Voices from Isolation

2020 has been an unprecedented year globally, and for Australian archaeology, resulting in isolation across the continent, mobilities severely reduced, and active research projects halted. As a result, AAA is embracing the technologies implemented to ameliorate these difficult times, and for the first time moving its annual conference online.

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?

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.

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of the lands and waters where we meet, live and work.

Welcome Address

Conference Close


7-10 December 2020


Online Event


Registration (Free)




Includes presentations, forum discussion and posters

Virtual Networking

‘Voices from Isolation’ participants, please get social with us and share your virtual conference experience! Whether you’re watching in iso or with friends, surrounded by junior delegates (children) or senior management (pets), share your conference photos and thoughts on social media using hashtag #AAA43 to hold on to one of the many conference highlights – networking!

We also encourage participants to form ‘viewing hubs’ where possible (and subject to local COVID-19 regulations… remember to keep everyone safe and healthy), where delegates can attend the conference virtually, together!

Participant Access Instructions

All registered participants will receive an email prior to the conference with your login details to access the online presentations. If you do not receive this email, please contact the Conference Manager.

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    Julie Jerbic and Sarah Jones