Dr Antonio Gonzalez Zarandona





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; Vanddalism, Iconoclasm, Cultural Heritage, Rock Art


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Digital spectres: the Notre-Dame effect

Christina Garduno Freeman, Jose Gonzalez Zarandona

(2021), pp. 1-14, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Murujuga rock art, heritage, and landscape iconoclasm

José Gonzalez Zarandona

(2020), Philadelphia, Pa., A1


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

R Lee, J González Zarandona

(2020), Vol. 26, pp. 519-538, International journal of heritage studies, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The unfallen statues of Hafez Al-Assad in Syria

J González Zarandona, N Munawar

(2020), Vol. 24, pp. 642-655, City: analysis of urban change, theory,action, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Violación al patrimonio cultural en Teotihuacán y Cuernavaca, México

Israel Arellano, Jose Gonzalez Zarandona

(2020), pp. 1-31, Apuntes. Revista de estudios sobre patrimonio cultural, Bogotá, Colombia, C1

journal article

The documentation and protection of cultural heritage during emergencies

F Rufian Fernandez, M Fernandez Diaz, I Sabrine, J Ibañez, B Claramunt-Lopez, A Escobar, Jose Gonzalez Zarandona

(2020), Vol. XLIV, pp. 1-7, HERITAGE 2020 : (3DPast | RISK-Terra) International Conference on Vernacular Architecture in World Heritage Sites. Risks and New Technologies, Valencia, Spain, E1


From rock to digital: Art Historical Scholarship in Prehistoric Art

Jose Gonzalez Zarandona

(2020), pp. 541-545, Proceedings of the 34th World Congress of Art History, Beijing, China, E1


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

book chapter

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

journal article

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

J González Zarandona, C Albarrán-Torres, B Isakhan

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

journal article

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

journal article

Trends in heritage destruction in North-East Syria

B Isakhan, J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2017), Canberra, Australia, A6

research report/technical paper

Heritage destruction and videogames: a perverse relation

J González Zarandona, A Chapman, D Jayemanne

(2017), DiGRA 2017 : Proceedings of the 2017 DiGRA international conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1


Making heritage at the Cannes Film Festival

J González Zarandona

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

journal article

Landscape destruction and heritage mismanagement in Murujuga (Western Australia)

J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2016), Vol. 8, pp. 3-12, UISPP 2014 : Quality management of cultural heritage, problems and best practices : Proceedings on the XVII USIPP World Congress, Burgos, Spain, E1


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

book chapter

Towards a theory of landscape iconoclasm

J Gonzalez Zarandona

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

journal article

Destruction of heritage or secular iconoclasm? The case of Dampier Archipelago rock art

J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2013), pp. 449-453, The challenge of the object 33rd congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, Nürnberg, 15. - 20. Juli 2012. Congress proceedings, Nuremberg, B1-1

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article

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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