Skip navigation
The Australian National University

The Archaeology of Portable Art: South East Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives

The Archaeology of Portable Art: South East Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives

Symposium
Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 May 2015
Sir Roland Wilson Building
The Australian National University, Canberra
[Map]

Convened by Duncan Wright, Michelle Langley and Sally K. May

Symposium Program

Also happening!
22 May: Mulvaney Lecture
23 May: ‘The Colour of the Ovahimba (La Couleur des Ovahimba) Film Screening
25 May: Microscopy Workshop with Prof. d’Errico

Sir Roland Wilson Building,
Australian National University, Canberra
23rd - 24th May 2015

This symposium aims to reignite the dialogue about portable art across Island South East Asia, the Pacific and Australia and by doing so review future directions for research. Specific themes are: object histories; use of ethnography/museum collections for informing archaeological research; use of ‘intangible technologies’ and organic artefacts for expressing community affiliation/identity; cognitive development, the role of portable art in Pleistocene and Holocene expansions; and experimental studies.

Symposium flyer (240K PDF)

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Francesco d’Errico (Université Bordeaux 1, UMR, CNRS, PACEA)
Dr Stephen Loring (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History)

What’s the Story?

Experts from Island South East Asia, the Pacific and Australia have been invited to come together in the spirit of shared learning, to discuss a range of themes surrounding the archaeology of ‘portable art’. We are also inviting paper and posters to be presented by interested researchers. See below for details on how to submit your paper or poster abstract.

We invite all interested students and researchers to attend what is likely to be a stimulating symposium.

What is ‘Portable Art’?

For this symposium, we are defining ‘portable art’ as “small examples of prehistoric art that could be carried from place to place”. These artefacts may include not only pieces of personal ornamentation, but also any item which has a symbolic or social function. Examples include: projectile points made from various raw materials, ceramics, ‘message sticks’, shields, or any day-to-day item in which ‘messages’ are held in and transmitted through their morphology and/or decoration.

Targeted Themes

  • Object histories
  • The use of ethnographic and museum collections for informing archaeological research
  • The use of ‘intangible’ and/or organic technologies for expressing community affiliations/identity (etc).
  • Cognitive development
  • The role of portable art in Pleistocene and Holocene expansions
  • Experimental studies

Symposium Program

The full Portable Art Symposium Program is now available.

Events

The Colour of the Ovahimba (La Couleur des Ovahimba)

Screening of a film focused on the use of pigment by the Ovahimba women of north Namibia and its importance for understanding Middle Stone Age (MSA) pigment use.
When: Saturday 23 May 2015
Where: Sir Roland Wilson Building, ANU

2015 Mulvaney Lecture

Prof. Francesco d’Errico
When: Friday 22 May 2015
Where: Manning Clark Lecture Theatre, ANU

Microscopy Workshop for HDR students

With Prof. Francesco d’Errico - covering the basics of portable art analysis.
When: Monday 25 May 2015
Where: Teaching Lab, Coombs Building, ANU

Places are extremely limited. Please email Michelle Langley (michelle.langley@anu.edu.au) to register your interest. Places will be assigned on a first-comes-first basis.

Portable Art Symposium

When: Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 May 2015
 

Paper Proposals

If you would like to propose a paper for the symposium, please contact either: Duncan Wright (duncan.wright@anu.edu.au) or Michelle Langley (michelle.langley@anu.edu.au), with the following details:
‣ Presentation title
‣ Author details (name, affiliations, contact email address)
‣ Abstract between 200 - 250 words.

Deadline for paper proposals is February 28th 2015.

Costs

Event Professionals Students
The Colour of the Ovahimba (La Couleur des Ovahimba) Film Screening Attendance Free; drinks will be available to purchase after the screening
Mulvaney Lecture Attendance Free; drinks will be available to purchase after the screening
Microscopy Workshop NA Free
Symposium $80 $40
All Events $90 $40

Registration

Follow the link below to register and pay for the Symposium.

Register here

Contact

For further information, please contact:

Duncan Wright (duncan.wright@anu.edu.au) or
Michelle Langley (michelle.langley@anu.edu.au)

Updated: 8 April 2015/ Responsible Officer:  Head of School / Page Contact:  Web Publisher