Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc


Roman Archaeology in the 21st Century

04 Sep 2019

Sponsored by 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 9:40am to Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 4:40pm
Main Building, University of Bern
Hochschulstrasse 4
Bern 3012

CFP Deadline:
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Two decades into the 21st century, the political and social framework of Europe is facing
multiple challenges with issues such as migration, growing political and social instabilities,
and economic uncertainties on the table. Against the backdrop of these current transformations,
Roman Archaeology could (rightly?) be considered an exclusive and elitist pastime by
detached academics. Our session thus aims at discussing two major topics:

(1) Who cares about the Roman past anyway?
In the light of demographic changes in Europe, we must consider to which parts of society
and to which audience Roman Archaeology is catering. Is the Roman past an identity marker
only for a white, indigenous, European, Western civilization? What role can Roman Archaeology
play in a society in quantitative and structural demographic transition? What strategies
might Roman Archaeology develop to include all strata of the population?

(2) What is the take on Roman Archaeology at grassroot level?
Certain methodological, theoretical and intellectual issues of current international scholarship,
such as the fragmentation of Archaeology into subdisciplines, growing language
barriers, or questions on the costly application of natural sciences and new technologies are
often only related to the realm of well-funded, higher-education research institutions. What
are the key issues that fall under the remit of local museums, archaeological parks, heritage
agencies and the large number of non-academics engaging in Roman Archaeology?

Interested non-academics from the re-enactment scene, field archaeologists and find officers
of regional heritage agencies, museum curators and managers, university faculty, and
political stakeholders are invited to share their perspectives about the current state, potentials
and limits of Roman Archaeology in the 21st century. The session aims at exploring Roman
Archaeology’s relevance today by giving a voice to all those involved in the discipline and by
gathering professionals from all backgrounds contributing to the study of the Roman World.

Important Information: Deadline for paper proposals February 14th. Submissions and
registration at https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2019

AACAI WA Sundowner Talk - Dr Edward McDonald - Tues 10 Sept 2019 @ 6pm

10 Sep 2019

The WA Chapter of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI WA) will be hosting another sundowner event on Tuesday 10th of September at 6pm sharp.

Dr Edward (Eddie) McDonald (Anthropologist at Ethnosciences and President of the Anthropological Society of Western Australia) will give a talk on the significance and meaning of stone artefacts and their sources to Aboriginal people in the Pilbara. It is entitled: 'Is it from the Dreaming, or is it rubbish?' The talk is based on a paper written by Eddie and Bryn Coldrick (Ancestral Voices Ltd, Ireland). See flyer attached for more details.

The talk will be at our usual venue of The Left Bank (upstairs River Bar), 15 Riverside Rd in East Fremantle.

Entry is $5 (4.50 + online fee of 0.50) for students, AACAI members and ASWA members, and $10 (9.50 + online fee of 0.50) for all others - this will go toward food (to be served at the end of the talk). There will be a cash bar available too!

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GIS and Remote Sensing

19 Sep 2019

September 19-20, 2019 Rome, Italy

Theme: Implementation and Advancement of GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques

Spaces of Roman Constitutionalism

26 Sep 2019

Sponsored by University of Helsinki
Thursday, September 26, 2019 to Saturday, September 28, 2019
University of Helsinki
Helsinki 00014

CFP Deadline:
Friday, January 25, 2019

From the fora to the assemblies and beyond, public space in ancient Rome was both political and contested, reflecting changing notions of community, citizenship and the values and norms behind them. The purpose of this conference is to explore the political, cultural and legal notions of public space and public realm in Rome. By observing the place of magistrates in the public spaces of Rome and more generally in the ideas behind Republican governance, it seeks to question and unpack the notions that have been built into the concept of Roman republican governance. On one hand we have the notion of Republicanism and public law, which has a rich history of modernizing interpretations and reuses in European history. On the other, there is the equally rich tradition of rituals, ceremonies, religious convictions and beliefs that surround the practices of governance. By examining the spacial aspect, how these were situated and interlinked and how public and private space!
s and roles intermingled, we are hoping to shed new light into cultural and social dimension of Roman republicanism and its transformation from the Republic to the Principate. By setting ideas into their dynamic spatial, social and cultural contexts, we hope to subvert the traditional story of Roman constitutionalism.

