Glass plate from Lawrence Hargrave photographs of pictograms and petroglyphs, 1870-1915 (detail), National Library of Australia PIC 8531/4, Photograph: UK Frederick 2018

Past Event: Histories of Australian Rock Art Research

Gold Coast Symposium

8 – 9 December 2019

There comes a time in every field of research when enough time has passed for its early practitioners to become founding members and their actions to become the subject of critical reflection. Now is that time for the study of Australian rock art. This complex history of research is imbued with unique personalities, international influences, politically charged debate, and shifting relationships within and across established disciplines, such as archaeology.

This symposium aims to bring together people to reflect upon unique events, ideas and trajectories in the history of Australian rock art. We encourage papers from a variety of viewpoints, including but not limited to the discussion of Australian rock art research from international perspectives, Indigenous engagement and community experiences, regional studies, reflections on the work of individuals, particular sites, techniques and influential paradigms.

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Call for Papers

  • Now closed


Standard: $195 includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day

Full-time Students: $95 evidence of current enrolment will need to be provided.

Speakers will be asked to register but will not need to pay

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Supported by Australia ICOMOS through the NSC Rock Art and the Indigenous Conference Fund


Griffith University, GOLD COAST CAMPUS

Academic 2 Building



8-9 December 2019 (prior to AAA Conference)