Sponsored by ASHA & AIMA
Monday, October 1, 2012 - Thursday, October 4, 2012
University of Notre Dame
Joint Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology/ Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Conference 2012, Fremantle
The 2012 Joint ASHA/ AIMA Conference will be held from Monday 1st to Thursday 4 October at the University of Notre Dame Australia, the Maritime Museum of Western Australia and on Rottnest Island, Western Australia
The conference’s keynote speaker is Christer Westerdahl from the Department of Archaeology and Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Westerdahl has written extensively on maritime cultural landscapes, with many papers and articles (c. 700) on the topic and related prehistoric cosmology based on the relationship between sea and land, concepts of maritime cultural theory, and how the sea is tied with the inland by transport.
Call for Session Proposals
The joint ASHA/AIMA 2012 Conference will be hosted by the University of Notre Dame Australia and the Western Australian Maritime Museum from Monday 1 to Thursday 4 October 2012. The theme is ‘Surf and Turf’. This conference aims to draw together the shared interests of researchers in historical and maritime archaeology by linking aspects of land and sea. For example in the area of conflict, the battle of Gallipoli commenced as an Allied sea borne invasion, with associated maritime sites including submerged artefacts, jetties, barges and Australia’s submarine AE2, lost in Turkish waters in the Sea of Marmara. Together such sites form a holistic landscape that can be documented and interpreted to provide us with a better understanding of past events, activities and human behaviour. Areas of interest to archaeologists and historians such as exploration, colonisation, trade and communication have similar conjunctions, where the archaeological record does not distinguish between the beginning and end of the low tide mark. Session proposals are encouraged to explore the networks and connections between land and sea both conceptually and archaeologically.
Session organisers should provide a title and brief outline (70 words) of the proposed session. Individual sessions will run for 90 minutes and should include 4 or 5 papers.
A call for paper abstracts will occur in early May for the accepted conference sessions.