Current Trends and Future Directions in Indo-Pacific Archaeology


Le Méridien Marriott

Chiang Mai, Thailand

6-12 November 2022

You can now register for IPPA22

Be part of the largest community of scholars and practitioners of archaeology in the Indo-Pacific region!

Come to Chiang Mai, Thailand for the 22nd IPPA Congress from the 6th to 12th November 2022.

This is a face-to-face event.


The submission for panel session proposals is now closed. We have now started receiving paper abstract submissions for IPPA22.

It is fine to discuss potential presentations for your sessions, and to solicit papers to contribute. Can you please make sure that ALL contributions are submitted through the online paper submission portal as soon as contributors are ready to do so. This includes your own contributions.

Please note that we will receive submissions, ensure all information we need is present and correct, and then forward the abstract to the chairs. This means that we can 1. keep on top of submissions, and 2. prepare abstracts and all relevant information for online publication as we move forward, rather than waiting until August to try and edit and format c. 500+ submissions.

We have a team of three working on the paper/poster abstract submissions:

Fredeliza (Iza) Campos and Rhayan Melendres will be working with me, contacting both those that submit papers (for relevant information on institutional affiliation, etc.) and session organisers to discuss submissions to sessions and then to aid in line-ups, editing and formatting (when the time comes).

Note that we already have filled up (or about to be filled) sessions. You would see that in the session list (marked as FULL) and you will not be able to submit your paper to that session in the online abstract form.

Please visit the webpage and check if your session has any corrections.

We would like to include the full affiliation (if any) and a short address (City/State, Country) of all Panel Session Chairs and Co-Chairs. So please let us know if this needs to be appended.

Invite participants to present in your sessions. If you have already had interest from colleagues or you are inviting participation could you please ask them to complete the ABSTRACT FORM and send these back to us. We will then forward these to you as the panel organisers.

IPPA 2022 Congress: Call for Abstracts

The Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association is inviting paper and poster contributions for the 22nd Congress to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from the 7th to 12th November 2022.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 August 2022.

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Additional information about IPPA22

Please note that the 22nd IPPA conference will be held during two of the most famous festivals in northern Thailand - the Yee Peng (Lantern) Festival and the Loy Krathong (Festival of Light). During this period, choice rooms and hotels in the area may be fully booked so we highly encourage delegates to make early reservations to ensure they get their most preferred accommodations.

Message from the IPPA President

Dear esteemed colleagues,

As the next President of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, I would like to extend incredible thanks to everybody for all of your warm wishes and support. I feel honored, privileged, and humbled at the same time.

I would like to thank all colleagues for your engagement with the organization and support in the past and I look forward to future collaboration. Let me also take an opportunity to acknowledge the Former Co-Presidents: Dr. Nguyễn Giang Hải and Dr. Phan Thanh Hải and his Vietnamese colleagues for their tremendous works and efforts on the 2018 IPPA Congress in Hue, Vietnam and a secretary: Professor Ian Lilley for his devotion and hard-working over many years.

At this time, I would like to announce the 22nd Indo-Pacific Association Congress as planned at the Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand between 6th-12th November 2022. This will be hosted by Silpakorn University, Fine Arts Department, SEAMEO SPAFA, Sirindhorn Anthropological Centre (SAC), Social Research Institute Chiang Mai University, and Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) of Thailand. I hope for perhaps more host sponsors which we will add to the list later. Note that the time will overlap with the Loi Krathong Festival. Don’t miss it and please mark your calendar!

I will be working closely with our new secretary: Professor Phil Piper, our executive committee and Thai committee members to ensure that the Congress will be well prepared. Logistically, with the challenges that come as we face a global pandemic, the coronavirus, has heavily impacted on our academic activities, field research, health and daily routines. We hope that we can still organize the 22nd Indo-Pacific Association Congress. I will keep you posted on the progress. We are working on our official website and will further update news regularly. Next year, we will call for a session. Please help us by being and renewing your membership. Also please let us know of your ideas and suggestions for the conference.

Last but not least, in the next four years I look forward to continuing to strengthen our professionalism in archaeological practices in Indo-Pacific region. Especially dear to me is to promote diversity and being a platform for dialog between archeologist and local community for sustainable heritage management.

I will see you all soon at the 22nd Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress if not before that.

Warmest regards,

Sawasdi ka…..

Rasmi Shoocongdej, PhD

President, Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association