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Histories of Archaeology conference

Online, 23–25 November 2021

The event is hosted by the team from the Australian Research Council Laureate Project Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific (CBAP), which was led by Professor Matthew Spriggs from 2015-2020. The conference was postponed from March 2020, marking the conclusion of the CBAP project, but we are delighted to finally bring speakers and audience together online.

The conference explores new ideas on the history of archaeology worldwide. Invited keynote speakers include Margarita Díaz-Andreu, Oscar Moro-Abadia, Lynette Russell, Tim Murray, Dave Johnstone, and Professor Nathan Schlanger, from the École nationale des chartes, France, with many thanks to the support of the Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation Inc.

The event explores the following themes: 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.

We will also be launching an edited volume connected with a series of CBAP linked international museum exhibitions collectively titled Uncovering Pacific Pasts: Histories of Archaeology in Oceania. These exhibitions took place at approximately 40 museums and cultural institutions worldwide.

Registration is free !


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