2023 Conference – 19 to 23 September
The past in the present for historical archaeology
Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay, Queensland, Australia
(Bakers Creek, south of Mackay, ©Queensland Museum, Gary Cranitch, CC BY-NC-ND)
We are excited to announce that the 2023 Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) Conference will be held in the tropical Queensland city of Mackay. Mackay was once the sugar capital of Australia and the broader region acts as a gateway to the Whitsundays.
The conference will run as an in-person event at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre from 19 to 23 September, commencing with a welcome function on the evening of Tuesday 19th September. The conference will officially begin on Wednesday 20th September with a keynote address, followed by conference sessions from Wednesday to Friday inclusive. A field trip will be offered on Saturday 23rd September as part of the conference.
An important note for those attending in person is that the conference will be held during Queensland school holidays so make sure you book accommodation early. Rydges Mackay advise that people signing up to their free Priority Guest Rewards program will receive discounts off the best room rates online, earn and redeem reward points and receive discounts on food and beverage in their restaurant.
For now, please save the date, start thinking about packing your togs for the tropics, imagining a trip to the Barrier Reef and stay tuned for more information.
Conference Dates: 19- 23 September 2023
Conference Venue: Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, https://www.themecc.com.au/
Registration: Opening soon via Eventbrite
The conference theme for 2023 is ‘The past in the present for historical archaeology.’
Historical archaeology is not simply a neutral gathering of evidence that explains the past. The sites and objects we work with in the field, lab, and museum comprise important places that resonate directly with living communities. Changing understandings of the value and meaning of cultural heritage are shaping some important debates within historical archaeology today. Heritage practice lives in the tension between intangible and social values and the materiality of the archaeological record. Sites and objects exist in relationship with communities in the present – not only human but also non-humans such as plants, animals, rivers, and Codd-stop patent bottles.
We encourage sessions and presentations that reflect on this complex dynamic between the information about our past and how it is understood and accepted in the present. Examples may include research with relevance to contemporary issues, community-led projects, public interpretation of archaeological heritage, and evolving values in significance assessment.
Call for sessions
The Conference Organisers welcome conference session proposals, particularly those that speak to the conference theme. Please send the title of the proposed session, an abstract (max. 200 words), addressing the proposed format of the session (e.g., 4-6 speakers, lightning round, panel discussion, etc) and an estimate of the number of individual papers/presenters proposed for the session. Please submit your proposals to the conference committee at [email protected] by Friday 26 May 2023.
Call For Papers: Opens soon – stay tuned for more information.
The 2023 ASHA conference will be held at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre.
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|19 September 2023||Welcome function|
|20 and 21 September 2023||Conference papers|
|22 September 2023||Conference papers and gala dinner|
|23 September 2023||Optional field trip|