The Yinchuan World Rock Art Museum of the People's Republic of China

Congress of the International Federation of Rock Art Organisations

Hosted by the Rock Art Research Association of China [RARAC]
and The People's Government of Guiyang Municipality
Guiyang City, Guizhou, China July 15-18, 2014
Supported by the Chinese Society for Urban Studies
Promoted by Beijing Buddy Conference Co. Ltd
Venue: Guiyang Pullman Hotel

Introduction from the Rock Art Research Association of China

IFRAO Congress of the International Federation of Rock Art Organisations
The International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO) launched its first IFRAO Congress in 1992, and has hosted Congresses in many different countries since. With the rapid economic development in China and the increasing influence of the Chinese culture, China is ready to be the new host.
Guizhou Province, located in the center of Southwestern China, is rich in the resources of rock art and has currently recorded more than ten rock art sites throughout the province. Closely linked to the local ethnic culture and ecological environment, the sites represent the characteristic style of rock art in Southwestern China. The capital Guiyang acts as a focal point for the research into the rock art of Guizhou and the surrounding provinces, and as the host of the 2014 IFRAO Congress, it will strive to provide a greater knowledge and understanding of prehistoric art, both in China and on a global stage, to an ever-widening audience.

Rock Art Research Association of China

RARAC was founded in 1992 by the distinguished rock art academic Professor Chen Zhaofu, of the School of Ethnology and Sociology, Minzu University, Beijing. As the first director of RARAC, he affiliated it with Minzu University, with the purpose of scientific research and documentation of rock art in China and around the world.
In 1997, Professor Chen Zhaofu retired, succeeded by Professor Gong Tianfu until 2010 when Professor Zhang Yasha became the Director.
Currently, the research programs include: Conservation, Development and Research of the Cultural Resources of Rock Art in West China [state program]; Comprehensive Study of Rock Art in Central China and the Megalithic Remains [joint program of Professor Zhang Yasha and Professor Tang Huisheng, Nanjing Normal University]; Research on Chifeng Rock Art in Northeast China [selected program].
Find out more about the Rock Art Research Association of China
IFRAO 2014 Areas of research presented:
• Techniques of Rock Art
• Dating Research of Rock Art
• Theory and Methodology in Rock Art Studies
• Symbol and Rock Art
• Iconography and Meaning of Rock Art
• Conservation and Management of Rock Art
• African and Mid-Eastern Rock Art
• North American Rock Art
• European Rock Art
• South American Rock Art
• Rock Art and Megalithic Culture
• North Asian and North Chinaís Rock Art
• Rock Art in the Chinese Archaeological Culture
• Rock Art in Eastern China and the North American Rim
• Rock art of Southeast Asia, Southern Asia and Southwest China


Among the numerous presentations, Dr Jean Clottes and Dr Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak, in association with the Bradshaw Foundation, will be presenting 'Rock Art and Tribal Art in Central India'.
India, and particularly Central India, is one of the rare places in the world where one can find an extensive spectacular rock art still regularly visited for traditional ceremonies as well as several forms of tribal art with striking similarities to the rock art in their imagery and functions. All sorts of complex ceremonies may be enacted. At their basis is manta, an exchange between the supplicants and the gods to whom they make offerings or promises of gifts when the wish is granted. Direct contact with the gods is thus an essential aspect of the art. The power of the image is at the basis of it all. Other meanings and aspects of image making, in rock art as well as in tribal art, are the importance and power of various animals (tigers, peacocks), as well as their value as status symbols (horses, elephants), or the role of trees, of the sun and the moon, and of geometric signs that accompany all main events in people's lives. Red dots and handprints are thus ubiquitous in their protective function. Rock art worship is one of the numerous religions of India and the most ancient, perhaps at the origin of some beliefs and rituals in other more widespread creeds.

Schedule of 2014 IFRAO Guiyang Congress

July 15 Full Day Registration Pullman Hotel, Guiyang
July 16 08:30-17:00 Full-day Sessions Pullman Hotel, Guiyang
  18:00-20:00 Opening Banquet Pullman Hotel, Guiyang
July 17 08:30-17:00 Full-day Sessions Pullman Hotel, Guiyang
July 18   IFRAO Council Conference Pullman Hotel, Guiyang
    Touring Guiyang Longli
Rock Paintings
Pullman Hotel, Guiyang
    End of the Congress Pullman Hotel, Guiyang

Organizing Committee of the 2014 IFRAO Congress

Jamie Zhang, Stephanie Su, Joanne Yang, Sunny Sun, Li Zhou
Fax: 010-58933632
Tel: 010-58933559 58933591
Address: Room 312, North-wing building of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, P. R. China, No. 9, Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China.
Post Code: 100835
All enquiries: Zhang Yasha, IFRAO 2014 Program Chair
Telephone +86 10 64935665
Shi Zeming, IFRAO 2014 Program Secretary
Telephone +86 10 68932230

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