Academic journal article Rock Art Research

IFRAO Congress 2014, China: Important Announcements

Academic journal article Rock Art Research

IFRAO Congress 2014, China: Important Announcements

Article excerpt

In previous announcements it was stated that this event will be held in Nanning, China, in November 2014. Tire central government of China then relocated it to Guiyang City and to late July 2014. However, it will now be from 15 July to 19 July 2014, in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province. This is located in a rock art-rich, mountainous region of south-western China.

The following schedule provides an initial and preliminary program:

The congress is to have 16 sessions:

1. Oceanian rock art

2. African and Mid-Eastern rock art

3. European rock art

4. North American rock art

5. South American rock art

6. Southeastern, southern Asian and South-west China's rock art

7. North Asian and north China's rock art

8. Rock art in east China and north Pacific Rim

9. Rock art and Chinese archaeological cultures

10. Theory and methodology in rock art studies

11. Iconography and meaning of rock art

12. Symbol and rock art

13. Techniques of rock art

14. Conservation and management of rock art

15. Rock art and megalithic culture

16. Dating research of rock art

Calls for papers

Here are the rationales and calls for papers that are available at the time of going to press:

Symposium 2: African and Mid-Eastern rock art

Chaired by Majeed Khan, David Coulson and Daifallah al-Talhi

Majeecikhanl942@yahoo.com, tara@swiftkemya.com and Datl 9@hotmail.com

Africa and Middle-East are among the richest rock art regions of the world. They show great similarity in their contents, contexts and compositions. This symposium shall highlight new discoveries, new researches and new theories and points of view on the symbolic, semantic and semiotic aspects of both African and Arabian rock art. New methodologies of documentation, preservation and protection of rock art in these regions and hypothetical interpretations and meanings will be the main object of the symposium. Thus, this symposium will be a broad based in is scope and subjects. Tire contributors are invited to present any aspect of Arabian and African rock art and send the title and abstract of about 100-150 words to one or both of the chair persons.

Symposium 3: European rock art: the act of performance

Chaired by George Nash

George. nash@bristol.ac. uk

One can argue, albeit tentatively Europe, is one of the key prehistoric rock art areas of the world. Over the past five years or so scientists have managed to push back the dates for the earliest evidence for artistic endeavour to the frontier between Neanderthals moving to the peripheries of Europe and the emergence of modern humans. It is conceivable that the rock art may have been produced by Neanderthals.

Elsewhere, and at later times within the European prehistoric sequence, both engraved and painted forms of rock art become the main focus for communities to express ritual and symbolic behaviour through artistic endeavour. This medium, along with other modes of visual expression become incorporated into various events and episodes associated with the cycle of life such as death, economy and gender relations. Based on tine archaeological record, both abstract and representative forms of rock art influence or are influenced by other forms of material culture such as the production and use of ornamented antler, bone, ceramics and metalwork. Over time, this rich and varied cultural package colonises those areas of Europe where rock art is not present.

This general session will, from the various rock art assemblages and chronologies from around Europe, discuss new approaches to rock art studies. In particular, session organisers are interested in papers that deal with rock art as performance. How did this special act of visual communication influence and manipulate society? This archaeological phenomenon formed part of an essential cultural and ritual package that extends 30000 years. …

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