We invite you to join us in (Surfers) Paradise this year to participate in the Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, ‘Disrupting Paradise: The Archaeology of the Driest Inhabited Continent on Earth’.

Surfers Paradise and the Glitter Strip are famed for their sun, surf and sandy beaches along with a seamy underbelly after the sun goes down. But as Australia’s largest non-capital city, the Gold Coast arguably presents one of the clearest examples of complete terraforming and resurfacing of cultural and natural landscapes. Archaeology provides an arsenal of practical and theoretical tools to interrogate the long-term human interaction with and transformation of landscapes such as these.

In this conference we take the opportunity to reflect on how archaeology has developed as a discipline and as a community in the 50 years since John Mulvaney published his landmark Prehistory of Australia. How has archaeology disrupted and continued to disrupt understandings of the past and ourselves? How have our understandings of people and transformation in Australia changed in the last 50 years? How has archaeology disrupted our dominant paradigms in archaeological method and theory? How has the culture of archaeological practice changed?

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.

Important Dates

  • Call for Sessions Open: March 2019
  • Call for Sessions Close: Friday 17 May 2019
  • Call for Abstracts Open: Friday 7 June 2019 – Click here to find out how to submit.
  • Call for Abstracts Close: Friday 16 August 2019
  • Subsidy Scheme Application Open: July 2019
  • Subsidy Scheme Application Close: Friday 27 September 2019
  • Early Bird Registration Ends: Friday 11 October 2019