AAA2020 Virtual Conference Banner 7 - 10 Dec

Call for Sessions/Abstracts

We welcome sessions and papers representing the breadth and depth of Australian archaeology. We particularly welcome session and papers addressing the conference theme on isolation. As we emerge from the greatest crisis of our time, we are reminded of other crises faced in times past. Too often the voices of those most closely affected by upheaval are silenced. For this conference we challenge participants to reflect on past events that have silenced many (including Indigenous people, women, the poor or the incarcerated), denying the voices of those from below. How can we balance the range of isolated voices to encourage collaborative narratives of what is important archaeology, sensu lata, in 2020?

Presentations for the virtual conference will include sessions of 6 presenters at 15 minutes each, plus 5 minutes of Q&A each.

Note that the conference this year will consist of two components. You can either submit an entire session for which you have assembled 6 papers, or you can submit an abstract for an individual paper that will be considered for inclusion in the General Sessions.

Session Convenors and Presenters are required to be members of the Association. Click here to become a member.

When submitting a session of 6 abstracts you will need to provide:

  • Presenter names, affiliations and contact details for all 6 presenters (and any co-authors).
  • A session title and session abstract (max 300 words).
  • An abstract title and abstract for EACH presentation within the session (max 300 words).

When submitting an individual abstract for a general session you will need to provide:

  • Presenter name, affiliation and contact details (and any co-authors).
  • An abstract title and abstract (max 300 words).

By submitting an abstract you are thereby agreeing to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics, Sexual Harassment Policy 2012, Discrimination Policy 2012, Equal Opportunity Policy 2012 and Website and Social Media Policies. Do not proceed with a submission if you are not willing to abide by the above Code and Policies.

The Organisers reserve the right to reassign a paper if they feel it is more appropriate within another session theme.

Please note that an individual may be the principal author and present only ONE presentation as part of the virtual conference, although they can be subsidiary co-authors on any number of other papers.

All presenters must register for the virtual conference by 9 October 2020 (no fee), to confirm their involvement. Failing to register may lead to the paper being removed from the program.

Important Dates

Call for Sessions/Abstracts Close



Session/Abstract Acceptance

4 September 2020


Presenter Registration Due

9 October 2020 – No Fee


Presenter Test Sessions

16 – 20 November 2020


Live Presentations

7 – 10 December 2020

Presentation Protocol

Session Organisers and Presenters are reminded of the Association’s Code of Ethics regarding protocols for the presentation of any data and/or interpretations of data that relate to Indigenous culture. These protocols require all Session Organisers and Presenters to ensure that full prior and informed consent to collect, record, and present data and interpretations relating to Indigenous cultural materials is obtained from Indigenous collaborators and/or owners of data before any presentation is accepted into a session and subsequently presented at the virtual conference. We take this opportunity to reiterate that breaches of the Association’s Code of Ethics can result in the expulsion of members under section 32 of the Constitution.

Virtual Presentation Tips

All presentations will be presented LIVE via Zoom or similar. Please follow these tips to ensure a successful presentation.

  • Present in a quiet place with minimal or no background noise.
  • Ensure the room has enough lighting and the light is in front of you.
  • Keep the background behind you as plain and neutral as possible.

Further guidelines will be provided to accepted presenters.

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