3-6 December 2024

Cairns, Australia

3-6 December 2024 // Cairns Australia








Australian Archaeological Association
Annual Conference 2024

We are delighted to announce the theme for the 2024 AAA annual conference. We look forward to welcoming you in Cairns this December.

Sharing Archaeological Narratives

Archaeologists interpret their results in numerous ways and incorporate a range of epistemologies and ontologies in understanding deep-time, historical and contemporary narratives. In recent years, understanding the archaeological record has frequently involved the integration of a variety of ways of knowing to create shared histories, particularly those encompassing community collaborations and/or contributions from different disciplines. In this conference we encourage sessions and papers that share the results of varied approaches to understanding the past, including innovative methods and methodologies, which enable all voices to join together to celebrate truth and the visibility of alternative ways of knowing, being and doing. In this way we aim to acknowledge and appreciate the coming together of First Nations people, students, academics, early career researchers, consultants, and all members of our community, particularly those whose narratives have not always been front and centre.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Archaeological Association acknowledges the traditional custodians, the Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji 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 John Schofield

Professor John Schofield is Director of Studies in Cultural Heritage Management in the Archaeology Department at the University of York (UK). He also holds adjunct positions at Griffith and Flinders universities (Australia), and is Docent in Contemporary Archaeology and Cultural Heritage at the University of Turku (Finland). John is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Humanities Academy, a member of the Punk Scholars Network, and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He has previously served as Executive Editor of the Taylor and Francis journal World Archaeology and is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of Australian Archaeology.

Following a PhD in archaeology at Southampton University, John spent 21 years in policy, heritage protection and research leadership with English Heritage (now Historic England), one of the UK’s lead heritage agencies. During this time he developed an active research interest in contemporary archaeology as well as recognising the wider societal benefits to be achieved through cultural heritage and archaeology. John was then appointed to the University of York in 2010, going on to serve as Head of Archaeology from 2012-2018. Recent projects and publications represent collaboration across diverse disciplines including marine biology, music, health sciences and public policy. John has ten authored books and fifteen edited books, alongside over 150 peer-reviewed papers and chapters. His research has taken him to Australia, the American Midwest and the South Pacific, amongst many other places. John’s latest book, ‘Wicked Problems for Archaeologists’, forms the basis of his keynote lecture.

John Tweets as @JohnSchofYork, and DJs as Unofficial: Hippocampus when time allows.


Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland, is best known as the gateway to the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests, and the only place in the world where two world natural heritage listed sites meet. These unique attributes position the region as a popular tourist destination and have resulted in the development of a diverse range of tourism facilities and opportunities.

The Great Barrier Reef is undisputed as one of the world’s most important natural assets with over 2,800 individual reefs and 616 islands. The Wet Tropics Rainforest is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Nature. It is home to the largest range of plants and animals and the oldest rainforest on earth. There are a number of fabulous spots for swimming as well as the award-winning Cairns Esplanade Lagoon pool which is free to the public and one of the most popular spots in Cairns. The Cairns region is home to a number of interesting museums and a large number of art galleries showcasing quality local artists, indigenous artists and international work.

Important Dates

Call for Sessions Opens

12 April 2024

Call for Sessions Closes

10 May 2024 Extended 13 May 2024

Session Acceptances Issued

17 May 2024

Call for Abstracts Opens

24 May 2024

Registration Opens

31 May 2024

Call for Abstracts Closes

21 June 2024 Extended to 28 June 2024

Subsidy Applications Open

28 June 2024

Abstract Acceptances Issued

26 July 2024

Subsidy Applications Close

9 August 2024

Subsidy Acceptances Issued

16 August 2024

Speaker Registration Deadline

16 August 2024

Draft Program Released

6 September 2024

Early Bird Closes

30 September 2024

Final Program Released

30 September 2024

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