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ASHA committee/University of Sydney

Dr Barra Ó Donnabháin will soon present a free public lecture: Our experiment at Spike Island: archaeology of a Victorian convict depot in Ireland . Dr Donnabháin's visit has been sponsored by the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, ahead of the 2017 conference.

The lecture will focus of the Spike Island Archaeological Project is the Victorian convict depot that, opened in 1847 at the height of the Great Irish Famine and closed in 1883. In the 1850s, the prison was the largest in the then United Kingdom. The convict depot was an important holding centre for convicts transported to Bermuda, Gibraltar and Van Diemen's Land, and it operated during a critical period for the development of the modern prison system.

A combination of archival and archaeological research provides a means of investigating daily life in the prison and the triangle of relationships between convicts, warders and the institution. At a broader level, Spike Island is an important site for the exploration of complex questions of inequality and race, as well as the ambivalences and contradictions of empire.

The lecture will take place on 17th October, 5.30pm - 6.30pm at the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.

For more information, and to register please see: http://whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/published/our-experiment-at-spike-island



ASHA/IA Conference Committee

The "Travelling Stories" joint ASHA and Interpretation Australia conference is just around the corner. Is there a seat with your name on it on the bus and you just haven't gotten around to registering yet? Don't forget that registrations close 5pm on the 20th September and seats are filling up fast.

For more information and to register follow this link: http://portarthur.org.au/activities/travelling-stories-registration/



Travelling Stories Conference Committee

The ASHA and IA Travelling Stories Conference Committee have released an update on the conference locations. The pre-conference evening reception will be held at The Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston. 
The first day of conference papers will be held at The Tramsheds, Launceston 

The second day of conference papers will be held in Hobart after a day of site visits, and will be split over two locations. The plenary session will be held at The Baha’i Centre, Hobart. The paper session will be held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery , Hobart. The conference dinner will then be held at Brook Street Larder

We are looking forward to seeing attendees at the conference!



ASHA/IA Conference Committee

Early bird registration for the joint ASHA/IA Conference have been extended! The new early bird deadline is 5pm on September 4, so get in quick to take advantage before conference fees rise by $50! Follow this link to register.



CAA Australasia Spring Institute 2017 organising committee

The CAA Australasia Spring Institute on Digital Methods in Archaeology, to be held at the ANU's Kioloa Coastal Campus, is fast approaching. We have 5 places left and encourage any staff or graduate students with an interest in digital methods to take advantage of this opportunity to discuss issues, learn new skills, brainstorm ideas, find solutions and network with the CAA Australasia community.

All-in registration cost for the 5 day workshop, including accommodation, food and transport from Sydney or Canberra has been kept to $250, thanks to a generous subsidy. We also have student travel bursaries available to equalise airfare costs for interstate and NZ participants at $200 - see website for details: http://au.caa-international.org/spring-institute/

Feel free to contact James Flexner ( james.flexner@sydney.edu.au ) for more details, or sign up directly.

We hope to see you there!



ASHA/IA Conference Committee

We are pleased to announce that registrations for the Travelling Stories Conference are now open! Options include registration for the whole conference (October 10th - 13th), or single days, as well as two optional conference-related tours, and the conference dinner.

Full registrations cover:
October 10th: attendance at the opening evening event in Launceston
October 11th: full day conference sessions in Launceston at The Tramsheds
October 12th: day trip by coach from Launceston to Hobart via key places along the Midlands Highway (the World Heritage-listed Brickendon Estate; Ross; and either Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary or Shene Estate)
October 13th: full day conference sessions in Hobart at The Baha’i Centre for Learning (morning and lunch) and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (afternoon)
Morning tea, a light lunch and afternoon tea on October 11th, 12th and 13th

Two optional tours are available:
October 10th, Visit to Oura Oura in the Liffey Valley (numbers limited to 24) - $20.00
October 14th, Port Arthur Seminar, Port Arthur Historic Site (numbers limited to 50) - $50.00

An early bird rate will apply to registrations until August 31st

For full details and to register please follow the link below.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read the instructions for registering carefully before booking; it is most important that a new booking is completed for each individual wishing to attend the conference. The instructions can be found on the registration page.

http://portarthur.org.au/activities/travelling-stories/



Conference Committee

ASHA and IA are pleased to announce the sessions for the 2017 joint conference entitled 'Travelling Stories' which will take place in October in Tasmania. We welcome all proposals for papers or presentations but especially those that fit in one of the sessions or with the general theme of the conference. There is currently room in the draft programme for both ASHA and IA to have a ‘general’ session where papers or presentations on any topic might be scheduled. However, please be aware that if new sessions are developed or existing sessions attract large numbers of proposals, these general sessions may be curtailed or dropped.

