Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology 2019 Conference
Queensland’s greatest treasure, the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef (GBR), is so large that it can be seen from space. Currently the GBR, and other similar reefs, are undergoing drastic change from their greatest threat – climate change. In the political sphere, after years of advocacy for the 2001 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, amid a changing standard for heritage protection in the region, Australia is now on the verge of ratification with the introduction of the Australian Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018. While recent technological advances led to a broad reimagining of archaeological methods to communicate and enable public access to heritage in ways not previously possible. Lastly, broader social movements for greater representation and diversity in our work-places pave the way for how our discipline needs to continue to adapt to the times.
Change is upon us, and with an ambitious range of issues, the 2019 AIMA conference seeks to engage the past to contextualise our present and anticipate the future of maritime archaeology in Australasia.
This year’s conference aims to spark discussion and debate on how to adapt, explore and drive these changes by looking at our past to navigate the future: How has archaeological data linked climatic and environmental change with histories of human societies? Are international heritage institutions, grounded in notions of shared and mutual heritage, being challenged in a realigning world order? How are past philosophies of maritime archaeological methods changing to accommodate contemporary notions of public ‘accessibility’? How does identity continue to shape heritage perspectives in our discipline?
Maritime archaeology is multi-disciplinary and this conference encourages papers from archaeology, cultural heritage management, conservation, museology, social science, environmental science, tourism and maritime history.
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