The Sir Keith Hancock Lecture

Emeritus Professor Sir (William) Keith Hancock (1898–1988) was a Foundation Fellow and the first President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is commemorated in this lecture series in which 'young Australian scholars of excellence' are invited to talk about their work in a form accessible to a general audience.

The 2013 Sir Keith Hancock Lecture

The 2013 Hancock Lecture was presented by Dr Thom van Dooren of The University of New South Wales, at the Academy’s 44th Annual Symposium held in November at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus.

Dr van Dooren’s research is situated in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. His current work focuses primarily on the philosophical and ethical dimensions of species extinctions, and is rooted in an approach that draws the humanities into conversation with ecology, biology, ethology and ethnographic work with communities whose lives are entangled with disappearing species in a range of different ways.

Previous Sir Keith Hancock Lectures

  • 2009: Professor Glenda Sluga FAHA, Was the Twentieth Century the Great Age of Internationalism? [.pdf 116KB]
  • 2005: Professor Meaghan Morris FAHA, Foreign Values; or, On English as a Chinese Language
  • 2001: Dr Susan Lawrence FAHA, Representations of Their Lives: Archaeology and the Tangibility of the Past [.pdf 392KB]
  • 1998: Dr Ian McLean, Being and Nothing: Figuring Aboriginality in Australian Art History [.pdf 752KB]
  • 1994: Mr Noel Pearson, Mabo and the Humanities [.pdf 596KB]
  • 1993: Associate Professor Christine Alexander FAHA, Charlotte Brontë’s Paintings: Victorian Women and the Visual Arts  [.pdf 812KB]





In 1995 the Academy received a bequest from the estate of its Foundation President, Sir Keith Hancock, which funds the Sir Keith Hancock Lecture.
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