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AIMA/ASHA Conference Geelong, Victoria 2015

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The 2015 joint conference of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology and the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology will be held over three days from Thursday 24 September to Saturday 26 September at the National Wool Museum in Geelong, Victoria. It will feature two international guest speakers - Dr Annalies Corbin and Prof. James Symonds.

Registration is now open on the AIMA website here.

The 2015 ASHA AGM will be held during the conference - see further details here.

The conference program is now available on the AIMA website here.

 The conference organisers would like to thank the many sponsors and partners for the conference.

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Call for Papers

Papers were called for the following sessions:

  • Digital technologies in archaeology
  • The archaeology of sealing and whaling in the South Seas
  • Lessons from the past and opportunities for the future in Australasian maritime archaeology
  • Conflict archaeology in the Pacific
  • Voices about the past: oral history and local knowledge in historical and maritime archaeology
  • In situ preservation and conservation of cultural material“With, for and by”: Community engagement and the two big ‘I’s in archaeology
  • Urban archaeology in Melbourne
  • Research problems in historical archaeology
  • Rural homesteads around Melbourne and Geelong
  • Artefact studies and material culture in historical archaeology

Session descriptions are available on the AIMA website here.
The deadline for submissions was 31 July 2015
Please direct all queries relating to sessions or papers at the conference to


AIMA/ASHA Conference
Archaeology Program
La Trobe University
Bundoora, Vic 3086


Information regarding accommodation options in Geelong can be found here.

Further details on the conference including online registration can be found on the AIMA website.


Guest Speaker profiles

Dr Annalies Corbin is the Founder and President & CEO of The PAST Foundation based in Columbus, Ohio, USA. PAST was established in 2000 by an international group of anthropologists, field and research scientists, museum curators and educators with the single purpose of working to find a way to connect ongoing, scientific research with classrooms and other public arenas. From 2000-2006 Dr. Corbin concurrently oversaw the PAST Foundation and taught at East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime Studies. Well known for her Anthropological work in the area of Shipwreck Archaeology, Corbin’s research focused on the intersection of archaeological investigations and public participation, including K-12 education. From a single school partnership in 2006, Annalies has grown PAST’s partnerships across the nation, building a reputation for both transforming educational delivery and understanding emerging 21st century education. In 2012, STEMconnector in US News lists Annalies Corbin among the top, 100 Women Leaders in STEM education.  Annalies is the author or editor of several books, among them The Material Culture of Steamboat Passengers (Plenum 2002) and Historical Archaeology of Tourism in Yellowstone National Park (Springer 2010).

Dr James Symonds is Professor of Historical Archaeology (North of the Alps) at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the archaeology of the modern world (c.AD 1450-present) and includes work on capitalism, colonialism, landscapes of improvement and diaspora, urban and industrial archaeology, and the archaeology of poverty. Prof. Symonds has extensive experience of urban excavation in the UK, and has undertaken field research projects in the Isle of South Uist (Western Isles, Scotland), Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island (Canada), and Lapland (Finland). He is currently working on two research projects in the Czech Republic.
Prof. Symonds was director of Archaeological Research and Consultancy at the University of Sheffield (ARCUS) from 1992-2009.  He holds visiting academic positions at the Boston University (USA), Oulu University (Finland), and the University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic). He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London), a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Scotland), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a member of the Institute for Archaeologists (UK).  Prof. Symonds has edited a number of books including Industrial Archaeology: Future Directions (Springer, 2005); Interpreting the Early Modern World: Transatlantic Perspectives (Springer, 2010) and Historical Archaeologies of Cognition: Historical Archaeologies of Faith, Hope, and Charity (Equinox, 2013).

Sponsors & Partners

Thank you to the following conference sponsors:

Beta Analytic Inc. Ecology & Heritage Partners
Dr Vincent Clark & Associates  GML Heritage
AACAI - Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc Ochre Imprints
AHMS - Heritage advisors to Australia and the Asia Pacific Professional Diving Services 
ArchLink - Archaeologists and Heritage Advisors Context Heritage Consultants
Lester Franks - Spatial Relationships | Human Technology  


Thank you also to the following conference partners:

Heritage Victoria La Trobe University
Victoria State Government - Environment, Land, Water and Planning  



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