International Engagement

The Academy is recognised internationally as the authoritative organisation for the humanities in Australia, and acts as a key point of contact in Australia for international organisations that wish to explore collaborative activities with Australia’s humanities community.

The Academy is a member of the Union Académique Internationale (UAI) (International Union of Academies), an international federation of learned academies from countries all over the world. The UAI is committed to the success of collective research work, and to this end it supports numerous projects of a collaborative nature in a wide range of academic disciplines. This support is provided through collaboration with member academies and UNESCO. The Academy's membership of the UAI dates from 1961. The current Academy delegate is Professor Sam Lieu FAHA.

The Academy also:
  • acts as the Australian correspondent for international award organisations such as the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy and the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences;
  • hosts visiting delegations from abroad;
  • participates in Australian government delegations and bilateral meetings;
  • has strong connections with counterpart Academies around the world, including the British Academy, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities in Sweden, and Italy’s Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei;
  • assists early-career researchers through its Humanities Travelling Fellowships programme.
From 2009–11 the Academy administered the International Science Linkages – Humanities and Creative Arts programme on behalf of the Australian Government.

Agreement with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

AAH President Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson AM FAHA and CASS Vice-President Li Yang at the MoU signing in 2014.

In June 2014 the then President of the Academy, Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson AM FAHA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Vice-President Li Yang of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Under the agreement the Academy has committed to a three-year programme of joint workshops with CASS.