Dr Antonio Gonzalez Zarandona



DECRA Track Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2014
Master of Arts, University of Melbourne, 2008


In 2015, Antonio was invited to undertake a Visiting Scholar position at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham. Antonio was based at the Institute from January 2015 to March 2015. During this time he presented the findings of his research on landscape iconoclasm and heritage destruction at Birmingham and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia.

In 2016, Antonio was invited by the Centre for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (Doha), to be part of a CIRS Working Group, to produce an edited volume on Pluralism and Community in the Middle East. CIRS edits books in prestigious university presses and is a leader in high-level research on the Middle East. As a result, Antonio has been invited to co-authored a book chapter (10,000 words) with Associate Professor Ben Isakhan, titled “Cultural Cleansing and Iconoclasm under the ‘Islamic State’: Human / Heritage Attacks on Yezidis and Christians”.

In 2016, Antonio was the recipient of a competitive travelling grant from the Australian Academy of the Humanities to undertake research at Oxford University with the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project. During this time he presented papers at the University of Birmingham and at the School of Archaeology at Oxford University.

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Knowledge areas

Heritage Destruction; Rock Art


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Cultural cleansing and iconoclasm under the Islamic State: attacks on Yezidis and Christians and their heritage

Benjamin Isakhan, Jose Zarandona, Taghreed Al-Deen

(2019), pp. 181-194, Sites of pluralism community politics in the Middle East, London, Eng., B1


Heritage destruction in Myanmar's Rakhine state: legal and illegal iconoclasm

R Lee, J Gonzlez Zarandona

(2019), pp. 1-20, International Journal of Heritage Studies, London, Eng., C1-1


Layers of religious and political iconoclasm under the Islamic State: symbolic sectarianism and pre-monotheistic iconoclasm

B Isakhan, J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 1-16, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Digitally mediated iconoclasm: the Islamic State and the war on cultural heritage

J Gonzlez Zarandona, C Albarrn-Torres, B Isakhan

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 649-671, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Heritage destruction and videogames: ethical challenges of the representation of cultural heritage

J Gonzalez Zarandona, Adam Chapman, Darshana Jayemanne

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 173-203, Transactions of the digital games research association, Pittsburgh, Pa., C1


Making heritage at the Cannes Film Festival

J Gonzlez Zarandona

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 781-798, International Journal of Heritage Studies, C1


Towards a theory of landscape iconoclasm

J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 461-475, Cambridge archaeological journal, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1


Heritage as a cultural measure in a postcolonial setting

J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2015), pp. 100-110, Making culture count : the politics of cultural measurement, Basingstoke, Eng., B1


How many times can the same image change? The history of the image in Murujuga

J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 95-110, International journal of the image, Champaign, Ill., C1-1


The destruction of heritage: rock art in the Burrup Peninsula

J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2011), Vol. 9, pp. 325-341, International journal of the humanities, Champaign, Ill., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Measuring destruction of cultural property in Iraq and Syria

Dr Antonio Gonzalez Zarandona

  • 2016: $2,000


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