The list of sessions (which can be found here) is divided into:

  • ‘Joint Sessions’ which will be scheduled as plenaries; there will be no other concurrent sessions
  • ‘ASHA Sessions’ which will have a focus on historical archaeology but which are open to all to present in and attend. These will be concurrent with IA sessions and possibly other ASHA sessions
  • ‘IA Sessions’ which will have a focus on interpretation but which are open to all to present in and attend. These will be concurrent with ASHA sessions and possibly other IA sessions.

For more details about the call for papers/presentations, the sessions, how to submit or other general conference information, please see the following link:

http://portarthur.org.au/activities/travelling-stories/

And remember: early-bird registrations are now open!

To register please click the link below:

http://portarthur.org.au/activities/travelling-stories-registration/

NASC Australia Committee

This year at NASC 2017 we are taking abstract submissions of 250 words for three categories, they are as follows:

Research Presentations:
  • A presentation of any original archaeological research conducted by or partly by the speaker. This could be research at any level of study (Honours, Masters, PhD etc). All types of research will be considered. Time limits will be announced closer to the date of the conference.
Excavation presentations:
  • A presentation of 5 minutes with 2 minutes of question time. The presentation is to cover details of an excavation which the speaker took part in. All types of excavation will be considered with the aim to give students the opportunity to hear about excavations happening globally. Speakers are advised to discuss their experiences, how they became involved in the excavation and any tips they have for people participating in an excavation.
Poster submissions:
  • A poster discussing any original work undertaken by or partly by the person submitting the poster. There is a size limit of 841 x 1189 mm (A0 size).
  • Poster submissions may be by individuals or as a group.

If you would like to present in one or more categories please fill out the form at: https://www.nascaustralia.com/abstracts/

Submissions for abstracts close on 1st August 2017



ASHA/IA Conference Committee

We are pleased to announce that registrations for the Travelling Stories Conference are now open! Options include registration for the whole conference (October 10th - 13th), or single days, as well as two optional conference-related tours, and the conference dinner.

Full registrations cover:
October 10th: attendance at the opening evening event in Launceston
October 11th: full day conference sessions in Launceston at The Tramsheds
October 12th: day trip by coach from Launceston to Hobart via key places along the Midlands Highway (the World Heritage-listed Brickendon Estate; Ross; and either Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary or Shene Estate)
October 13th: full day conference sessions in Hobart at The Baha’i Centre for Learning (morning and lunch) and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (afternoon)
Morning tea, a light lunch and afternoon tea on October 11th, 12th and 13th

Two optional tours are available:
October 10th, Visit to Oura Oura in the Liffey Valley (numbers limited to 24) - $20.00
October 14th, Port Arthur Seminar, Port Arthur Historic Site (numbers limited to 50) - $50.00

An early bird rate will apply to registrations until August 31st

For full details and to register please follow the link below.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read the instructions for registering carefully before booking; it is most important that a new booking is completed for each individual wishing to attend the conference. The instructions can be found on the registration page.

http://portarthur.org.au/activities/travelling-stories/



ASHA-IA Conference Organising Committee

The joint Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology and Interpretation Australia conference will be taking place between the 10th and 14th of October 2017 and will be a conference with a difference. The theme is “Travelling Stories: connecting people and landscapes”. It will bring people together to explore new ways of telling stories about the important landscapes, places and environments in which we live and work. It will be a travelling conference, moving through venues from Launceston to Hobart via key places along the Midlands Highway including the World Heritage-listed Brickendon; Ross; the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and the Shene Estate.We anticipate the attendance of people from a broad range of disciplines and professions to explore common ground and approaches.

The conference theme will allow for the development of joint sessions and cross-disciplinary discussions about how data and research become transformed into knowledge and how knowledge can be shared with a wide range of audiences in a constantly changing world, as well as the opportunity for each organisation to develop sessions that relate to its professional interests and concerns. The sessions will be in the format of both formal conference sessions and informal integrated field excursions, and will also include some post-conference field trips.

The focus will be on the telling of new stories, using established and developing technologies for better interpretive outcomes, and in reaching audiences that previously may have seemed either physically remote or challenging to engage. We aim to foster new thinking, profitable collaborations and an atmosphere that encourages challenging the status quo.

Call for sessions

The conference convenors and organisers have already identified some key conference topics and programme spaces where these will be jointly addressed. We are now seeking suggestions from people who wish to propose and organise standalone sessions and/or workshops. These might be organisation-specific but we are open to suggestions that could be of interest to delegates from both organisations.

Session organisers are responsible for recruiting papers; introducing and timing the session; managing questions and concluding the session. Sessions are 100 minutes in duration and are designed to accommodate five papers of 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions OR 4 papers of 20 minutes duration and a concluding discussion period of 20 minutes OR a workshop.

To facilitate the timely completion of the conference programme we ask that session proposals be submitted to the Organising Committee at: travellingstories2017@portarthur.org.au by Monday 3rd July. For details of what needs to be included, please see the attached flyer.

ASHA-IA Conference 2017 Call for Papers Flyer