Rock Art Symposium 2019: Exploring the Social, Political and Cultural Dimensions of Rock Art in Australia and Beyond

University Hall, Old Quad, North Wing, The University of Melbourne, entry via the Cloisters.

The health status of Indigenous people includes attention to physical, spiritual, cultural, emotional health and social wellbeing.

Rock art is uniquely powerful and provides an ongoing connection here in Australia to what is undoubtedly one of the world’s oldest living cultures. As the world capital of rock art with over 100,000 rock art sites, more than any other country in the world, we face complex challenges to preserve these creative legacies into the unforeseeable future. Although it is nationally recognized as an important part of Australia’s heritage, rock art in Australia is still damaged and remains under threat. With so many rock art sites in remote locations there are ongoing preservation challenges.

The aim of this one-day symposium is to have a robust discussion about the social and political dimensions of rock art in Australia. The symposium seeks to analyze the mechanisms under which rock art operates in Australia beyond archaeological engagement. The overall aim is to review and highlight what is and what is not working in rock art preservation in Australia.


  • Indigenous Studies Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health,
  • Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University
  • Chancellory Engagement, University of Melbourne
  • Nulungu Research Institute, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Old Quad, Chancellory Engagement

For further information please view the Event Program.