Call for Sessions **CLOSED**

Submissions are now invited for proposed sessions. We welcome session proposals, particularly those linked to the conference theme, from any field of archaeological inquiry, including Indigenous archaeology, historical archaeology, cultural heritage management, rock art studies, maritime archaeology, archaeological science, and public archaeology.

Session organisers should provide atitle and abstract (up to 200 words) for the proposed session, with an estimate of the number of individual sessions requested. All individual sessions will run for 2 hours and include 6 presentations.

All papers will strictly be 20 minutes in duration (15 mins speaking + 5 mins question time).

Presenters may only present one oral paper during the conference, although they may be coauthors on other papers. Session organisers and presenters must be AAA members. To limit the number of parallel sessions, the conference committee will combine similar themes where necessary and will strive to achieve the widest possible diversity of session themes.

Session abstracts are due by 5pm AEST 19 May 2023.

We will announce the conference sessions that have been accepted and issue a Call for Abstracts in early June. Conference registrations will open on 1 June.

For enquiries, please contact Julie Jerbic at or 0402 189 948

Adaptation and Resilience: WA's Response to a Changing Legislative Regime

The new Western Australia Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 represents the first significant legislative change in the State since 1972. The Act purports to improve the protection of cultural heritage by giving Aboriginal people a stronger say in the decision-making process. However, it has had a mixed reception amongst professionals, Aboriginal corporations, proponents and researchers. The Act commenced on 1 July 2023 and although it is still very early in its implementation stage, this session seeks to explore the experiences of a diverse range of participants including Aboriginal communities, Corporations, and other stakeholders to reflect upon how the Act has fared thus far.

Lucia Clayton, Big Island Research
Jo Thomson, Thomson Cultural Heritage Management
Emma Beckett, The University of Western Australia
Annabelle Davis, Alcoa
Wendy Reynen, Big Island Research

Important Dates

Call for Sessions Opens

6 April 2023

Call for Sessions Closes

19 May 2023

Session Acceptances Issued

7 June 2023

Call for Abstracts Opens

8 June 2023

Registration Opens

8 June 2023

Call for Abstracts Closes

21 July 2023 4 August 2023

Abstract Acceptances Issued

6 September 2023

Subsidy Applications Open

6 September 2023

Subsidy Applications Close

24 September 2023

Draft Program Released

29 September 2023

Subsidy Acceptances Issued

1 October 2023

Speaker Registration Deadline

6 October 2023

Early Bird Closes

6 October 2023

Final Program Released

27 October 2023