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Lecture | Workshop

Rock art and wellbeing

Wednesday 21 June 2023
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Corrie Bakelszaal (A2.02a)

Past societal well-being

This will be an informal workshop to expand ongoing research collaborations. The key participants will give short presentations on their current research topics. This will be followed by informal discussion with a focus on among others:

  • There has been much work on cultural identity in the present. But to what extent are we able to get a handle on identities in the past?  
  • Can we glean indications on past societal well-being and the traumatic impact of colonialism from Rock Art analysis. And what about similar the deeper past?
  • Are museums and universities in both the global north and the global south taking public outreach seriously in terms of reaching underprivileged communities? 

Brief contributions by Faculty of Archaeology staff and students are welcomed.

The day will be closed with informal drinks.


  • Rock art and biodiversity in Pakistan,
    Marike van Aerde, Assistant professor, Faculty of archaeology

  • Representations of post-traumatic stress disorder in San rock art and its implications for understanding colonial period rock art and “the Disconnect” in southern African Rock Art
    Dr. Sam Challis: Head of the Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. 
  • Not on the margins: A Central European perspective on Upper Palaeolithic symbolism
    Dr. Wei Chu: Post-doctoral fellow, Faculty of Archaeology
  • But what does it mean? Reflections on the interpretation of “special finds” in the Middle and Late Pleistocene
    Dr. Gerrit Dusseldorp: Assistant professor Faculty of Archaeology
  • The appropriation of sacred rock art symbols, in Australian and North American contexts
    Dr. Jamie Hampson: Senior lecturer in Heritage, Department of History, University of Exeter, UK. 
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