Left Image: Djarrng, photograph by George Chaloupka, used with permission of Kenneth Mangiru, courtesy of MAGNT
Right Image: Rock art from Mt Borradaile, photograph by Sally K. May, used with permission Charlie Mungulda

Australian Archaeological
Association Annual Conference 2022

We are delighted to announce the theme for the 2022 AAA annual conference. It has been almost three years since we have been able to gather in person for the annual conference. This year we especially look forward to welcoming you in Darwin this December.

Contact: Learning from Entangled Encounters

‘Contact’ implies interactions between groups of people: positive and negative, colonial and shared, initial encounters and entangled relationships. For some researchers, the concept applies to the interactions between First Nations Peoples and colonists, implying a singular place and time. For others, it relates to shared and continuing interactions between and within cultural groups through time. The recent Forum on ‘Contact’ in Australian Archaeology (issue 88(1)) shows that inter-group relationships, encounters, and responses are complex and enduring – insights first made more than two decades ago. What original ideas remain to be explored further? What new opportunities have arisen? What are the priorities in this field for Australian archaeology today?

Building on last year’s theme of Reconciliation, the conference organisers seek sessions and papers on any ideas relating to Contact and related words: encounter, connection, dispossession, entanglement, accommodation, self-determination, competition, alienation, resistance, and colonialism, to name a few. We seek presentations from practitioners on the continuum between the theoretical and the applied, and across all cultural backgrounds and experiences in the field of Australian archaeology.

We welcome all attempts to create a “third space” for a discourse that transcends colonial history and existing power relationships. It is vital that multiple perspectives are shared, respectfully and openly. The theme encompasses any time or place where different cultures, or even the same cultures, encountered and continue to encounter one other, and how these experiences improve understanding of history, human behaviour, or our practice as archaeologists.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Archaeological Association acknowledges the traditional custodians, the Larrakia people, of the land on which the conference will be held. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Alistair Paterson

Multi-award winning archaeologist and researcher

“I love the process of discovery and bringing our research to the communities we work with to highlight WA’s history”

– Professor Alistair Paterson –

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors

Important Dates

Call for Sessions *Closed*

29 April 2022 18 May 2022

Call for Abstracts Opens

9 June 2022

Call for Abstracts Closes

22 July 2022 5 August 2022

Abstract Acceptance Notification

12 August 2022

Presenter Registration Closes

30 September 2022

Draft Program Released

7 October 2022


7-9 December 2022

Chaloupka (courtesy of Kenneth Mangiru, site is Djarrng)

2022 Australian Archaeological Association Conference theme – ‘Contact’

Artwork by Aunty June Mills, Larrakia Elder

The painting depicts the arrival of the 11 ships, the names of the ships and their contents. Two naval ships, six convict ships, and three ships carrying supplies. The painting tells the story of the journey from Portsmouth, England to Kamay Country. It documents the 252 days duration.

Darwin Convention Centre – Space to Think

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Contact the Conference Organiser, Julie Jerbic

0402 189 948

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