be purchased online beforehand and cannot be purchased at the event. These dinner tickets are limited.

*** Please send any special dietary requirements to admin.cbap@anu.edu.au


Price (inc. GST)

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Conference program

Download the conference programme (156K PDF).


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