The organizers invite paper proposals for a number of central themes relating to the topic. The themes are:
- magistrates, assemblies and the transformation of the political spaces
- spaces of administration and memory
- religious institutions, collegia and the intermingling between the civic and religious spheres

- invisible borders and divisions in the public sphere
- the Republican domus, its connections with and role as a model of administrative space
- spaces of exclusion and intersectionality
- comparative studies on public space in the ancient world
- the reception of the Roman republicanist thought and practice

The abstract should be max. 400 words long and be accompanied by a short 1 page CV.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Harriet Flower (Princeton), Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp (Köln), Catherine Steel (Glasgow), Clifford Ando (Chicago)

The conference is organized by the research project Law, Governance and Space: Questioning the Foundations of the Republican Tradition (SpaceLaw, www.spacelaw.fi), funded by the European Research Council. There is no conference fee. The organizers are unfortunately unable to aid in either travel arrangements or the cost of travel.

Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Science

24 Oct 2019

October 24-25, 2019 Helsinki, Finland

Theme: Global View of Geological features and Environment for futuristic advancements

Organizing Committee


Soil, Plant and Water Sciences

11 Nov 2019

November 11-12, 2019 Madrid, Spain

Theme: “Invention of new significant tool for sustainable growth in soil, plant and natural resources on earth.”


Heritage of the Air

14 Nov 2019

Save the Date for next year’s exciting Australia ICOMOS conference to be held in Canberra on 14-17 November 2019. Heritage of the Air will reflect on 20th century heritage and how aviation has shaped the imagination and design of modernity.
Conference website coming soon but in the meantime see the Heritage of the Air 2019 flyer and the Heritage of the Air research project website.

GA2020 Scientific Symposium

05 Oct 2020

The GA2020 Scientific Symposium will be held from 5 to 9 October 2020 at the ICC, Sydney and associated venues. The Scientific Symposium offers a major research, information sharing, training and capacity-building opportunity for delegates, who will be able to present and attend papers, seminars, workshops, site visits and other sessions. Importantly, the Scientific Symposium will provide a significant platform for peer to peer exchanges, instigation of mentoring relationships and showcasing best practice methods. The opportunities for inquiry and learning will be available and accessible from the most senior levels, through participation by outstanding keynote speakers, to entry-level practitioners, who are engaging with international colleagues for the first time.

The overarching theme for the GA2020 Scientific Symposium is ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’. The theme recognises that globalisation, transnationalism, digital connectivity and the willing or forced movement of people have contributed to the making (and unmaking) of hybrid, pluralist places, practices and collections. In this sense, places, practices, objects and collections (collectively termed ‘heritage items’) are frequently connected with and valued by multiple and diverse groups and communities.
However, the idea of ‘shared’ is intentionally provocative. In an historic sense, cultures and societies have commonly shared cultural practices, ways of doing, and ideas. Nevertheless, in some cases these features have been forced upon populations and resisted rather than collectively adopted (religious beliefs, for example). In other instances knowledge and practice may be closely guarded and thus not shared (in many Indigenous cultures, for example). Additionally, some heritage items have been destroyed or damaged for what they symbolise (the Bamiyan Buddha’s, for example), thus resisting any sense of sharing or ideological tolerance. More typically in the work of heritage, places can be contested with regard to their conservation status (Sydney’s Sirius building, for example).
In adopting the term ‘shared’, the GA2020 Scientific Symposium invites participants to explore the idea of sharing—and its counterpoints, contestation and resistance—in relation to culture and heritage. We invite reviews of traditional thinking on the topic and seek new and diverse perspectives and insights that encourage discussion and dialogue. Contributions may be in the form of case study examples that illustrate different experiences or viewpoints; and academic positions that support, revise, and/or challenge contemporary scholarly work.