‘Travelling Stories’ Connecting People and Landscapes

‘Travelling Stories’ Conference 2017 – The countdown begins

This conference is the first-ever collaboration between the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) and Interpretation Australia (IA). The theme is “Travelling Stories: connecting people and landscapes” and 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. We anticipate the attendance of people from a broad range of disciplines and professions – interpretation specialists, archaeologists, writers, designers, heritage consultants, heritage tourism operators, digital technology specialists, museum curators, tour guides, parks rangers, naturalists, visitor program managers – 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. There will also be opportunity for each organisation to develop conference sessions that relate to its professional interests and concerns, and to enable the delivery of papers about both natural and cultural environments.

We aim to develop the conference experience through an exploration of the excitingly complex and interesting landscapes of Tasmania and beyond, using both formal conference sessions and informed site visits. The conference will integrate field excursions with thematic discussions rather than relegating field trips to pre- or post-conference optional extras (although there will be some of those too!). In all of the conference deliberations 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 Papers & Presentations


We have received a number of really interesting proposals for papers and presentations for the Travelling Stories conference and we thank everyone who has made a submission.
However, due to several requests, we have extended the deadline for the submissions of proposals and abstracts to close of business on August 28th.

We welcome all proposals for papers or presentations but especially those that fit in one of the following sessions or with the general theme of the conference.

Please note: if you wish to submit a proposal for a paper or presentation that does not seem to ‘fit’ with one of the sessions, or with the general theme of the conference, we would still like to hear from you! We have reserved space in the program for a “General Session” where your idea for a paper can be accommodated.

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 (below) 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 details on the call for papers, presentations and information about sessions, please click here

Please submit your paper or presentation proposal(s), using the form provided below, by COB on August 28th

Early-bird registrations are now open for the Travelling Stories Conference.

We are pleased to announce that registrations for the Travelling Stories conference are now open!

To register please click the link below: